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 served as 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 served as 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's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in business administration 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 Synaptics 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 Corporation, 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's of arts and master's of arts degrees in economics from York University; a master's of business administration degree from the Schulich School of Business, York University; and a CPA, CMA designation 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 (SDD) at Synaptics since January 2011. With 15 years of executive experience with organizations such as Conexant Systems, Skyworks Solutions, PRTM, and ACCO, Mr. Barber has extensive domain expertise in the mobile communication industry. Prior to joining our company Mr. Barber was CEO of ACCO Semiconductor since 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's of science in electrical engineering from San Diego State University and a master's of business administration from Pepperdine University.
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Scott Deutsch joined Synaptics in January 2013 and serves as the senior vice president of worldwide sales. Prior to Synaptics, Mr. Deutsch was the vice president of worldwide sales for AuthenTec, a leading supplier in mobile and network security solutions, which included fingerprint sensors, and 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 the 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 Corporation. Before joining MMC Networks, he spent eight years at Cypress Semiconductor in various sales and management roles. Mr. Deutsch earned a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from Fresno State University.
Senior Vice President and General Manager of 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. Ritu has 26 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 run businesses in the communications infrastructure and automotive markets. She ran the Compound Semiconductor business in the Motorola Wireless Infrastructure Division from 1999 thru 2002. She then headed the North America/Japan Automotive business in the Analog and Mixed Signal Products Division inside Motorola Semiconductor from until 2004. Ms. Ritu ran the Digital Home Division for Freescale Semiconductor, and was promoted to the executive level during her tenure there. She then became the 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’s master's of science degrees in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.
Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources
Karen Gaydon joined Synaptics in December 2012 and serves as the senior vice president of human resources. Ms. Gaydon is responsible for the design and development of HR strategies and processes that drive the Synaptics business objectives and the company’s unique culture. She also oversees charitable activities, healthy-workplace initiatives and corporate real estate planning. Prior to joining Synaptics, Ms. Gadon 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. Karen was born in England and she 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’s of arts 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 the 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, Korea. Mr. McFarland holds a bachelor's of arts degree in Asian studies -- and conferred with highest distinction -- from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law.
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Bret Sewell is senior vice president of marketing and business development at Synaptics. Prior to joining Synaptics, Mr. Sewell served as executive vice president at Coulomb Technologies, and held chief executive officer roles at Venturi Wireless and Kiwi Networks. As an early member of SnapTrack, he built the company’s relationships with mobile device OEMs and wireless service providers, and helped SnapTrack become the leading mobile location software and semiconductor provider. After SnapTrack’s $1 billion acquisition by Qualcomm, Mr. Sewell served as president of Qualcomm’s SnapTrack subsidiary, and senior vice president in Qualcomm’s semiconductor division. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sewell built and served as general manager for the Asia Pacific divisions of Octel Communications and Aspect Telecommunications. He holds a master of business administration degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a master of arts degree in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor of arts degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University. He lived and worked in Asia for five years and speaks Japanese.
Senior Vice President and General Manager of the 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 (HISD). 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 area. 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 their overseas development centers and drove the entry into the precision semiconductor, automotive and computing areas. Huibert holds a PhD and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Delft University, The Netherlands.
Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering
David Wang joined Synaptics in September 2012 and serves as the senior vice president of silicon engineering. Prior to joining Synaptics, Mr. Wang was the 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 the 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 bachelors of science degree in electrical engineering from National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan and an masters of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Senior Vice President of 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's of science degree in computer science from California State University, Northridge, and a master's in business administration from the University of East Asia, Macau.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Research and CTO
Patrick Worfolk joined Synaptics in March 2009 and succeeded 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, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Worfolk holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and masters of science and a doctor of philosophy degrees in applied mathematics from Cornell University.