Dr. Datong (David) Chen
Dr. Datong Chen was appointed Chairman of the Board in September 2017. A co-founder of OmniVision, Spreadtrum Communications, WestSummit Capital and Hua Capital, Dr. Chen has over 20 years of experience in startup, investment and M&A of global high technology companies. He is also a winner of a Special Award for Inventor and Entrepreneur in China, Vice-Chairman of the Fabless Branch of China Semiconductor Association and serves as a counsel member of the Tsinghua Education Foundation. Owning 34 U.S. and European patents, Dr. Chen earned his Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, and did his postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois and Stanford University.
Chief Executive Officer
Renrong Yu was appointed CEO and elected a member of the Board of Directors in September 2017. Prior to joining OmniVision, Mr. Yu served as Chairman of global high tech companies such as Will Semiconductor, Beijing TelePath Technologies, China UniChip Technologies, as well as Director of Wuhan Tathing Technologies, Beijing Jinghongzhi Technology, and HK Waching Electronic. Mr. Yu graduated from the Department of Radio, Tsinghua University in China.
Dr. Henry Yang
Dr. Henry Yang was appointed as OmniVision's President in August 2017, after having served as Chief Operating Officer and other leadership roles since joining OmniVision in 1996. A member of the Board of Directors since February 2010, Dr. Yang, who possesses a deep understanding of product engineering and operations, became OmniVision's Vice President of Engineering in 2007, prior to which he was Director of Engineering. In both roles he focused on sensor design, circuit improvements and project management, in addition to playing a key role in the many successes of the company's engineering teams over the past 20 years. He holds B.E., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Tsinghua University in China.
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance
Anson Chan joined OmniVision in July 2006 with more than ten years of experience in accounting and finance coupled with an additional five years in engineering. Appointed as Vice President of Finance in February 2007, Mr. Chan has played an integral role in leading and developing OmniVision's global finance team. Prior to joining OmniVision, Mr. Chan advanced to the position of Senior Manager during his nearly ten years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he dealt extensively with all finance functions, ranging from assurance and business advisory services to initial public offerings. While employed by PwC, Mr. Chan managed the OmniVision engagement team for nearly six years. Mr. Chan earned his MBA degree in business strategy and operations management at the University of Chicago, his B.S. in Economics at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.S. in Engineering at the Moore School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Operating Officer
Cooper Wu joined OmniVision in 2001 and brings in-depth knowledge and understanding of operations and product engineering to his current position. Since his appointment to Vice President of Product and Manufacture Engineering in 2010, Mr. Wu had responsibility for product yield, validation and manufacture engineering for new product introductions and their ramp up to volume production. By focusing on improving product development and manufacturing processes as well as implementing operational procedures to ensure that new product lines meet customer requirements, Mr. Wu has been instrumental to the success of the company's operations and product engineering teams. Mr. Wu continues to drive alignment across all parts of the company by leading the supply chain selection and build up, operational discipline and prioritization required to support the company's long-term strategy. He continues to drive costs down for all suppliers, reducing cycle times and continuously improving the quality and stability of our products. Mr. Wu earned his B.S. degree in Materials Engineering from the Tatung Institute of Technology in Taiwan and his M.S. degree in Materials Science and Mechanics from Michigan State University.
Dr. Boyd Fowler
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Boyd Fowler joined OmniVision in December 2015 as the Vice President of Marketing and was appointed Chief Technology Officer in July 2017. Prior to joining OmniVision, he was co-founder and VP of Engineering at Pixel Devices, where he focused on developing high-performance CMOS image sensors. After Pixel Devices was acquired by Agilent Technologies, Dr. Fowler was responsible for advanced development of commercial CMOS image sensor products. In 2005, Dr. Fowler joined Fairchild Imaging as the CTO and VP of Technology, where he developed SCMOS image sensors for high-performance scientific applications. After Fairchild Imaging was acquired by BAE Systems, Dr. Fowler was appointed the technology director of the CCD/CMOS image sensor business. He has authored numerous technical papers, book chapters, and patents. Dr. Fowler received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1990 and 1995 respectively.
Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
With almost 29 years in the semiconductor industry, Michael Wu joined OmniVision in January 2018 and has worked at Motorola, Freescale, Xilinx, Tilera, Lantiq, and most recently at Marvell Semiconductor as VP Sales and Country Manager (China). Previously he has held a variety of positions in Product Test Engineering, Regional Sales and Business Development. Having worked and lived in mainland China, Hong Kong, USA, Philippines and Malaysia, he has built business successes with end customers in the areas of mobile phone chipset, wireline and wireless networking infrastructure, IoT, storage, DSL/PON gateway, surveillance, network security, and cloud/data center. Michael's keen understanding of technology and market opportunities and his unparalleled ability to lead and motivate teams, drive transformation and fast response to market transitions and increase customer relevance and growth. Michael holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Tianjin University and EMBA degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and from Fudan University.
Senior Vice President, China Business Group
Stephen joined the company in October 2017 as Vice President of China Sales and was promoted to Senior VP of China Business Group in late 2019. Stephen’s career spans more than 20 years in the semiconductor industry with various leadership positions in Product Management, Sales & Marketing. More recently he was Senior Director of Product Management, Mobile Consumer Electronics in Knowles since 2015. Previous to Knowles, he served as Executive Director of the Greater China Business, Embraco Unit at Whirlpool Corporation and held various leadership roles in ON Semiconductor for 13 years. Stephen earned an EMBA from Xi'an Jiaotong University and a B.A.Sc. in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics from Tianjin University.
Senior Vice President of System Technologies
John Li has been with OmniVision since 1997, previously serving as an engineering manager, director and senior director of applications for OmniVision's worldwide applications group. Mr. Li was appointed to Vice President of System Technologies in August, 2009. In that role, he managed worldwide applications and the company's optics division system and new technology development, customer support, oversight of future product definition, development of wafer level camera modules, as well as managed the applications team to verify product performance and functionality, supporting our customers and improving engineering knowledge on all our products. His continuous driving improvements of applications resourcing, communications with key accounts, as well as QR resourcing, quality engineering knowledge, improvements in failure analysis and qualification cycle time, have helped us optimize operational excellence across the company, creating capacity for innovation, investment, and growth. Mr. Li graduated from the Electrical Engineering Department of Fudan University in China.
Senior Vice President of Quality and Reliability
Zille Hasnain is the Vice President of Quality and Reliability, bringing with him over 28 years of experience in semiconductor quality and reliability assurance. Prior to joining OmniVision, Mr. Hasnain served as Senior Director of Quality Assurance and Customer Support at Micron, where he worked to ensure all Micron DRAM, Flash and CMOS image sensor products met quality and reliability expectations when entering high volume shipments. Utilizing his extensive knowledge of industry qualification requirements for new products, Mr. Hasnain worked with customers and contract manufacturers around the world on technical product issues. Mr. Hasnain has authored several impressive publications recognized throughout the industry. He holds an M.B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Quantitative Analysis from Washington State University.
Senior Vice President of Process Engineering
Lindsay Grant joined OmniVision in January 2016 as the Vice President of Process Engineering. Prior to joining OmniVision, he was Technical Director and Fellow at ST Microelectronics for the Image Sensors Division. Mr. Grant worked on the development of image sensor pixel and process technologies for 16 years, pioneering ST Microelectronics' research and development activities for single-photon avalanche diode devices. Prior to joining ST Microelectronics, Mr. Grant worked for 12 years at Seagate Technology in device and process engineering positions. Mr. Grant has authored over 50 technical papers in the image sensors field, and was Chairman of the London Image Sensors conference for six years from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Grant received his B.S. degree in Physics from St. Andrews University in 1984.
Chairman Emeritus and Chairman, OVT Strategic Development Committee
Shaw Hong is Chairman Emeritus of OmniVision’s Board of Directors and Chairman of OmniVision’s Strategic Development Committee and is one of the company's co-founders. He is continuously looking for new ways to grow and improve company revenues and company development. Mr. Hong holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Jiao Tong University in China and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University.
Dr. Howard E. Rhodes - In Memoriam
Former Chief Technology Officer
We are incredibly saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Howard E. Rhodes. Part of the OmniVision’s leadership team since 2005 and Chief Technology Officer since 2012, Dr. Rhodes’ pioneering work in CMOS imaging has shaped the course of OmniVision, and indeed much of the digital imaging industry. Holding over 200 patents, Dr. Rhodes earned his Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from the University of Illinois. His work and contributions to our groundbreaking BSI (backside-illumination technology) have impacted our industry in profound ways and we will be forever grateful for his loyalty, dedication, and technical brilliance. His unwavering determination to see OVT succeed has been an inspiration and, to a great extent, has defined us as a company. Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to his family at this difficult time.