Chairman & CEO
Frank Christiaens is the Chairman & CEO of CLEARink Displays, based in Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Christiaens has more than 20 years of hands-on experience operating, and managing multinational corporations throughout Asia, South America and Europe.
In addition to his role in CLEARink Displays, Mr. Christiaens currently is a Managing Partner at CrossPacific Capital Partners (XPCP). He also serves as a director at Elix Wireless Charging Systems in Vancouver, China Digital Video in Beijing, and Virgo Ventures in Hong Kong. Previously, he was an advisory board member of Espresso Capital Partners in Vancouver and a founding director of AAMA in Shanghai. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Christiaens served as the President for Greater China for Euronext listed professional display supplier Barco of Belgium. From 2000 to 2001, he acted as founder, director, COO and then CEO, for data services provider Qala in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Mr. Christiaens originally moved to Asia in 1996 to head up the internet division for telecommunications equipment provider Alcatel of France. From 1991 until 1995 Mr. Christiaens worked in Europe and South America as a telecommunications project manager. He founded his first startup in Belgium in 1991.
Mr. Christiaens holds master degrees in Electrical/Electronics Engineering, as well as Business Administration, and studied at the University of Leuven Belgium, and at the Imperial College in London UK. Mr. Christiaens speaks English, French, Dutch, and understands a fair bit of Mandarin, Spanish, and German. He lived in Asia from 1996 until 2010.
Bob has over 22 years of experience in materials research and new product development. Prior to joining CLEARink Displays, Bob worked for the Imerys Corporation as Director of Materials Research. During his tenure at Imerys, Bob was responsible for developing and executing R&D and new product development strategy, budget, and intellectual property for the Filtration and Additives Division. In 24 months, Bob grew his team to four people, filed four patents, developed, scaled up and commercialized five successful new products.
Prior to joining Imerys, Bob was the Co-Founder and CTO of Shocking Technologies, Inc. a Silicon Valley electronic materials start-up where he helped grow the company from a 2 person start up with an idea to 47 people and a product qualified in a cell phone with high volume manufacturing. Before Co-Founding Shocking Technologies Bob worked 12 years for the 3M Corporation in Saint Paul, MN in a broad range of R&D and management functions. While working at 3M Bob developed new retroreflective fabrics, optical interference films for windows, flexible display materials, and nanocomposites for optical applications.
Bob earned his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Winthrop University.
Bob is an inventor on over 36 granted and 6 pending United States patents, ranging in fields from nanocomposites, adhesives, optical interference coatings, retroreflectors, displays, battery separators, electronic materials, and filter aids.
From 2011 to 2013, Ray Smith was the Chief Financial Officer of Recon Instruments responsible for finance, legal, HR and supply chain. Recon is based in Vancouver, Canada and is a leader in wearable Heads-up Displays for sports and active lifestyle. Mr. Smith closed a $10M Series A financing round, closed additional debt financing rounds, established contract production in Mexico and helped set up Recon’s international web store.
From 2000 to 2011, he was based in the US and was the Vice President of Finance for NASDAQ listed Eurand (which subsequently merged with Axcan Pharmaceuticals to form Aptalis Pharma). Mr. Smith helped establish Eurand’s US pharmaceutical sales and marketing business, successfully launching and promoting their first product, Zenpep, with a sales force of more than 70 reps and taking more than 20% market share in the first year. He was also part of the core team for their IPO in 2007, raising in excess of $100M. From 1992 to 2000, he worked in Europe and the US in the advisory and assurance practice of Ernst & Young.
Mr Smith is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He holds a degree in Mathematics and Computation from Loughborough University in the UK.
Scott Ferguson has over 20 years of manufacturing development and scale-up to commercialization experience in roll to roll manufacturing and flexible/printed electronics. He has worked at both Fortune 500 and start-up companies at the Director and Executive levels.
His most recent position was Managing Partner of Flex R&D Inc. a product development and consulting company with a focus on innovative smart packaging and flexible electronics. Prior to Flex R&D, Scott served as VP Engineering and Operations at Innova Dynamics where he led the scale up effort for materials synthesis and touch screen film fabrication based on silver nanowire technology.
Prior to Innova Dynamics, Scott was the Senior Director at Avery Dennison in charge of the Printed Electronics Center of Excellence where his team developed photovoltaic backplanes for next generation crystal silicon solar panels, and electronic price labels for apparel. Prior to that, he served as VP Technology and Operations at NanoGram where his team developed a nano silicon based printable semiconductor. The company was later sold to Teijin in Japan. Scott also served as Sr. Director Technology at Avery Dennison for Printed Electronics prior to NanoGram where his team developed new to the world high speed manufacturing for RFID inlays and labels, and helped start-up the manufacturing operation for Avery Dennison’s RFID Division in South Carolina.
Scott began his career at Duracell where he was Project Lead for the development and commercialization of the PowerCheck product at Duracell’s alkaline manufacturing facilities and later set up and managed an experimental production team responsible for scaling new technologies developed at Duracell’s Research Center.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.
Sri Peruvemba has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, and has been an influential advocate in the advancement of electronic display technology. He is an acknowledged expert on electronic displays, touch screens, and related technologies and consults, writes, and presents on these subjects globally. Peruvemba is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Financial Times, and many other publications. He is also regularly invited to present at major technology conferences, has published several articles and white papers, and often leads seminars and classes on the display industry.
His 25 years of experience in the electronics industry include marketing LCD, CRT, TFEL, OLED, LED, Plasma and ePaper displays into the mobile, industrial, medical, signage and TV markets. He earned a BSEE, a MBA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. He was previously CMO for E Ink Corporation. Peruvemba was a key participant in the sale of E Ink to Prime View International, and the subsequent renaming of the parent company and its ePaper businesses to E Ink Holdings. Peruvemba also held senior level positions at Cambrios, Sharp Corp, TFS Inc, Planar Systems and Suntronic Technology. Peruvemba currently serves as Director on the Board of Society for Information Display.
Christian Zapf is Vice President, Corporate Development at NantWorks, LLC, the umbrella organization for an ecosystem of healthcare and technology companies committed to the convergence of 21st century innovative platforms led by entrepreneur Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong. In this role, his chief responsibility has been for M&A and business development activities, both for the parent entity and its portfolio companies. Prior to NantWorks, from April 2006 to May 2011, he served as Vice President, Corporate Development at Abraxis BioScience, where he was responsible for corporate evelopment, licensing and other strategic relationships. Mr. Zapf was instrumental in the sale of Abraxis BioScience to Celgene Corporation in October 2010. Prior to Abraxis BioScience, from December 2004 to April 2006, Mr. Zapf served as Counsel, Corporate Development at APP armaceuticals. In this role, he was involved in all aspects of business development activities, including facility and plant acquisitions and supply chain relationships. Before APP Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Zapf was an attorney at the Wall Street law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he maintained a general corporate practice. Mr. Zapf holds a J.D. from Columbia University, an M.B.A. from INSEAD and a BA from Cambridge University in the UK.
General Manager Asia
Shirley Gu has 15 years of experience in marketing, sales and business management in the specialty chemicals industry in Asia. Prior to joining CLEARink Displays, Ms. Gu worked for Lord Corporation as General Manager where she oversaw double digit growth in their automotive business in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to Lord Corporation, Ms. Gu worked at NCM Hersbit Chemical Company, where she led sales and business development, focusing on automotive, battery and electronic packaging industries. Ms. Gu holds a MBA from Fudan University, and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Dong Hua University in China.
VP of Human Resources
Ms. Wei has 20 years of experience in Human Resources Management on a global scale. She previously worked for Phillips and Canadian Tire Corporation. In her position at Phillips she gained experience with HR in India, China, the Netherlands and USA. At Phillips she led the development of a leadership program, developed and implemented Service Competency Profile to lead service team transitions, developed and implemented change management and communication plans for operational consolidation initiatives, identified talent development and organizational structure practices, initiated and organized business review and planning process with profit center owners and central support teams to ensure alignment and integration of cross-functional teams to achieve desired financial outcomes, and acted as an advisor to CEO on key leadership and organizational performance issues.
Ms. Wei holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto), where she majored in Strategy and Finance and made it to the Dean’s List in both years. She also holds a Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate with High Honours, from Seneca College, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from York University, and a B.A. English from Central China Normal.
Human Resources Manager
Neila Padagas manages the HR function at CLEARink Displays. Ms. Padagas has over 20 years of experience ranging from accounting to office management to human resources. She has worked in advertising/PR firms to more recently, high tech start-up companies in silicon valley. Ms. Padagas was most recently at NanoGram Corporation, a nano-powder start-up company that was acquired by Teijin LTD, Japan. At NanoGram she worked on GAAP compliance, benefit administration and human resources activities. Ms Padagas is currently enrolled in South New Hampshire University, majoring in human resources management.
Sonia Sehra is Finance Controller at CLEARink, she has finance and accounting experience in industries ranging from private healthcare to manufacturing. Prior to joining CLEARink Displays, Ms. Sehra worked at Sulzer Pumps Canada as Accounting Team Lead, where she was responsible for streamlining internal processes. Ms. Sehra completed the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program from the Western School of Business in Alberta, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia.
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