Management Team

Antoine Paquin


It is with profound sadness that Solantro Semiconductor Corp announces the untimely passing of Antoine Paquin. Antoine was a great man with extraordinary vitality who exuded a unique personal charm. He was both a visionary and a man of action, fuelled by an entrepreneurial determination to change the world through the use of technology. As founder and CEO of Solantro, Antoine combined his expertise in semiconductors with the emerging field of renewable energy and his team continues to pursue his vision. He will be greatly missed by all.

Serial entrepreneur/founder. Past CEO/founder of Skystone Systems (acquired by Cisco System in 1997 - NASDAQ: CSCO); CEO Philsar Semiconductor (acquired by Conexant in 2000 - NASDAQ: CNXT/SWKS); CEO Axiom Microdevices (acquired by Skyworks Solutions - NASDAQ: SWKS).  


Luke Smith


Previous positions include Chief Operating Officer of Newport Media; President and CEO of Potentia Semiconductor Inc.; Chief Operating Officer and Site Manager for Philsar/Conexant; Vice President of Operations for Synergy Semiconductor; and Vice President and Manufacturing General Manager of Analog Devices Inc. Also served National Semiconductor Inc. in a variety of roles earlier in his career. Earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from UNL in 1970 and 1971, respectively.  Earned MBA from Westminster University, Salt Lake City, in 2001.  Is a Fellow of NUTech Ventures at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and was a Fellow of Arizona State University Furnace Program. 

Des Hickey

VP Finance

Over 24 years experience in Finance and Administration roles for privately held high technology corporations.  VP Finance Philsar Semiconductor (acquired by Conexant Systems in 2000 - NASDAQ: CNXT / SWKS); CFO Seaway Networks Inc. (acquired by Freescale Semiconductor in 2005 - NYSE:FSL). 

Mihai Varlan

VP Engineering

25+ years of management experience in HW design of complex systems comprised of analog and high speed digital application. Covered System, High Level or Detailed Design for a multitude of deployed products including Low Power Data Loggers, High Speed Data Acquisition Systems for Sonar Applications and multiple networking blades providing advanced packet processing from T1 up to OC48 speeds.