Chuck Berghoff, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Berghoff has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Berghoff built the Siemens Optoelectronic Division into one of the world's leading broad-line optoelectronic products suppliers. Products ranged from commodity optocouplers for the telecom industry to application-specific displays for leading cell phone manufacturers as well as custom products for major automotive, medical, industrial, and telecom customers.

Over a 13-year period Berghoff held positions as VP of marketing, Custom Product Business Unit manager, Intelligent Display Business Unit manager, and later led the division as VP and general manager. Berghoff also served on the board of Siemens Malaysia.

Berghoff’s prior semiconductor experience includes Intel, Summit Microelectronics, Supertex, and Ladcor.


ROBERT KOW, Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Operations

Mr. Kow has over 30 years of experience in the LED optoelectronics semiconductor manufacturing industry with Litronix, Inc., Siemens Semiconductors, and OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, as well as consulting with Malaysian companies in improving their operational systems and project management processes. He has held a wide range of responsibilities in the areas of product and process engineering, equipment automation, training, production operations, and facilities management.

His experience involves working with multinational teams in the transfer of products and technology as well as relocating high-volume product lines from one site to another. Robert has a variety of manufacturing process experience involving metals, plastics, SMD, and chip-on-board assembly, as well as semiconductor testing and packaging.


TOM THAYER, Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Thayer has extensive experience in marketing and general management. Most recently, Mr. Thayer established a successful consulting practice focusing on go-to-market strategies, channel profitability, competitive analysis, and program assessments for clients such as HP, Quindi and Novodynamics.

He was also VP/ GM for Covad’s Broadband Solutions, where he refocused the division from consumer to business customers, grew sales, and reduced the cost of customer acquisition by 70%.

Prior to that, he was recruited by Xerox as their Director of Channel Development and Strategy. Subsequently, he led their western channel sales organization before becoming VP of Marketing for their Digital Desktop Business Unit, with world wide responsibility for almost $500 million in revenue. He also led the acquisition of Omnifax and became CEO.

Earlier, he held a number of positions at Hewlett Packard and at two environmental consulting firms.

In addition to his work with OptoElectronix, Mr. Thayer serves as a program advisor for FountainBlue’s clean tech seminar series, and as an alumni advocate with the Clean Tech Open.


Dato Yap Peng Hooi, Co-Founder

Dato Yap has over 30 years of experience in the optoelectronics semiconductor industry including senior VP, Managing Director and Board Member of the Siemens OSRAM Opto Semiconductor in Penang, Malaysia. Dato Yap successfully established the first Siemens Opto Factory in Wuxi China and led over 2,000 employees.

Under his leadership, the Penang operation won the Malaysia Quality Award, the Prime Minister’s Excellence Award and the Siemens Corporate Quality Award in Semiconductor industry. He also has extensive expertise in deployment of best practices including ISO standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), 6 Sigma, and Design to Cost (DTC).

Dato Yap is the past President of the Free Industrial Zone, Penang companies Association and a member of the Penang Industrial Council, Semiconductor & Electronics Components Task Force.