Board of Directors
For over 20 years, we have been providing award-winning media transport solutions to broadcasters, telecom service providers, governmental agencies and other industries.
Dr. Avi Katz
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Dr. Katz is a serial entrepreneur. Since founding GigOptix LLC. – the predecessor company to GigOptix Inc. and GigPeak Inc. – in July 2007, he has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, and President of the company and all of its subsidiaries, including its overseas operations: BrPhotonics Produtos Optoeletronicos LTda in Brazil, GigOptix-Helix AG in Switzerland, and GigOptix Israel LTD. He led the company through the public listing on the OTC Exchange in December 2008, and the listing on the NYSE-Mkt in April 2012. Prior to founding the GigOptix-GigPeak group of companies, Dr. Katz was the Managing Partner of APU-Global, which he founded in 2005. He was also the Chief Executive Officer, President and a board member of Intransa, Inc., from 2003 to 2005 and Equator Technologies, Inc., from 2000 to 2003. Earlier in his career he held various sales and marketing, business development, technology, and operational corporate executive positions, following his tenure as a Member of the Technical Staff with AT&T Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, between 1988 and 1995. He holds more than 70 U.S. and international patents, has published approximately 300 technical papers, and is the editor of a number of technical books. Dr. Katz received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and a B.S. in Engineering from Technion-IIT, Israel, and is a graduate of the Israeli Naval Academy.
Neil J. Miotto
Neil J. Miotto joined the GigPeak Board of Directors in December, 2008. Mr. Miotto is a financial consultant and a retired assurance partner of KPMG LLP where he was a partner for 27 years until his retirement in September 2006. Since his retirement from KPMG, Mr. Miotto has provided high-level financial consulting services to companies in need of timely accounting assistance and in serving on public company boards. He is deemed to be a financial expert under SEC and NYSE rules. While at KPMG, Mr. Miotto focused on serving large public companies, primarily those in the semiconductor industry. Among the clients he served were National Semiconductor Corporation, Fairchild Semiconductor Corp, and nVIDIA Corporation. Mr Miotto also served as an SEC reviewing partner while at KPMG. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College, of The City University of New York. He also serves on the board of directors of Micrel, Inc.
Kimberly D.C. Trapp
Kimberly D.C. Trapp has more than 30 years of experience in the optoelectronics industry. She served as the Industry Liaison Officer for the Center of Optical Technologies at Lehigh University until her retirement in 2010. Before joining Lehigh University, she served as the Director of Marketing Operations of Agere Systems until 2002 and was responsible for business operations, customer marketing, technical product support, product engineering, and program management of Ageres optoelectronic business and product portfolio. From 1980 until 1995, she served in the development and research organizations of AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. Ms Trapp has a B.S. in Chemistry from Purdue University and an M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She also holds an M.B.A. from an AT&T sponsored executive program.
Joseph J. Lazzara
Joseph J. Lazzara has over 30 years of public company Board of Directors experience. He joined the GigPeak board in July 2011 with the acquisition of Endwave where he served as a Director since February 2004. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Lazzara served as the Vice Chairman and a director of Omron Scientific Technologies, Inc. (formerly Scientific Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: STIZ)), a manufacturer of factory automation products acquired by Omron Corporation in 2006. Mr. Lazzara served in various executive positions with Scientific Technologies, including as the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director, as well as holding other positions between 1984 and 2006. He also serves as the Vice Chairman and Director of Automation Products Group, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of automation sensors. Mr. Lazzara received a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Mr. Mikulsky served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Endwave Corporation from December 2009 until June 2011, when Endwave was acquired by GigPeak. From May 1996 until November 2009, Mr. Mikulsky served Endwave in a multitude of capacities including Vice President of Product Development, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Endwave, Mr. Mikulsky worked as a Technology Manager for Balazs Analytical Laboratory, from 1993 until 1996, a provider of analytical services to the semiconductor and disk drive industries. Prior to 1993, Mr. Mikulsky worked at Raychem Corporation, most recently as a Division Manager for its Electronic Systems Division. Mr. Mikulsky holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an S.M. in Management from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Frank W. Schneider
Frank W. Schneider has over 40 years of experience in the electronics and semiconductor industries, serving on the boards and executive management teams of both privately held and publicly traded companies. He retired from MKS Instruments Inc., where he served as Vice President and General Manager and continues to provide consulting services. Previously, he served as president and CEO at both ION Systems Inc., a privately held manufacturer of electrostatic management systems, and GHz Technology Inc., a privately held manufacturer of RF power transistors that was merged into Advanced Power Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI), where he served as COO of the RF products group. Additionally, he was a member of the technical advisory board of Neomagic Inc., a display controller chip company, and was a member of the Board of Directors of GMT Microelectronics, Inc. He began his career at Corning Electronics and subsequently moved to Philips Semiconductor, then known as Signetics Corporation, where he held many senior positions during his tenure. He also was a group Vice President at Sharp Electronics.