Board of Directors
WHO WE ARE
Aniruddha "Ajit" NazreChairman of the board
Ajit Nazre joined Wellington Partners in 2012. He has been working as EVP and CSO at Reliance Industries Ltd since 2012. At Reliance, he has been responsible for launching "Jio", a Telecom and Digital Media Services venture that can potentially connect 500M Indians to the internet by the end of 2016. Before joining Reliance Ajit was a Senior Partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers (KPCB) from 2003 to 2011. Ajit made 19 investments with 11 exits. Some of his successful exits at KPCB included LuxVue (acquired by Apple), 3DV (acquired by MSFT), Virsa (acquired by SAP), Vertica (acquired by HP) and InfoEdge (IPO in 2006). Prior to KPCB, he worked at SAP from 1998 to 2003 first as Technical Assistant to Hasso Plattner, CEO, Chairman, and Co-Founder of SAP and later MD of SAPMarkets. Ajit Nazre was the founder SAPMarkets, the e-commerce company that SAP acquired in 2002. Prior to SAP, he worked for six years in the medical device industry. From 1991 till 1995, he worked at Zimmer, Inc. (then a subsidiary of Bristol Myers Squibb) and from 1995 to 1997 at Mathys AG (Synthes) in Switzerland, He holds seven United States and four European patents and has published and presented over 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He holds a Ph.D. in Biomechanics from the Technical University of Hanover, Germany, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Michigan Tech, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering Pune, India.
Nils A. Foldal
Nils Foldal has been a member of our board of directors since June 2015. Nils is the CEO of Ludvig Lorentzen AS, a privately held Norwegian investment company that invests in both listed and unlisted securities and investments with a long term time horizon. Nils was previously Investment Director at Awilhelmsen Capital AS, Managing Director of K-Aktiv Forvaltning AS (today Nordea Investment Management), CEO at DnB Investor AS, Investment Director at Storebrand Asset Management and Pluss Fondene. Nils has extensive experience in venture capital, building new ventures and more mature growth companies from a wide range of high tech industries such as IT, mobile technology, nano-technology, financial services, investment services, real estate and shipping. Nils has a Master of Science and is a graduate of the Norwegian School of Business Management (NHH).
Kambiz Y. Hooshmand has been a member of our board of directors since July 2013. From March 2005 to May 2009, Mr. Hooshmand served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC), a communications solutions company. From 1996 to 2005, Mr Hooshmand held various executive roles at Cisco Systems Inc. including Group Vice President and General Manager of Core Routing and Multi-service Carrier Platforms. Mr Hooshmand was a key innovator and leader at Stratacom Corporation, building the company’s carrier platforms into a multi hundred million dollar business. Stratacom was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1996 for over $4 billion. Since April 2011, Mr. Hooshmand has been actively engaged with mobile start-ups through his own incubator building 13 portfolio companies. Two companies have already generated very successful exits. Mr. Hooshmand is also the Chairman of the Board at Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), a leading provider of optical systems that transport the internet traffic globally. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Power-One (NASDAQ: PWER) until July 2013 when the company was sold to ABB for more than $1 billion.
Steven Morrell is one of the founders of glō AB, led Teknoinvest’s start-up seed funding of the company and has served as a director since inception. Mr. Morrell is the Managing Partner of Oslo-based Teknoinvest AS, which he joined in February 2001. Prior to joining Teknoinvest, he was the Managing Director for 2 years and Director/Chairman for 7 years of a Teknoinvest portfolio company, Aquasmart International AS (after a merger called AKVAsmart ASA). Mr. Morrell held numerous positions over the previous fourteen years including Managing Director for Merck & Co., Inc.’s subsidiary in Russia, Central Asia and Caucasia; General Director of Veropharm Co., Ltd (Russia); President of Hafslund Nycomed Pharma AG (Austria) and management consultant in McKinsey & Co., Inc. (Scandinavia). He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of CiDRA Holdings LLC and Low Salinity, Inc. and as a Member of the Board of Sol Voltaics AB and QuNano AB. Mr. Morrell is fluent in English, Norwegian and German as well as conversational in Russian, and holds an MBA (with Honors) from IMD, Switzerland and a B.Sc. degree with a major in Mathematics from Brigham Young University.
Magnus Ryde joined glō AB’s board of directors in August 2007 and brings more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He graduated from Linköping University in 1979 and Stanford University in 1980 with a MS in Industrial Engineering and later completed an Executive MBA at Stanford University in 1995. Mr. Ryde joined KLA Instruments (now KLA-Tencor) after graduation as Production Control Manager. During his tenure with KLA-Tencor, he managed manufacturing operations, marketing, European sales and service, global field service operations and worldwide sales, service and applications operations and was appointed a corporate officer in 1994. Mr. Ryde then joined Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) in 1998 as its President of North America. In 2000, he was appointed Chairman & CEO of FlexICs, a flexible display spin-out from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. In 2005 he was named CEO of Intematix Corp., a company specializing in phosphors for light emitting diodes for the solid state lighting market. Mr. Ryde has served on the boards of directors of Micronic Laser Systems AB, Strand Interconnect AB, Innolite AB and Effnet Holding AB of Sweden, as well as NextTech Solutions of the United States and Equipnet Ltd of Israel. Mr. Ryde is currently a partner and principal in Ryde Capital LLC of Sweden, Quan VC and Mars Capital Group LLC in the United States and serves as an advisory board member with Ubidyne GmbH of Germany. Mr. Ryde also serves on the boards of Ekahau Inc, Sol Voltaics AB and Kaiam Corp.
Lars SamuelsonFounder and Chief Scientific Officer
Professor of Semiconductor Electronics/Solid State Physics at Lund University. Ph.D. in Physics, Lund University, in 1977. Post-doc at IBM Research in San José 1977-1978. Professor at Chalmers (1986) and at Lund University (1988). Director of the Nanometer Structure Consortium from its start in 1988. Internationally recognized for his research on low-dimensional semiconductors, such as nanowires, and for the physics and applications made possible by these structures. His research on Semiconductor Nanowires was in 2006 selected as one of the top ten research environments for all areas of science in Sweden. Appointed Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK (2004). Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Physics) (2006) and Engineering Sciences (2007). Awarded the “Einstein Professorship” by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008). Appointed Fellow of the American Physical Society (Materials Physics) (2009). Awarded the IDEON Prize for Innovation (2011). Awarded the IUVSTA Prize for Science (2013) for the period 2010-2013. In addition to his responsibilities as a member of the board of directors, Professor Samuelson also acts in the capacity of Chief Science Officer for the Company.
Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt joined the board of GLO AB in 2012. He is one of the inventors and industry drivers for wireless GSM as well as 3G and 4G mobile broadband technology. He is currently Senior Advisor to the Corporate Executive Officer of R&D at Sony Corporation. During 2010-2012 he was Chief Technology Officer at Sony Mobile Communications (previously Sony Ericsson) based in Silicon Valley. Previously, he held various roles at Ericsson in Stockholm where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for many years. From 1990 – 2008, he was responsible for taking several mobile communication technologies such as GSM and 3G from early research stage into commercial success. In 2008 in his position as Senior Advisor to the CEO of Ericsson, he relocated to Silicon Valley to drive Internet network strategies. He is engaged on several boards and advisory boards of startup companies in Silicon Valley as well as the non-profits boards e.g., Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Dr. Uddenfeldt got his MSc and PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of IEEE and member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences in Sweden. He has been awarded several prestigious prizes for his achievements e.g., the German Edward Rhein Foundation Technology Prize, the Swedish Grand KTH Prize, and the Gold Medal from Royal Engineering Sciences.
Shuo Zhang is a high performance business leader with over 20 years of success in building businesses and organizations. Extensive experience in driving leading edge IC technologies adoption into mobile, computing, consumer and networking markets. Excellent track record of building oversea partnerships and strategic executive relationships to enable innovative product deployment. Shuo currently works as VP of Worldwide Mobile Sales for Cypress Semiconductors Corp. She worked in the capacity of Business General Manager, Sr. management positions in sales, marketing and applications for Cypress; she also held Sr. marketing management positions in Avago Technologies, Altera Corporation before joined Cypress. Shuo has a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Penn State University. She has a BS Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China.