Jeffrey B. Shealy is our 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 founded two previous high-tech start-up ventures including RF Nitro (acquired by RFMD in 2001) and Avogy, Inc (a Khosla Ventures company). 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 Bachelors 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 of 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 Vice President of Wafer Fab, 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.
Rohan Houlden is Chief Product Officer and brings over 29 years of experience in design engineering, business development and management in the RF and wireless industry. Prior to joining, he was the General Manager of the Connectivity Business Unit at Qorvo (RFMD+TQNT merger), Inc., responsible for CPE Wi-Fi, Smart Energy and Automotive product lines, where he managed the product development and production ramp of custom Front End Modules (FEMs) and BAW filters to leading enterprise and retail OEMs and automotive suppliers. Prior to the merger, he was General Manager of the Wireless Connectivity Business Unit at RFMD for 7 years, responsible for Wi-Fi and Smart Energy product lines. In addition, he also managed the product development and production ramp of custom Front End Modules (FEMs) to all leading wireless OEMs – including tier 1 and tier 2 Smartphone OEMs, as well as key OEMs involved in emerging Internet-of-Things (IoT). He was at RFMD for a total of 17 yrs. Prior to RFMD, Rohan worked in various business and engineering leadership positions at Rockwell Semiconductor/Conexant(now Skyworks). Mr. Houlden holds an MBA from University of Iowa, Masters of Science from Iowa State and a Bachelor of Science from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology(Australia).
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.
Robert Dry is Vice President Operations and Test and brings over 30 years of experience working for companies in Europe and the US developing and managing GaAs, Si and GaN semiconductor packaging, processes, products, Engineering Technology and Operations with a proven track record as a systems and data driven Operations and Engineering manager. Rob describes himself as a positive, proactive and results-driven professional with an ethic of hard work, team building, communication and strong leadership. Most recently, Rob was the Director of Infrastructure and Defense Packaging within global Operations at Qorvo.
Colin Hunt brings over 25 years of experience in sales management and business development in the RF and electronics industry. Prior to joining, Colin was Vice President of Worldwide sales for pSemi, the semi-conductor division of MuRata. Responsible for all markets outside of mobile, he led the global sales network promoting and growing sales to the market leading companies in the Wireless Infrastructure, Wireless Broadband, Defence, Test & Measurement sectors. Colin also gained experience in various sales and business positions for both semi-conductors and passive components companies. He held sales and business development management positions for the European and UK sales team at RFMD (now Qorvo); NDK and Murata. Colin holds an HNC in avionics, gained in the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom), where he specialised on air radar; RF communications and flight systems on helicopter aircraft.
Thomas Sepenzis is Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations responsible for leading the communications and strategic outreach for Akoustis. Thomas joined the company in February 2018, bringing over 20 years of Wall Street experience as a mobile and semiconductor analyst. Prior to Akoustis, Thomas was a Managing Director at Northland Capital Markets covering the semiconductor sector. He has held prior positions at ThinkEquity Partners, where he ran the Communications team, CIBC World Markets Oppenheimer, US Bancorp Piper Jaffray and other technology focused investment banks. Thomas received a BA from New York University and a MFA from AAU San Francisco.
Joel K. Morgan is Vice President of Quality for Akoustis, leading all aspects of quality for the company, including customer quality, supplier quality, product quality, and quality systems. Prior to joining Akoustis in October 2017, Joel was head of quality for United Silicon Carbide Inc., a semiconductor company focused on enabling affordable power efficiency in various markets, beginning in March 2015. Prior to this, Joel held various roles at Qorvo (RFMD + Triquint) during his 15-year career there. Most recently, he served as the head of the global customer quality organization, focusing on serving the needs of all tier 1 handset suppliers. Before joining Qorvo, Joel served various leadership roles in the United States Navy, both on active duty and in the Navy Reserves, over his 29-year career. Joel obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.