Dr. Avi Katz
Founder and Sole Managing Member
Dr. Avi Katz, is our Founding Sole Managing Member. Avi is also the Founder, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President of GigCapital, Inc. (www.GigCapitalGlobal.com, www.GigCG.com) a blank-check SPAC technology company, the Founding Managing Member of GigAcquisitions, LLC, the Sponsor entity of GigCapital, Inc., the Founding Managing Member of GigNext, LLC (www.GigNextGlobal.com), an advising and investment partnership, and the Executive Chairman of Cognizer (www.cognizer.ai). He is a serial entrepreneur and active high-tech angel investor, which has spent nearly 30 years in international executive positions within the technology sector founding of and working for privately held start-ups, middle-cap companies and large enterprises. In these roles, Avi has been instrumental in building teams, large scale fund-raising, developing key alliances and technology partnerships, M&A activities, business development, financial management, global operations and sales and marketing.
Avi has dedicated the last decade to incept, develop and manage GigPeak, Inc. (NYSE-Mkt: GIG), originally known as GigOptix, Inc., from founding it in 2007 until its sale in 2017. Under Avi’s leadership GigPeak completed 10 M&A deals, was listed on the OTC Exchange in 2008, and on the NYSE-Mkt in 2012, and was sold to Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDTI) for $250 million in cash in April 2017. From 2003 to 2005, Avi was the chief executive officer, president, and member of the Board of Directors of Intransa, Inc., and from 2000 to 2003 the Chief Executive Officer, President, and member of the Board of Directors of Equator Technologies, Inc., which was eventually sold to Pixelworks for about $120 million. He held additional executive and leadership positions in technology companies date back to his tenure as Member of Technical Staff in AT&T Bell Laboratories between 1988 and 1994.
Avi is a graduate of the Israeli Naval Academy, holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Semiconductors Materials Eng. from the Technion (IIT - Israel Institute of Technology), author of more than 70 U.S. and international patents and has published approximately 300 technical papers and is the editor of a number of technical books.