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. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a director and was 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.

David Lyle

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

David Lyle joined Maxwell as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary in May 2015. Before joining Maxwell, Lyle was Chief Financial Officer of Entropic Communications, a provider of semiconductor solutions for home entertainment, which was acquired in April 2015 by MaxLinear, a producer of broadband and networking semiconductors. Prior to Entropic, Lyle served as CFO of RF Magic. Earlier in his career, he held senior corporate finance positions with Broadcom through its acquisition of Zyray Wireless, where he was CFO, and Mobilian Corporation, where he was CFO until the company was acquired by Intel Corporation, and with Intel, where he held various finance roles in the microprocessor, networking and Intel Capital divisions. Previously, he was employed in the commercial banking industry, where he focused primarily on leveraged buy-outs. Lyle holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern California, a master of business administration from Arizona State University, and a master in international management from the Garvin School of International Management, Thunderbird.

Olaf Müller

Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Olaf Müller joined Maxwell as Senior Vice President of Global Sales in October 2016. Most recently, Müller served as executive vice president, business unit chassis and modules, for Benteler Automotive, a full-service supplier for large vehicle manufacturers. He held full P&L responsibility for this business unit and led over 500 employees based in the Asia Pacific, Europe and The Americas. Prior to Benteler, Müller served in several leadership roles at TRW Automotive, Global Body Controls Systems, with his latest role being head of product management and director of global sales, marketing and innovation. He holds a Diploma Engineer in Mechanical Engineering – Plastic Technologies, from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Dr. Henning M. Hauenstein

Vice President, Strategy and Marketing

Dr. Henning M. Hauenstein joined Maxwell in May 2016 as vice president, strategy and marketing. Most recently, Dr. Hauenstein was vice president and general manager of Infineon Technologies, the automotive products business unit of International Rectifier, where he was responsible for high-quality and enhanced reliability needs of the automotive market and related applications. He spent over a decade with International Rectifier in a number of management level roles with increasing responsibility including vice president automotive product and program management, and vice president, product marketing automotive, industrial and appliance motion. Early in his career, Dr. Hauenstein held positions in product and technology development at Robert Bosch GmbH. He holds a doctorate in natural sciences and a diploma in physics, both with University Honors, from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

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.

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.