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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Six technology industry leaders were elected on September 22nd to the Board of Directors of EvoNexus, further expanding the breadth of technology sectors that partner with the incubator.
“With diverse, world-class partners, we increase our capacity to support startups in niche markets – and our partners gain a strategic edge and exclusive look into a variety of industry trends and dynamics,” said EvoNexus CEO and Co-Founder, Rory Moore.“The EvoNexus Board increasingly represents the leadership of prominent technology and life science companies from around the globe. Their financial and strategic support of EvoNexus and the Southern California innovation economy accelerates the launch and growth of new ventures that will lead the way in the development of transformational new products and services.”
Jason Zajac, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of ARM, acquired by SoftBank, was elected to the EvoNexus Board of Directors. ARM defines the pervasive computing shaping today’s connected world, realized in over 100 billion silicon chips. Mr. Zajac serves on ARM’s Executive Committee and is responsible for long term strategic planning, corporate development and M&A.
Jonathan LeCompte, Pacific Market President of Verizon (NYSE: VZ) was also elected to the EvoNexus Board of Directors. Verizon, a world leader in telecom, is connecting consumers to everything the digital world has to offer. With over 20 years experience in multiple leadership roles, Mr. LeCompte currently leads all business functions across Verizon’s seven-state Pacific Market including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, northern Idaho and northern Nevada.
Robert Bridenbecker, Vice President, Technology Strategy and Planning of Blizzard Entertainment, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), was elected to the EvoNexus Board of Directors. Blizzard Entertainment is a premier game developer and publisher known for epic, well-designed games. Mr. Bridenbecker, a 25-year veteran at Blizzard, is responsible for overseeing the ongoing product evolution of Blizzard’s classic games, including StarCraft, the World of Warcraft real-time strategy games, and the Diablo games.
Stefan Wolff, CEO of Peregrine Semiconductor was elected to the EvoNexus Board of Directors. Peregrine Semiconductor, a Murata company, is a leading fabless provider of high-performance, radio frequency integrated circuits, or RFICs. Mr. Wolff has over 27 years of experience in semiconductor and communications technologies. Prior to joining Peregrine, he served as the vice president and general manager of Intel’s mobile communications business GmbH in Munich, Germany.
Greg Toland, CEO and Co-Founder of Extel Technologies was elected to the EvoNexus Board of Directors. Extel Technologies is an end-to-end product life cycle services firm to high technology OEM firms. With 30+ years working across a diverse range of technology industries and experience ranging from hands-on product development to executive management, Mr. Toland has knowledge and insight into leading and growing technology businesses.
Bio-Rad Laboratories (NYSE: BIO) has also taken a board seat at EvoNexus with the election of Director of Corporate Strategy, Richard Kurtz, PH.D. Since 1952 Bio-Rad has provided the healthcare industry with innovative and useful products that help life science researchers accelerate the discovery process and medical diagnostic labs obtain faster, better results. Dr. Kurtz executes corporate strategies to deliver long-term company growth, focusing on acquisitions, partnerships and technology licensing in both Life Science and Clinical Diagnostics.
EvoNexus is a non-profit technology incubator with locations in San Diego and Irvine. EvoNexus startups receive mentorship, access to capital, and facility services without giving up equity or paying fees. Its startups enjoy Class A office and lab space provided by California’s leading real estate developer, Irvine Company. EvoNexus is financially and strategically supported by some of the largest multinational corporations in the world. In just over 7 years, EvoNexus portfolio companies have raised over $1.22 billion in funding and outcomes and 18 startups have been acquired.