Executive Bios

Synaptics is dedicated to fostering creativity and excellence throughout our global organization. Staying on the cutting edge of human interface technology for more than two decades requires a talented and focused team dedicated toward driving ongoing innovation. Our executive team combines technological expertise with deep knowledge of the global marketplace and a clear vision of the future. They focus our organization to continue to push human interface technology to new heights of creativity and innovation.

Rick Bergman

President and CEO
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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 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 degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.

Kevin Barber

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Smart Display Division (SDD)
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Kevin Barber has been the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Smart Display Division (SDD) for 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, 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 was Senior Vice President of Operations at Skyworks Solutions from 2002 to 2003 and Conexant Systems from 2001 to 2002. Previously, he held various senior operations positions at Conexant Systems and Rockwell Semiconductor. Mr. Barber holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Kathleen Bayless

Senior Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer
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Kathleen Bayless joined Synaptics in March 2009 as Senior Vice President. She succeeded to the CFO role in September 2009.

Ms. Bayless spent thirteen years at Komag, a leading supplier of thin-film disks, where she served most recently as Executive Vice President, Secretary, and Chief Financial Officer. During her tenure at Komag, she helped to successfully manage the company, build its extensive international operations in Asia and grow its revenue to more than $1 billion. Prior to Komag, Ms. Bayless had a distinguished career at Ernst & Young. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Fresno and is a CPA.

Scott Deutsch

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Scott Deutsch

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, which was successfully 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 of Science degree in electrical engineering from Fresno State University.

Ritu Favre

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Biometrics Products Division (BPD)
Ritu Favre

Ritu Favre joined Synaptics in June 2014 as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Biometrics Products Division at Synaptics.

Ritu has 26 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and a career that covers all aspects of the semiconductor business. From 1988 thru 1999, she worked in roles of increasing responsibility in the wafer fabrication and assembly/test facilities at Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector. She transitioned from manufacturing roles in 1999, and has spent the rest of her career running businesses in the communications infrastructure and automotive businesses. She ran the Compound Semiconductor business in the Motorola Wireless Infrastructure Division from 1999 thru 2002. She ran the North America/Japan Automotive Business in the Analog and Mixed Signal Products Division inside Motorola Semiconductor from 2002 through 2004. She ran the Digital Home Division for Freescale Semiconductor, and was promoted to the executive level during her tenure there. She 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, where she was responsible for maintaining a leadership position in high power RF amplifiers through constant innovation. Ms Favre holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Karen Gaydon

Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources
Karen Gaydon

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, Karen 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 includes Vice President roles in several business units across the U.S. and Europe.

Karen has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale global change and growth, delivering mergers and acquisitions and building a world class Human Resources team.

Karen was born in England and she earned a HNC in Business Administration from the University of the South West, England with a concentration in Human Resources. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco along with several professional Human Resources certifications.

John McFarland

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
John McFarland

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. Mr. McFarland spent his early career at law firms in Palo Alto, California, and Seoul, 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.

Bret Sewell

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Bret Sewell

Bret Sewell is the 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 CEO roles at Venturi Wireless and Kiwi Networks. As an early member of SnapTrack, Mr. Sewell 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, he 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. Mr. Sewell holds a Master of Business Administration from Wharton, a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Anthropology from Harvard. He lived and worked in Asia for 5 years and speaks Japanese.

David Wang

Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering
David Wang

David Wang Joined Synaptics in September 2012 and serves as the Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering.

Prior to joining Synaptics, David was the Corporate Vice President at AMD responsible for SOC development of AMD/ATI's processor products (GPU, CPU, and APU). As part of that responsibility, David has successfully driven the last eight process technology transitions at AMD/ATI including 28nm. David was a key member of ArtX which was acquired by ATI in 2000. While at ArtX, ATI, and AMD, David also has played key roles in developing solutions for the major game consoles, including the last three generations of Nintendo products. Prior to ArtX, David had 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, he was the chief designer for the SPARC system chipset. David has a BSEE from National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan and MSEE degree from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Alex Wong

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations
Alex Wong

Alex Wong has been the Vice President of World Wide Operations of our company since September 2006.

From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Wong served our company as 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 the Director of Corporate Business Development. Mr. Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University at Northridge and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of East Asia, Macau.