Leadership

Brad Robbins, BSEE

President

Brad Robbins was appointed president of LitePoint, a subsidiary of Teradyne, in August 2014. Prior to being named president, Brad was chief operating officer and general manager at LitePoint. Brad began working for Teradyne while still in college, completing a BSEE in Electrical Engineering in 1980 with a focus on Computer Science and Digital Signal Processing at Tufts University. At Teradyne he held a variety of positions that spanned division general management to product development and technology strategy. He has a passion for technology and customers with a track record of introducing comprehensive, innovative test solutions.

Christian Olgaard, PhD

Chief Technical Officer & Co-Founder

Through his early post-doc efforts at the Technical University of Denmark, Christian pioneered the use of sub-micron, complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS) for RF circuits. From there, he was appointed the system radio architect at National Semiconductor. With more than twenty wireless system patents to his name at LitePoint, and many more under application, Christian is responsible for directing LitePoint’s progressive research and development efforts, and driving new test methodologies through his deep understanding of chip operation. Christian also plays a key role in working with chipset vendors and customers to deliver new and better test solutions.

Niels Vinggaard, MSEE

Senior Vice President, Engineering

After completion of his Master’s Degree in telecommunications from Aalborg University (Denmark), Niels joined Motorola. Following a quick ascent to principal staff engineer, Niels was appointed as Director of Software. In this senior level capacity, he effectively managed and mentored a global team of 90 digital-signal processing software and test engineers. With two GSM baseband patents to his name, Niels applies both his technical and management skills toward continual engineering excellence at LitePoint.

Faruq Palla, BSBA, Technical Diploma

Senior Vice President, Operations

Faruq came to LitePoint in 2008 with more than two decades’ experience in driving growth for several successful technology companies. Faruq spent the better part of his career with Trimble Navigation as Vice President of Operations, Director of Product Engineering, in addition to various other supply chain and customer facing roles. During his time with Trimble, he oversaw operations that grew from $100 million to over $1 billion. Prior to joining Trimble, Faruq was at Maxtor Corporation where he managed New Product Introductions spanning from their humble pre-IPO days through an explosive growth period that led to over $1 billion in revenue. Faruq is charged with applying his wealth of experience in helping LitePoint continue to scale in support of our customer and growth objectives.

Benny Madsen, MSEE, PhD

Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder

Following completion of doctoral work at the University of Aalborg (Denmark), Benny quickly established himself as an innovator in wireless system design and has spent his entire career in the wireless industry. From a principal development role in the first GSM mobile phone, through senior leadership at National Semiconductor, Benny has consistently innovated at the cutting-edge of the wireless industry and has 19 design patents to his name. Benny is widely seen not only as a leading engineer but a wireless industry visionary. He co-founded LitePoint in 2000 with a vision to bring the promise and power of wireless technology to the world. Under Benny’s leadership LitePoint has evolved from a single innovative idea to a global leader in wireless testing.

Richard Hsieh

Vice President, Worldwide Sales

Richard has over 20 years of experience in the testing industry, most recently leading LitePoint’s Taiwan and East Asia business. He has held previous roles at General Electric and LitePoint parent company, Teradyne, where he spent 12 years in progressing sales roles. Richard holds an Executive Master of Business Administrative from National Central University and a bio-medical engineering degree from Chung-Yuan Christian University in Taiwan. With a wealth of senior management experience in the test and measurement industry, Richard is charged with serving and growing the LitePoint customer base around the world.

John Lukez, BSEE

Vice President, Applications Engineering

John leads a team of RF engineers in supporting some of the world’s leading semiconductor companies and most innovative device makers, ensuring they all achieve the best performance and economics enabled by LitePoint test solutions. Under John’s leadership, LitePoint is now able to support over 350 wireless chipsets…enabling our customers to be up and running without lengthy programming or software development. John’s wide ranging experience includes R&D, measurement and characterization, semiconductor high volume manufacturing test, and system level characterization. John holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University.

James Chang

Vice President, Finance

James has over 20 years of experience working in Silicon Valley companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises. At LitePoint, James leads finance, information technology, facilities, sales operations and business processes. He is responsible for driving growth by enabling the organization to execute revenue and profit plans effectively to deliver strong financial performance. Prior to LitePoint, James worked at Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc. (AATI), a fabless analog semiconductor start-up. There he supported the company through a phase of rapid growth that led to its successful IPO and subsequent sale to Skyworks Corporation. Prior to AATI, James worked at JDS Uniphase, LSI Logic and IBM. He holds a BSc Finance degree from San Jose State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.