Board of Advisors
Mike Slawson most recently served as Qualtré¹s President and CEO. He has transitioned to the role of Advisory Board Chair. Prior to Qualtré, Mike served as a General Partner with Alliance Technology Ventures (ATV), an early-stage venture capital firm, where he was involved in the formation and early development of several semiconductor and wireless technology companies. Mike came to ATV in 1998 from Chicago-based early-stage investor ARCH Venture Partners, where he was a Kauffman Fellow. Mike¹s career began as an electrical engineer at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA, followed by engineering and marketing positions at Siemens and Alcatel. Mike holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a BE in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.
George Barber was most recently CEO of SyChip-Murata, a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata. Beginning in 2001, George was CEO of SyChip Inc., a venture capital-backed start-up acquired by Murata in 2006. SyChip, which produced RF Chip Scale Modules, Systems-in-Package, and integrated circuits for the portable device market, received ³Rising Star² and ³Fast 50² awards from Deloitte and Touche. Prior to SyChip, George served in various capacities at Texas Instruments (TI), including as the head of two TI subsidiaries, Amati and Alantro. George was also Vice President and General Manager of TI¹s Worldwide Broadband Access Group business unit, and served on the advisory board of TI Ventures. George spent several years living in Taiwan, where he was Vice President of TI Asia. He received a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Dayton.
Robert Blake is Vice President of the Consumer and Automotive Business Group at Altera Corp., and was previously Vice President of Product Planning, where he was responsible for defining Altera's programmable logic product portfolio. He has been developing ASIC and programmable logic for high-speed network applications for over 17 years. Prior to Altera he worked at LSI Logic and Fairchild where he worked developing ASIC technology. Robert holds a MEng. in Business and Microelectronics, and a BSc. in Applied Physics & Electronics from the University of Durham in England.
David Norbury retired as CEO of RF Micro Devices in 2003 after having led the organization for ten years from start-up through IPO to market leadership in cellular handset PA's and other GaAs devices. Prior to RFMD, Dave began his career as an RF/microwave design engineer at Avantek where he worked for 12 years, eventually becoming division vice president. He later joined Polylithics, a start-up multi-chip module company, as President and CEO. He has a BSEE from the University of Michigan, an MSEE from Stanford, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Franklin Weigold served, from 1999 to 2003, as Vice President and General Manager of the Micromachined Products Division of Analog Devices, Inc., and from 1992 to 1999 was Vice President and General Manager of its Transportation and Industrial Products Division. Prior to joining Analog Devices, Franklin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Unitrode Corporation, and as President of Silicon General Inc. Franklin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hittite Microwave Corporation, Enpirion Inc., and Siimpel Corporation, and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.