Experienced growth leader and company-builder to advance Odyssey's novel vertical GaN business
ITHACA, NY / ACCESSWIRE / April 18, 2022 / Odyssey Semiconductor Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB:ODII), a semiconductor device company developing innovative high-voltage, vertical power switching components based on proprietary Gallium Nitride ("GaN") processing technology, today announced Mark Davidson joined the Company as its new chief executive officer and member of the board of directors on April 18, 2022. He succeeds Rick Brown, the Company's co-founder, who served as interim CEO since September 2021. Mr. Brown will continue as the Company's CTO and Board member.
Board and Management Commentary
"Mark is known for his versatility to transform businesses into highly successful operations - having spent nearly twenty years working in Silicon Valley," said Rick Brown, co-founder, CTO, and Board member. "When I met Mark, I knew that he was the right leader for us to realize the vision we had when Odyssey was founded and that his leadership and experience will help our company achieve its full potential."
"Mark joins Odyssey at an exciting time for the Company," said John Edmunds, Chairman of the Board. "Odyssey is on-track to deliver 1200 V vertical GaN FETs in 2022 for a handful of customers who have already requested engineering samples."
"I am thrilled to be joining Odyssey at such an important time for the Company. I am excited to work closely with the Board of Directors and passionate employees as we grow and create value for our customers and shareholders," said Mark Davidson. "The time for GaN is now, and we are confident that Odyssey's approach with vertical GaN will be appreciated and widely adopted by the market."
About Mark Davidson
Mr. Davidson comes to Odyssey as an experienced growth leader. Before joining Odyssey, Davidson served as the Chief Revenue Officer of DreamVu where he led commercialization and spearheaded revenue generation from scratch. He led the global sales expansion through his vast knowledge of global markets.
Prior to DreamVu, Mr. Davidson served as Chief Executive Officer of Range Networks, where he pivoted the company's business model based on Range Networks' technology leadership and the market opportunity. The pivot not only resulted in a surge in revenue and profitability, but it ultimately led Range Networks to be acquired by an exciting and fast-growing company.
Mark also brings enormous success and experience in the power semiconductor space. He has previously served as Intel Corporation's (through Intel's acquisition of Altera Corporation) Vice President/General Manager, Global Power Products Business Organization, where he directed the transformation of a start-up company into a hyper-growth enterprise. Additionally, he has served as Texas Instruments' Regional Sales and Applications Engineering Director, National Semiconductor's Marketing Director/Product Line Director, Visteon Corporation's Australian Customer Liaison Engineer, and Ford Motor Company's Product Design Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Davidson will operate from Odyssey's Ithaca, New York facility, which is the location of the Company's global headquarters and its wafer fabrication facility.
About Odyssey Semiconductor Technologies, Inc.
Odyssey Semiconductor Technologies, Inc. (www.odysseysemi.com), has developed a proprietary technology that is designed to allow for GaN to replace SiC as the leading high-voltage power switching semiconductor material. Based in Ithaca, NY, the Company owns and operates a 10,000 sq. ft. semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility complete with a mix of class 1,000 and class 10,000 clean space as well as tools for advanced semiconductor development and production. Odyssey Semiconductor also offers a world-class semiconductor device development and foundry service.
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