Meet our Leadership Team
Kishore Seendripu, Ph.D.
Kishore Seendripu, Ph.D., is a co-founder and has served as our Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer since our inception in September 2003. Dr. Seendripu also serves as a director. From 1996 to 2002, Dr. Seendripu served in engineering and management roles at Rockwell Semiconductor Systems, Broadcom Corporation and Silicon Wave, Inc. developing radio frequency systems-on-chip solutions for use in wireless and broadband communication systems and products. From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Seendripu served as a graduate student research assistant at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories.
Dr. Seendripu received a M.S. in Materials Sciences Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, a B. Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Litchfield most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Microsemi Corporation, a provider of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions that was acquired by Microchip Technology, Inc. in May 2018. Mr. Litchfield served in that position from 2009 until the closing of the acquisition by Microchip. Previously, he served as Microsemi’s Vice President, Analog and Mixed Signal Group from 2006 to 2009, as its Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Business Development from 2003 to 2006, and as its Director, Business Development from 2001 to 2003. Prior to joining Microsemi, Mr. Litchfield was an equity research analyst at Banc of America Securities and a production engineer at Toyota Motor Corporation. Mr. Litchfield also serves on the board of directors of several early stage technology companies that are not publicly traded.
Mr. Litchfield holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.
Curtis Ling, Ph.D.
Curtis Ling, Ph.D. is a co-founder and has served as our Chief Technical Officer since April 2006. From March 2004 to July 2006, Dr. Ling served as our Chief Financial Officer, and from September 2003 to March 2004, as a co-founder, he consulted for us. From July 1999 to July 2003, Dr. Ling served as a principal engineer at Silicon Wave, Inc. From August 1993 to May 1999, Dr. Ling served as a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Dr. Ling received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Michael Bollesen is Vice President of Sales and brings a proven success record in leading and expanding Global Sales. Mr. Bollesen global business experience and results orientation will be a compliment to and a strong addition to the MaxLinear executive team.
Mr. Bollesen has 25 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry with a legacy of success at Cypress Semiconductor. Over the course of his career he has served as the President of Cypress China, VP Sales for Asia Pacific, GM of the Cypress China business unit and Module business unit. Mr. Bollesen also held the positions of President Cypress Japan and VP Sales Japan, Director Datacom applications, and Director of Marketing. During Mr. Bollesen career he also lived in China for 13 years and was a successful leader in the region.
Mr. Bollesen received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.
Kathi Guiney joined MaxLinear as Vice President of Human Resources in November 2011. Ms. Guiney brings to MaxLinear over 25 years of Human Resources expertise in both domestic and international business environments. Prior to MaxLinear, she served as President and Executive Consultant of YES!HRSolutions; contributing HR expertise to fast growth privately held companies in multiple industries. Ms. Guiney also has a successful career track record in dynamic HR leadership roles at major public companies including PRG Schultz, a global financial services company and at Western Digital Corporation, a leader in storage technology. Ms. Guiney received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon, Eugene and has earned the national SPHR and international GPHR professional human resource accreditations.
Kelly Jones joined MaxLinear as Vice President of Worldwide Operations in October 2020. Prior to MaxLinear, Mr. Jones served as Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Microsemi Corporation since 2005. From 2000 to 2004 he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Microsemi’s Analog Mixed-Signal Division. From 1984 to 1999 he served in various engineering, operations, marketing, and sales positions for Silicon General-Linfinity Microelectronics. Mr. Jones was a product-test engineer at Motorola Semiconductor from 1980 to 1983.
Mr. Jones holds a BSEE degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
James Lougheed was appointed Vice President of Marketing, High Performance Analog, in May 2017, following the acquisition of Exar Corporation by MaxLinear. From 2008 to 2017, Mr. Lougheed served in multiple senior leadership roles at Exar Corporation, including Sr Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing. Mr. Lougheed brings over 20 years of experience in the electronic industry, spanning sales and marketing of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, electronic systems, and component distribution. Prior to Exar, he also held sales and marketing responsibilities at Cirrus Logic, Apexone Microelectronics, and Future Electronics.
Mr. Lougheed received an associate degree in electrical and electronic engineering, a postgraduate certificate in management, and a M.B.A from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Madhukar Reddy, Ph.D.
Madhukar Reddy, Ph.D. has served as our Vice President, IC and RF Systems Engineering since November 2006. From January 2005 to November 2006, Dr. Reddy served as our Director, RF/Mixed-Signal IC Design. From July 2002 to January 2005, he served as Manager, RFIC Design at Skyworks Solutions. From January 1999 to July 2002, he served as RFIC Design Engineer and Group Leader at Conexant Systems. From January 1997 to December 1998, he served as RFIC Designer at Rockwell Semiconductor Systems. Since 2005, Dr. Reddy has been a member of the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE RFIC Symposium.
Dr. Reddy received a B. Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Michelle Sayer is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of MaxLinear. Ms. Sayer is a seasoned attorney and experienced executive with background in the technology space, including more than ten years in the semiconductor industry. She previous served in numerous roles at Broadcom Corporation, culminating as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining MaxLinear, she worked in a variety of technology industries and served as Chief Legal Officer at Kyriba Corp and General Counsel at Panasonic Avionics. Ms. Sayer serves on the board of directors of the Lung Cancer Foundation of America. Ms. Sayer has a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Will Torgerson joined MaxLinear as Vice President of Global Sales in November 2012 and in 2015 assumed the role of General Manager, and Vice President of the Company’s global Broadband business. Mr. Torgerson brings to MaxLinear over 16 years sales and semiconductor experience. Prior to MaxLinear, he served as Vice President of America Sales for SMSC, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company serving the enterprise, automotive, PC, CE, and industrial markets. Prior to SMSC, Mr. Torgerson was the Vice President of Global Sales at StarGen, Inc., Director of America Sales at PLX Technology, Sales and Field Application Engineering at Actel, Inc., and began his career at Intergraph Corporation as a design engineer.
Mr. Torgerson received a BSEE degree from the University of Alabama, Huntsville and an MBA from University of New York, Stonybrook.
Brendan Walsh joined MaxLinear in 2004 as Vice President of Business Development. Since September 2014, he has served as Vice President of Product Line Marketing, Infrastructure Group. Prior to MaxLinear, Mr. Walsh was the Director of Business Development and Venture Investment in the Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Philips Electronics N.V., an electronics company. From August 1999 to October 2000, he served as a strategic investment manager for Hikari Tsushin Inc., a retailer of mobile devices and venture capital firm focusing on mobile technologies.
Mr. Walsh received a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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