Team

Management Team

Laurent Desclos

President/CEO

Laurent Desclos

President/CEO

Laurent Desclos, Ph.D., brings approximately 30 years’ wireless industry experience to Ethertronics as its President and Chief Executive Officer, a role in which he is responsible for the total management of Ethertronics and its global antenna design and manufacturing operations.   Desclos previously served as Ethertronics’ Chief Operating Officer and is still also Chief Technology Officer. In addition to managing Ethertronics’ day-to-day operations, Desclos was responsible for overseeing the company’s global research and design teams. A specialist in the design of antennas and RF integrated circuits, Desclos has been intimately involved in developing Ethertronics’ patent portfolio, expanding the company’s operations in Korea, China and Taiwan, and recruiting Ethertronics’ world-class engineering and in-country management teams.   Prior to becoming a founding member of Ethertronics, Desclos held various research and development positions with NEC in Princeton, New Jersey and Tokyo, Japan, where his research teams focused on the advancement of CMOS, BiCMOS and GaAs RF ICs for WLAN applications at 2.4, 5, 18, 24 and 60 GHz. Additionally, Desclos was a consultant to the French military for EMI, EMC and frequency coordination issues in France and Gabon. He holds more than 200 international patents and has authored more than 150 papers on subjects including radar cross sections, electromagnetic radiation theory, RF circuit design, antenna theory and applications.  Desclos received his Doctorate from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Rennes, France. He is an IEEE Fellow, and a technical advisor to several wireless startups. He is fluent in French and gets by in Japanese and Chinese.

Rick Johnson

CFO

Rick Johnson

CFO

Rick Johnson brings more than 15 years’ financial leadership experience within global public and start-up organizations to his position as Chief Financial Officer of Ethertronics. As CFO, Johnson is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial operations.   A Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Johnson is a co-founder of Tarari, Inc., which was the first management-initiated spinout from Intel. Johnson most recently served as Tarari’s Vice President and CFO, and was part of a four-member team who led the sale of Tarari to LSI for $85 million.   Prior to Tarari, Johnson spent five years at Intel, Inc., most recently serving as Controller for the company’s Network Equipment Division. Johnson played an active role in working with Intel Capital on acquisitions as well as divestitures for the Communication Product Group. While at Intel, he also served as the Wireless Communication and Computing Group Consolidator/Business Analysis and Reporting Manager as well as a Strategic Financial Analyst for the company, supporting several of Intel’s product development teams.   Johnson earned his master’s in business administration with a concentration in finance, accounting and management information systems from University of California, Irvine and his bachelor’s from University of California, San Diego.

Vahid Manian

COO

Vahid Manian

COO

Vahid Manian brings more than 30 years’ semiconductor industry experience to his role of Chief Operating Officer for Ethertronics. As COO, Manian is responsible for Ethertronics’ Chip and Systems Divisions, and leads all global manufacturing, supply chain, quality, sales, technology design, marketing and business development efforts for the company.   Prior to Ethertronics, Manian served as senior vice president of global engineering and operations for Entropic. A seasoned semiconductor executive with more than 30 years of proven business, technology and operations experience, Vahid was responsible for Entropic’s global engineering and operations organizations, including hardware and software product development, technical operations, quality and supply management. In his two years at Entropic, Manian successfully expanded the scale and scope of the public company’s global operations organization, and implemented innovative manufacturing cost reduction and long-range capacity planning strategies that had a significant impact on gross margins and inventory turns.   Prior to Entropic, Manian was responsible for all operations activity at Telegent Systems, a leading supplier of silicon solutions for mobile TV applications, later acquired by Spreadtrum Communication, a Shanghai-based semiconductor company. Prior to Telegent, Manian served as senior vice president of global manufacturing operations at Broadcom Corporation, where he oversaw the company’s operations and manufacturing activities including foundry operations and process technology direction. He joined Broadcom in 1996, and established the operations strategy, which helped grow the company from a start-up to a multi-billion dollar organization leveraging best-in-class delivery and inventory management systems.   He previously served on the Board of Directors, and was elected vice chairman, of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), which is focused on accelerating the growth and increasing the return on invested capital for the global semiconductor industry.

Sebastian Rowson

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Sebastian Rowson

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Rozi Roufoogaran

Vice President of IC Design

Rozi Roufoogaran

Vice President of IC Design

Jeff Shamblin

Chief Scientist

Jeff Shamblin

Chief Scientist

Jeff Shamblin is the Chief Scientist at Ethertronics, and is responsible for overseeing all research and development projects for the corporation. Shamblin brings 29 years experience in antenna engineering to this position.   Before joining Ethertronics, Shamblin worked for two RFID start-up companies, SCS Corp. and Claridy Solutions. At Claridy he was the manager in charge of antenna development and assisted in all aspects of RFID relating to antenna and scattering issues. Shamblin previously worked as an antenna consultant providing design and analysis services to several wireless start-ups in the Southern California area. Prior to his work in RFID Shamblin spent more than 20 years in antenna design and development in the aerospace industry at Lockheed and Northrop where he was responsible for several antenna designs on various aircraft and missile programs. He holds seven patents relating to antenna technology.   Shamblin earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from California State University, Northridge.

Olivier Pajona

Chief Scientist

Olivier Pajona

Chief Scientist

Sung-Ki (SK) Jung

Chief Asia Operations Officer

Sung-Ki (SK) Jung

Chief Asia Operations Officer

Sung-Ki (SK) Jung is the General Manager, Asia for Ethertronics. In this capacity, Jung is responsible for overseeing the company’s Korean facilities, which include two design centers, a research center and manufacturing facility.   Jung brings more than 13 years management, field sales, PM and purchasing experience to the company. Prior to joining Ethertronics’ management team, Jung was a General Manager for WWES Industries Corp where he was responsible for finding new technologies, penetrating and managing major customer accounts, analyzing market trends and implementing effective policies and procedures. Additionally, Jung worked at Sonus Telecom Co., Ltd. and Haitai Electronics, Inc.   Jung received a bachelor's degree in economics and marketing from HS University and is fluent in English and Japanese.

Board of Directors

Laurent Desclos

President & CEO - Ethertronics, Inc.

Laurent Desclos

President & CEO - Ethertronics, Inc.

Laurent Desclos, Ph.D., brings approximately 30 years’ wireless industry experience to Ethertronics as its President and Chief Executive Officer, a role in which he is responsible for the total management of Ethertronics and its global antenna design and manufacturing operations.   Desclos previously served as Ethertronics’ Chief Operating Officer and is still also Chief Technology Officer. In addition to managing Ethertronics’ day-to-day operations, Desclos was responsible for overseeing the company’s global research and design teams. A specialist in the design of antennas and RF integrated circuits, Desclos has been intimately involved in developing Ethertronics’ patent portfolio, expanding the company’s operations in Korea, China and Taiwan, and recruiting Ethertronics’ world-class engineering and in-country management teams.   Prior to becoming a founding member of Ethertronics, Desclos held various research and development positions with NEC in Princeton, New Jersey and Tokyo, Japan, where his research teams focused on the advancement of CMOS, BiCMOS and GaAs RF ICs for WLAN applications at 2.4, 5, 18, 24 and 60 GHz. Additionally, Desclos was a consultant to the French military for EMI, EMC and frequency coordination issues in France and Gabon. He holds more than 200 international patents and has authored more than 150 papers on subjects including radar cross sections, electromagnetic radiation theory, RF circuit design, antenna theory and applications.  Desclos received his Doctorate from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Rennes, France. He is an IEEE Fellow, and a technical advisor to several wireless startups. He is fluent in French and gets by in Japanese and Chinese.

Jeff Strasberg

Chief Financial Officer - Ridgewood Capital

Jeff Strasberg

Chief Financial Officer - Ridgewood Capital

Jeff Strasberg is Ridgewood Capital’s CFO and has been with Ridgewood Capital since its inception in 1998. He is also the CEO/CFO of Ridgewood Renewable Power and CFO of Ridgewood Securities Corp.   Mr. Strasberg has been in CFO roles for over 25 years, during which time he has raised approximately $500 million in debt and equity, led M&A transactions of approximately $1 billion and as CFO, took a manufacturing company public. His prior experience also includes being CFO of a $500 million dollar financial services company and corporate officer of a Fortune 500 company where he was responsible for all SEC reporting, including its IPO prospectus. Mr. Strasberg also was an Audit Manager with Price Waterhouse specializing in publicly-traded clients. He is a CPA and a graduate of the University of Florida.

Eli Yablonovitch

Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Eli Yablonovitch

Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Eli Yablonovitch is the Northrop Grumman Optoelectronics Chair, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Co-Founder, Luxtera and Professor of Electrical Engineering, UC Berkeley Eli Yablonovitch graduated with the Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1972. He worked for two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and then became a professor of Applied Physics at Harvard. In 1979 he joined Exxon to do research on photovoltaic solar energy. Then in 1984, he joined Bell Communications Research, where he was a Distinguished Member of Staff, and also Director of Solid-State Physics Research. In 1992 he joined the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was Professor of Electrical Engineering until he joined UC Berkeley in 2007, also as Professor of Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society. Yablonovitch is a Life Member of Eta Kappa Nu, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been awarded the Adolf Lomb Medal, the W. Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, the R.W. Wood Prize, and the Julius Springer Prize.

Kevin S. Royal

Executive Vice President & CFO - Bridgepoint Education

Kevin S. Royal

Executive Vice President & CFO - Bridgepoint Education

Kevin Royal joined Bridgepoint Education in October, 2015. As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, he oversees and facilitates all of the company’s financial operations. Before joining Bridgepoint Education, Mr. Royal was the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary at Maxwell Technologies, Inc. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Blue Coat Systems, Inc., and the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Novellus Systems, Inc. He also spent ten years at Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Royal is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned his BBA in Accounting from Harding University.

John Oxaal

General Partner - Sevin Rosen Funds

John Oxaal

General Partner - Sevin Rosen Funds

John Oxaal is a General Partner of Sevin Rosen Funds. At SRF, John focuses in areas of imaging, computing, photonics, RF communications, and Semiconductors. Before joining SRF in 1999, John co-founded and was CEO of Volumetrics Medical Imaging and was on the founding team of the Digital Signal Processing Division of Analog Devices. John holds several patents in the field of real-time volumetric ultrasound imaging.   In addition to continuing as the Chairman of Volumetrics board, John serves on the boards of Cadtel, Ethertronics, Luxtera, Metabolon, and Scintera.

Mathew Hein

Partner - DBO Partners

Mathew Hein

Partner - DBO Partners

Mathew Hein is a Partner with DBO Partners, an independent investment bank providing M&A, other strategic advisory and private placement services. Mr. Hein has advised technology companies for over 20 years, including 17 years at Morgan Stanley where, from 2006 to 2013, Mr. Hein served as a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Technology Investment Banking Group. He has completed 100 transactions for public and private companies, representing buyers and sellers in negotiated as well as unsolicited transactions and raising capital in venture, IPO, public equity, convertible high yield and investment grade markets. Mr. Hein serves on the Board of Directors of Universal Robotics, a machine learning automation software provider. Mr. Hein graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and A.B. in History.

Paul Daggett

Principal - Neuberger Berman

Paul Daggett

Principal - Neuberger Berman

Paul Daggett, CFA is a Principal of Neuberger Berman and a member of NB Alternatives’ investment team. Mr. Daggett sits on the Limited Partner Advisory Boards of a number of venture capital and technology buyout fund relationships on behalf of Neuberger Berman funds. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman in 2004, Mr. Daggett worked in the European Equity Derivatives Group at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He holds an M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and a BEng, with honors, in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Bristol. Mr. Daggett is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Advisory Board

Edmund Sun

William Pratt

Steve Morley

Andrew Merson

John Major

Martin Fichter

Brian Butler