Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Yan Hui

Founder, CEO

Yan has extensive experience leading new technology development, managing R&D organization and teaming with business development and marketing functions to serve customers. Prior to AirHop, he established and managed 3G advanced R&D group at TI, successfully developing core system IPs for 3G UMTS products, including UMTS, HSDPA and HSUPA. He led technical teams and collaboration with strategic partners to develop the industry’s first 1xEV-DV UE systems. He also chaired the TI wireless system patent committee and led the company’s 3G standards activities for a number of years. Yan has also held various management and engineering positions at Nortel and Dot Wireless, has more than 20 patents granted or pending, and a number of IEEE publications. He holds a BS degree from Tianjin University, China and a MSEE degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Yan has earned a BS degree from Tianjin University, China and a MSEE degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Hanson On

Founder, VP Engineering

Hanson is responsible for all engineering activities bringing extensive experience leading product development, supporting customers and building engineering teams. Prior to AirHop, he led an advanced R&D team at TI to deliver UMTS HSUPA modem co-processor. He also served as a modem architect working closely with customers to define next generation modem capabilities. He led a system integration team supporting customer deployment of TI CDMA2000 products. Hanson led an engineering team at Sierra Wireless/AirPrime to deliver CDMA2000 modules for Palm/Handspring Treo300 and Treo600. He was responsible for CDMA2000 chipset SW design and development at Dot Wireless and at General Instrument, he and colleagues invented statistic multiplexing algorithms for HD TV uplink satellite transponders. He also held various engineering positions at 3COM/US Robotics.

Perry LaForge

Board Member

Perry founded the CDMA Development Group (CDG) in 1993 and is its Executive Director. The CDG is a trade association comprised of over 100 of the world’s leading wireless operators and manufacturers. Perry has led the development and worldwide commercialization of CDMA since the first proof of concept trials in 1988. He was instrumental in the introduction of CDMA, helping to secure initial funding, developing new markets and manufacturers’ support, securing standardization and ultimately leading the evolution of CDMA as a next generation digital technology. CDG is currently a Market Representation Partner (MRP) of 3GPP2 and 3GPP.

Perry is also the Executive Chairman of the Device Renewal Forum, formed in 2012 to establish standards for testing and certifying refurbished devices.


John McDonough

Board Member

John is founder and CEO of Shorthand Mobile, a privately held mobile application company providing the first “SMS browser”. He is also a venture partner with iSherpa Capital, a Venture Capital Fund which invests in seed-stage and early-stage companies, with a focus on the Wireless sector and supporting technologies. John has over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry where he has held both operational and strategic roles. Prior joining iSherpa, John was GM of the CDMA Chipset Business Unit of Texas Instrument and was also Distinguished Member of the Technical staff and directed the development of TI’s first WCDMA baseband modem. John joined TI as a result of their $475M acquisition of Dot Wireless in 2000, which John co-founded and was Vice President of Engineering and a member of the board of directors. Prior to Dot Wireless, John was Director of Engineering at NextWave Telecom where he was responsible for CDMA subscriber chipset development and Engineering Manager at QUALCOMM, Inc. where he led the development of QUALCOMM’s proprietary DSP solutions.

In addition to being an investor and advisor for AirHop Communications, John has served on the advisory board for a number of companies including Orca Radio Systems (RFIC design) and TensorComm, Inc. (wireless technology). John holds a Master of Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, has completed the Executive Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and currently named inventor on 24 issued and 21 pending patents in the area of wireless communications and systems.

Adrian R. Nemcek

Board Member

Adrian is a luminary of the wireless industry with a stellar career that has spanned 36 years. Most recently, Adrian was President of the Motorola Networks business from January 2005 until his retirement in March 2006. Adrian expanded the scope of the Motorola Networks business to provide cellular radio access, IP networks, telco wireline access, WiMAX wireless access platforms, embedded communications and computer platforms, as well as providing customers with a services and applications management business focused in these areas. Prior to heading the Networks business, from August 2002 to December 2004, he served as Executive Vice President and led global sales and strategy functions for the Motorola Cellular Networks business following five years in Europe leading the GSM Systems business. Adrian’s experience spans both the cellular and Private Mobile Radio (PMR) markets. He has successfully led product development for several generations of handheld and infrastructure communications products. Adrian ’s leadership spanned new technology development, supply chain, marketing and worldwide business line management. He currently serves on the HP Communications, Multi-Media and Entertainment Board of Advisors, the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Board of Trustees, and the Auburn University Wireless Board of Advisors. He served as a Director of Ip Unity Corp. and Movius Interactive Corporation. Adrian R. Nemcek holds a Bachelor Of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago.

Mohit Bhushan

Senior Advisor

Mohit Bhushan is the Vice President and General Manager of Corporate Marketing at MediaTek and was former Vice President of Converged Products Category for Motorola Mobility. Mohit has several years of wireless industry experience, starting as an Engineer in 1993 at Qualcomm. In 2002, he advanced into a Strategic Marketing role in Qualcomm’s Technologies and Ventures group. From 2004-2010, Mohit managed Qualcomm’s UMTS product-line. Mohit led the definition of chipsets for smartphones and tablets, built strong customer relationships, and contributed significantly in establishing Qualcomm’s UMTS chipset business. Since January 2011, Mohit is managing the Atrix and Xoom products at Motorola Mobility. Mohit was a founding member of startup focused on IP-enabled wireless base stations. He is presently serving as an advisor to Smartplay Technologies based in India. Mohit Bhushan holds a BSEE from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, MSEE from University of Kentucky and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Adriaan Ligtenberg

Senior Advisor

Adriaan Ligtenberg is a Founding Partner of PTP, and a General Partner in PTP Fund I. Dr. Ligtenberg has over 25 years of experience in creating, building, operating and exiting successful technology enterprises. He began his career at Bell Laboratories, where he led the Image System Group that played a key role in defining the JPEG and MPEG standards. Dr. Ligtenberg relocated to Silicon Valley in 1989, where he became a successful serial entrepreneur, first co-founding C-Cube Microsystems and later Storm Technology, both of which achieved successful initial public offerings. He subsequently founded a number of start-up companies with successful exits. Dr. Ligtenberg is currently serving on board and advisory board of a number of companies. Dr. Ligtenberg graduated from Delft University in 1980 with a degree in electrical engineering, and received his Ph.D. in computer science from The University of Lausanne in 1983. Dr. Ligtenberg has been involved in the entrepreneurship programs at both Stanford Graduate School of Business and Keio University in Tokyo.