Industry Veterans
Jess Lee
President and CEO

Jess joined InVisage in March of 2007, and brings more than 15 years of high–technology management, marketing, and product development experience. Previously he was the vice president of the Mainstream Business Unit at OmniVision Technologies, where he helped them grow their business from $50M in annual sales to over $500M in four years. Jess’s previous companies include Altera, Silicon Graphics, and Creative Labs. He holds a bachelor’s of applied science and engineering degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto.

Ted Sargent
Chief Technology Officer and Founder

Ted holds the rank of professor and Canada research chair in nanotechnology at the University of Toronto. In 2004–6 he was also visiting professor of nanotechnology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 Mr. Sargent was named “one of the world’s top young innovators” by MIT’s Technology Review. He was awarded a Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto in 2000. He received the B.Sc.Eng. (Engineering Physics) from Queen’s University in 1995 and the Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering (Photonics) from the University of Toronto in 1998.

Ephraim Kwok
Chief Financial Officer

Ephraim has over 35 years of financial management experience, including over 20 years as chief financial officer. Between 2005 and 2012, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Alpha and Omega Semiconductor where he successfully completed a private round of financing, an initial public offering, and two strategic acquisitions. During his tenure at Elantec Semiconductor, he successfully completed a follow-on public offering. Ephraim holds an MBA degree from the Graduate Business School at University of California, Berkeley.

Emanuele Mandelli
Vice President of Engineering

Emanuele joined InVisage with more than 20 years of image sensor, X ray and particle physics detectors experience. He began his career at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he designed integrated circuits for high energy physics and helped deliver the pixel readout modules for the Atlas CERN inner detector that eventually confirmed the Higgs boson theory. He then joined AltaSens, an early stage startup company spun off from Rockwell Scientific later acquired by JVC Kenwood where he designed high end CMOS image sensors for cinematographers, television broadcasters and film makers. He has been a reviewer for the NSS-MIC conference and he is author of many papers and image sensor related patents. He holds a PhD, MS and BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Pavia, Italy.

Robin Cheung
Vice President of Materials and Manufacturing

Robin has over 30 years of industry experience working on all phases of semiconductor production technologies, such as material and process development and technology transfer into high volume manufacturing. He has held executive positions at Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Materials and Unity Semiconductor. He holds more than 94 patents in area of semiconductor manufacturing.He was a founding member of International Interconnect Technology Conference (IITC) and served in various technical conferences. Robin received his MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Remi Lacombe
Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Remi recently joined InVisage, and brings 20+ years of international business development, sales management and marketing experience with a focus on multimedia and imaging hardware and software technologies. Most recently and for the past 9 years, he was the Vice President of Business Development at DxO Labs where he was one of the early employees, created the mobile imaging business, won imaging technology design wins at all major device manufacturers and helped grow the 120+ staff company to sustainability and multi-year profitability. Before DxO, Remi led several entrepreneurial ventures including CEO of Zandan and co-founder of PAS International. Remi’s previous companies also include C-Cube Microsystems, Chorus Systems, and Sun Microsystems. Remi received his MS degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University as well as applied science and engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications both in Paris, France.

Board Of Directors
Syrus P. Madavi
Chairman of the Board

Mr. Madavi brings over 25 years of leadership and experience managing businesses in the semiconductor and optical communication markets. In addition to his position as chairman of InVisage, Madavi is president of SPM Capital, a private fund focused on disruptive businesses within semiconductor, digital consumer and clean energy markets. Mr. Madavi’s career has encompassed managing a number of public and private businesses including serving as chairman, president and CEO of Burr-Brown Corporation; president, chief operating officer, and director of JDS Uniphase; senior vice president of Texas Instruments; president of Raytheon Semiconductor; and founder and president of Signal Processing Technologies. Mr. Madavi has also served on boards of several public and private companies including Burr-Brown Corp., JDS Uniphase, ON Semiconductor, Centilium Communications, Metalink Inc, and Coreoptics. Currently, he serves as chairman of Akros Silicon, Inc. and is a member of the board of directors of Exalt Communications. Mr. Madavi holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Science, both from Stevens Institute of Technology. He also earned an MBA degree in Finance from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

David Prend
Managing Partner, Rockport

David’s alternative energy career began almost three decades ago when he was an engineer at Bechtel specializing in advanced energy technologies. He worked at Amoco in the chemical and upstream oil and gas subsidiaries and in finance. He later joined Shearson Lehman in their Natural Resources Investment Banking group where he advised companies in the energy, mining and forest products industries. He spent the bulk of his Wall Street career at Salomon Brothers where he was promoted to managing director and headed the Global Energy Investment Banking Group until co–founding RockPort. Mr. Prend received a BS in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Khaled Nasr
Partner, InterWest

Mr. Nasr joined InterWest’s IT group in 2005, focusing on investments in the communications, enterprise and data center infrastructure sectors, including systems, software and semiconductors. Nasr is a board member of Exalt Communications, Gear6, InVisage Technologies, and NexPlanar. Nasr also serves as a board observer of Venturi Wireless. Prior to joining InterWest, Nasr invested in information technology companies for Alta Partners, including investments in Synad (acquired by ST Microelectronics), Netli (acquired by Akamai), Celetronix (acquired by Jabil) and Occam Networks (OCNW). Prior to that, Nasr spent 16 years with startups in the networking and telecommunications industries. He was president and chief executive officer of FlowWise Networks and general manager and vice president at Ipsilon. Prior to Ipsilon, Nasr served as chief operating officer at Advanced Computer Communications (ACC), and as vice president of marketing and services with Premisys Communications. From 1987 to 1992, Nasr served as vice president of network services with Newbridge Networks.

Kenneth Kin
Associate Dean, Technology Management, National Tsing Hua University,Taiwan

Dr. Kin served as Senior Vice President, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC), where he was responsible for global sales, services and marketing. He has also held the role of vice president, worldwide sales and services of IBM Microelectronics, vice president and director of operations for the computer group at Motorola Inc. and served in various sales and marketing roles for several other Asia Pacific companies in the computing and telecommunications markets. Now retired from TSMC, he holds the position of professor and associate Dean for the National Tsing Hua University’s College of Technology Management in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Dr. Kin graduated with a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering and applied physics from Columbia University in New York, and holds a bachelor’s degree from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.

Bo Ilsoe
Managing Partner, Nokia Growth Partners

Bo has more than two decades of experience in venture capital, investment management, fundraising, organizational and strategic development as well as sales and marketing. Having lived and worked in the UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland, Spain and Singapore, he comes with a global view to business.

Bo began his career in the telecom infrastructure business with Alcatel and Nokia where he launched some of the first GSM networks in the world and negotiated GSM supply contracts in Europe and South East Asia. In 2002 he joined Vertex Management, where he managed several investments with successful M&A transactions generating in excess of $300 million. Bo has also started two companies and raised money for an investment fund focused on Eastern Europe. Bo graduated with honors with a Masters in Electronics Engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark. Bo is based in Europe.

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