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Executive Management

Len Lauer

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Memjet

Len Lauer was appointed in January 2010 as Memjet’s president and chief executive officer in advance of the commercialization of the company’s color printing technologies. He assumed the role of chairman and chief executive officer in May 2012. Len’s 30-year high-tech career includes executive positions with leading global technology innovators, developers and providers, including Qualcomm, Sprint, Bell Atlantic and IBM. He oversees all strategy and direction for Memjet’s global commercial business units, as well as operations, engineering, OEM partner development and manufacturing.

Before joining Memjet, Len served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm, Inc., the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies, many of which can be found inside the world’s best known brands of cellphones and smartphones. Len joined Qualcomm in 2006 after nearly 9 years with Sprint. He served as president and chief operating officer for Sprint before the merger of Sprint and Nextel. He directed Sprint’s major initiative to deliver converged media and communication services. For this innovation, the company was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development. Prior to the Sprint-Nextel merger, Len held several executive positions with Sprint, including president of Sprint PCS, president of Sprint's consumer services group, president of Sprint Business, and president of the global markets group, where he directed marketing and sales, network operations, technology planning, product development and information technology. He joined Sprint in 1998.

Prior to Sprint, Len was president and chief executive officer of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey. He also held a variety of management positions in marketing and sales over a 13-year period with IBM. Len serves on the board of directors for Western Digital.

Ben Olson

Chief Financial Officer, Memjet

Ben Olson has been with Memjet since April 2006, following a strong 15-year career as a finance executive at HP. He has played a key role in establishing Memjet's business processes and systems, and is responsible for all of the company's global financial operations.

At HP, Ben held a series of financial leadership roles. Most recently, he was the Finance Director for HP's LaserJet Supplies business, which was responsible for a great deal of HP's growth and profitability. Prior to that, Ben led all of the Business Development and Finance activities for HP's entry into the Commercial Printing market, including the acquisition of Indigo and the growth of HP's Large Format InkJet business. As the Financial Planning & Analysis manager for HP's LaserJet Group, Ben helped to drive major initiatives like a new HP financial planning process and the development of a framework for measuring Economic Value Added (EVA) for HP's businesses. And he has had a broad array of experiences in new business creation roles—from gathering a rich portfolio of learnings in a couple of new HP business ventures that didn't ultimately come to fruition, to having great success in the development of HP's Color LaserJet business. 

Prior to working at HP, Ben was a CPA in the audit practice of Coopers & Lybrand—now part of PWC—where he performed auditing services for various large publicly-traded companies. Ben graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwest Nazarene University, with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

Kim Beswick

General Manager, Office and Desktop Systems

Kim Beswick is a founding member of the Memjet Office Team based in Boise, Idaho. She brings 25 years of global technology experience, 18 of which have been dedicated to the imaging and printing industry. Kim has been instrumental in leading the Memjet Office business unit’s marketing and business strategies. She is responsible for the group’s work with global OEM and distribution partners, as well as dealer channels, to optimize disruptive Memjet technology in the office market.

Kim joined Memjet in 2006 after a dozen years with Hewlett Packard, heading up strategy for the company’s global LaserJet business and working in various product marketing and marketing management roles for that business. Prior to HP, Kim worked 6 years as an IT-systems consultant for Price Waterhouse.

Kim holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a BA from Colorado College.

Kevin Shimamoto

General Manager, Wide Format

Kevin Shimamoto is Memjet’s General Manager for Memjet Wide Format and has been an integral part of the company’s success since the group’s founding in 2007. In his current role, Kevin is responsible for the development and management of the company’s business plans, leading customer and partner relations and identifying business opportunities. He oversees all business development and OEM partner relations including sales, marketing, customer relationship management, product and launch management, and sales distribution.

With deep roots in imaging and printing, Kevin counts Eastman Kodak, Phogenix Imaging, and Hewlett Packard as past employers. At Eastman Kodak, Kevin served as worldwide Marketing Manager for the wide format business.  At Phogenix, a joint venture between Hewlett Packard and Kodak, Kevin was the Hewlett Packard Channel Manager and Consumables Business Manager.  At Hewlett Packard, Kevin held Business Development, Current and Future Product Marketing positions for the Wide Format Inkjet Supplies Business unit. Prior to working in imaging and printing, Kevin worked for Wells Fargo Bank as well as Federated Stores in Marketing, Sales Management and Buying functions.

Kevin holds an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University and a BS from the University of California at Davis. 

Mike Puyot

President, Product Development, Application Engineering and Operations

Mike brings to Memjet nearly three decades of experience in the imaging and print industry in a variety of management and leadership roles with leading companies, including Hewlett-Packard where he worked in various leadership roles for more than two decades. 

Before joining Memjet in 2007, Mike served as general manager of Encad, a wide format inkjet subsidiary of the Eastman Kodak Company. At Encad, Mike was responsible for the commercialization of wide format printers, inks and papers, as well as engineering support for products in the field. Mike was vice president of engineering for one year prior to being named general manager.

Prior to Encad, Mike held several project management positions during a more than 20-year tenure with Hewlett-Packard where his focus included color wide format printing, printer integration, ink, scanners, digital cameras and emerging printing and imaging technologies. At HP, Mike led teams to create new markets for wide format graphic arts printing and signage, in particular. Mike was also one of several founding members of Phogenix Imaging, a San Diego-based joint venture between Kodak and HP.   

Tony Duddy

Vice President, Operations; President, Memjet Australia

Tony Duddy holds two positions within Memjet. As president of Memjet Australia, he is responsible for technology research and development for Memjet components. He also serves as Memjet’s vice president of operations. Tony has deep industry experience with the design and implementation of global operations for the supply and support of complex printing products. His career includes more than 15 years in the inkjet printing business with industry bellwether Hewlett-Packard, for which he served in key positions for the company’s Dublin, Singapore and San Diego locations. Prior to joining Memjet, Tony served in a senior technical leadership role with Silverbrook Research in Sydney. Before joining Memjet, Tony specialized in research and development, new product introductions, supply chain, and manufacturing operations.

Tony is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holds bachelor's degrees in engineering and in mathematics, as well as a master's degree in automation engineering from Loughborough University of Technology.

Ben Miller

Chief Patent Counsel, Memjet

Ben oversees Memjet’s foreign and domestic intellectual property portfolio and manages all legal matters related to the portfolio. Memjet holds approximately 5,000 patents worldwide, with more than 500 additional patents pending. 

Ben joined Memjet in July 2012 after a distinguished career at Qualcomm, Inc., where he was the architect of that company’s intellectual property strategies of its patents portfolio. Qualcomm is the world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. Miller was most recently chief patent strategist and senior vice president at Qualcomm.

Prior to Qualcomm, Miller was an associate/partner with the law firm of Brown, Martin, Haller & McClain, specializing in patent preparation and prosecution in various technologies around electronic arts. Before that, he served as patent attorney for Hughes Aircraft Company. He began his career in 1978 as an engineer with General Atomics. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton, and a juris doctorate from the University of San Diego. He has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1983 and a member of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 1984.

Board of Directors

Len Lauer

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Memjet

Len Lauer was appointed in January 2010 as Memjet’s president and chief executive officer in advance of the commercialization of the company’s color printing technologies. He assumed the role of chairman and chief executive officer in May 2012. Len’s 30-year high-tech career includes executive positions with leading global technology innovators, developers and providers, including Qualcomm, Sprint, Bell Atlantic and IBM. He oversees all strategy and direction for Memjet’s global commercial business units, as well as operations, engineering, OEM partner development and manufacturing.

Before joining Memjet, Len served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm, Inc., the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies, many of which can be found inside the world’s best known brands of cellphones and smartphones. Len joined Qualcomm in 2006 after nearly 9 years with Sprint. He served as president and chief operating officer for Sprint before the merger of Sprint and Nextel. He directed Sprint’s major initiative to deliver converged media and communication services. For this innovation, the company was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development. Prior to the Sprint-Nextel merger, Len held several executive positions with Sprint, including president of Sprint PCS, president of Sprint's consumer services group, president of Sprint Business, and president of the global markets group, where he directed marketing and sales, network operations, technology planning, product development and information technology. He joined Sprint in 1998.

Prior to Sprint, Len was president and chief executive officer of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey. He also held a variety of management positions in marketing and sales over a 13-year period with IBM. Len serves on the board of directors for Western Digital.

Don P. Millican

Chief Financial Officer, Kaiser-Francis Oil Company

Don P. Millican is Chief Financial Officer for various interests of George B. Kaiser, including Kaiser-Francis Oil Company.  Prior to joining Mr. Kaiser, Mr. Millican was a partner in the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young, where he served as managing partner of the Oklahoma practice and served on the national Board of Partners for the Americas practice until shortly before his retirement in 2003. Over his 29 years in public accounting, Mr. Millican served a variety of clients, most recently serving as the overall coordinating partner for the firm’s services to ExxonMobil and Wal-Mart.

Mr. Millican is engaged in many civic activities, serving on the board of Community Action Project, Tulsa Educare, Inc, Neighbor for Neighbor, Oklahoma Policy Institute and Tulsa Neighborhood Networks.  He also serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma Christian University.

He attended the University of North Texas and earned a B.B.A in accounting in 1974.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Anil Khatod

Managing Director, Argonaut Private Equity

Anil Khatod is Managing Director of Argonaut Private Equity, a global venture capital and buyout firm dedicated to financing and growing emerging market leaders. Argonaut has more than $5 billion under management. Anil is also the founding partner of the firm's investment practice in India, where he built a local team, developed investment strategy and led several investments in infrastructure, technology, retail, financial services, and consumer goods companies. From 2007 to 2010, five of Anil’s portfolio companies went public in India - Koutons Retail, Edelweiss Capital, Zylog Systems, KPR Mills and Shriram EPC.  In addition to India, Anil also continues to invest in the US and Israel.

Anil currently serves on the boards of more than a dozen companies including OmniGuide Inc., Achronix Semiconductor, Memjet Technology, Siklu Networks, ZikBit Semiconductor, Koutons Retail India Ltd, VKL Spices, Argonaut Investments and VentureEast  in the US, Ireland, Israel, India and Mauritius.

Anil joined Nortel Networks in 1982 where during the rapid growth phase of the company he served as executive vice president and group president.  During his years at Nortel, he held several leadership positions including President of Optical Networks, Wireless Networks and Data business groups. Anil also served as Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer of the company leading several global functions including product management, network solutions groups, corporate marketing & strategy, government relations and M&A. In this role, Anil led or participated in more than a dozen acquisitions including Alteon Web Systems and Shasta Networks. He was also responsible for the corporate venture fund which included investments in companies such as Research in Motion and Juniper Networks.

In 2001, Anil joined Atlas Venture as a venture partner and just prior to joining Argonaut, Anil was the CEO of AirDefense (acquired by Motorola), a market leader in wireless network security with more than 800 enterprise customers globally. Anil started his career in 1980 by co-founding a venture backed liquid crystal display company in Sunnyvale, California which successfully exited in 1982.

Anil has a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration from the University of Rajasthan, India, and he is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Anil is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ray Stata

Chairman, Analog Devices Inc.

Ray Stata was a cofounder of Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) in 1965 and served as CEO and Chairman until 1996. He now serves as Chairman of the Board.

With sales of $2.5 billion, ADI is recognized for leadership in the design and manufacture of analog and digital signal processing semiconductors.  ADI’s initial focus was on high performance operational amplifiers and other linear IC’s, but this was soon followed by data converters and later by digital signal processors (DSP).

Since stepping down as CEO of Analog Devices, through Stata Venture Partners, Mr. Stata has been active as an investor in and board member of early stage technology based new ventures.  So far Stata Venture Partners, or Mr. Stata personally, has invested in more than 40 startup companies mostly in America, Israel, and India but also in Australia in the case of Memjet.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mr. Stata holds a BSEE and MSEE. Until 2010 he was Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and served on MIT's Corporation and a member of its Executive Committee.

He is also actively engaged in MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service. This voluntary program connects more than 100 student and faculty want-to-be startups with MIT graduates who are successful entrepreneurs.

Mr. Stata has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and as a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

Tony Duddy

President, Memjet Australia (R&D), and Vice President of Operations, Memjet

Tony Duddy holds two positions within Memjet. As president of Memjet Australia, he is responsible for technology research and development for Memjet super-fast color printing components. He also serves as Memjet’s vice president of operations. Tony has deep industry experience with the design and implementation of global operations for the supply and support of complex printing products. His career includes more than 15 years in the inkjet printing business with industry bellwether Hewlett-Packard, for which he served in key positions for the company’s Dublin, Singapore and San Diego locations. Prior to joining Memjet, Tony served in a senior technical leadership role with Silverbrook Research in Sydney. In his positions before Memjet, Tony specialized in research and development, new product introductions, supply chain, and manufacturing operations.

Tony is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holds bachelor's degrees in engineering and in mathematics, and a master's degree in automation engineering from Loughborough University of Technology.

 

Robert Thomas

Chief Investment Officer, George Kaiser Family Foundation

Robert Thomas is the Chief Investment Officer for George Kaiser Family Foundation. The foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services, and civic enhancement. As Chief Investment Officer for the Foundation, Robert is responsible for the financial administration and management of its $4 billion investment portfolio.

For the previous 10 years Robert was a Portfolio Manager for the Bill Gates Investment Office (aka Cascade Investment). The Gates office invests the personal assets of Mr. Gates, as well as the assets of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In his capacity working for BGI/Cascade, Robert held several different Portfolio Manager positions, with the most recent responsibility for oversight of all externally managed fund relationships (public and private). Previous areas of responsibility have included energy/commodities, fixed income, currencies, and general public and private equity analysis.

Robert is a member of the Oklahoma State Treasurers Investment Advisory Council and a Board of Advisors member for the Financial Economics Institute at Claremont McKenna College.

Robert earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, Magna Cum Laude and is a CFA Charterholder.