SMI's Executive Team (from left to right: Friedrich, Holger, Mike, Omar, Ron, Mike, Marlo and Justin)
Omar joined SMI in January of 2012 to oversee the research and development of MEMS products and technologies with the mission of revamping the product portfolio and injecting innovation into the company. In July 2013, Omar transitioned from this role to become CEO of the company. Since that time the company turned from nearly two years of reducing revenue to significant growth and strong profitability. Through Omar’s leadership, SMI has also been able to launch a completely new product portfolio pushing the company to the forefront of the industry and expanding the existing customer base. Prior to joining SMI, Omar lead the development of next generation automotive passive safety MEMS inertial sensors at Analog Devices. In this role Omar was fundamental in the formation of the product development process and played a pivotal role in creating the strategy for the division. Omar also worked as the lead designer of integrated MEMS capacitive pressure sensors at Schneider Electric including the development of an ultra-low power monolithic sensor for TPMS and low power medical applications. Omar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley where he conducted research in wireless sensor networks at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center. Omar holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in analog and RF circuit design. Omar is also a graduate of Harvard Business School via the PLD program and a Stanford Certified Project Manager.
Holger joined SMI in 2007 as a Consultant in Operations, then took over the VP Operations position in 2008 and was promoted to COO in 2011. He is responsible for Production, Process Engineering, IT, Assembly, Test, and Facilities Management. He started at Elmos in 1995 as a Process Engineer and became Production Engineering Manager in 1997. From 1999 he was responsible for Production, Process Engineering and Equipment Maintenancein the Plasma-Module of the Elmos fab. In 2003 he began to transfer the 0.8 µm process from the 6-inch fab in Dortmund to the 8-inch line of the joint Elmos/Fraunhofer IMS fab in Duisburg and in 2005 became responsiblefor the complete 8-inch Operations in Duisburg. Holger holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dortmund (Germany) with a focus on semiconductor manufacturing. His diploma thesis work was carried out at Elmos in 1994 where he developed a CMOS-compatible process module to produce monolithic integrated piezoresistive pressure sensors in a EU-funded project.
Friedrich Holz joined SMI in 2008 as Director of Finance and was promoted to CFO in 2011. He directs the financial affairs of the organization, being responsible for the company’s financial plans and policies. Mr. Holz oversees purchasing, accounting practices, the conduct of its relationships with lending institutions, the financial community, and the preparation of financial reports. With a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences in Furtwangen/Black Forest, Germany, Friedrich has had over two decades of financial experience with various organizations.
Mike rejoined SMI in May 2018 with a dual role as Vice President of Research & Development and Vice President of Business Development. Previously, Mike was a lead design engineer with SMI from 1995 to 1999. During this time, Mike launched the 56XX product series which is still in production today. Mike’s career has been focused on sensor development for 25 years working with other companies such as ICSensors and Amphenol Advanced Sensors. At Amphenol, Mike launched their flagship pressure product line for respiratory applications. He has held the positions of Senior Design Engineer, Applications Engineer, Technology Leader, and Product Line Manager. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Pomona College and a Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech. Mike holds 5 U.S. patents.
Justin Gaynor, Ph. D., PMP, joined SMI in 2010 as a Program Manager on the R&D Team. As the company restructured into a project-based management structure, he was named PMO and became responsible for implementing the phase-gate NPD process across all new product development platforms. Since 2017 he has been Vice President of the IntraSense product line. Justin started his semiconductor career after receiving his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. His first job was at KFAB in Texas Instruments, developing low-K dielectric materials and processes, after which he pursued the same interests at Novellus Systems (now part of Lam Research). He received his PMP (Project Management Professional) credential in 2014 and has also studied at Harvard Business School. Justin holds 16 U.S. patents.
Marlo is responsible for leading SMI’s human resources efforts, including: compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, talent development, employee relations, organizational effectiveness, and compliance. Marlo joined SMI in 2018. She has an extensive background with global high-tech companies in all facets of human resources. Marlo brings over 20 years of experience from roles at Renesas, Informatica, Business Objects and Nortel Networks. Marlo has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Resources Management and is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including: Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), Silicon Valley Compensation Association (SVCA), and Women in Technology International (WITI).
Ron joined SMI in June of 2010 with responsibilities of Director of Quality, Reliability and Customer Satisfaction. He has over 20 years of experience in quality leadership and management in the silicon and systems side of the semiconductor industry. Before joining SMI, Ron held Senior Management Quality positions Product Quality and Certifications at Lam Research, Applied Materials and NAVTECH. He has led several TS 16949, ISO 9001 certification projects to successful completion throughout his career. Ron is a Senior Member of the American Society For Quality, Institute of Industrial Engineering, member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and an ASQ Certified Quality Manager (CQM). Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an MBA from Santa Clara University.