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Our Management 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.

Michael Hurlston

President and CEO

Michael Hurlston was appointed President and CEO of Synaptics in August 2019. Before joining Synaptics, Mr. Hurlston was the CEO at Finisar Corporation where he was also a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Finisar, he served as senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Connectivity Products/Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division at Broadcom Limited, as well as other senior leadership positions in sales, marketing and general management. Prior to joining Broadcom in 2001, Michael 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 also a member of the board of directors of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. and Vilynx Inc. he received a B.S.E.E., an M.S.E.E. and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis.

Saleel Awsare

Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoT Division

Mr. Saleel Awsare is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the IoT Division since April 2019. 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.

Dean Butler

Chief Financial Officer

Dean Butler joined Synaptics in October 2019. Before joining Synaptics, he served as Vice President of Finance at Marvell Technology Group Ltd. from July 2016 to October 2019. Prior to joining Marvell, he served as Controller of the Ethernet Switching Division at Broadcom Limited from January 2015 through July 2016. Prior to joining Broadcom, Mr. Butler held senior finance positions at Maxim Integrated from May 2007 to December 2014. Mr. Butler received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Satish Ganesan

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.

Kurt Hoff

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Kurt Hoff is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales since November 2019. Prior to being appointed as the head of sales at Synaptics, he led sales for IoT, PC, and Broad Markets. Mr. Hoff joined Synaptics through 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.

Richard Lu

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and Automotive Division

Richard Lu joined Synaptics in December 2018 as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile and Automotive Division. Before joining Synaptics, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile Solutions Division at Fairchild. After ON Semiconductor’s acquisition of Fairchild, Mr. Lu became Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile, Computing, and Cloud Division at ON Semiconductor. In this role, he was responsible for the DC/DC power management business and developed solutions for IoT, Smartphone, Computing, Telecom, and Data Center markets. Prior to Fairchild, Mr. Lu held design engineering and design management positions at Maxim Integrated and Analog Devices Inc. Mr. Lu holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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.

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.

Alex Wong

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 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.

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