Jeffrey B. Shealy is our Founder & CEO. He has over 20 years’ experience in RF/Wireless focused on building businesses around solid-state materials and electron device innovation. He spent 13 years at RF Micro Devices, Inc. (now Qorvo) as Vice-President and General Manager. Mr. Shealy is a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow and spent 7 years with Hughes Electronics at Hughes Research Labs (now HRL Labs) and Hughes Network Systems (now Hughes). He previously founded RF Nitro, Inc., a Gallium Nitride RF power high-tech start-up (acquired by RFMD in 2001). Mr. Shealy holds an MBA degree from Wake Forest University, Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NC State University.
Ken joined Akoustis on December 19, 2017 as Corporate Controller and became Assistant Secretary in February 2018. He has been responsible for helping build and manage the Company’s finance organization, implementing the Company’s SEC financial reporting, and developing all internal controls and processes. Ken’s past work experience includes; Regional Controller and Corporate Director of Accounting for Ecolab, Inc. from 2012 to 2017. Prior to his employment at Ecolab, Mr. Boller served as Finance Director for ATI Allvac from 2007 to 2011. From 1998 to 2007 Mr. Boller held various roles within finance, including Director of Financial Reporting, Planning and Analysis at American Water Works Company, Inc. Ken is a Certified Public Accountant (Commonwealth of PA) with his BS in Accounting from Rutgers University, Camden NJ.
David M. Aichele is the Executive Vice President Business Development responsible for leading the sales and marketing efforts of the company. Dave joined the company in May 2015, bringing over 20 years of international sales, business development, and marketing experience with him. Prior to Akoustis, Dave was EVP Sales & Marketing for T1Visions, a high tech software start-up company achieving 2014 INC 500 fastest growing private companies in the US. Dave held Director positions at RF Micro Devices, Inc. (previously, now Qorvo), where he was responsible for the business development and launch of new RF semiconductor products targeting the cellular market, as well as senior management positions at Tessera and TE Connectivity, where he led business development and sales teams. Dave holds a BSEE from Ohio University and an MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.
Mary Winters is the Executive Vice President of Fab and Corporate Operations, responsible for wafer manufacturing operations and MEMS R&D process development. She brings over 18 years of experience in MEMS fabrication and process commercialization. Prior to joining Akoustis, Mary held various senior management and technical positions focused on the commercialization of inertial, optical, and BioMEMS devices. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a M.E. from the University of Illinois.
Kamran Cheema is Chief Product Officer (CPO) and brings over 25 years of experience in acoustic technology. Kamran is responsible for the device engineering and product design teams as well as testing, characterization, and mechanical design of all Akoustis products. Before joining Akoustis, Kamran was the Vice President Engineering at Qualcomm RF360, where he managed all aspects of micro-acoustic hardware solutions for the mobile phone market. Prior to Qualcomm, Cheema held positions at TDK, Vice President of Engineering and Site Manager, where he reported directly to the CEO. At TDK, he led a team of professionals, including filter module and switch designers, SAW and BAW filter designers, and laminate and LTCC specialists. Earlier, Cheema worked at TriQuint Semiconductor, now part of Qorvo, as a Director of Engineering, where he oversaw the development of acoustic duplexers, the RF module team, GaAs pHEMT and SOI switch development. Kamran Cheema holds a MSEE from the University of Central Florida.
Drew Wright is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the company. Drew joined the company in November 2017, bringing with him over 23 years of legal experience, including 20 years of legal experience supporting global technology businesses. Prior to Akoustis, Drew served as Assistant General Counsel for Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions, a leading global retail technology company offering retail hardware, software and services solutions in 46 countries around the world. Prior to Toshiba, Drew served as Site Counsel for IBM Systems and Technology Group in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Drew managed legal support for the System x, Retail Store Solutions and Platform Computing brands. Drew’s earlier career included several years within IBM Software Group supporting brands such as IBM WebSphere, VisualAge and Tivoli, and three years practicing mergers & acquisitions and securities law as an associate at Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein in Charlotte, North Carolina. Drew holds a J.D. with Honors from the Duke University School of Law and a B.A. in Economics with Distinction from the University of Virginia.