Leadership

Our team consists of industry’s most innovative technologists and seasoned executives in the business of optoelectronic component design, manufacture, packaging and applications. We have a strong customer focus, and are dedicated to providing products with the highest levels of performance, consistency and reliability. We are committed to doing business with both customers and vendors with the highest levels of integrity and fairness.

Founder Chief Executive Officer

Mary Hibbs-Brenner

Co-founder and CEO

Dr. Hibbs-Brenner brings 30 years of proven expertise guiding innovative semiconductor and optical technologies into the commercial market.

Prior to co-founding Vixar, Dr. Hibbs-Brenner held business development, technical management, and research positions at Honeywell. She was responsible for initiating the company’s VCSEL business and held the position of Director of Research and Development within that business.

The Honeywell VCSEL business experienced rapid growth. VCSEL products from Honeywell and others helped to fuel the growth of the Internet by becoming the laser source of choice for Local Area Networks (LANs) and Storage Area Networks (SANs). This business was sold to Finisar in 2004. Dr. Hibbs-Brenner also served as a business development lead within the Honeywell Technology organization, developing business plans for bringing new technologies to market.

Dr. Hibbs-Brenner has an MBA from the Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota, a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford University, and a B. A. in Physics from Carleton College. She spent two years doing post-doctoral research at the University of Linkoping, Linkoping, Sweden.

Dr. Hibbs-Brenner has seven patents, and over 50 publications and invited presentations.

Founder Chief Technology Officer

Klein L. Johnson

Co-founder and Chief Technology Office

Dr. Johnson is a co-founder of Vixar. He brings a rich background of technical and engineering leadership in optoelectronic chip design and development. His 12 year career at Honeywell as a research scientist and project leader spanned a broad range of research and development optoelectronic device and packaging efforts, high speed VCSEL chip and package design, including the development of polymer and glass waveguides, a very high bandwidth array transceiver, optoelectronic integrated circuits, and rugged packaging for military applications. Dr. Johnson has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B. A. in Mathematics and Physics from St. Olaf College. Dr. Johnson has 3 patents, 7 patent applications, and is the author/co-author of multiple papers and conference presentations.