UpHealth / Cloudbreak Health
- Technology, Media, Telecommunications, TMT
Dr. Avi S. Katz has served as our Executive Chairman of our Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, President and Secretary since March 2019. Dr. Katz has spent nearly 32 years in international executive positions within the TMT industry working for privately held start-ups, middle-cap companies and large enterprises. In these roles, Dr. Katz has been instrumental in launching and accelerating entities, building teams, large scale fund-raising, developing key alliances and technology partnerships, M&A activities, business development, financial management, global operations and sales and marketing. Dr. Katz is also the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of GIG1 (NYSE: GIG), a Private-to-Public Equity (PPE) company, also known as a blank check company or special purpose acquisition vehicle, incorporated in Delaware. On February 22, 2019, GIG1 entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire Kaleyra. Kaleyra is a global company specialized in providing mobile messaging services for financial institutions and companies of all sizes. The Transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2019. Dr. Katz is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Cognizer, Inc., an artificial intelligence technology company formed in December 2018. Previously, Dr. Katz dedicated 10 years to developing and managing GigPeak (NYSE American: formerly GIG), originally known as GigOptix, Inc. From its inception in 2007 until its sale in 2017, GigPeak provided semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) and software solutions for high-speed connectivity and video compression. While Dr. Katz was at GigPeak’s helm, the company completed 10 M&A deals. GigPeak was sold to Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (“IDT”) (Nasdaq: IDTI) for $250 million in cash in April 2017. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Katz was the chief executive officer, president, and member of the Board of Directors of Intransa, Inc., which at the time provided full-featured, enterprise-class IP-based Storage Area Networks (SAN). From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Katz was the Chief Executive Officer of Equator Technologies. Equator Technologies sought to commercialize leading edge programmable media processing platform technology for the rapid design and deployment of digital media and imaging products. Equator Technologies was sold to Pixelworks, Inc. for $110 million in 2005. Dr. Katz has held several leadership positions over the span of his 30+ year career within the technology industry and has made numerous angel investments in high-tech companies around the world. In addition, Dr. Katz is a graduate of the Israeli Naval Academy and holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Semiconductors Materials from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). He is a serial entrepreneur and long-time angel investor in the TMT sector, holds more than 70 U.S. and international patents, has published approximately 300 technical papers and is the editor of a number of technical books.
Tara McDonough has served as our Chief Financial Officer since March 2019. Ms. McDonough is responsible for the management and operations of finance and accounting. Ms. McDonough has 18 years of experience in finance and accounting with in-house and consulting experience in start-up, IPO, SEC reporting, and other finance, accounting, and reporting services in the high tech, bio tech, semiconductor, and software industries amongst others. Since July 2018, Ms. McDonough has also served as the Chief Financial Officer of GIG1. From 2014 to 2018, Ms. McDonough was the Corporate Controller of Glassdoor Inc., a jobs and recruiting website, based in Mill Valley, CA. Prior to that, from 2010 to 2014, she was a Director with Connor Group, LLC, where she led IPO, M&A, business process re-engineering and technical accounting engagements. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. McDonough was the Corporate Controller for Symyx Technologies, a publicly traded scientific software, hardware and services company. From 2003 to 2007, Ms. McDonough held various roles at Synplicity, a publicly traded SAAS-based software company where Ms. McDonough worked in the Controllership role, as well as SEC reporting. Ms. McDonough was employed with PwC and Arthur Andersen in the audit group. Ms. McDonough is a Certified Public Accountant in California (inactive) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with concentrations in Accounting and Finance from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Neil Miotto joined the Board of Directors in March 2019. Mr. Miotto is a financial consultant and a retired assurance partner of KPMG LLP (“KPMG”), where he was a partner for twenty-seven years until his retirement in September 2006. Since his retirement from KPMG, Mr. Miotto has provided high-level financial consulting services to companies in need of timely accounting assistance and in serving on public company boards. He is deemed to be a “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules. While at KPMG, Mr. Miotto focused on serving large public companies, primarily semiconductor companies. Among the clients he served were National Semiconductor Corporation, Fairchild Semiconductor Corp, and nVIDIA Corporation. Mr. Miotto also served as an SEC reviewing partner while at KPMG. Mr. Miotto has been a member of the Board of Directors of GIG1 since October 2017. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College, of The City University of New York. He served on the Board of Directors of Micrel, Inc. prior to its acquisition in 2015, and on the Board of Directors of GigPeak from 2008 until its sale in April 2017.
John J. Mikulsky joined our Board of Directors in March 2019. Mr. Mikulsky has been a member of the Board of Directors of GIG1 since December 2017. Mr. Mikulsky served as the Chief Executive Officer from 2016 to 2017, and as a director, from 2014 to 2017, of Traycer Diagnostic Systems, Inc. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Endwave Corporation from December 2009 until June 2011, when Endwave Corporation was acquired by GigPeak; subsequent to such acquisition, he served on the Board of Directors of GigPeak from 2011 until its sale in 2017. From May 1996 until November 2009, Mr. Mikulsky served Endwave Corporation in a multitude of capacities including Vice President of Product Development, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Endwave Corporation, Mr. Mikulsky worked as a Technology Manager for Balazs Analytical Laboratory, a provider of analytical services to the semiconductor and disk drive industries, from 1993 until 1996. Prior to 1993, Mr. Mikulsky worked at Raychem Corporation, most recently as a Division Manager for its Electronic Systems Division. Mr. Mikulsky holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Marquette University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and an S.M. in Management from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Raluca Dinu joined our Board of Directors in March 2019. From April 2017 to May 2019, Dr. Dinu was the Vice President and General Manager of IDT’s Optical Interconnects Division. Prior to that, she held several executive-level positions at GigPeak, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer from 2008 until it was acquired by IDT in April 2017. From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Dinu was a member of the Board of Directors of Brazil-Photonics, in Campinas, Brazil, a joint venture that GigPeak established with the Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações (CPqD). From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Dinu was VP of Engineering at Lumera Corporation (“Lumera”) (NASDAQ: LMRA). Lumera was acquired by GigPeak in 2008. Dr. Dinu holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Ph.D. in Solid State Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Bucharest, and an Executive-MBA from Stanford University.
Gil Frostig joined the Board of Directors as an independent director in March 2019. Mr. Frostig is a member of J-Angels Investment Group and also acts as an independent investor and adviser to start-up companies. Since 2018, he has served on the Technology Advisory Council for Benhamou Global Ventures. From 2013 to 2018, Mr. Frostig served as the Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Corporation, where he was in charge of Bluetooth and NFC Si components development, and part of the executive team of its WiFi product line, capturing the number one market share position for Access Points and Clients in enterprise and in retail. From 1983 to 2013, Mr. Frostig served as Vice President and General Manager at Intel Corp. (“Intel”). While at Intel, he managed all of the Ethernet (LAN) developments and products for client and server solutions, capturing the number one market share position in 1 Gbps Ethernet. Mr. Frostig led Intel’s foray into WiFi by developing and providing the WiFi solution for Intel’s Centrino platform, which started the global success of WiFi in general. Mr. Frostig received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.