Gary Steele, Executive Chairman

Since 1990 Gary has been founder and CEO or Chairman of 5 Fabless Chip Companies: Acapella Ltd., Microcosm Communications, Phyworks, Nanotech Semiconductor and Foremost Integrated Circuits. All pioneered advanced Analog/RF CMOS technology in order to improve performance and lower costs, and all were involved in fiber-optics based Communications or Networking, over Plastic or Glass fibers.
These companies achieved many world’s firsts on performance, and around 1 billion ICs sold to date.
Gary has a degree in Electronics from the University of Southampton, a pioneer in fiberoptics based communications since the 1970’s

Dr. Jess Brown, VP Sales

Jess has more than 20 years’ experience in the Electronics industry, principally in commercial roles, and with an Analogue and Mixed-Signal focus. Most recently Jess has had successful start-up experience, and previously Jess held Sales, Marketing and Product Management roles at Fabless IC firms including Wolfson Microelectronics and Volterra. Jess has an EE degree from Bath University and a PhD from the University of Sheffield.

Derek Hutchins, VP Engineering

Derek has a Masters degree in Microelectronics and over 20 years’ Analogue/IC design and design management experience, mostly at Philips Semiconductors/NXP. Projects included Optical Storage System ICs and 4 generations of Digital TV ‘SoC’ ICs in 90 and 45nm CMOS. Last 7 years in CMOS Fiberoptics IC design and design management.

Iain Lochhead, VP Operations

Iain has over 25 years’ experience working in the Semiconductor industry. He has spent close to 20 years working in start-up companies developing products for Optical Communications and held a variety of roles in Application Engineering, Design Verification and Characterisation as well as running ATE Test Development teams. Previously he was Head of Applications Support at Nanotech Semiconductor (2006 – 2015), acquired in 2011 by Gennum Corp and subsequently by Semtech. He was responsible for a global team of Engineers providing worldwide support for all PMD products for PON ONU, SFP applications as well as parallel optics (4x14Gb/s) Transceivers. Between 2002 and 2006 he was responsible for Design Verification and ATE Test at Phyworks Semiconductor in Bristol. Previous roles include Evaluation and Applications Manager at Microcosm Communications, and Principal Test Development Engineer at Zarlink Semiconductor where he spent 6 years working on complex wireless mobile and Basestation Transceiver ICs.

Christian Rookes, VP Marketing

Christian has 20 years’ experience in optical communications, with roles spanning Marketing, Product Management, Sales and Engineering. Most recently Christian was VP of Product Management at ProLabs, a global optical transceiver company. Christian has worked in both established and start-up companies including Semtech/Gennum, Hewlett Packard/Agilent, Phyworks and Nanotech Semiconductor where he was marketing lead during the creation and deployment of the highly successful PON ICs. Christian has a degree in Electronic Engineering and Physics and multiple patents for optical transceiver innovations to his name.