Founder and CTO
Rob Dekker is the principal developer of Verific’s HDL source code software. Prior to founding Verific, Dekker was a Software Developer, Manager, and Director at Exemplar Logic where he was the architect and a primary developer of Leonardo, Exemplar’s flagship synthesis product which has sold over 10,000 copies worldwide. Dekker started his career with Philips Research in the Netherlands, where he worked on testability of VLSI circuits. He graduated from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, with an MSEE.
President and COO
Michiel Ligthart has extensive background in engineering, product marketing, and general management. Prior to joining Verific, Ligthart was VP and GM of west-coast operations for Theseus Logic, a startup in asynchronous logic. Before that, he spent 8 years with Exemplar Logic in engineering and marketing roles. Ligthart started his career with Philips Research Labs in California, and was a visiting scholar at the Center for Integrated Systems at Stanford University. He has an MSEE degree from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.
Vice-president, worldwide sales
Rick Carlson is a veteran of the electronic design automation (EDA) industry joining Verific from AccelChip, where he held a similar position. Prior to AccelChip, Carlson held positions as vice president of sales for Averant, Synplicity (acquired by Synopsys), Escalade (acquired by Mentor Graphics), and EDA Systems. Carlson also founded the EDA trade organization the EDA Consortium in 1987. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago.
Managing director, India operations
Abhijit Chakrabarty is in charge of Verific’s development team in Kolkata, India. His core expertise is in algorithm development and software design. His unique expertise is in synthesis tools for Verilog and VHDL coupled with in-depth knowledge and understanding of object oriented programming with C++. Prior to joining Verific, Chakrabarty was with Delsoft India Pvt Ltd. as a manager for their synthesis product ‘Concorde’. Before that, he was with Exemplar logic, USA, now a part of Mentor Graphics, where he worked on Verilog, VHDL, and FPGA synthesis. He holds a BS in Electronics and Electrical Communications from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Board of Directors
In addition to Rob Dekker and Michiel Ligthart, member of the board of directors is:
Ewald Detjens has worked in semiconductors, computers, EDA, alternative energy, medical imaging, and machine learning. He is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and has advised many startups. He was the founder and CEO of Exemplar Logic, the first company to do logic synthesis for FPGAs. Exemplar was acquired by Mentor Graphics. He has an AB in Computer Science and a MS in EECS from UC Berkeley.