1 November 2022
SweGaN adds chief operating officer as it scales up GaN-on-SiC epi manufacturing
SweGaN AB of Linköping, Sweden, which manufactures custom gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) epitaxial wafers (based on a unique growth technology) for telecom, satellite, defense and power electronics applications, has added a new role to its executive team by appointing Henrik Tölander as chief operating officer. The new management role follows the firm’s Series A financing round (completed in early October) and supports its growth strategy to serve what it describes as explosive global market demand.
“Bringing extensive experience from the manufacturing industry, including nearly a decade at Fortune 500 company Siemens, Henrik will bring valuable competence for cultivating and executing the next phases of SweGaN’s manufacturing roadmap and expansion plans,” says CEO Jr-Tai ‘Ted’ Chen. “We have secured the industry and leadership experience needed to scale SweGaN manufacturing to the next level,” he adds.
Picture: SweGaN’s new chief operating officer Henrik Tölander.
“Joining SweGaN at this key juncture is an exciting opportunity as SweGaN growth plans target new production facilities and team expansion to deliver large quantities of epiwafers annually to supply a demanding and sophisticated semiconductor market,” comments Tölander. “I am inspired by what CEO and co-founder Ted Chen and the skilled team at SweGaN have achieved in developing world-class materials and a high-profile international investor portfolio,” he adds. “I look forward to working together in establishing SweGaN as a major global player.”
As an experienced COO and industrialization executive, Tölander has a background in gas turbine manufacturing, engineering management, control systems design, and has held overall responsibility for CapEx portfolios aimed at developing and expanding advanced additive manufacturing capabilities. Additional experience includes developing and maintaining technology and hardware strategies, component and capital investment forecasting, planning and implementing production for additive manufacturing, and building and managing productive, efficient and profitable production facilities. His management background includes leading an international cross-business unit, including high-profile R&D projects.