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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Michael Murray

Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President

Mr. Murray is responsible for developing and managing sales and marketing strategies for the autonomous markets and customers. Mr. Murray has over 20 years of highly successful experience in technology sales and marketing management including leadership roles at Blackridge Technology, TDK and Analog Devices.

Mr. Murray earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Master’s Degree in Technology Commercialization and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Northeastern University, as well as an EE Degree from George Brown College, in Toronto, Canada.

Mr. Murray serves as a strategy advisor to BlackRidge Technology and has served as a board member of IoT Impact Labs, the WiSun Alliance, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and SEMI Organization. He is a frequent speaker on Internet of Things related topics, and an active participant in the Global Connect Initiative (GCI) sponsored by the previous White House administration.

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Mike Horton

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Horton is the CTO of ACEINNA where he is responsible for corporate technology strategy and inertial-navigation related technology development.  Prior to Aceinna, Mr. Horton founded Crossbow Technology, a leader in MEMS-based inertial navigation systems and wireless sensor networks, with his advisor the late Dr. Richard Newton while at UC Berkeley.  Crossbow Technology grew to $23M in revenue prior to being sold in two transactions (Moog, Inc and MEMSIC) totaling $50M.  In addition to his role at ACEINNA, Mike is active as an angel investor with two Silicon Valley based angel groups - Band of Angels and Sand Hill Angels.  He also actively mentors young entrepreneurs in the UC Berkeley research community.

Mr. Horton holds over 15 patents, and holds a BSEE and MSEE from UC Berkeley.  

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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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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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Dr. James Liang

Vice President, Corporate Development

Vice President, Corporate Development

Dr. James Liang has 12 years of sell-side technology research experience at Cowen and Company, Citigroup and CITIC Securities, and 7 years corporate M&A experience at publicly listed companies.

Dr. Liang has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and MBA from UC Berkeley.

 

 

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Khagendra Thapa

Vice President, Business Development for Current Sensor

Vice President, Business Development for Current Sensor

Mr. Thapa has over 22 years of business management and leadership experience in the electronics equipment and semiconductor industry. With a strong engineering background, he excelled as a Senior Design Engineer and Principle System Engineer, then moved on to take various global senior roles as a WW Strategic Marketing Manager, Business Unit Director and Senior Director of Business Development both in UK and USA.

Mr. Thapa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication, a Master degree in Power Electronics from University of Birmingham in UK and MBA from Manchester Business School in UK.

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John Newton

Vice President, Key Accounts

Vice President, Key Accounts

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.