Global supplier of GaN Transphorm appoints six executive leaders

Primit Parikh, President and Chief Operating Officer at Transphorm

Transphorm, Inc.—a global supplier of high reliability, high performance gallium nitride (GaN) power conversion products—announced the appointment of six company leaders.

The roles are being filled by company veterans as well as newly hired experts, strategically building out Transphorm’s executive bench. The collective sales, operations, engineering, and product marketing skillsets brought by these individuals will contribute to Transphorm’s business growth and customer support strategies as the company responds to a rapidly rising demand for high voltage gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductors across industries.

What were the executive’s thoughts on the appointments?

“The GaN power semiconductor field enablesefficiency savings with compact, cost-effective power converters and inverters. This challenges engineers and operational leaders alike to think beyond the status quo,” said Primit Parikh, President and COO, Transphorm.

“The team we have assembled to date is comprised of passionate individuals who understand our role in the power electronics industry and deeply value what Transphorm offers customers and ecosystem partners. We are proud to have this strong team in place to lead the next phase of growth and innovation as we continue to deliver one of the highest performing, widest range of power GaN devices available today,” said Primit Parikh.

What do the appointments bring to Transphorm?

Philip Zuk

Philip Zuk, appointed to Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, has spent nearly seven years supporting Transphorm in various capacities. He has been vital in developing relationships with marquis customers and technical partners; defining products and solutions; and establishing the company’s brand image while evangelizing its technology.

That experience led to Philip playing a key supporting role in taking Transphorm public. He draws on nearly three decades of engineering experience anchored primarily in power semiconductors, having previously held engineering and marketing roles at Vishay (Siliconix), Microsemi PPG, Fairchild Semiconductor, and other major power technology companies.

Sal Barlett

Sal Barlett joined Transphorm as SVP, Operations. For nearly three decades, Sal worked for onsemi where he recently led the global capacity, capital planning, and strategy teams. His leadership there enabled the firm to more than double its multi-billion-dollar annual revenue.

Additionally, among other achievements, he acted as operations leader for various factory acquisitions and divestitures transacted during his tenure. His responsibilities called for consistent exploration and deep analysis of operational needs followed by the development and implementation of processes and supply solutions fundamental to corporate growth.

Likun Shen

Likun Shen, a 15-year Transphorm veteran, has been appointed to VP of Engineering. He has previously served in a device and product engineering leadership capacity as well as a Senior Member of Technical staff. His work has contributed heavily to the design, fabrication, characterization, and qualification of Transphorm’s GaN platform and derivative products.

Notably, he led an initiative responsible for improving manufacturing yields while supporting reliability improvement efforts among others. Early in his career, Likun earned his Ph.D. on GaN devices and held the role of Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) working directly with Transphorm’s co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Umesh Mishra.

Tushar Dhayagude

Tushar Dhayagude, assumes an expanded role as VP of Worldwide Sales having joined 2021 as the Vice President of Field Applications and Technical Sales. He has become an integral member of the company’s leadership team helping strengthen Transphorm’s foothold in the adapter and select high power markets while aiding solutions partnership development.

He brings to this role more than 25 years’ experience in sales, marketing, and engineering roles—with more than 18 years of that experience specific to power and semiconductor technologies. Prior to Transphorm, Tushar was Founder and CEO of GV Semiconductor Inc., a company that produced GaN-on-Silicon power HEMTs, controllers, and power systems.

Vipin Bothra

Vipin Bothra joins Transphorm as the company’s VP of Sales, North America and Europe. He brings 25 years of expertise gained while at semiconductor manufacturer ST Microelectronics.

He most recently held the position of Industrial Sales Director, where he was responsible for defining and executing go-to-market strategies that yielded a 400% business unit growth across sectors from Aerospace and Energy to Automation and Healthcare. These strategies drew on a diversified disciplines from partnership ideation and channel programming to cross-regional/cross-departmental cohort on marketing campaign development and execution.

Peter Cheng

Peter Cheng joins Transphorm as the company’s VP of Product Marketing and Applications. His experience spans roles in design engineering and product marketing, culminating in his recent role as Senior Director, Power IC Product Line at Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Inc.

Overseeing five product groups, he was instrumental in defining new product requirements and application criteria along with developing viable product roadmaps. He brings to this role a multi-disciplined background—design engineering, application engineering, product engineering, marketing, and business development—in the power semiconductor industry.