GaN Systems Appoints Stephen Coates As VP Operations
April 29, 2015
OTTAWA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GaN Systems Inc., a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has announced the appointment of Stephen Coates as VP Operations. The newly-created post is part of GaN Systems’ planned increase in headcount at all levels as the company ramps up production of its market-leading gallium nitride devices based on its unique Island Technology® design to supply global demand from design engineers.
Coates will be responsible for implementing world-class systems and procedures to handle the company’s rapid growth in shipments and production test data, and establishing a local supply chain management presence in the Far East. He joins GaN Systems from DigiLens, where he was Head of Manufacturing. A seasoned technology executive with over twenty-five years’ experience in engineering, manufacturing operations and supply chain management, Coates has previously held executive posts with leading optical components and systems companies and power/HV semiconductor fabrication and packaging organisations, including VP Operations at Virtuality/SBG Labs, VP Operations at Symmorphix Thin Films Inc, VP Operations with Fultec Semiconductor Inc/Bourns & VP Production Engineering at MaxQ Technology heading up power module development.
Welcoming Coates to the company, Girvan Patterson, President GaN Systems said: “We are delighted that Stephen is joining our senior management team as VP Operations. He brings with him substantial experience in establishing and developing strategic supply chain relationships to support full product commercialization and high volume manufacturing, while also being an expert in device packaging and integration. His role is a key one as GaN technology and our Island Technology® devices become the de facto choice of engineers looking to integrate smaller, lighter and more efficient power electronics into numerous industrial, consumer and automotive applications.”
Coates has an Honours degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Nottingham (Trent) University, where he also was engaged as a post graduate successfully implementing Manufacturing Excellence within the Hawker Siddeley Power Generation, Transmission and Switchgear Groups. He has several patents granted and pending.
Always maintaining a busy schedule, Stephen recharges his batteries driving and maintaining a classic Italian car, hikes the National Parks, and is learning to cook BBQ. He also enjoys gardening and aspires to travel to new places, experience new cultures and learn new languages.
About GaN Systems
GaN Systems is a fabless semiconductor company that is the first place systems designers go to realize all the benefits of gallium nitride in their power conversion and control applications. To overcome silicon’s limitations in switching speed, temperature, voltage and current, the company develops the most complete range of gallium nitride power switching transistors for a wide variety of markets. GaN Systems’ unique Island Technology® addresses today’s challenges of cost, performance, and manufacturability resulting in devices that are smaller and more efficient than other GaN design approaches. The company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more information, please visit: www.gansystems.com