20 April 2022
Odyssey appoints Mark Davidson as CEO
Odyssey Semiconductor Technologies Inc of Ithaca, NY, USA, which is developing high-voltage vertical power switching components based on proprietary gallium nitride (GaN) processing technology, says that Mark Davidson has joined it as CEO and member of the board of directors. He succeeds co-founder Rick Brown, who served as interim CEO since September 2021 and will continue as chief technology officer and board member.
“Odyssey is on-track to deliver 1200V vertical GaN FETs in 2022 for a handful of customers who have already requested engineering samples,” notes chairman John Edmunds.
“Mark is known for his versatility to transform businesses into highly successful operations - having spent nearly 20 years working in Silicon Valley,” comments Brown. “His leadership and experience will help our company achieve its full potential,” he reckons.
Before joining Odyssey, Davidson was chief revenue officer of DreamVu, where he led commercialization and spearheaded revenue generation from scratch, leading the global sales expansion through his knowledge of global markets.
Prior to DreamVu, Davidson was CEO of Range Networks, where he pivoted its business model based on its technology leadership and the market opportunity, not only resulting in a surge in revenue and profitability but ultimately leading Range Networks to be acquired by a fast-growing company.
Davidson also has experience in power semiconductors. Previously, through Intel’s acquisition of Altera Corp, he was Intel’s VP/general manager, Global Power Products business organization, where he directed the transformation of a start-up company into a hyper-growth enterprise. Additionally, he has served as Texas Instruments’ regional sales & applications engineering director, National Semiconductor’s marketing director/product line director, Visteon Corp’s Australian customer liaison engineer, and Ford Motor Company’s product design engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.