GaN Systems Appoints Jim Witham as CEO

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 8:42am
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Jim Witham CEO GaN Systems: Photo Credit: GaN SystemsHighly-regarded power electronics executive to head up worldwide commercialization of company’s gallium nitride power semiconductors.

Ontario – GaN Systems has announced the appointment of Jim Witham as CEO of the corporation. GaN Systems’ power conversion devices, based on its proprietary Island Technology, are being commercialized in 2014 and the company is expanding globally. Co-founders Girvan Patterson and John Roberts will continue in their current roles as President and Chief Technical Officer, respectively. 

Witham has over thirty years’ experience in business development, international sales, and marketing and operations management, and joins GaN Systems from Neoconix, a manufacturer of high density, high performance miniature connectors. As President and CEO of Neoconix, he successfully implemented strategic changes which dramatically increased revenue and resulted in the company’s acquisition by Unimicron Technology. Prior to Neoconix, Witham spent five years as President and CEO at Fultec Semiconductor and has also held VP Sales & Marketing positions at Aegis Semiconductor and Genoa Corporation. Other notable career highlights include senior executive positions at Raychem, including Director of Asia Sales & Marketing, based in Japan. As an Engineering Specialist at General Dynamics’ Space System Divison during the eighties, Witham worked on fluid systems for the Space Shuttle and was on Mission Control for interplanetary missions.

Witham holds an MBA from Harvard and both M.S. and B.S. with distinction in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

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