Leadership Team

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Dr. Yang Zhao

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Yang Zhao has served as Chairman & CEO of ACEINNA since its founding in 2017 to bring to market precision sensing solutions for developing markets such as autonomous vehicles, advanced computing platforms and smart buildings. 

Prior to ACEINNA, Dr. Zhao was the Founder, President and CEO of MEMSIC, Inc, serving from 1999 to 2017.  Dr. Zhao led MEMSIC from founding to IPO on the NASDAQ exchange in 2007, privatization in 2013, and served until 2017 when he formed ACEINNA.  In 2014, Dr. Zhao was listed as one of “Twelve Shakers and Movers in MEMS” by EE Times. 

Before MEMSIC, Dr. Zhao spent seven years in various technical leadership roles in Micromachined Product Division at Analog Devices.  His expertise and guidance was instrumental in bringing the MEMS technology to market for Analog Devices.

Dr. Zhao earned Ph.D., MS, and MA degrees in physics and electrical engineering from Princeton University where he studied under Professor Daniel Tsui, who won the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics. He obtained BS degree in Physics from Beijing University. He holds over 30 patents in semiconductor and MEMS technology.

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Patricia Niu

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Niu has 25 years of experience in corporate finance and 4 years of experience in commercial banking. She has served as the Chief Financial Officer at ACEINNA since 2017 when ACEINNA was spun off from MEMSIC, Inc. Prior to ACEINNA, she served as the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller at MEMSIC from 2003 to 2017. She played a key role in MEMSIC’s IPO on the NASDAQ exchange in 2007, privatization in 2013, and M&A by HC SemiTek Corporation in 2018.

Ms. Niu has an MBA from Northeastern University and BA from Beijing Foreign Studies University.

 

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Wade Appelman

President & COO

President & COO

Wade Appelman joined ACEINNA in July 2021 as the company’s President & COO, responsible for developing and implementing strategy for the company’s worldwide operations. 

 

Prior to joining ACEINNA, Mr. Appelman was VP and GM of the depth sensing division of ON Semiconductor where he led the team responsible for adoption of low light sensors in LiDAR and successfully secured early customers designs in automotive, medical, and industrial markets for the divisions sensing product portfolio. 

 

He joined ON Semiconductor in May 2018 through the acquisition of SensL Technologies, where he was VP of worldwide sales and marketing responsible for the company’s business strategy since 2012. 

 

Wade has extensive experience in both private and public sector organizations having served in senior leadership roles driving sales and marketing efforts for five venture-backed startups with total exit valuations of $900 million. Select highlights include the network processor pioneer, Sitera (acquired by Vitesse), Zagros (acquired by Altera), and Lightstorm Networks (acquired by Broadcom).

 

Mr. Appelman has also served in a leadership role in three publicly traded corporations. In addition to ON Semiconductor, he led product marketing for Cabletron’s $1B switch and routing division, and Vitesse Semiconductor’s product marketing and product management for the 500-employee Advanced Networking Products Division. He has a B.S. from Wagner College in New York, NY.

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Noureddine Hawat

Chief Product Officer

Chief Product Officer

Mr. Hawat has 29 years of experience in semiconductor and MEMS industries with proven expertise in New Product Development, Production Support, Assembly and Test. Mr. Hawat held senior engineering positions at Bosch, Custom One Design, MACOM and MEMSIC.

Mr. Hawat has an MSEE from Northeastern University.

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Teoman Ustun

Vice President of World Wide Marketing

Vice President of World Wide Marketing

Teoman is a technical and visionary business leader with 20+ years of experience in product development, marketing, strategy, execution, M&A and partnership management with passion to grow and build new businesses, revenue generation models and talent. Recently, Teoman was the co-founder and CEO of Mulberry Sensors, a startup developing laser based, chip scale, high performance molecular sensors.

 

Before Mulberry, he worked for 11 years at Analog Devices (ADI) where he directed advanced sensors organization, formulated and executed strategy, prioritized organic and inorganic sensor investments. Prior to joining ADI, Teoman worked at Physical Sciences Inc. where he implemented manufacturing and quality processes that helped increase commercialization of high impact technologies.

 

Teoman has an MBA from MIT, Sloan as well as an engineering management master from MIT.

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John Newton

Vice President, Product Management

Vice President, Product Management

Mr. Newton is Vice President, Key Accounts, responsible for the Inertial and Current Sensor Product Lines. Prior to ACEINNA, he held a number of roles in IC design, engineering management, and product line management at Maxim and Analog Devices.

Mr. Newton holds a BSEE and MSEE from MIT.

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Michael DiGangi

Executive Vice President Of Worldwide Sales

Executive Vice President Of Worldwide Sales

Mr. Michael DiGangi has over 26 years of Power and Analog IC semiconductor sales, business development and marketing experience that spans a number of larger corporations and start ups.

Prior to joining ACEINNA, Mr. DiGangi was VP of Sales and Marketing for two startup SiC Power Semiconductor makers. Previously, he was Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Allegro Micro Systems. Mr. DiGangi also was at International Rectifier, now Infineon, during the formidable growth of the company, with responsibilities as Vice President of Sales and number of senior sales and marketing management roles. He has a BS. and an M.B.A from Wilmington University.