BACK TO ARTICLES Dr. Katz is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, High-Tech executive, and since 2017 is the Founding Managing Partner and Executive Chairman of GigCapital Global (, a serial issuer of Private-to-Public Equity (PPE) entities, also known as Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). Since inception in September of 2017 GigCapital Global (GIG) has issued and completed initial public offerings of six PPE entities, and completed combinations and taking public of five entities; using the PPE platforms; GIG1 combined in November 2019 with Kaleyra (NYSE KLR), which was sold to Tata Communications in November 2023, GIG2 combined with UpHealth Holding in June 2021 (NYSE UPH), GIG3 combined in May 2021 with Lightning eMotors (NYSE ZEV), GIG4 combined with BigBear in December 2021 (NYSE BBAI), and GIG5 combined with QT-Imaging (NASDAQ QTI) in February  2023. Dr. Katz is a veteran of more than 35 years of activity with small and middle-size High-Tech companies as founder, chairman of the board of directors, executive and CEO, and as angle and-later stage investor. Dr. Katz chairs and participates in many boards of directors of private and public High-Tech companies, as well as non-for-profit organizations and, among others, is a member of the board of directors of the New York Philharmonic orchestra. Prior to founding GigCapital Global enterprise in 2017, Dr. Katz bootstrapped GigPeak / GigOptix (NYSE American GIG) in 2007 and led the organization as the chairman of the Board and CEO from the inception and until its sale in 2017 to IDT International (NYSE IDTI). Prior to funding GigOptix, Dr. Katz has held  CEO and board member positions with privately held companies, including Intransa Inc. and Equator Inc., and earlier he served in several executive positions following his tenure as a member of the technical staff in AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey in the 80’s and early 90s. Dr. Katz is a graduate of the 1976 class of the Israeli Naval Academy and holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Semiconductors Materials from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). Dr. Katz is a serial entrepreneur, holds many U.S. and international patents, has published more than 300 technical papers and is the editor of a number of technical books. Skip to content