Our Leadership Team

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.

Rick Bergman

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.

Wajid Ali

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.

Kevin Barber

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Division

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.

Jean Boufarhat

Senior Vice President, 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.

Tina Gu

Corporate Vice President of Sales, Mobile and Automotive Markets

Tina Gu is Corporate Vice President of Sales focused on the mobile and automotive markets, with extensive international business experience. After joining Synaptics in 2006 as an FAE in China, she ascended to her current position through key marketing and sales posts, including Marketing Director, Vice President and Country Manager for China, Vice President of China Business Development and most recently Vice President of Global LCM Sales. Prior to Synaptics, Ms. Gu served as Field Application Engineer Manager with Colier International in China, after previously holding the position of Application Engineer with Sonic Electronic, also in China. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Tongji University and earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from China Europe International Business School.

Kurt Hoff

Corporate Vice President of Sales, IoT/PC/Broad Market

Kurt Hoff has been Corporate Vice President of Sales, focused on IoT, PC, and Broad Market customers since April 2018. Mr. Hoff joined Synaptics upon the acquisition of Conexant in 2017 where he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales since 2015. Prior to Conexant, he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Silicon Laboratories Inc. from 2007 to 2015, and as Vice President, EMEA Sales from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Hoff has more than 30 years of industry experience, including leadership roles at Motorola/Freescale and AMD. Mr. Hoff received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Shawn Liu

Senior Vice President and General Manager, PC Division

Shawn Liu has served as General Manager, PC Division, since July 2017. Mr. Liu joined Synaptics in November 2012 as Vice President of ThinTouch Products in the Human Interface Systems Division, and then rotated though senior leadership positions in the Smart Display Division and Biometrics Product Division within Synaptics. From January 2011 to November 2012, he was a Director at Apple, where he led the Engineering Program Management team responsible for technologies in Mac and iOS products. From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Liu held senior positions at AMD/ATI and Cadence. Early in his career, Mr. Liu spent several years in Taiwan in various managerial capacities including a business development position at a wireless chipset start-up, and held various design engineering positions at SGI, LSI Logic and VLSI Technology. Mr. Liu holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

John McFarland

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.

Adnan Raza

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Adnan Raza joined Synaptics in 2013 and is the company’s Senior 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.

Nicole Singer

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources

Nicole Singer joined Synaptics in January 2018 and is Senior Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources. Ms. Singer brings more than 20 years of varied professional experience with technology companies to her role including serving as Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources at Xilinx. Prior to joining Xilinx, she served in various technology sales and customer implementation roles at management consulting and software companies such as Accenture, Deloitte Consulting and PeopleSoft. Ms. Singer received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with a minor in Psychology and Business, from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) plus Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Boston University in Boston, MA.

Huibert Verhoeven

Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoT Division

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.

Alex Wong

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.

Patrick Worfolk

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 degree in Mathematics from MIT and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University.