Dr. Avi Katz
Executive Chairman and Secretary
Dr. Avi Katz, is our Founder, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President, the Founding Managing Member of GigAcquisitions, LLC, the Sponsor entity of GigCapital, Inc., the Founding Managing Member of GigFounders, LLC (www.GigFoundersGlobal.com), the sole Managing Member of GigAcquisitions, LLC, the Founding Managing Member of GigNext, LLC, an advisory and investment partnership, and the Executive Chairman of Cognizer (www.cognizer.ai). He is a serial entrepreneur and active high-tech angel investor, which has spent nearly 30 years in international executive positions within the technology sector founding of and working for privately held start-ups, middle-cap companies and large enterprises. In these roles, Avi has been instrumental in 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.
Avi dedicated the last decade to developing and managing GigPeak, Inc. (NYSE-Mkt - GIG), originally known as GigOptix, Inc., from inception in 2007 until its sale in 2017. Under Avi’s leadership GigPeak completed 10 M&A deals. After multiple years of improving financial performance and shareholder value, and as NYSE-Mkt public company since 2012, GigPeak was sold to Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ - IDTI) in an all-cash transaction for $250 million in April 2017.
Prior to founding GigOptix, from 2003 to 2005, Avi was the chief executive officer, president, and member of the Board of Directors of Intransa, Inc., from 2000 to 2003 the Chief Executive Officer of Equator Technologies, Inc. which was ultimately sold to Pixelworks for $110 million, and held additional executive and leadership positions in technology companies date back to his tenure as Member of Technical Staff in AT&T Bell Laboratories between 1988 and 1994.
Avi is a graduate of the Israeli Naval Academy, holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Semiconductors Materials Eng. from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). He is an author of more than 70 U.S. and international patents, has published approximately 300 technical papers and is the editor of a number of technical books.