Dr Chris Beare, Independent Chair
Chris has had careers in engineering, strategy, venture capital, and investment banking. He was the joint CEO of Hambros Australia merchant bank in the 1990s and the Chairman and CEO of start up company Radiata, which became part of Cisco in 2001. Chris sat on commercialisation committees with CSIRO and NICTA and remains involved with many early stage technology companies. He is also Chairman of DEXUS Property Group (ASX 50) and Saluda Medical.
Dr Greg Smith, Director, SciVentures
Greg is a co-founder of the venture capital company, SciVentures Investments Pty. Ltd., which manages the SciVentures Pre-Seed Fund. He returned to Australia in 1999, after 17 years as a senior executive with three Dow-Jones listed corporations in USA and Europe, where he predominantly worked on the identification and development of high technology business opportunities from research outcomes. He is the chairman (or a director) of the boards of four SciVentures start-up companies.
Ron Cattell, Director, representing Epicorp-also member of Mooroolbark Group
Ron Cattell has lived and worked in 8 different countries around the globe. He was one of the founders of Datacraft Asia, growing the company to Revenues of US$600m and was CEO of the Group from 1999 to 2004. He has 16 years of public company board experience. He is investor, director and advisor to several companies, mainly in the technology space.
Wayne Fitzsimmons, Director, Mooroolbark Group
Wayne Fitzsimmons is an experienced executive who has worked extensively in the US, UK, and in his home country of Australia. He is a director of several small privately owned start-up and hi-tech companies in Australia including Inlink Media, QSR International, NGA.NET, and Space Time Research.
Torsten Lehmann, Director, NXP Semiconductors
Torsten is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Business Line Car Entertainment, at NXP Semiconductors - a global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries. NXP posted a revenue of $4.36 billion in 2012. Torsten has a proven track record in the Automotive Semiconductor and Component Business, having had experience across a number of market segments during his 14-year career in the industry. Torsten is passionate about automotive electronics and has previously held various business and management positions within Philips Components, Philips Semiconductors and NXP Semiconductors.
Bruce Tilbrook, Director, ITEK
Bruce is the Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary of ITEK Pty Ltd, the commercialisation company of the University of South Australia and from which University the original technology underpinning Cohda’s offering, was derived. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a non-executive director of 3 start-up companies in the ITEK portfolio.
Andreas Mai, Board Observer, Cisco
Andreas Mai focuses on the end-to-end architecture of Smart Connected Vehicles as a new platform that will enable the Internet of Everything. He is a thought leader in business and technology architectures for Connected Vehicles for automotive and insurance companies, service providers, and governments. During his career, Mai has advised automotive OEMs and suppliers, industrial equipment and aerospace suppliers, and private equity investors in North America and Europe.
Pratik Bose, Board Observer, Cisco
Pratik Bose is the head of Cisco’s efforts in Singapore for corporate strategy, investments and acquisitions with regional responsibility for the Asia Pacific and Japan region which includes Japan, Korea, India, SE Asia including Singapore and Australia. Cisco manages a portfolio of investments globally of about $2 Billion and invests in diverse technology related areas.