Mark Adams

Chief Executive Officer

Leadership Team

Mark Adams

Before joining Lumileds as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Adams most recently served as President of Micron Technology, Inc. a Fortune 200 global manufacturer of advanced memory solutions, from 2012 to 2016. 

Between 2008 and 2012, Mr. Adams held the position of Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Micron. He also served in executive roles at Lexar Media, Inc., Creative Labs, Inc. and NCR Corporation. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1987 from Boston College and his MBA in 1995 from Harvard University. Mr. Adams currently sits on the board of directors at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Seagate Technology PLC.

Before joining Lumileds as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Adams most recently served as President of Micron Technology, Inc. a Fortune 200 global manufacturer of advanced memory solutions, from 2012 to 2016. 

Between 2008 and 2012, Mr. Adams held the position of Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Micron. He also served in executive roles at Lexar Media, Inc., Creative Labs, Inc. and NCR Corporation. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1987 from Boston College and his MBA in 1995 from Harvard University. Mr. Adams currently sits on the board of directors at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Seagate Technology PLC.

Mark Adams
Chief Executive Officer

With more than 30 years of business development, sales, marketing and general management experience in the semiconductor and LED lighting industries, Mr. Barlow brings a strong track record of leadership, market vision, business growth, customer and market development.

Prior to rejoining Lumileds, Mr. Barlow served SVP of global sales and business development, responsible for Cree’s lighting division products, channels, revenue and ecommerce business. His background includes various sales and sales management roles in HP’s semiconductor products group. He also served as the Chief Commercial Officer at Intematix Corporation, where he was responsible for the LED phosphor material and lighting component company’s commercial functions including global sales, marketing, application engineering, customer service, business development and distribution.  He first joined Lumileds in 2003, helping to build its LED automotive, camera flash, display and lighting businesses as head of sales and marketing.

Mr. Barlow holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University.

Steve Barlow
SVP, GM Illumination BU

Dr. Jy Bhardwaj is Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Lumileds, managing Technology Strategy and Technology Development. He joined Lumileds in May of 2010.  Earlier, Mr. Bharadwaj spent seven years at JDSU where he held a number of senior management positions including CTO of Optical Communications, with more than six years of business unit leadership, as Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Bhardwaj joined JDSU via the acquisition of Scion Photonics; a silicon valley based optical chip start up, where he served as the CEO. 

Prior to Scion, Mr. Bhardwaj served as CTO at STS, a Sumitomo Precision Products company, developing and manufacturing semiconductor capital equipment. During his tenure, STS saw over five years of strong growth culminating in an IPO on the AIM in London at the end of 2000. 

Mr. Bhardwaj holds a Ph.D and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Liverpool University.

Jy Bhardwaj
Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Buzgar brings more than 30 years of experience in the Automotive and Lighting industries to Lumileds. 

Prior to his current role, Mr. Buzgar served as General Manager of Automotive Lamps within Philips Automotive Lighting—a business group of Royal Philips dedicated to providing best-in-class lighting solutions in the Automotive Aftermarket and Original Equipment Manufacturer and Supplier markets (OEM, OES).

 Previously, Mr. Buzgar was the Head of Operations for HID, a global business unit of Philips Lighting. He was located in Shanghai, China. He joined Royal Philips in 1995. In earlier roles, Mr. Buzgar served as General Manager of Philips Automotive Playback Modules Europe, a Philips company that designed and manufactured navigation systems for the car industry. He also held the position of General Manager Tubular Lighting, a Philips company that designs and manufactures fluorescent lighting solutions. 

During his career, Mr. Buzgar has worked and lived in South Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S., covering the areas of Product Development, Head of Global Operations and General Management. 

A South African and Romanian citizen, Mr. Buzgar holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Timisoara Romania.

Mircea Buzgar
SVP, GM Automotive BU

A global citizen and thought-leader in the space of Talent Management, Ms. Giannini brings over 25 years of business experience to her current role overseeing Human Resources at Lumileds. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Giannini has held global HR leadership positions in high tech, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and healthcare technology industries in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston and the Netherlands. Her areas of expertise include HR business partnering, post-merger integration and talent management. 

Prior to joining Lumileds, Ms. Giannini led Global Talent Management at Philips where she oversaw, succession planning, executive search, career management and strategic workforce planning. Her inspirational leadership style, strategic vision and passion for finding the intersection between individual talent and organizational requirements makes her a key asset to Lumileds. 

Ms. Giannini holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Megan Giannini
SVP, Human Resources

Before joining Lumileds as Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Mr. Henderson most recently served as Vice President Corporate Development of Keysight Technologies, Inc., a global leader in electronic measurement solutions. Between 2005 and 2009, Mr. Henderson was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Avago Technologies (now Broadcom). He also served in executive roles at Agilent Technologies, Inc. and Hewlett Packard.

His experience includes leading numerous acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and equity investments, along with leading several high growth semiconductor business units and leading global sales organizations for multi-billion revenue companies.

Mr. Henderson received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Jeff Henderson
SVP of Corporate Development

Ajay Marathe is SVP, GM Specialty BU & LED Operations. Prior to his current position, Mr. Marathe served as Senior Vice-President of Operations at Philips Lumileds – a business group of Royal Philips he joined in October 2011. He brings extensive executive operations expertise encompassing both the semiconductor and solar industries over 30 years. 

Mr. Marathe started his career at AMD in Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain, and Operations leadership positions, providing him with a strong foundation for his later roles including Corporate Vice-President of Operations for the Computation Products Group and President of AMD India. As President of AMD India, Mr. Marathe was responsible for growing AMD’s India business, expanding it from zero to 25% market share in two short years. 

Mr. Marathe has also provided leadership to the Semiconductor Group of Reliance Industries as CEO. He also served as Senior Vice-President of Operations at Solaria, the solar module manufacturer. Mr. Marathe holds a MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Texas Tech University where he was felicitated as one of their “Distinguished Engineers” in year 2006.

Ajay Marathe
SVP, GM Specialty BU & LED Operations

With over 30 years experience at a broad span of technology and automotive companies, Mr. Martin brings an enhanced focus on strengthening Quality at Lumileds. He oversees the organization and process focused on delivering quality solutions at the highest level to all stakeholders.

Mr. Martin joined Lumileds from Flextronics, where he was the Vice President of Global Quality, supporting worldwide operations. Earlier, he served as Vice President of Total Customer Satisfaction at Nissan Motor, with responsibility for North America and South America field quality and customer satisfaction for all Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. Prior to Nissan, Mr. Martin was the General Manager of Customer Quality Engineering at Toyota and started his career at General Motors.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Manufacturing Engineering from Western Carolina University.

Kevin Martin
SVP, Quality

A Silicon Valley veteran who has structured and negotiated strategic relationships with industry leaders in technology, Ms. McAlpine joined Lumileds as Senior VP and General Counsel. Earlier she served as Vice President and General Counsel at Avnet Inc., the global leader of electronic components and services. 

Prior to joining Avnet, Ms. McAlpine was VP and General Counsel at cloud leader Wyse Technology Inc. and managed the sale of Wyse to Dell Inc. in May 2012. She has held previous roles at Sun Microsystems, Graham and James, and McCutchen Doyle Brown and Enersen focusing on strategic and corporate governance matters, M&A activities and intellectual property transactions. 

Ms. McAlpine is a published author who writes and speaks on industry issues nationally. She has been named one of the Most Influential Woman in Business by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and was awarded the YWCA Technology Women in Industry Award. Ms. McApline serves on the advisory board for the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Alabama and a Juris doctor degree from Suffolk University Law in Boston.

Cheree McAlpine
SVP, General Counsel

With a proven track record in both B2B and B2C international commercial leadership roles, Mr. Popis brings more than 25 years of experience to his position. 

Prior to his current role, Mr. Popis served as Senior Vice-President for Philips Automotive Lighting EMEA - a business group of Royal Philips dedicated to providing best-in-class lighting solutions in the Automotive Aftermarket and Original Equipment Manufacturer and Supplier markets (OEM, OES). Prior to that, he served as Vice-President for Automotive Aftermarket Europe. 

In earlier roles, Mr. Popis was the General Manager Professional Lamps France and IKAM Rexel at Philips Lighting. He also served as Senior Commercial Director Professional Lamps and Luminaires for France. 

Mr. Popis holds a Diplôme de Grande Ecole from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Montpellier, France.

Pascal Popis
SVP, Automotive Sales and Marketing

Ms. Whitten brings more than 25 years of experience to her role, leading all aspects of global internal and external communications including brand, public relations, digital, and marketing communications for the company.

Prior to joining Lumileds, Ms. Whitten was Vice President of Corporate Communications for Lam Research, a leading supplier of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and services. Earlier in her career, Ms. Whitten held senior communications roles at Xilinx, KLA-Tencor, Trimble, and Applied Materials. She began her career at IBM in their Silicon Valley sales and marketing organization.

Ms. Whitten is a member of the Board of Directors for Community Solutions, a comprehensive non-profit human services agency serving Santa Clara County and San Benito County. The Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized Ms. Whitten as one of the 100 most Influential Women in Business. Ms. Whitten is a member of the Page Society and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in international business from San Jose State University.

Kyra Whitten
VP, Corporate Communications

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