Management Team

Management Team

Dr. Franz J. Fink

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Franz J. Fink joined Maxwell as president and chief executive officer in May 2014. Immediately prior to joining Maxwell, Dr. Fink was an independent business consultant, assisting companies in the industrial and automotive markets with business optimization and growth initiatives. From 2006 to 2012, he was president and chief executive officer of Gennum Corp., a leading supplier of high-speed analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for the optical communications, networking and video broadcast markets that was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange before being acquired by Semtech Corp. in March 2012. From 2003 to 2006, he was senior vice president and general manager of the Wireless and Mobile Systems Group of Austin, Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. From 1991 through 2003, he held a series of senior management positions in the Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola Corp. in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. He currently serves as a director and is a member of the Governance Committee of Pason Systems Corp. He holds a doctorate in natural sciences from the department of computer-aided design and a master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.



Kevin S. Royal

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

Kevin S. Royal joined Maxwell as senior vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and secretary in April 2009. From May 2005 until he joined Maxwell, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a previously Nasdaq-listed developer and provider of application delivery network technology. From December 1996 until May 2005, he held a series of senior finance positions, culminating with his appointment as vice president and chief financial officer of Novellus Systems, Inc., an S&P 500 company that manufactures, markets and services semiconductor capital equipment. Before he joined Novellus, he spent 10 years with Ernst & Young LLP, where he became a certified public accountant. He also serves as a director of a private company.



Jeremy Cowperthwaite

Vice President and General Manager, Engine Starting Group

Jeremy Cowperthwaite joined Maxwell Technologies as senior director of engineering for ultracapacitor products in 2007, was promoted to vice president of engineering for ultracapacitor products in 2007, and was appointed vice president and general manager of the Engine Starting Group in 2013. Previously he held a series of senior engineering and product development positions with Maxtor Corp. and Quantum Corp. He holds a B.S. degree in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.



Michael A. Everett

Vice President of Advanced Power/Energy Development, Chief Technical Officer

Mike Everett joined Maxwell in August 2002, assuming responsibility for technology systems, including product assurance and multiple systems engineering groups. In December 2005, he was appointed chief technical officer. Before joining Maxwell, he spent seven years overseeing product development for 3D Systems Inc., a California-based technology company that designs and manufactures three-dimensional imaging systems. Over a 16-year engineering career, Mike has been responsible for all levels of new product development, primarily focused on systems engineering.




Blair Gilgallon

Vice President of Quality and Reliability

Blair Gilgallon joined Maxwell in November 2009 as senior manager of customer quality and reliability and was promoted to his current position in July 2011. Previously, he was director of quality assurance and customer service for Skyetek, Inc. and was director of customer quality and failure analysis for Quantum Corporation in the US and UK. Gilgallon has experience in product delivery and management of hardware platforms, continuous improvement activities and exceeding customer expectations. He holds a Bachelor of Science - Combined Studies majoring in electro-technology from the University of Paisley, Scotland, and HND electronics and electrical engineering from Bell College of Technology in Scotland.



Vice President Marketing and Engineering

Chris Humphrey

Vice President Marketing and Engineering

Chris Humphrey joined Maxwell as vice president marketing and engineering in September 2013. Before joining Maxwell, he served as vice president corporate marketing for QLogic, a leader provider of enterprise server and storage networking solutions. Previously, he was vice president and general manager for Honeywell Safety Products, a leader in active and passive hearing protection and electronic communication solutions. Prior to Honeywell, Humphrey held senior marketing and engineering leadership positions with companies such as Lantronix, Tyco, Applied Micro Circuits (formally JNI) and Teledyne. He holds dual bachelor’s degrees in systems engineering and theatre (playwriting) from University of California, San Diego.



Sacha Jenny

GM of Maxwell, SA and Vice President of High Tension

Sacha Jenny joined Maxwell SA in 2003 as materials director for the company’s high voltage and ultracapacitor products, and subsequently assumed broader responsibilities as senior director of worldwide supply chain management before being promoted to his current position in July 2009. Immediately prior to joining Maxwell, Jenny directed worldwide operations for Cresco Ti Systems, a manufacturer of medical and dental products, and before that spent six years in a series of management positions with Silicon Graphics Manufacturing SA, a subsidiary of the US-based information technology company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and electro-mechanics from the Le Locle Engineering School in Switzerland.



Larry L. Longden

Vice President & General Manager, Microelectronics Products

Larry Longden was appointed vice president and general manager of Maxwell’s microelectronics product group in August 2008. During his 34 year career at Maxwell, he has held a series of senior management positions in business areas focused on products and services for systems that must survive man-made and natural radiation environments. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from San Diego State University and a certificate from the Leadership and Management Program for Scientists from the University of California, San Diego.




Vice President Marketing and Engineering

Sabrina Randolph

Vice President and Worldwide Controller

Sabrina Randolph was appointed vice president and worldwide controller in August 2013 and previously served as Maxwell’s director of financial reporting and governance since October 2010. Sabrina began her career as an audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where she served for five years and was promoted to audit manager. Following her career in public accounting, she took a position at PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. as the manager of financial reporting where she worked for three years. After PETCO, Sabrina spent four years as a finance consultant, serving a number of companies in diverse roles within the finance and accounting functions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from San Diego State University and is a certified public accountant in the state of California.



Michael W. Sund

Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations

Mike Sund joined Maxwell in March 1999, assuming responsibility for corporate communications and investor relations. Previously, he spent six years in a similar role with Mycogen Corp., an agricultural biotechnology company that was acquired by The Dow Chemical Company in November 1998. Over the previous 20 years he held several media, corporate and agency communications positions and was the principal of his own public relations consulting firm.



Everett E. (Earl) Wiggins III

Vice President of Operations

Earl Wiggins joined Maxwell in August 2006 as senior director of manufacturing and was promoted to his current position in February 2008. Before joining Maxwell, he was vice president, continuation engineering with Maxtor Corporation, a manufacturer of computer disk drives. Previously he spent 15 years with Quantum Corporation, a manufacturer of computer storage products, where he advanced through a series of senior engineering and management positions, culminating with his appointment as vice president, customer and quality engineering. He holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.



David Wojciechowski

Vice President of Sales - Americas

David Wojciechowski joined Maxwell as vice president of sales - Americas in February 2014. Most recently, he held the position of vice president of sales for Power One, a member group of ABB and a leading manufacturer of PV inverters in the solar power industry. Prior to this, he was vice president of sales for SMA America, a leading German company in the PV Inverter industry. Previous positions also include vice president global sales at Emcore and senior engineering positions at a variety of other companies including IBM. He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and dual B.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Clarkson University and a B.A. degree in chemistry from State University of NY at Potsdam.