President and CEO
Rick Bergman is the President and CEO of Synaptics. Mr. Bergman joined Synaptics in September 2011 from AMD, where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of AMD’s Product Group. From October 2006 to May 2009, Mr. Bergman was Senior Vice President and General Manager of AMD’s Graphics Product Group (GPG). His career at AMD began in October 2006 when AMD acquired ATI, where he held the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company's PC group. Prior to ATI, he served as Chief Operating Officer at S3 Graphics, a division of SonicBlue Inc. He has held senior level management positions in the technology field since his early roles at Texas Instruments, Inc. and IBM. Mr. Bergman holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado.
Senior Vice President and CFO
Wajid Ali is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Synaptics. He joined the company in May 2015. Mr. Ali has extensive financial management expertise, spanning all aspects of corporate and operational finance for publicly listed companies. He joins Synaptics from Teledyne Technologies, where he served as Vice President and Controller. Prior to Teledyne, he was Chief Financial Officer at DALSA Corp., a semiconductor company that was acquired by Teledyne in 2011. He also held key financial management positions at AMD and ATI, overseeing the finance functions for large business groups. Mr. Ali holds Bachelor of Arts and Master's of Arts degrees in Economics from York University; a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business, York University; and CPA, CMA designations from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, Canada.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Smart Display Division (SDD)
Kevin Barber has been the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Smart Display Division at Synaptics since January 2011. With over 16 years of executive experience with organizations such as Conexant Systems, Skyworks Solutions, PRTM, and ACCO, Mr. Barber has extensive expertise in the mobile communication industry. Prior to joining Synaptics, Mr. Barber was Chief Executive Officer at ACCO Semiconductor, beginning in 2008. From 2007 to 2008, he served as a Principal Consultant at PRTM, focused on the electronics industry. He was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile Solutions business at Skyworks Solutions from 2003 to 2006, where he was responsible for delivering innovative RF products to the mobile industry. Mr. Barber served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Skyworks Solutions from 2002 to 2003, and previously held the same title at Conexant Systems, from 2001 to 2002. Mr. Barber holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.
Vice President, CAD and SDD Silicon Engineering
Jean Boufarhat, a 25-year industry veteran, joined Synaptics in June 2015 as Vice President of Silicon System Engineering for the company’s Smart Display Division, and then in July 2016 was appointed to his current position. Prior to Synaptics, Mr. Boufarhat led product and test engineering for all programmable products at Altera. He had previously served at AMD, where he headed up a variety of engineering development functions, including process technology, analog and mixed-signal devices, and physical design for CPUs, APUs, graphics, game consoles, and peripheral products. At the time of his departure from AMD, Mr. Boufarhat was responsible for central IP development for all AMD products. In addition to extensive experience at Altera and AMD, he held executive-level positions at LSI Logic and Symbios Logic. Mr. Boufarhat earned his Bachelor's and Master’s of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales
Scott Deutsch joined Synaptics in January 2013 and serves as the company’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Prior to Synaptics, Mr. Deutsch was Vice President of Worldwide Sales for AuthenTec, a leading supplier in mobile and network security solutions, which included fingerprint sensors, that was acquired by Apple. Mr. Deutsch held positions of Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Alereon and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SanDisk’s OEM Consumer Products Division, where he led SanDisk's growth with top-tier OEMs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Deutsch was Director of Sales for the Western U.S. with MMC Networks, a successful start-up company that pioneered the network processor concept and was eventually acquired by Applied Micro Circuits Corp. Before joining MMC Networks, he spent eight years at Cypress Semiconductor in various sales and management roles. Mr. Deutsch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Fresno State University.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Biometrics Product Division (BPD)
Ritu Favre joined Synaptics in June 2014 as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Biometrics Product Division. Ms. Favre has over 27 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. From 1988 thru 1999, she held roles in the wafer fabrication and assembly/test facilities at Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector. She transitioned from manufacturing roles in 1999 and since then ran businesses in the communications infrastructure and automotive markets. She headed the Compound Semiconductor business in the Motorola Wireless Infrastructure Division from 1999 thru 2002. She then led the North America/Japan Automotive business in the Analog and Mixed Signal Products Division inside Motorola Semiconductor until 2004. Ms. Favre headed the Digital Home Division for Freescale Semiconductor, and was promoted to the executive level during her tenure there. She then became Vice President and Division General Manager for the RF Division in 2010 and went on to become the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the same business in 2012. Ms. Favre holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources
Karen Gaydon joined Synaptics in December 2012 and serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Ms. Gaydon is responsible for the design and implementation of HR strategies and processes that drive the Synaptics business objectives and the company’s unique culture. She also oversees corporate marketing and communications, charitable activities, and healthy-workplace initiatives. Prior to joining Synaptics, Ms. Gaydon held multiple senior HR leadership positions at Hewlett Packard, where she was most recently a member of the Executive Human Resources Council, reporting to the Human Resources Executive Vice President. Her background also includes vice president roles in several business units across the U.S. and Europe. Ms. Gaydon has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large-scale global change and growth, delivering mergers and acquisitions, and building world-class human resources teams. Ms. Gaydon was born in England and earned a Higher National Certificate in Business Administration from the University of the South West, England, with a concentration in human resources. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, along with several professional human resources certifications.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
John McFarland joined Synaptics in November 2013 and serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to Synaptics, Mr. McFarland served for nine years as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of MagnaChip Semiconductor, where he established the company’s legal department and helped lead the company through a successful initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. He spent his early career at law firms in Palo Alto, California, and Seoul, South Korea. Mr. McFarland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies, conferred with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Adnan Raza joined Synaptics in 2013 and is the company’s Vice President of Corporate Development. He previously worked in investment banking in the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) group at Goldman Sachs, and in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) group at UBS Investment Bank. Mr. Raza has also worked in private equity with technology hardware and software companies providing financial and strategic advisory at Blackreef Capital. Mr. Raza has completed transactions totaling over 15 billion dollars covering mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, carve-outs, capital structure optimizations, recapitalizations and restructurings, working with CEOs, CFOs and boards of directors of numerous private and publicly listed companies. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Raza was an early employee and played a key role in product architecture, design, sales and marketing at a Bessemer Ventures, Highland Capital and Goldman Sachs backed networking startup, Azanda Networks, which was acquired by Cortina Systems. He had previously been a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs where he worked on designing high speed communication systems. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, Mr. Raza also founded hardware and software companies. Mr. Raza holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University, a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University, and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Human Interface Systems Division (HISD)
Huibert Verhoeven joined Synaptics in August 2014 as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Human Interface Systems Division. Before joining Synaptics, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Flash Components Division at LSI Corp. He remained in that position after the acquisition of LSI by Avago Technologies. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of development, marketing and support of flash memory controller hardware, firmware and software, used in a wide range of client, data-center and enterprise-storage applications. Before joining LSI, Mr. Verhoeven served as Vice President and General Manager of the Mixed Signal Systems Group at Intersil Corp., responsible for the acquisition, integration and executive leadership of semiconductor system businesses in the video and high-speed data communication areas. While at Intersil, he also led a number of groups focused on high-speed and optical solutions for mobile, consumer, industrial and automotive applications. Prior to Intersil, Mr. Verhoeven held design engineering and design management positions at National Semiconductor Corp. He established a number of that company’s overseas development centers and drove the entry into the precision semiconductor, automotive and computing areas. Mr. Verhoeven holds Master of Science and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Delft University, The Netherlands.
Senior Vice President, Technology and BPD Silicon Engineering
David Wang joined Synaptics in September 2012 and serves as Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering. Prior to joining Synaptics, Mr. Wang was Corporate Vice President at AMD responsible for system-on-a-chip development of AMD/ATI's processor products. As part of that responsibility, he has successfully driven the last eight process technology transitions at AMD/ATI. Mr. Wang was a key member of ArtX, which was acquired by ATI in 2000. He also has played key roles while at ArtX, ATI and AMD in developing solutions for major game consoles, including the last three generations of Nintendo products. Prior to ArtX, Mr. Wang held various technical and management positions at SGI, Axil Workstations, and LSI Logic. At SGI, he was the Raster Subsystem Design Manager for the high-end graphics supercomputer. At Axil Workstations and LSI Logic, Mr. Wang was the Chief Designer for the SPARC system chipset. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan, and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations
Alex Wong has served as the Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Synaptics since September 2006. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Wong was the company's Managing Director of Hong Kong and Director of Operations. Prior to joining Synaptics, Mr. Wong held various management positions with National Semiconductor, including General Manager for National Joint Ventures in China and Hong Kong, as well as Director of Corporate Business Development. Mr. Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of East Asia, Macau.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Research and CTO
Patrick Worfolk joined Synaptics in March 2009 and ascended to the Chief Technology Officer role in April 2014. Dr. Worfolk held various management positions at Synaptics, most recently serving as Senior Director of Research. Prior to joining Synaptics, he spent 12 years leading technology development at several Silicon Valley high-tech startups in the wireless communications industry, including W5 Networks, Tzero Technologies, and Caly Networks. Early in his career, Dr. Worfolk held academic and research positions at Brown University, the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Worfolk holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University.