Board of Directors
William J. Thompson
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Thompson is a Managing Member of Alara Capital AVI II and was Director of Research for Jacobi Capital Management. Dr. Thompson co-founded Circadiant Systems (acquired by JDS Uniphase Corporation), a venture capital backed test and Measurement Company that designed and manufactured instrumentation for optical communication. Dr. Thompson also served as a Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies where he designed analog RF optoelectronic components for high speed optical communication, and as a researcher with the University of Maryland. Dr. Thompson graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Stony Brook University. He graduated as a Palmer Scholar with an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School.
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Mr. Regazzi has served as Co-Chief Executive Office since June 2017 and Chief Technical Officer of Giga-tronics since August 2016. Since joining Giga-tronics in 2001 he has held the position of President and General Manager, Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Engineering and Chief Executive Officer. Previous experience includes 22 years at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies in various design and management positions associated with their microwave sweeper and synthesizer product lines. His final position at Agilent Technologies was as a senior engineering manager. Mr. Regazzi is known across the industry for his RF and Microwave expertise in military and aerospace applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Lutz P. Henckels
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Henckels has served as a member of the Company’s Board since 2011 and will continue to serve on the Company’s Board. Dr. Henckels is a Managing Member of Alara Capital AVI II (formerly the Company’s largest shareholder) and has over 20 years’ experience serving as Chief Executive Officer of the private and public technology companies HiQ Solar, SyntheSys Research (acquired by Tektronix/Danaher), LeCroy Corporation (LCRY), and HHB Systems (HHBX). Dr. Henckels is the recipient of the first John Fluke Sr. Memorial Award, along with David Packard, Joe Keithley, and Alex D’Arbeloff. The John Fluke Sr. Memorial Award was established in 1986 to honor executives who have led their companies with innovative engineering or business management. Dr. Henckels holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi, and is also a graduate of the OMP program of Harvard Business School. Dr. Henckels has also been a director of multiple publicly traded companies, including Ikos, Inframetrics, and LeCroy.
Gordon L. Almquist
Mr. Almquist has more than 30 years of experience in senior financial management roles at public and private technology companies. From August 2009 to June 2016, Mr. Almquist served as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Keyssa, Inc. (formerly known as WaveConnex, Inc.), a semiconductor technology company headquartered in Campbell, CA. Prior to Keyssa, he held similar positions at Strix Systems, where he was also a Co-founder, and publicly-traded companies including Vertel Corporation and 3D Systems Corporation. Mr. Almquist also served on the board of directors for CAP Wireless (acquired by TriQuint Semiconductor). Mr. Almquist is a certified public accountant (inactive) in the State of California and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration (accounting) from California State University, Northridge.
Managing Director, Spring Mountain Capital
Mr. Weston is a Managing Director at Spring Mountain Capital ('SMC') private equity group and has been with the firm since 2011. SMC is the largest investor in Alara Capital AVI II, the Company's largest shareholder. Mr. Weston was previously a Partner at The Wicks Group of Companies, a private equity firm with close to $1 billion under management, focused on selected segments of the information, education, and media industries. During his 15 years at Wicks, he was an integral part of its investment and management activities, and served on the board of directors of many of its portfolio companies. While at Wicks, he directly structured and negotiated more than 20 acquisitions and divestitures and worked on more than 40 additional closed transactions. Prior to Wicks, Mr. Weston worked at IBJ Whitehall Bank & Trust Company and National Westminster Bancorp, where he completed leveraged financing. Mr. Weston received his M.B.A. from Fordham University and graduated cum laude from Drew University with a B.A. in Economics.