Management Team

Greg Winner
President & CEO

Greg Winner has over 30 years of semiconductor experience, with emphasis on product development and operations. Most recently, Greg held the position of CEO for ZeroG, a privately held semiconductor company focused on Wi-Fi for the embedded space. Previously he was the General Manager of the GPS Business Unit at Atheros Communications, Inc. and was formerly CEO, u-Nav Microelectronics which was a privately held semiconductor startup focused on GPS solutions and acquired by Atheros. He also served as Sr. Vice President, Engineering and Quality for Applied Micro Circuits, Corp where he managed product development, central engineering, quality and operations related functions for the optical communication IC market. During his previous 17-year tenure at Silicon Systems Inc., Greg held several management positions that included the development of high performance analog, mixed-signal and digital integrated circuits for Storage applications.

Michael Hutchinson
Chief Financial Officer

Mike joined Gainspan as Chief Financial Officer in March 2015 with over 25 years of experience in high-growth startups and publicly traded companies. Prior to GainSpan, Mike was Vice President of Finance for Vocera Communications, Inc., where he established and led the finance and accounting operations to scale revenues from $3M to $100M+, culminating in a successful IPO in March 2012. Mike also spent 3 years leading sales and service operations as Managing Director for their UK subsidiary. Previously, Mike led finance organizations at start-ups Euclid Network Solutions and, and served in financial management roles for 3Com and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, specifically in their business turnaround group. He began his career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick. Mike holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and two bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University.

Bob Twomey
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales

Bob brings over 29 years of sales and sales management experience to the Gainspan organization. He directs all aspects of GainSpan’s global sales, including Tier 1 and strategic customer engagement, and manages the company’s network of distributors and representatives. He has extensive expertise in wireless and Wi-Fi technology from his days at Agere Systems, Airgo Networks and Qualcomm. Bob was most recently vice president of worldwide sales at HMicro, Inc. In the past 11 years as worldwide sales leader, Bob has generated significant shareholder value for companies such as sTec, which was acquired by Western Digital/HGST, Luxtera, Inc. (acquired by Molex), and Airgo Networks (acquired by Qualcomm). His work has included pioneering innovative wireless MIMO technologies into volume revenue, managing sales/FAE teams, building sales teams internationally, and establishing personal contacts with CXO level personnel in the industry. Bob hold a bachelor’s degree in marketing and sales management from The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in New York.

Bernard Aboussouan
Vice President, Business Development

Bernard Aboussouan leads business development, partner programs and the marketing of value-added solutions for GainSpan. Before joining the company, Bernard was vice president of marketing and business development at Sequans Communications, where he was instrumental in building the company into the leading WiMAX chipmaker and where he was also in charge of Sequans' expansion in the United States. Prior to Sequans, he was vice president of marketing and business development at BeamReach Networks and earlier in his career, he held senior marketing and engineering positions at Harris Corporation and Nortel Networks.

Brent Little
Vice President, Marketing

Brent Little leads product marketing and applications engineering for GainSpan. Before joining the company Brent spent several years as an entrepreneur, business consultant and math and science teacher. Prior to that he served as Sr. Vice President, Marketing and General Manager at Applied Micro Circuits Corp, where during his 14 year-tenure he was instrumental in growing the company’s revenues nearly 10 fold and completing a successful IPO while overseeing marketing, mergers & acquisitions, systems engineering, and applications engineering. Brent started his career as a systems and project engineer in the defense industry working for several years on electronic warfare and sonar systems for the Department of the Navy. He holds a BSEE from the University of California and successfully completed the Executive Program for Scientist and Engineers (EPSE) from UC San Diego.

Pankaj Vyas
Vice President, Software & Systems; Managing Director, GainSpan India (Bangalore)

Pankaj Vyas has more than 16 years of engineering and management experience in the networking and software technology industries and particular expertise in routing protocols, IPv6, mobile IP, security protocols and ATM, and he holds several patents in networking. Pankaj led the software and systems engineering team of the business group at Intel that was spun out to form GainSpan. Prior to Intel, he worked as a senior manager at Cisco Systems, where he successfully built and led engineering efforts for developing and supporting networking products in multiple domains, including ATM, security control, and managed network services.

Thai Nguyen
Vice President, Engineering

Thai Nguyen has over two decades of experience designing and managing semiconductor and systems development with a focus on broadband wireless. Prior to GainSpan, he was vice president of engineering, wireless at NDS Surgical Imaging and before that vice president, engineering at TZero Technologies (acquired by NDS Surgical Imaging), a fabless semiconductor company providing high-performance UWB chip sets and video solutions. He also served as vice president of RF/analog and applications at Quantenna Communications, where he developed MIMO RF products in sub-micron CMOS and LTCC technologies, and director of RF/analog & hardware development at Resonext Communications (acquired by RFMD) where he delivered industry-leading 802.11 a/b/g direct conversion CMOS RFIC transceivers. Earlier, Thai held management and engineering positions at Toshiba America Electronics Corporation, IC Works (acquired by Cypress Semiconductor) and National Semiconductor.

Haike Dong
Vice President, Operations

Haike Dong leads the company's manufacturing operations. Before joining GainSpan, Dr. Dong served as director of operations for Dust Networks, managing all aspects of manufacturing activities for the company's silicon and board-level products. Prior to Dust Networks, he was director of product and technology of the Consumer Product Group at LSI Logic, where he managed product and test engineering, foundry technology, assembly and packaging, vendor relationships, as well as product quality and reliability efforts. Earlier in his career, Haike held management and engineering positions at C-Cube Microsystems, Hyundai Electronics, and Sony Semiconductor. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Richard Najarian
Senior Director, Solutions Marketing

Richard leads the platform solutions marketing team and brings more than 15 years of experience in the wireless semiconductor industry, driving business development and product marketing for highly successful companies. Previously, Richard was the Senior Director of Marketing for Broadcom Corporation where he was responsible for its WLAN connectivity business addressing retail and service provider markets. Richard was Vice President of Sales and Business Development for a privately held Silicon Valley semiconductor startup that developed leading assisted-GPS chipset solutions and location-based services. He drove Global Locate’s successful product and business strategy leading to the acquisition by Broadcom Corporation. Richard holds a BSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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