Meet the Chipworks Leadership Team
Terry Ludlow, Founder and CEO
Julia Elvidge, President
Gordon Wyse, Vice President, Finance and CFO
Ian MacLean, Vice President, Patent Intelligence Services
Jim Morrison, Vice President, Technical Competitive Intelligence
Bill Davies, Vice President, Operations
John Hartley, Vice President, Global Sales
Jennifer Rantz, Vice President, Human Resources
Terry Ludlow, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), is a recognized pioneer in semiconductor reverse engineering, and was among the first to realize its value for Intellectual Property (IP) groups and technology teams. He founded Chipworks in 1992 to offer semiconductor and microelectronics system reverse engineering services to companies seeking to build a competitive advantage, and protect and grow the potential of their intellectual property. As CEO, Terry continues to provide the strategy, vision, and driving force that have earned Chipworks its position as the premier source of knowledge of what's inside technology.
Terry first developed his passion for reverse engineering while working at Mosaid Technologies as the Manager, Design Analysis Services, and heading the Reverse Engineering Group for three years. Responding to market demand, Mr. Ludlow seized the opportunity and launched the industry devoted to providing evidence of patent infringement and competitive intelligence through reverse engineering.
Today, Chipworks has more than 125 full time dedicated professionals worldwide. IP groups and their legal counsel in the world’s semiconductor and electronics companies trust Chipworks for success in patent licensing and litigation – earning hundreds of millions of dollars in patent licenses and saving as much in royalty payments. Research & Development and Product Management rely on Chipworks for success in new product design and launch – saving hundreds of millions of dollars in design, and earning even more through superior product design and faster launches.
Mr. Ludlow frequently addresses industry conferences including the IPBC, Licensing Executives Society, and the Brussels IP Summit. He holds numerous patents for his reverse engineering innovations and regularly authors articles for publications around the world.
As President, Julia Elvidge has been a vital part of building Chipworks, the recognized leader in reverse engineering and patent infringement analysis for the world’s largest semiconductor and electronics companies. She joined Chipworks in 1994, and held increasingly senior management positions prior to being named President in 2003. As a result of her longstanding involvement and guidance, intellectual property groups and their legal counsel have come to trust Chipworks for success in patent licensing and litigation – earning hundreds of millions of dollars in patent licenses and saving as much in royalty payments. Research & Development and Product Management rely on Chipworks for success in new product design and launch – saving hundreds of millions of dollars in design and earning even more through superior product design and faster launches.
Julia began her career with Mosaid Technologies, where she grew to recognize the enormous potential reverse engineering held for technology companies. She then joined LSI Logic, where she honed her expertise in ASIC design, ultimately leading her own engineering group. Along the way, Ms. Elvidge has been awarded numerous patents for her work.
Ms. Elvidge has served as a board member of the Information Technology Association of Canada, is a longstanding member of the Licensing Executives Society, and is a member of Mindtrust, a Canadian CEO technology forum. She has won numerous awards for her contributions to entrepreneurship in the high-tech industry, and is a regular speaker at intellectual property events, such as the Licensing Executives Society annual meeting.
A technology enthusiast from a young age, Julia was one of six women in a class of 100 men to pursue an education in electrical engineering. She earned her degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. In addition to her remarkable career and company success, Julia is a single parent, devoted to her two children.
As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Gord Wyse oversees all financial activities and key business metrics for Chipworks. Gord brings over twenty years experience in global corporate finance and strategic business planning.
Prior to joining Chipworks, he held various finance positions spanning start-up companies such as Overlay TV, TenXc Wireless, and Tropic Networks to global internationals such as Cognos. During his tenure at Tropic, Gord raised over $160 Million US in debt and equity financing while shepherding the company’s reporting, planning, systems, and governance growth from an early stage. While in several senior international positions at Cognos, Gord’s responsibilities included implementing a worldwide application of Oracle Financials as well as heading up financial operations for
Gord earned his CA designation while auditing for Ernst & Young. He is a member of the CFO Leadership Group and the
He enjoys participating in karate, as a black belt, with his children and chairing their school’s Parent Council.
As Vice President of Patent Intelligence Services, Ian leads Chipworks’ services to IP Groups and Law Firms. Ian and his team help clients around the world achieve favourable outcomes in licensing negotiation and litigation, grow their licensing programs, and make sound patent acquisition decisions. In this way, his customers get the most value from their patents through increased royalties or reduced cross license payments.
Ian has held a variety of progressively senior roles over the last decade at Chipworks, most notably in the areas of sales and business development. Ian has played an instrumental role in helping us to expand our client reach in new markets worldwide. Ian brings over 20 years of executive experience in sales, marketing and business development across a number of high technology companies.
Prior to joining Chipworks, Ian worked at FCI/TracNet, G&A Imaging and Corel Corporation where he held executive level sales and marketing positions. In these roles, he oversaw all aspects of sales and marketing, successfully raised millions in venture capital and introduced new products and services while establishing international distribution channels.
Ian holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario. In his spare time, Ian enjoys golf, hockey and music and continues to coach minor hockey.
As Vice President, Competitive Technical Intelligence, Jim leads Chipworks’ Design Teams, R&D Teams, and Product Management. Jim and his team work closely with customers around the globe, delivering technical analysis that helps them benchmark product roadmaps, reduce the time-to-market, and reduce research and development risk. Prior to becoming Vice President, Jim led the Product Management team at Chipworks for over 10 years, focused on providing competitive technical intelligence.
Jim brings more than 25 years of semiconductor and telecommunications technology and business experience to Chipworks. Prior to joining Chipworks, Jim held senior product management and market research roles at GSI Lumonics, Image Micro Systems, DY4, and Excellon Automation.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He followed up his Bachelor with post graduate studies in UV lasers for advanced semiconductor photolithography, UV optical coating technology, lens design and fabrication, and the use of Deep UV lasers for high-speed advanced printed circuit board manufacturing. In his spare time, Jim enjoys coaching his son’s soccer team and hitting the ski slopes with his family in the winter.
As Vice President, Operations, Bill Davies is responsible for the processes, equipment, quality, and technology used in Chipworks’ laboratories. Bill brings over 25 years of experience in designing and building semiconductors, optoelectronics, and printed circuit cards to the company.
Prior to joining Chipworks, Bill worked with Tundra Semiconductor, where he used his operations leadership expertise to work with and manage international suppliers and lead several business acquisition teams. In addition, Bill was the product manager for the company’s highest revenue-producing product line. Before joining Tundra, he worked for 12 years at Nortel Networks Semiconductors operation. Bill’s engineering experience there included system hardware, package assembly, test, back end wafer fabrication, and optoelectronics. Bill began his career with Computing Devices, working on military electronics systems.
An expert in his field, Bill is a well-known speaker, author, and webinar presenter. His work has been published in numerous trade journals including Power Management, Designline, Advanced Microelectronics, and Semiconductor International. He was awarded two patents in the field of packaging and received the Nortel President’s Award for Innovation.
Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, with a minor in Management Science, from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Outside of his many responsibilities at Chipworks, Bill volunteers and is the bassist in a local band.
As Vice President of Global Sales, John Hartley leads a team of senior account professionals located across seven different regions and three continents. John brings over 20 years of demonstrated success developing client relationships in international markets and driving multi-million dollar sales growth. He has played an instrumental role in serving clients’ needs through the establishment of regional strategies and offices, with particular expertise in driving growth in Asia and Europe. He brings a wealth of experience in the semiconductor and management consulting areas.
Prior to joining Chipworks, John held a sales director position with a leading supplier of I/O Interconnect silicon where he led the design, sales, and expansion of the European region. He was also Vice President of Asia Pacific and Europe for an international business consultancy practice where he was charged with expanding the business into the European and Asia Pacific regions. Prior to this, John was regional director with Tundra Semiconductor. In this role, he was responsible for the management and development of the Asia Pacific region. John’s core competencies include strategic market positioning, key client retention, solution selling strategies, and organizational leadership.
Originally from the UK, John has lived for many years in Hong Kong as well as Taiwan, Shanghai, Germany, and Italy; he currently resides in Canada. Through his experience in regional expansion, John has acquired basic Mandarin and German.
John has three grown children and is a keen golfer, occasional footballer, and enthusiastic armchair sportsman.
Jennifer Rantz is responsible for all aspects of human resources (HR), including rewards and recognition, recruitment and selection, organizational design and training and development. As a member of the executive team, she contributes to corporate strategic planning and initiatives and monitors industry trends to help forecast employee retention and growth. Jennifer has been instrumental in the development of a contingent workforce and fostering a culture of hiring for fit as well as skill level.
Prior to joining Chipworks, Jennifer led the HR activities at Bridgewater. In this capacity, she ran a strong international program and played a key role in optimizing the employee base in line with evolving business requirements. She also introduced an improved compensation program, and spearheaded the expansion of Brigewater’s co-op program.
Jennifer earned her B.Sc. in Economics from Trent University and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). She is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association and volunteers for the Ottawa Region Rewards Association. In her spare time, Jennifer attends various sports activities with her two young boys and enjoys walking her chocolate lab.