Stephen Coates

Stephen Coates

Vice President, Global Operations and General Manager, Asia GaN Systems

Canada's power chip maker GaN Systems is a leader in Gallium Nitride (GaN) power transistors. Applications include consumer electronics, automotive, renewable energy and more. Most recently, it raised $150 million in a funding round led by Fidelity Management & Research to expand its market share to the EV market. BMW and Toyota Motor have been investors in GaN Systems for several years.

As GaN Systems'VP of Operations, Stephen Coates joined GaN Systems in 2015 from DigiLens, where he was Head of Manufacturing. Stephen has more than three decades of experience in engineering, manufacturing operations, and supply-chain management. He has extensive experience in building and running advanced technology fabs (front end and backend). In addition, he has expertise in establishing and developing strategic relationships to support full product commercialization, high-volume manufacturing, and device packaging and integration which is key to ensuring that GaN Systems meets global demands.

Stephen moved to Taiwan in 2016 to establish GaN Systems Asia and has successfully grown the team to be the second largest and the fastest growing office in the company.