GaN Systems Appoints Jim Witham as CEO

  GaN Systems Appoints Jim Witham as CEO

       Highly-regarded power electronics executive to head up worldwide
     commercialization of company’s gallium nitride power semiconductors

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Business Wire

OTTAWA, Canada -- March 17, 2014

GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching
semiconductors, today announced the appointment of Jim Witham as CEO of the
corporation. GaN Systems’ power conversion devices, based on its proprietary
Island Technology^®, are being commercialized in 2014 and the company is
expanding globally. Co-founders Girvan Patterson and John Roberts will
continue in their current roles as President and Chief Technical Officer,

Witham has over thirty years’ experience in business development,
international sales and marketing and operations management, and joins GaN
Systems from Neoconix Inc., a manufacturer of high density, high performance
miniature connectors. As President and CEO of Neoconix, he successfully
implemented strategic changes which dramatically increased revenue and
resulted in the company’s acquisition by Unimicron Technology Corporation.
Prior to Neoconix, Witham spent five years as President and CEO at Fultec
Semiconductor and has also held VP Sales & Marketing positions at Aegis
Semiconductor and Genoa Corporation. Other notable career highlights include
senior executive positions at Raychem, including Director of Asia Sales &
Marketing, based in Japan. As an Engineering Specialist at General Dynamics’
Space System Divison during the eighties, Witham worked on fluid systems for
the Space Shuttle and was on Mission Control for interplanetary missions.
Witham holds an MBA from Harvard and both M.S. and B.S. with distinction in
Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

In making the announcement, Ian McWalter, Chairman of GaN Systems, said: “We
are delighted that Jim Witham has joined GaN Systems as CEO. Mr Witham has
extensive leadership experience in the power electronics industry and his
expertise will be invaluable in guiding the company through the next phase of
its development. As GaN Systems’ unique product offering based on our
proprietary Island Technology® is commercialized this year and as we increase
our worldwide market presence, Jim and our senior executive team will grow GaN
Systems into a significant player in the power electronics industry.”

GaN Systems Co-founder and President, Girvan Patterson added:”I extend a
warm welcome to Jim and look forward to working with him on this next phase of
our planned growth. Since John Roberts and I founded GaN Systems in 2008 to
develop our Island Technology® products, there has been increasing recognition
of gallium nitride's advantages over silicon devices in power conversion
applications. Jim will be a great addition to our team as we look forward to
the full commercialization of our product families and GaN power devices
become the technology of choice in automotive, power, alternative energy and
many other markets. ”

On behalf of GaN Systems’ investors Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and
Rockport Capital, Mike Sherman, Managing Partner of Chrysalix EVC, stated:
”The founders of GaN Systems have done an outstanding job of building the
company to its present stage, and the addition of Jim Witham, with his proven
leadership and global market experience, will allow the team to fully deliver
their unique gallium nitride-based power conversion solutions to the world. ”

GaN Systems

GaN Systems 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 solutions for a variety of markets. Its
unique Island Technology® addresses today’s cost, performance, and
manufacturability challenges of gallium nitride resulting in devices that are
smaller and more efficient than traditional design approaches. The Company
also leverages existing multi‐sourced manufacturing processes due to its
transportable, fabless model, and makes it easy to incorporate gallium nitride
into any design. GaN Systems is run by a seasoned semiconductor team with
decades of industry experience and a track record of repeated success. For
more information please go to:


GaN Systems
Tracy Jones
Corporate Communications
+1 (613) 686-1996 ext. 149 (office)
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PR Account Manager
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