Management

Oded Melamed

Oded Melamed

Co-Founder and CEO

Oded Melamed is an accomplished telecommunications veteran with more than 18 years of experience. As co-founder and CEO of Altair Semiconductor, Oded has led the company from its inception, growing it to become a leading player in the 4G LTE space.

Prior to founding Altair Semiconductor, Oded served as Director of Cable Modem R&D at Texas Instrument. While there, Oded helped shape and execute strategies that positioned the company as the preeminent provider of silicon and software solutions for the Voice over IP (VoIP) Cable Modem market. Prior to Texas Instruments, Oded was a core leader of Libit Signal Processing. When the company was acquired by Texas Instruments in 1999, he was instrumental in the successful transition and integration process and led the new business unit to exceptional profitability.

Oded started his career at an elite R&D unit of the Israel Defense Forces. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from the Tel Aviv University and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg-Recanati program.

Yigal Birtan

Yigal Bitran

Co-Founder and CTO

Yigal Bitran is an accomplished communications silicon technology leader with more than 28 years of experience. As co-founder and CTO of Altair Semiconductor, Yigal has led the company’s technology development from its inception.

Prior to co-founding Altair Semiconductor, as Vice President of R&D at Libit Signal Processing, Yigal established Libit’s R&D group and was pivotal in developing Libit’s core technologies. Following Libit’s acquisition by Texas Instruments, Yigal served as CTO of Texas Instruments’ broadband communications group in Israel. There, he developed multiple broadband technologies including Cable Modems, WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet. Prior to joining Libit, Yigal was a research scientist and team leader at an elite R&D unit of the Israel Defense Forces, where he was awarded the prestigious “Innovative Thinking Award.”

Yigal has developed >10 broadband modem technologies from scratch, along with more than 25 broadband mixed-signal silicon products. He has invented more than 35 patents and has published numerous papers in a wide range of scientific and technical publications. Yigal holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg- Recanati Program.

Eran Eshed

Eran Eshed

Co-Founder and VP Marketing

Eran Eshed brings to Altair Semiconductor a wealth of telecommunications business and marketing experience. As co-founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development of Altair Semiconductor, Eran has helped position the company as the leading developer and supplier of single-mode LTE chipsets.

Prior to co-founding Altair Semiconductor, Eran served as Director of Marketing for Texas Instruments’ Cable Modem business unit, where he was responsible for all marketing activities, including creating and implementing strategic revenue plans, managing major accounts, as well as sales and channel development activities for OEM and ODM customers across North America and Asia.

Prior to joining Texas Instruments, Eran spent eight years in hardware and silicon development and management positions at several startups including Libit Signal Processing. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Tel Aviv University.

Chee Kwan

Chee Kwan

VP Worldwide Sales

Chee Kwan is a 25 year veteran of the wireless industry. As VP of Worldwide Sales of Altair Semiconductor, Chee manages the company’s sales efforts in all markets around the world.

Prior to joining Altair Semiconductor, Chee served as the Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Sales at BroadLight Inc., a company acquired by Broadcom in April 2012. Previously, he was the CEO of Siimpel Corporation, a MEMS semiconductor company acquired by Tessera Corporation in 2010, as well as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Conexant System’s wireless business unit. While at Conexant, he also held various senior management roles in product marketing and technology development.

Nohik Semel

Nohik Semel

VP Systems Engineering

Nohik Semel is VP of System Engineering at Altair Semiconductor. In this role, Nohik leads the company’s software development and integration, QA, hardware and RF system design, interoperability testing and program execution. He previously served as the Director of the Silicon Design group at Altair Semiconductor.

Prior to joining Altair Semiconductor in 2006, Nohik worked at Texas Instruments, where he was responsible for the development of various broadband Silicon cores and technologies.

Nohik has significant experience developing broadband, WLAN and cable modem chipsets. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (with honors) and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

Eli Zyss

Eli Zyss

VP Silicon Design

As VP of Silicon Design at Altair Semiconductor, Eli is responsible for leading the overall physical design, development, architecture and methodologies of the company’s market leading baseband and RFIC chipsets.

Over the course of his career, Eli has been responsible for the design of more than 20 communications chipsets, spanning mobile, broadband, wireless and mixed signal.  Eli began his career at medical device company Algotech, where he worked on FPGA designs for medical imaging algorithms. He then joined Libit Signal Processing, where he was a project leader, leading the development of digital TV and cable receiver chipsets. Following Texas Instruments’ acquisition of Libit in 1999, Eli led the VLSI Core Methodology Team for Texas Instruments’ Cable Broadband Communications Group.

Eli holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

Guy Nathanzon

Guy Nathanzon

CFO

Guy Nathanzon brings to his role as CFO at Altair Semiconductor more than 15 years of experience in senior financial management positions at numerous hi-tech companies.

Prior to joining Altair Semiconductor, Guy served for 10 years as the CFO of Provigent Inc., a leading provider of System-On-Chip solutions for cellular backhaul (infrastructure), that was acquired by Broadcom Corp (Nasdaq: BRCM) for $313M. As part of the senior management team, Guy led the company’s legal and financial teams, including raising almost $60M from tier-one venture capital firms, until the acquisition by Broadcom. Prior to Provigent, Guy was the corporate controller of ActionBase Ltd., a developer of software platforms for business activity.

Following graduation from Tel Aviv University, where he earned a BA in Accounting (with honors), MBA and LLB degrees, Guy worked as a Senior Auditor at the Israeli branch of Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Shlomit Semel

Shlomit Semel

VP Human Resources

Shlomit has responsibility for Altair Semiconductor’s corporate HR and worldwide subsidiaries (US, China, Japan, India), including all HR planning, recruitment, retention, compensation & benefits, organizational development, training and internal communications.

Shlomit has managed HR at Altair Semiconductor from the company’s inception and supported its growth from seed stage to a multi-national corporation with near 200 employees.

Prior to joining Altair Semiconductor, Shlomit served for 7 years with Texas Instruments as HR Manager for its WLAN business unit and as Benefits Manager for TI’s Israel site, where she was responsible for talent acquisition and retention as well as the design and management of competitive benefit and compensation plans.

Shlomit holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Israel’s College of Management and an MSM from Polytechnic NY University.

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