Russ has more than 30 years of experience in the electronic systems and semiconductor industries with a proven track record in executive leadership positions in both public and private companies. As CEO of Menlo Micro, Russ oversees the corporate direction and strategy of the company, focusing on leadership, technology innovation and customers.Prior to Menlo Micro, Russ founded nGeniSys, an investment and consulting firm focused on the electronics, semiconductor and telecommunications industries. He is also an Executive in Residence for GE Ventures and holds advisory and board of director positions at several venture backed companies. Prior to Menlo and nGeniSys, he held the position of EVP Marketing for Microsemi, where he led the integration Actel, Zarlink and Symmetricom, representing over $700M USD of M&A over a 4-year period. His leadership of those acquisitions led to operating income improvements in each case from low single digits to all greater than 25% operating profit. One of those integrations resulted in greater 40% operating margin. Prior to Microsemi, he was the CEO of two start-ups, WiSpry, a RF MEMS company and uNav Microelectronics, a fabless semiconductor company, where under his leadership, u-Nav developed and introduced the first “single-chip” GPS semiconductor device. Prior to that, he was vice president of Marketing for Silicon Systems and Texas Instruments Storage Product Division.
Chris Keimel CTO
Chris is a Co-Founder of Menlo Micro and has been at the heart of developing Menlo’s MEMS switch technology since its conception at GE Global Research. He is responsible for Menlo’s technical strategy and leading its R&D activities.
Prior to joining Menlo, Chris was a Senior Engineer at GE Global Research where he led its Metal MEMS Technology development for more than 12 years.
He also has published more than 15 journal articles (Nature, APL, etc.), been granted more than 25 patents, organized symposiums on MEMS as part of the Materials Research Society conferences, given numerous invited talks on MEMS technologies and is a reviewer for technical journals.
Chris holds a BS in Material Science from Cornell and a MSEE from Princeton.
Chris Giovanniello Senior Vice President, Products
Chris has more than 20 years of experience in electronic systems and semiconductor industries. As Senior Vice President of Products, Chris oversees all aspects of technology innovation and leads product development efforts. Prior to Menlo Micro, Chris was Vice President, Business Development for GE Ventures. At GE Ventures, Chris was responsible for developing new programs and monetization strategies for key technologies developed at General Electric’s R&D center in Schenectady, NY. He employed strategies such as licensing, joint ventures, acquisitions and spinouts for programs covering wireless, semiconductor, MEMS, and thermal management technology segments. Prior to GE, Chris served in a variety of management and leadership positions over an 18-year career at Teradyne, world leader in semiconductor test equipment. In his most recent role at Teradyne he was responsible for building a new Services Solutions Business for Teradyne’s Global Service Organization, a full-vertical supply-chain offering targeting emerging fabless semiconductor companies. Prior to that, Chris alternated between multiple assignments in Europe, where he managed large teams of field application engineers, and management positions within Teradyne’s product development organizations; defining and developing new product roadmaps. Chris holds a BSEE from Tufts University and an Executive MBA Certificate through Teradyne's Executive Leadership Program.
Jeff Baloun Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Operations
Jeff Baloun is a seasoned Senior Executive with 30 years of international semiconductor manufacturing and direct operational management both in front and backend, residing in several countries including the Philippines, United Kingdom, South Korea, Malaysia, Finland, Hong Kong, and the U.S. He is an accomplished business leader and entrepreneur having successfully led both funding and exit events. He has initiated and driven successful start-up companies and operations, which have resulted in steep growth and sustainable profitability. He is a strategic leader with a consistent record of building organizations and delivering results in the most challenging environments. Jeff is a native Californian and a Florida Institute of Technology alumnus. Jeff has been married to his wife Sara for almost 30 years and they have four children.