Jeffrey B. Shealy
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey B. Shealy is our Founder, CEO and Director. 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 previously founded RF Nitro, Inc., a Gallium Nitride RF power high-tech start-up (acquired by RFMD in 2001). 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.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
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
Executive Vice President of Business Development
David M. Aichele is 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 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.
Vice President of Wafer Fab
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.
Chief Product Officer
Rohan Houlden 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).
Vice President of Global Sales
Colin brings extensive experience to his role at Akoustis with over 20 years of sales and management experience and a strong technical background in RF semiconductors. Most recently, Colin served as the Vice President of Global Sales at pSemi, a Murata company, where he was responsible for managing the world-wide sales and applications organizations.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
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.
Vice President Operations and Test
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.
Vice President of Corporate Development
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.
Vice President of Quality
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.
Vice President of Engineering
Before joining Akoustis, Mr. Cheema was the Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm RF360, where he was responsible for all aspects of micro-acoustic hardware solutions for the mobile phone market. Prior to Qualcomm, Cheema was the Vice President of Engineering and Site Manager at TDK, where he reported directly to the CEO. At TDK, he led a team of professionals, including filter module and switch designers, SAW and BAW filter designers, and laminate and LTCC specialists. Earlier, Cheema worked at TriQuint Semiconductor, now part of Qorvo, as a Director of Engineering where he led the development of acoustic duplexers, the RF module team, GaAs pHEMT and SOI switch development. Mr. Cheema holds a MSEE from the University of Central Florida.