Keith AndersonChief Operating Officer +
Keith AndersonChief Operating Officer
Keith Anderson has over twenty years of operational and leadership experience across multiple industries. He worked for Caterpillar for thirteen years, initially as a graduate engineer and subsequently through a variety of leadership roles, including international assignments for a facility start up in the US and a General Manager role for a large manufacturing site in Northern Ireland. He moved to the Aerospace industry with Collins Aerospace (formerly B/E Aerospace & Rockwell Collins) where he was a Business Unit Director, responsible for Business Class Seating. In this role he successfully developed new processes for NPI and developed lean management systems which ensured high volume product delivery for industry leading airlines. He joined IQE as VP of Operations in August 2018 and was promoted to the COO role in August 2019. Keith graduated from the University of Ulster with a BSc Hons in Chemistry with Management and is a Six Sigma Black Belt & Master Black Belt.
Dr Rodney PelzelChief Technology Officer +
Dr Rodney PelzelChief Technology Officer
CEng, CSci, MIET, FIChemE
Dr. Rodney Pelzel has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, with deep expertise in semiconductor materials engineering and the epitaxial growth of compound semiconductors. Dr. Pelzel joined IQE as a Production Engineer in 2000. For the first twelve years of his career with IQE, Dr. Pelzel held various engineering and operational management roles focusing on scaling leading edge epitaxial technology for volume manufacturing for wireless applications. In 2012, Dr. Pelzel was appointed as the head of R&D for the IQE Group and was tasked with creating unique materials solutions that enable IQE’s customers and provide them with a competitive edge. Throughout his career, Dr. Pelzel has been involved in numerous new product introductions, the most recent being IQE’s highly successful launch of 6” VCSELs for consumer applications. Dr. Pelzel is a chemical engineer by training, holding a BS (High Distinction) from the University of Colorado (1995) and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2000). He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Scientist, and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Dr. Pelzel’s work has been widely published and he is the co-inventor of 30+ patents.
Clare FarmerChief People Officer +
Clare FarmerChief People Officer
Clare joined IQE in February 2020 and the Executive Leadership Team in April 2021. Clare has over 20 years multi sector people management and development experience in Technology, Research and Development, Manufacturing, Logistics, Professional Services, Private Equity, FMCG, Construction and Media and Communications.
Clare is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, a Level 7 Qualified Coach-mentor, a Stress Resilience Provider and accredited in a range of psychometric tools and a Mental Health First Aider.
Dr Wayne JohnsonExecutive Vice President, Sales & Business Development +
Dr Wayne JohnsonExecutive Vice President, Sales & Business Development
Dr Wayne Johnson was appointed EVP Global Business Development, Wireless & Emerging Products in July 2019 after serving as VP of IQE’s Power Business Unit since 2015. In his current role, he is responsible for IQE’s commercial activities across a broad range of markets including Consumer Mobile, Network Infrastructure, Aerospace & Defense, and Automotive. Prior to IQE, Dr Johnson was VP Technology and previously Director of New Business & Product Development at Kopin Corporation. Earlier in his career, he helped develop and launch the world’s first GaN-on-Si power transistors at Nitronex Corporation and also worked in engineering roles at Deposition Sciences, Inc. and Sandia National Laboratories. Dr Johnson has co-authored two book chapters, over 200 journal articles and conference presentations, and holds 19 U.S. patents. In 2011, he was recognised as an Outstanding Young Alumnus by the University of Florida and is currently a member of the UF Department of Chemical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.
Dr Mark J. FurlongExecutive Vice President, Product Management +
Dr Mark J. FurlongExecutive Vice President, Product Management
Dr Mark J. Furlong is the Executive Vice President of Global Business Development, Photonics, a role he assumed in July 2019, prior to which he served as Vice President of IQE’s Infrared Business Unit. Dr Furlong also has responsibility for IQE’s substrate manufacturing operations located in the UK and US. His career in compound semiconductors commenced in the late 1990’s at Epitaxial Products International following which he held various commercial and technical marketing roles within IQE, which included responsibility for APAC business development. He previously worked for the CRNS in Paris on the development of semiconductor materials for next generation solar cell technology and was awarded an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Society in London to pursue this work. He holds a Ph.D. degree in semiconductor science and technology from the University of Bath and a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Chemistry from the University of London. He also holds a Diploma in Management with Distinction from the Open University, UK.
Tom DaleGeneral Counsel & Company Secretary +
Tom DaleGeneral Counsel & Company Secretary
Tom joined IQE in February 2020 and the Executive Leadership Team in January 2022. He oversees all legal, compliance, government relations, strategic transactions and M&A matters. Tom is also Company Secretary for the IQE plc Board of Directors.
Before joining IQE, Tom held a number of senior leadership positions and has particular experience in technology, IP, manufacturing, corporate and corporate governance areas. Tom is a qualified solicitor and holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics.