Staying on the cutting edge of human interface technology for more than two decades requires talent that begins at the very top. But understanding technology has to come with a thorough understanding of what it takes to help OEMs succeed. That’s exactly how our executive team works. This team combines technological expertise with a 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.
President and CEO
Michael Hurlston has been a director and the President and Chief Executive Officer of our Company since August 2019. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Hurlston served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Finisar Corporation from January 2018 to August 2019. Prior to joining Finisar, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile Connectivity Products/Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division and held senior leadership positions in sales, marketing and general management at Broadcom Limited and its predecessor corporation from November 2001 through October 2017. Prior to joining Broadcom in 2001, Mr. Hurlston held senior marketing and engineering positions at Oren Semiconductor, Inc., Avasem, Integrated Circuit Systems, Micro Power Systems, Exar and IC Works from 1991 until 2001. Mr. Hurlston is a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Flextronics International, Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed company. From August 2016 to August 2021, Mr. Hurlston was a member of the Board of Directors and the Compensation, Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc., an NYSE-listed company. Mr. Hurlston serves on the Board of Executive Trustees of the UC Davis Foundation and on the Dean’s Executive Committee for the College of Engineering and the Dean’s Advisory Counsel for the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. Mr. Hurlston holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Davis.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, PC & Peripherals Division
Saleel Awsare is the SVP and GM of the PC & Peripherals Division since July 2020 which comprises of the company’s TouchPad, fingerprint, printer, and video interface business including DisplayLink. Before joining Synaptics as CVP & GM of Audio & Imaging Products, he was President of Conexant which was acquired by Synaptics in July 2017. At Conexant, Awsare led the growth of its audio, voice and imaging business while successfully executing a turnaround by becoming a market leader in audio and voice technologies. Mr. Awsare served as president of Nuvoton's U.S. operations and general manager of the its audio and voice divisions. In 2008, he started the audio product line within Nuvoton, a spin-off of Winbond Electronics, significantly growing that business by delivering new products focused on large customers in the consumer market. Prior to Nuvoton, he was the executive vice president and general manager of mixed signal products for Winbond Electronics Corporation America. Before Winbond, he was director of engineering for Information Storage Devices, where he was part of the team that developed the first single chip analog voice playback and record product based on embedded flash technology. He holds a B.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.S. from Santa Clara University. He has five patents and has written for multiple publications. Mr. Awsare is also a Director of Sigma Designs, Inc. since February 25, 2018 and member of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology since September of 2017.
Senior Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Michael Brooker joined Synaptics in December 2014 and now serves as Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. Prior to Synaptics, Michael was Vice President of Information Technology Operations at Atmel Corporation. Prior to joining Atmel, Michael was president of his own technology consulting company and prior to that was Vice President of Strategic Projects at Idea Integration. Michael has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Griffith University (Australia); a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Curtin University of Technology (Australia), and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).
Chief Financial Officer
Dean Butler has been the Chief Financial Officer of our Company since his appointment in October 2019. In his capacity he oversees all financial matters of the Company including its accounting and reporting, financial planning, tax, treasury, and investor relations functions. Mr. Butler brings nearly two decades of financial leadership and semiconductor industry experience, including having completed more than $11 billion in M&A activity and having successfully raised more than $8 billion in capital from the public markets. In 2021, Institutional Investor named Mr. Butler to the All-America Executive Team among the Best CFOs and Best Investor Relations Programs in the mid-cap semiconductor category.
Prior to joining Synaptics, Mr. Butler served as Vice President of Finance at Marvell Technology since July 2016 where he lead many of the strategic initiatives during a transformational period resulting in more than tripling of the enterprise value of Marvell during this time. Prior to Marvell, Mr. Butler served as Division Controller at Broadcom where he oversaw the financial matters of a large multi-billion dollar division. Prior to Broadcom, Mr. Butler held various senior financial positions from 2005 to 2014 at Maxim Integrated and Wells Fargo. Mr. Butler received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is a graduate of Stanford University's Strategic Financial Leadership Program.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Alex Chou joined Synaptics through the acquisition of Broadcom’s wireless IoT connectivity business in July of 2020 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Prior to Synaptics, he served as VP of Product Marketing at Broadcom Corporation’s Wireless Connectivity business unit, which he grew as a new line of business from near-zero to $500 million a year in 5 years. Prior to that, he also jump-started Broadcom’s first enterprise Ethernet Switch, PoE and 10GBASE-T PHY product lines and grew each business to more than 50% market share under his management. Mr. Chou was also an investment VP at UMC Venture Capital where he assisted in funding successful semiconductor startups. Mr. Chou spent his early career in the PC Graphics field and co-found/served as VP of Engineering for his startup graphic IC company, ARK Logic, Inc., which was acquired by Integrated Circuit Systems. He received his BS degree from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and an MS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University in New York.
Chief Strategy Officer
Satish Ganesan joined Synaptics in November 2019 as Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to Synaptics, Satish served as Chief Product Officer of Keyssa, a wireless startup focused on short range connectivity. Before that, he held several executive positions at Broadcom where he led IoT and mobile strategy at different times. Prior to Broadcom, he held various senior product marketing positions at Tilera and Broadcom. He spent his early career in various engineering roles at Xilinx, and holds more than 10 US patents. He received his Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS, India and MS in Computer Engineering from University of Cincinnati.
Senior Vice President and General Manager of IoT Processors, Chief Product Officer
Vikram Gupta joined Synaptics in January 2023 and serves as the SVP and GM of IoT Processors and Chief Product Officer. Prior to joining Synaptics, Vikram was the SVP and GM of IoT Compute and Wireless Business Lines for Infineon Technologies, where he led the integration and transformation efforts for the $1B+ multi-site business with three product lines following Infineon’s acquisition of Cypress, where he served as VP of Engineering of the IoT Business Unit. Prior to Cypress, Vikram navigated a progressive tenure with Broadcom, advancing in leadership and responsibility across both engineering and business. Earlier in his career he was a co-founder of Zeevo, a developer of system-on-chip solutions for Bluetooth and other wireless communications applications, which was ultimately purchased by Broadcom. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science in India and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Products
Venkat Kodavati joined Synaptics in April 2020 and serves as SVP and GM of Wireless Products. Prior to Synaptics, Venkat ran the emerging 60 GHz wireless business at Broadcom, successfully launching products into the backhaul market with tier-1 customers. Prior to Broadcom, Mr. Kodavati was the CEO and co-founder of Posedge, a company that grew into a multi-million-dollar enterprise by developing and selling IP cores, including Wi-Fi and Ethernet switches. In 2013, he successfully sold the company to Imagination Technologies. Venkat also held various senior engineering management roles at Broadcom and participated in the growth of the wireless connectivity business from $0 to nearly $3B. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani, India; an MS in Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Cruz; and he has more than 10 patents with papers published in multiple journals.
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Todd Lepinski joined Synaptics as the SVP of Worldwide Sales in June 2021. Before joining Synaptics Todd was the VP of Sales at ARM since 2016. Prior to ARM he held several sales management roles at Broadcom since 2004, in US and Europe. Todd also held sales positions at Wolfson Micro, AMD and Texas Instruments. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
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. 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.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Divyesh Shah joined Synaptics in March 2020 as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations. Prior to Synaptics, Divyesh ran operations for SiTime and was part of the executive team that had a successful IPO in 2019. Before that, Mr. Shah was at Broadcom (formerly Avago, LSI Logic) for 22 years, ultimately managing worldwide IC operations. He has also held positions at Integrated Device Technology, National Semiconductor and a MEMS startup. Divyesh has served on the boards of industry and community organizations including the Global Semiconductor Alliance and Notre Dame High School. He holds a dual Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Chief People Officer
Lori Stahl joined Synaptics as the Chief People Officer in 2022. As the Chief People Officer, she is responsible for executing the company’s human resource (HR) strategy and employee programs worldwide. She provides leadership for developing and supporting high-performing teams and building exceptional programs that foster employee collaboration, creativity and continuous development.
Ms. Stahl has 23 years of successful experience in nearly every human resources discipline in the technology, insurance, and renewable energy industries. Prior to Synaptics, Ms. Stahl was Chief People Officer at Vocera Communications (acquired by Stryker Corporation in 2022) since June 2013. Under her leadership, the company earned industry recognition as a great place to work multiple years in a row. Lori also held HR leadership roles at both private and public companies including Nanosolar, Extreme Networks, Cisco Systems and WebEx in all HR disciplines.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a minor in Marketing from California State University East-Bay. Additionally, she holds several HR professional certifications, including Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), and Certified Benefits Professional (CBP).
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and IoT Division
Craig Stein joined Synaptics in March 2021 and is currently the SVP and GM of the Mobile and IoT Division which comprises the company’s Smart Sensor, Display Driver and Multimedia businesses. He also leads core development engineering for the Wireless Connectivity Division that includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GNSS solutions. Prior to joining Synaptics, Craig was Vice President & General Manager in the Data Center Products Group (DPG) at Intel Corporation. In this capacity, he led a large team of platform architects, engineers, product and program managers owning hardware, firmware and software customer products including CPU, memory, storage, AI and 5G. He also worked closely with the broader marketing and business development teams to help drive optimal P&L, roadmaps and strategies. Earlier at Intel, he also led ASIC architecture and development teams owning 3DXP products. Prior to Intel, Craig spent time as COO & GM with P&L ownership for Polara Engineering focusing on embedded systems, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and power communication systems for transportation. Craig was also VP of R&D for Knowles Corp, a sensor and audio company focusing on hearing aids, heart monitors and other consumer, industrial and military products. Previously, Craig held critical leadership roles at Broadcom and HP, as well as other semiconductor and transportation companies developing and productizing wired/wireless communication and embedded products. Craig has five issued patents and five others pending. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and an MSEE from San Jose State University.