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.
John joined Akoustis on July 17, 2017 as CFO. Prior to his appointment as CFO, John served on the Board of Directors at Akoustis. John’s past work experience includes; VP Finance of Cree, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of Wolfspeed, a Cree Company, from 2015 until March 2017. He is currently providing consulting services to a number of businesses. Prior to his employment at Cree, Mr. Kurtzweil was an independent consultant beginning in 2014. From 2012 until 2014, Mr. Kurtzweil served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Special Advisor to the CEO of Extreme Networks, Inc., a provider of high-performance, open networking innovations for enterprises, services providers, and Internet exchanges, and also served as its Chief Accounting Officer. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Kurtzweil served as Executive Vice President, Finance and as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Cree, Inc. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Kurtzweil was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cirrus Logic, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company. Mr. Kurtzweil also currently serves as a director of Axcelis Technologies, Inc., a provider of equipment and services to the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Mr. Kurtzweil served as a Board member for Meru Networks, Inc. for a portion of 2015. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (WI) and Certified Management Accountant with his MBA from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN, and his BA in Accounting from Arizona State University, Tempe AZ.
David M. Aichele Vice President of Business Development
David M. Aichele / Corporate Vice President, Vice President of Business Development
David M. Aichele is 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 RFMD (previously 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 Vice President of Engineering 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.