About Antenna Company

The Antenna Company is an antenna systems provider that delivers high-performance 2D and 3D solutions based on advanced materials, proprietary design principles and RF system expertise. Our patented technology results in clearly differentiated performance over conventional antenna solutions in the market. Our mission is to solve difficult antenna system issues for existing and next generation wireless standards. We provide standard and customized solutions to leading OEMs and ODMs for Wi-Fi, GPS, Cellular and other wireless technologies. Antenna Company has a design center in the Netherlands with sales offices in the US and Asia. The company is headquartered in Willemstad, Curaçao.

Management Team

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David Favreau
CEO

David Favreau has over 20 years of leadership experience in the wireless industry with a successful track record of scaling new businesses and driving product innovation. Prior to joining Antenna Company, David served as Vice President, Product Management at Qualcomm, where he achieved market leadership for its mobile and computing wireless connectivity products. Prior to that, he held senior management roles at RF Micro Devices, Agere Systems, and Lucent Technologies. David began his engineering career at Texas Instruments and held R&D positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories. David earned his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University. He holds five U.S. Patents in the field of semiconductor device technology.

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Diego Caratelli
CTO

Diego Caratelli is a founding member of Antenna Company and is responsible for its technical direction and product development. Diego received the Laurea (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering, as well the M.Sc. degree (summa cum laude) in Applied Mathematics from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Research Fellow at the Department of Electronic Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, where he was appointed Contract Professor of Interdisciplinary Laboratory. From 2007 to 2013, he was Senior Researcher at the International Research Centre for Telecommunications and Radar of Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Diego has been published in more than 100 international journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

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Johan Gielis
VP Research & Materials

Johan Gielis is a founding member of Antenna Company and developed the underlying mathematical transformation that SuperShape® antennas are based on. Johan graduated as an engineer in the horticultural sciences and his career evolved in the direction of plant biotechnology. In the course of his work he discovered a novel mathematical transformation, the Gielis transformations, that unify a wide range of natural and abstract shapes and patterns into one simple mathematical generalization. Prior to Antenna Company, Johan co-founded Genicap Beheer BV to develop applications using the Gielis formula. Since 2011, Johan Gielis is professor at the Biosciences Engineering Department at the University of Antwerp.

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Andre van Hees
SVP Operations

With over 30 years of WiFi industry experience Andre has operated in a wide variety of capacities ranging from managing outdoor wireless systems development to being an expert in outsourced manufacturing and quality systems. Prior to his current role at The Antenna Company, Andre co-founded AirTies Wireless Networks where he served as Executive Vice President Operations/Business Excellence from 2004 to 2016, and also served on the Board of Directors. Earlier on in his career he held several management and technical positions at Proxim, Agere Systems, Lucent Technologies, AT&T and NCR. Andre graduated BS cum laude electrical engineering and computer science from Avans University, Breda, the Netherlands.

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Thomas Wilhelm
Technical Advisor

Thomas has served in various senior management functions for BLANCO GmbH + Co KG, Weidmann Plastics Technology GmbH, Ensinger GmbH, and forteq Group. Thomas is an industry-recognized specialist for polymer materials and processing, including materials for electrical and electronic applications. Thomas received his Diploma (M.Sc.) in Chemistry and his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He received a MBA from University of Toronto. He co-authored 8 international publications and holds 17 patents, most of them in the field of polymers and their properties.

Supervisory Board

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Roland Pieper
Chairman

Roland (Roel) Pieper is a founding member of Antenna Company and is currently the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, after having led the company as CEO for the first three years. Roland graduated, MSc (Ir.) cum laude in mathematics and computer science from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.   Roland has held multiple executive positions over his career including President and CEO of AT&T’s Unix Systems Laboratories from 1990 to 1993, CEO of UB Networks from 1993 to 1995, CEO of Tandem Computers from 1995 to 1998, Executive VP & Board Member Philips Electronics from 1998 to 1999.  Since that period to the present, Roland has been active in leading multiple start-up and venture companies, including Chairman and Founder Favonius Ventures, Chairman Connekt, Chairman and Founder ROAD Group, CEO Eclipse Aviation, CEO PDX, and MD of RiRo Ventures.

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Joep van Beurden

Joep van Beurden served as Chief Executive Officer of CSR Plc. a designer and developer of silicon and software systems for the Consumer Electronics and Automotive market, from 2007 to 2015.   In that time, he repositioned the company into a successful high-end semiconductor business, which was acquired by Qualcomm.   Prior to CSR, Joep was Chief Executive of NexWave Inc., a provider of embedded software solutions for the consumer electronics market. Joep held senior positions at Canesta Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, and Philips Components, in California. Before this, he worked for McKinsey & Company and Shell and lectured in Physics and Electronics at the University of Zambia.   Active in the local community and in industry, he served as Vice Chairman and Director of the Global Semiconductor.

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Edward Krubasik

Edward Krubasik studied physics at the universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Karlsruhe in Germany. After obtaining a doctorate in nuclear physics, he completed an MBA program at the European Institute for Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France.  He worked as partner and director at McKinsey & Co., Inc. for over twenty years, where he was in charge of McKinsey’s global innovation and technology management practice and the European electronics, telecommunications and aerospace sector.  From 1997 to 2006 Professor Krubasik was a Member of the Corporate Executive Committee of Siemens AG with special responsibility for the company’s Industry and Transport business sector and Siemens’ Corporate Technology Department.  Dr. Edward Krubasik has held multiple board positions and is honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich since 1998 and Honorary Senator of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

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Philip van Wijngaarden

Philip van Wijngaarden started his professional career as a lawyer at Barents & Krans, where he specialized in M&A transaction. Subsequently he worked as commercial banker at the acquisition finance department of Staal Bankiers. Philip joined Ramphastos Investments in 1999, and has worked on numerous transactions for Ramphastos, including several successful restructurings and exits. Becoming a partner, Philip is responsible for supervision of several portfolio companies.  Philip holds a law degree from Leiden University and studied in Barcelona in 1990.