About Us

Welcome to Rakon!

Rakon is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of frequency control products and timing solutions.

Our products can be found at the heart of many applications, from 5G networks to satellites and from emergency beacons to autonomous vehicles.

What makes us who we are?

Customers first

Our cutting-edge technology keeps our customers coming back to us time and time again. With local technical teams around the world, a broad range of products and consistent quality, delivery and support, we make it easy for our customers to do business with us.

Rakon locations | Rakon at a glance

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Technology innovation

We have a strong pioneering culture and a history of innovation ‘firsts’, raising the bar in terms of product performance at ever-smaller form factors. 

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A global manufacturing platform

Providing continuity of supply has become a critical challenge in the industry. With three manufacturing sites worldwide, we are able to rely on independent streams of manufacturing. At the same time, we pursue a global multiple source strategy, which includes the design and manufacturing of proprietary ASICs, providing us with robust supply chains.

Rakon at a glance | Rakon locations | Innovations

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Our management team

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Brent Robinson

CEO / Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer

Brent was appointed Managing Directorand Chief Executive Officer in 1986.

Under Brent’s leadership, Rakon has grown into a global company and recognised leader in the frequency control product industry with revenue of $119.0m in FY2020.

In his capacity as Chief Technology Officer, Brent oversees the business’s technology and innovation. He has 41 years’ experience at Rakon in the design and manufacture of crystals and oscillators, which has included leading the development of Rakon’s core business.

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Dr. Sinan Altug

Chief Operating Officer

Sinan joined Rakon in 2002 and commenced as COO in January 2020. In this position he leads, aligns and drives the company’s global operations to best meet customer demand and create profitable growth.

Other senior positions held by Sinan include Managing Director of Rakon’s European businesses and Global Business Development Director. Sinan held various management positions in the frequency control product industry before joining Rakon, including Director of European Operations for Champion Technologies. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

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Darren Robinson

Chief Marketing Officer

Darren has led sales and marketing since 1990, having earlier held various roles with the company in New Zealand and overseas. He has been instrumental in the company’s expansion into new markets, its commercialisation of new applications and its development of business relationships with many Fortune 500 companies.

Through Darren’s in-depth understanding of the markets Rakon competes in, he also plays an integral part in steering its R&D efforts. He guides product development teams to meet new requirements in emerging applications and solve problems for customers.

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Anand Rambhai

Chief Financial Officer

Anand joined Rakon in January 2012 and was appointed CFO in November 2018. Anand brings strong leadership, commercial skills and in-depth Rakon business knowledge to the company.  In his current role he is responsible for Rakon’s finance, information systems and investor relations functions.

Anand has gained broad commercial and financial experience in previous roles with organisations such as Sony, British Telecom and Deloitte. Anand is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

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Margo Thomas

General Manager, Global People and Capability

Margo joined Rakon in January 2016. In her current role she is responsible for all global Human Resources (HR) strategy, policies and processes including organisational alignment, talent acquisition, leadership development, change management, employment relations and health and safety.

Prior to this, she held the position of General Manager of People and Capability New Zealand. Margo has more than 20 years’ experience working in HR including senior HR positions in a range of industries with Crowe Horwath, Spark, Westpac and New Zealand Post.

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Scott Stemper

Global Quality Manager

Scott joined Rakon in January 2015. He leads the development and improvement of quality processes and systems to enhance Rakon’s drive to be the leading provider of world-class frequency control products.

Scott’s background includes ten years as Global Quality Manager with Raltron Electronics Corporation and 20 years with CTS Frequency Controls in oscillator product engineering and quality management roles. 

He has also held senior quality management positions with L3 Technologies and D&S Consultants Incorporated.

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Roy Cann

Head of Global Engineering

Roy joined Rakon in May 2018 as Head of Global Engineering. He is responsible for driving new product developments and leveraging the benefits of a collaborative global R&D team.

Prior to joining Rakon, Roy held the position of Electronic Controls Design Manager at Fisher and Paykel Technologies, where he was responsible for the design and supply chain management of high volume microprocessor-based motor controllers across New Zealand and China.

Prior to this, Roy was an Engineering Director at Trimble for five years. He has held a number of other senior roles with multi-site responsibilities, including positions with Avery Weightronix (UK), Rolls-Royce Aerospace (UK), Meissner Power Systems (South Africa), and Connetics (NZ). Roy holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering.

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Borja Thomas Schuhmacher

Head of Global Product Management

Thomas joined Rakon in April 2015. In his current role he is responsible for generating and growing profit for the business through its existing and future product offering.

His previous senior positions at Rakon include Head of Product Management New Zealand and Senior Product Line Manager.

Prior to joining Rakon, Thomas was a Product Line Manager for Nexans (formerly Alcatel) in France and led the launch of two new product lines addressing the smart grid and electric vehicle markets.

Thomas has also spent time in Europe in product consultancy roles in France and began his career as an R&D Engineer in the UK.

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Maureen Shaddick

Company Secretary

Maureen joined Rakon in November 2018. She provides legal, company secretarial and regulatory advice and support. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer and governance adviser in private practice, corporates and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand, London and Dubai.

Maureen was the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Genesis Energy from 2003 to 2016. She is the Chair of Cancer Research Trust New Zealand and has been a Trustee since 2003. She has also held a number of other not-forprofit governance roles.

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Arun Parasnis

Managing Director, Rakon India

Arun joined Rakon in October 2018 and is responsible for overseeing all business functions at Rakon India.

Arun has more than 30 years of experience in the electronics industry, overseeing functions including engineering, operations, business development and profit and loss management.

His experience across the electronics industry includes electronic components, consumer electronics and Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS). Prior to joining Rakon, Arun was the Vice President of Cyient Limited.

He has also held senior positions at Radiall India Private Limited, Jabil Circuit India Private Limited and Vishay Components India Private Limited (formerly the Philips Electronics Passive Components division).

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