Benny Madsen, MSEE, PhD
Co-Founder and President
Following completion of doctoral work at the University of Aalborg (Denmark), Benny quickly established himself as an innovator in wireless system design and has spent his entire career in the wireless industry. From a principal development role in the first GSM mobile phone, through senior leadership at National Semiconductor, Benny has consistently innovated at the cutting-edge of the wireless industry and has 19 design patents to his name. Benny is widely seen not only as a leading engineer but a wireless industry visionary. He co-founded LitePoint in 2000 with a vision to bring the promise and power of wireless technology to the world. Under Benny's leadership LitePoint has evolved from a single innovative idea to a global leader in wireless testing and he continues to be the driving force behind LitePoint's culture of innovation.
Brad Robbins, BSEE
Chief Operating Officer and General Manager
Brad Robbins was appointed chief operating officer and general manager of LitePoint, a subsidiary of Teradyne, in August 2012. Brad began working for Teradyne while still in college, completing a BSEE in Electrical Engineering in 1980 with a focus on Computer Science and Digital Signal Processing at Tufts University. At Teradyne he held a variety of positions that spanned division general management to product development and technology strategy. He has a passion for technology and customers with a track record of introducing comprehensive, innovative test solutions.
Christian Olgaard, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer
Through his early post-doc efforts at the Technical University of Denmark, Christian pioneered the use of sub-micron, complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS) for RF circuits. From there, he was appointed the system radio architect at National Semiconductor. With more than twenty wireless system patents to his name at LitePoint, and many more under application, Christian is responsible for directing LitePoint’s progressive research and development efforts, and driving new test methodologies through his deep understanding of chip operation. Christian also plays a key role in working with chipset vendors and customers to deliver new and better test solutions.
Faruq Palla, BSBA, Technical Diploma
Vice President, Operations
Faruq came to LitePoint in 2008 with more than two decades experience in driving growth for several successful technology companies. Faruq spent the better part of his career with Trimble Navigation as Vice President of Operations, Director of Product Engineering, in addition to various other supply chain and customer facing roles. During his time with Trimble, he oversaw operations that grew from $100 million to over $1 billion. Prior to joining Trimble, Faruq was at Maxtor Corporation where he managed New Product Introductions spanning from their humble pre-IPO days through an explosive growth period that led to over $1 billion in revenue. Faruq is charged with applying his wealth of experience in helping LitePoint continue to scale in support of our customer and growth objectives.
Luc Schoups, MSEE, MBA
Senior Vice President, Sales
As a veteran technology executive, Luc brings decades of successful sales and business development acumen to LitePoint. Following post-graduate work in industrial engineering at Stanford University, Luc completed his executive MBA at the same institution. Directly responsible for the exponential growth of several start-up technology business units at the Wiltron Company, he has also served in the role of President of Anritsu Company Ltd (Hong Kong), President of Anritsu Company S.A. de C.V. (Mexico), General Manager of Anritsu Americas Sales Region, and Vice President of Anritsu Company (US). His broad global experiences have provided him the key components essential for the robust sales strategies he has employed at LitePoint.
Niels Vinggaard, MSEE
Senior Vice President, Engineering
After completion of his Master’s Degree in telecommunications from Aalborg University (Denmark), Niels joined Motorola. Following a quick ascent to principal staff engineer, Niels was appointed as Director of Software. In this senior level capacity, he effectively managed and mentored a global team of 90 digital-signal processing software and test engineers. With two GSM baseband patents to his name, Niels applies both his technical and management skills toward continual engineering excellence at LitePoint.