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Akros Silicon Inc. was founded in January 2005 by a team of seasoned semiconductor entrepreneurs, including J. Francois Crepin (former President, COO and Director of Metalink, Ltd., a wireline and wireless semiconductor leader), John Camagna (former Vice President of Engineering at Metalink), and Sajol Ghoshal (former COO at Calpont, a hardware-based database management development-stage company).
Akros Silicon’s leadership team has extensive experience in building high-growth companies that deliver industry-leading products.
- Elie Antoun, President & CEO, Director
- John Camagna, Vice President of Engineering, Co-Founder
- Peter Klessel, Vice President, WW Sales
- Faisal Ahmad, Vice President of Marketing
- Carl Jasper, Vice President of Finance
Mr. Antoun joins Akros Silicon with 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, he was president & CEO of AccelOps, Inc from April 2011 to December 2012. AccelOps is a software start-up that delivers a real-time multi-domain monitoring solution for network infrastructures and data centers. During his time at AccelOps, Mr. Antoun stabilized the company, recruited an executive team and raised a large funding round to drive the company’s growth.
Prior to AccelOps, Mr. Antoun has been CEO of MediSens, Genesis Microchip (acquired by STMicro), Pixim, and MediaQ (acquired by Nvidia). Prior to MediaQ, he was with LSI Logic Corporation where he was EVP of the Consumer Products Division, and president of LSI Logic KK (Japan) for several years. Prior to LSI, Mr. Antoun spent several years in various semiconductor manufacturing roles at Xicor.
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Mr. Camagna has extensive experience in IC product development from vision and inception to mass production for data acquisition, voice-band processing, wireless communications and telecom. He has created numerous ICs, has built design engineering organizations from the ground up, and has created many chips.
He is a recognized pioneer in the broadband arena for his work at Metalink Ltd., where, as Vice President of Engineering, he directed mixed-signal wire-line AFE and RF IC developments. Prior to that, he directed the DSL program at Level One, creating the industry’s first HDSL2 chipset.
Mr. Camagna also held engineering management positions at Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic and Applied Signal Technology. He holds a B.S. and M.S. with Highest Honors from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of 5 patents.
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Mr. Klessel has over twenty years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Pete joined Akros Silicon from Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) where he managed sales for the Americas, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. During this time, MPS successfully penetrated several new markets in these regions.
Prior to MPS, Mr. Klessel was VP of Sales for the Americas at Avago Technologies. Pete also held other sales management positions including VP of Business Development at Integrated Device Technologies (IDT) following the acquisition of Integrated Circuit Systems (ICS), where he was VP of Sales. Prior to that he held various sales management, FAE and engineering positions at ICS, Cherry Semiconductor/AMI and RCA Corporation.
Mr. Klessel holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Villanova University.
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Vice President of Marketing
Mr. Ahmad brings over 15 years of experience in power management semiconductors to Akros Silicon. Most recently, he was Director of Marketing & Applications at Fairchild Semiconductor where he grew the DC/DC power management business with a focus on consumer, computing, and communications markets.
Prior to Fairchild, Mr. Ahmad spent several years in marketing management roles at Intersil and International Rectifier. He started his career as an analog design engineer at Dallas Semiconductor and Texas Instruments.
Faisal graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is the author of 4 patents.
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