GigPeak Management


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.


Darren Ma

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Ma joined GigPeak in 2014, bringing with him over 12 years of semiconductor experience and financial leadership. He began his career at Intel Corporation, where he worked in various finance positions, specializing in budgeting, cost and inventory, strategic financial planning, and P&L management. Prior to joining GigPeak, he worked in roles of increasing responsibility at Semtech Corporation, and served as the primary financial partner to several members of the executive staff. He played a lead role in increasing the profitability of the Power Management business unit, and, most recently, as the Business Unit Controller for the Power Management and High Reliability and Systems Innovation business units. Prior to Semtech, he held a senior financial position at Fisher Investments, supporting the M&A, Institutional, and United Kingdom investment groups. Mr. Ma holds a Managerial Economics Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis and received his MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


Dr. Raluca Dinu

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Dinu has more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. A visionary executive with an established track record of driving increased revenue and profitability, building and leading cross functional teams, and developing and commercializing advanced technologies, Dr. Dinu joined GigPeak as the Vice President of Product Development in 2008 through the acquisition of Lumera Inc., where she served as the Vice President of the Electro-Optic Business Unit since 2007. From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Dinu served Lumera in various capacities as a technology and business leader. In her current role, she leads the global marketing and sales organizations for GigPeak. She has an exceptional ability to manage and lead in rapidly changing and competitive environments while demonstrating an innate ability to achieve corporate goals within defined resources. Dr. Dinu holds more than 15 patents, obtained her B.Sc. in Optics, and Ph.D. in Physics, at the University of Bucharest in 2000 in ferroelectric thin films for random access memories, and also graduated from the Executive MBA AeA/Stanford Institute in 2007.


Andrea Betti-Berutto

Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Founder

Mr. Betti-Berutto has served as GigPeak’s Chief Technology Officer since the company’s inception in 2007 through the acquisition of the iTerra LLC assets, where he was a co-founder and served as the VP of Engineering from the company’s 2001 inception. At iTerra LLC he led the development of analog and digital high-speed ICs for the 10 Gb/s and 40Gb/s optical network, wireless application, and instrumentation. Previously, Mr. Betti-Berutto worked at Fujitsu Compound Semiconductor as manager of product development for microwave and millimeter-wave IC for point-to-point and satellite communication applications; at Space Engineering S.p.A Rome, Italy; and at the European Space Agency R&D laboratory, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, as a payload system engineer and MMIC designer. Mr. Betti-Berutto has more than 20 years of experience in the design of high-speed ICs and multichip modules for microwave, millimeter-wave, and fiber optics application. He is the author of several papers in technical journals in the areas of power amplifiers, high-speed ICs, and broadband design for optical network applications, and received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.


Steve Choate

Vice President of Operations

Mr. Choate came to GigPeak in 2011 through the acquisition of Endwave. He oversees the operations organization, and is responsible for internal product operations, as well as domestic and international contract manufacturing. During his more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Choate has held various management positions in business development, engineering, and operations. At Endwave, Mr. Choate was the account manager for various customers in the RF milliwave transceivers space and managed the offshore engineering team. Prior to Endwave Mr. Choate worked at Lockheed Martin where he progressed from design engineer into the program office, managing engineering development programs for remote satellite tracking stations. Mr. Choate earned his BSME from San Jose State University and MSME from Stanford University.