About Pharrowtech

Leadership team

Wim Van Thillo

Wim Van Thillo

Co founder - CEO

Wim has more than 15 years of experience focused on mmWave R&D first as a researcher and later as a program director for imec’s activities in cellular, WiFi and mmWave transceivers. In that role, he was essential in shaping the R&D roadmap and business opportunities for emerging wireless technologies. Wim was also a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, focused on researching 60GHz high speed wireless communications. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a degree in Business Economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Carl de Ranter

Carl de Ranter

Co founder - VP Engineering

Carl brings more than 23 years of experience in analog RFIC design and management, and a passion to engage people in innovation, with a focus on consumer electronics. He began his career at RF Magic, an early phase RFIC Startup in San Diego, CA, where he became design manager and helped build the start-up ahead of its merger and IPO. In 2013 he returned to Belgium to join design services house AnSem (now part of Cyient) where he architected NFC and RFID ASICs for pre-IPO customers. Since 2015, Carl has consulted for a tier-1 smartphone chip supplier where he built the team that subsequently developed a significant RFIC IP which is now utilized in many of the world’s most popular mobile phones. Carl holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering and a PhD, both from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Marco E. Bello

Marco E. Bello

VP Marketing & Product Management

Marco has more than 20 years of experience in product management, marketing and business development in the very competitive broadband access semiconductor industry. In his career to date, Marco has held leadership roles at GlobespanVirata, Conexant, Mindspeed Technologies, Broadcom/Avago, and Cypress Semi, culminating at Lantiq where he was Vice President and General Manager of the Broadband Access Business Unit. Marco holds a BSc in Nuclear Physics and a MSc in Computer Science, both from Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

Kees Steenbergen

Kees Steenbergen

VP Operations & Manufacturing

Kees combines 25 years of industry experience in semiconductor and telecommunication, covering various technical and managerial roles in start-ups and large multi-nationals. Through his career he has focused on network architecture and chip design, followed by leading product development and quality initiatives to enable mass manufacturing. Prior to its acquisition by Qorvo, he led GreenPeak’s operations from scratch towards company profitability in a highly competitive and cost-sensitive market, through multiple consecutive years of exponential growth, and shipping over 100M devices. Kees holds a MSc in Applied Physics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

 

Peter van Wely

Peter van Wely

VP Finance & Risk

Peter brings more than 30 years of experience working as a hands-on financial leader for global technology businesses. He has worked with large tech companies such as IBM and DEC as well as various telecoms and semiconductor startups.  As Finance Director at National Semiconductors, Peter partnered in the management buy-out of its Netherlands based DECT design center. He was part of the leadership team that grew Sitel Semiconductors into an established international fabless IC company through to its strategic sale in 2011 to Dialog Semiconductors. After that, as Chief Financial Officer of CM.com, Peter was a leading force in the company’s growth to become a mature conversational commerce platform company with subsidiaries in more than 10 countries, ahead of its IPO in 2020. Peter holds a MSc in Business Administration from Newport University (CA).

Technical leadership team

Guerric de Streel

Guerric de Streel

Co-founder & Member of Technical Staff

is specialized in analog and RF design in advanced CMOS technology with deep expertise in chip-package-antenna co-design for highly-integrated mmWave systems. Guerric holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Université Catholique de Louvain and was a visiting researcher at EPFL’s Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit lab.

Khaled Khalaf

Khaled Khalaf

Co-founder & Member of Technical Staff

Is a specialist in system and IC design for mm-wave wireless applications with more than 10 years of experience in mm-wave CMOS IC design R&D. As chip architect, Khaled led the development of imec’s latest generations of 60 GHz phased-array transceivers. He holds a MSc degree from TU Delft and a PhD from VUB in collaboration with imec. He worked with Scenario Design Services and spent 2 years at Infineon Technologies.

Qixian Shi

Qixian Shi

Co-founder & Member of Technical Staff

Is an expert RF designer with over 8 years of experience in mm-wave frequency synthesis and distribution for wireless transceivers and automotive applications. He was a key contributor to the first standard compliant 60 GHz transceiver prototype in imec and has been responsible for several projects with top-class industry partners. He is passionate about transferring research results into commercial products. Qixian holds an MSc degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a PhD degree with highest honor from Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Pieter Vorenkamp

Pieter Vorenkamp

Independent Chairman of the Board

Pieter is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Syntiant Corp. Previously, he worked at Cadence Design Systems, where he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the IP Group. Before that, he spent nearly 20 years in leadership at Broadcomwith roles including Senior Vice President of Operations Engineering, responsibile for world-wide manufacturing technology and hardware programs from inception through to high-volume production. During his time at Broadcom, he was also Vice Presidentand Chief Architect, Central Engineering, developing core IP for use throughout the company. Pieter started his career as a research scientist at Philips Research, developing high-speed data-converters. He holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente in The Netherlands, and is the named inventor of more than 125-issued U.S and European patents.

Pieter Vorenkamp

Independent Chairman of the Board

Pieter Vorenkamp is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Syntiant Corp. Earlier, Mr. Vorenkamp was senior vice president and general manager of the IP Group at Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS).

His career also includes nearly 20 years of leadership roles at Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO). Mr. Vorenkamp was senior vice president of operations engineering where his responsibilities spanned world-wide manufacturing technology and support of all hardware programs from inception through engineering samples into high-volume production. Prior to his operations role, Mr. Vorenkamp was VP & chief architect, Central Engineering developing core IP for use throughout Broadcom.

He started his career as a research scientist at Philips Research, developing high-speed data-converters.

Mr. Vorenkamp received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente in The Netherlands. He is the named inventor of more than 125-issued U.S and European patents.

Investors

Imec.xpand is an early stage and growth venture capital fund with a game-changing approach to turn hardware driven nanotechnology innovation into successful global companies. The fund is independently managed by a team of entrepreneurs, seasoned venture capitalists and business experts and is targeting ambitious tech start-ups that meet all the criteria to become a successful, scalable venture with the potential to change the world.

Bloc Ventures, founded by industry veterans from ARM and Vodafone, is an investment company which targets early stage ‘deep’ technology companies, working with them closely to build world leaders. Structured to identify and build on compelling investment opportunities, Bloc’s collaborative approach creates long term value and mitigates risk for investors.

The KBC Focus Fund is a € 50 million venture capital fund that focuses on deeptech. The fund has the ambition to boost the sector of nanotechnology, microelectronics and IoT. It mainly focuses on Belgium and surrounding countries where well-known expertise centers in this technological area are located.

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