Executive Management Team
Ashraf Lotfi, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Ashraf is a world renowned leader and expert in power electronics, power management and power technologies. Having been continuously involved in leading teams in research, design and commercial development in the power field for over 25 years, he brings many technical, managerial and leadership qualities to his role.
Prior to founding Enpirion, he led the power management R&D effort at Bell Laboratories as Director of Power Management Research (Lucent/Agere). He formulated a vision for a research effort with the ambitious goal of creating the technology pieces needed to create, for the first time, true power management on a single chip. These efforts combined multiple technology disciplines such as power semiconductor design, RF circuit design, high-speed power topologies, magnetic design and package technology in a highly coordinated development to achieve a commercially viable yet breakthrough technology which enables high performance in a single chip in an economical manner.
He has also served as Department Head, Power Systems Research at Lucent/Agere. In a previous position, his development efforts in power systems applications included high-density dc/dc power modules, planar high density magnetics, custom dc/dc converters, high power rectifiers and battery plants for telecommunications energy supplies. These technologies formed the cornerstone for many product lines that allowed Lucent's (previously AT&T's) Power Systems Division to deliver highly differentiated products in the market place, which resulted in commanding leadership market share and revenues. He also held various engineering and instructor positions at Virginia Tech and Cairo University.
Dr. Lotfi has authored a very large number of publications and white papers that have appeared in leading journals and at specialized meetings in the field of power. He is inventor on over 100 issued and pending U.S. patents, all of which are directly related to power technologies and products. He received a BS degree with honors from Cairo University in 1984, a PhD degree from Virginia Tech in 1993 and an executive MBA from Northeastern University in 2001.
Chief Financial Officer
Ken joined Enpirion, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer in August 2004. A seasoned executive, he brings more than 25 years of experience in finance and corporate development in the semiconductor and electronics industries to the company. His expertise is in creating financial and administrative structures for growing and evolving companies, establishing and maintaining banking relationships, and providing strategic advice for complex financial and business transactions.
Before joining Enpirion, Ken was the Vice President of Finance and Administration at NxtWave Communications, Inc., a venture-capital financed semiconductor company with proprietary technology for cable modems, interactive set-top boxes, digital TVs and PC video products. During Ken’s tenure NxtWave raised more than $40 million in three equity sales prior to the sale of the business to ATI Technologies, Inc., a world leader in the supply of graphics, video and multimedia products for desktop, workstation and notebook PCs, digital televisions, cell phones and game consoles.
Prior to NxtWave, Ken was a founder and principal at Falcon International, a consulting firm specializing in business strategy formulation, planning systems and merger and acquisition services to the electronics industry. During this time as a consultant he managed the successful strategic acquisition or sale of four businesses for public companies. Ken also was Corporate Director of Planning and Acquisitions at General Instrument Corporation, where he developed and implemented a corporate-wide strategic planning and competitive analysis system, as well as managed the company’s acquisition and divestiture activities. Early in his career, Ken held several accounting and financial management positions at SCM Corporation.
Ken earned a BBA in finance and a MBA from Kent State University.
Vice President, Sales and Corporate Marketing
Mark has over 20 years of management experience at premier technology companies focusing on the semiconductor, power and consumer electronics, enterprise, telecommunications, networking, industrial and automotive segments. He draws on a successful track record of driving revenue growth by building and expanding businesses and international sales channels and commercializing new products and service solutions.
Before his appointment to the position of Vice President of Sales and Corporate Marketing, he successfully led Enpirion’s Business Development, Marketing Communications, various new Product Lines and Sales in Asia and Europe.
Prior to Enpirion, Mark held numerous marketing executive positions at the leading global semiconductor provider LSI, formerly Agere Systems and Lucent Microelectronics, where his last post was Director of Marketing and Segment Sales of the Networking and Storage Division, spearheading the company’s business development efforts to grow the telecommunications segment.
Earlier, he led the development of joint commercialization partnership alliances with Asian ODMs for Ingersoll-Rand Corporation. Before Ingersoll-Rand, Mark was a senior design engineer at Lutron Electronics, where he led the development and introduction of numerous energy-efficient, solid-state lighting controls that are still sold today through residential and commercial channels.
Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA in Management of Technology from Lehigh University, College of Business and Economics. He also holds six patents for innovations in consumer electronics and two patents in the professional power tool industry.
Vice President, Enterprise OEM Sales
Dave is a proven leader in semiconductor strategic sales with 25 years of experience managing global accounts. Most recently, Dave was Corporate Vice President of Strategic Sales for Advanced Micro Devices where he had responsibility for accounts such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM, Cisco, Apple and others. Prior to his 20 years at AMD, Dave has also held Regional Sales positions at National Semiconductor and Motorola Semiconductor Products. Dave has managed $1B+ Sales P&L's and has built and managed world-class sales teams throughout his career. Dave has specialized in the identification and closure of strategic engagements that involve new product definitions and innovative business models.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Vice President, Strategy and Marketing
Benoit Herve has over 18 years of power semiconductor experience. He brings with him a strong background in marketing and application of semiconductors and integrated systems for power-management solutions. A visionary, he successfully defined and launched multiple new silicon and package platforms for the Networking, Computing and Enterprise markets.
Prior to joining Enpirion, Benoit held various managerial positions as Vice-President of Marketing and Director of Business Development, at Powervation Inc, a digital power IC company. Benoit served as product line/marketing manager at Zilker Labs (acquired by Intersil). He has also previously headed up strategic marketing for the MOSFET and Integrated Solution Business Unit at ON Semiconductor and held various managerial positions with Motorola’s Power Products Division in France. At ON Semiconductor, Benoit pioneered the development of the computer industry’s first fully integrated power device. His vision enabled a new class of power packaging, leading to an industry standard.
Benoit holds a bachelor of science degree in control systems from the University of Rennes (France) and a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the Ecole Superieure d'Ingenieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique (ESIEE, Paris).
Vice President, Global Operations
Dhammika Perera brings to Enpirion more than 20 years of senior management experience in all aspects of worldwide manufacturing operations and product development engineering for high-speed analog and mixed signal integrated circuits.
Before joining Enpirion, Dhammika was the Vice President of Operations for Scintera, Inc., where he was responsible for domestic and international manufacturing operations, quality, backend engineering (product, test and package engineering) and corporate applications engineering organizations. Prior to that position, he served as the Vice President of Product and Test Engineering at Sipex Corporation, and was instrumental in developing the manufacturing and engineering infrastructure both internally and offshore. His product lines included power management, interface and optical storage.
Dhammika held successful managerial roles at National Semiconductor and Analog Devices after beginning his semiconductor career as a product engineer. He holds a BSEE from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Vice President, Design Engineering
Doug Lopata brings to Enpirion more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of integrated circuit product development, including: definition, architecture, circuit design, product engineering, and test engineering. During his career, he has developed and led the development of over 30 mixed-signal products that, to date, have shipped more than 200 million units into the telecom, cellular, and consumer electronics product spaces. His experience spans bipolar, CMOS, and BiCMOS process technologies.
Before joining Enpirion, Doug was the Chief IC Architect for Agere System’s Mobility Business Unit (now LSI Logic), where he was responsible for technical leadership in all aspects of cell-phone IC development, including: product definition, baseband IC architecture, digital and mixed-signal process technology roadmaps, advanced packaging roadmaps, and power management architecture. Previously, Doug was a Consulting Member of Technical Staff leading the architecture and design of Agere’s cellular analog products and power management ICs. Doug pioneered Agere’s power management product family, personally architecting, designing, and delivering 13 integrated power management products for the cellular and WiFi markets – products that have shipped nearly 100 million units.
Doug currently holds 21 patents, with an additional 22 patents pending, spanning the areas of circuit design, IC architecture, power system architecture, and systems design. His interest areas include all aspects of product design and delivery – with a specific focus on low-cost design for high-volume products. Doug holds a BSEE from Drexel University and a MSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.