Arcady is a co-founder of FreeWire Technologies, Inc. and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. He has led the company from ideation, formation, incubation and now oversees customer acquisition and revenue growth. Prior to launching FreeWire, Arcady spent seven years in the finance industry, most recently at investment firm GMO, where he focused on emerging markets, creating a best-of-breed financial database analytics suite that is now used throughout the firm to trade more than $130 billion in assets. Arcady holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management of Information Systems, as well as a B.A. in Economics from Boston University. He earned his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
As Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors, Martin leads engineering, operations, sales, and marketing functions, as well as executing the company’s financial plan. He brings a wealth of technical and operational leadership to FreeWire, which he developed across high-and-low volume product lines that encompass complex electro-mechanical devices, embedded control systems and SaaS offerings. Prior to joining FreeWire, Martin was Chief Operating Officer at SunLink, a utility-scale solar tracking supplier. He previously directed engineering and operations as an Executive VP at Xicato, a high-end commercial intelligent LED supplier, and was Chief Operating Officer at Cornice, an early-stage micro-HDD start up. Martin is a 25-year veteran of the disk drive industry, including serving as VP of Engineering for Maxtor’s server product group. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, as well as several patents in genetic algorithm-based HDD test process systems.
Rich Steele is a co-founder of FreeWire Technologies, Inc. and serves as Chief Engineer. He spearheaded the creation of the Mobi Charger and Mobi Gen product lines from development to production. Prior to joining FreeWire, Rich worked in the lithium-ion battery industry, developing and managing pack technologies at Leyden Energy before its acquisition by A123 Systems. His previous roles included several years in aerospace testing missile and satellite components, as well as designing and building a general payload system (GPS) that flew on every U.S. space shuttle mission. In addition, Rich spent several years in biotech redesigning, testing and manufacturing various Class II medical devices. He served as a U.S. Delegate at the inaugural Global Clean Vehicle Summit (GCVS) in Changzhou, China. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from DeVry University, with a focus on electronics, physics, and free space optics (FSO).
Nick leads the FreeWire engineering team in all facets of hardware and software development. He brings 30+ years of design and management expertise from the computer system and semiconductor industries with a proven track record of accomplishments. His innovative solutions in mass storage and mobile device products have supported over $200B of revenue. Prior to FreeWire, Nick was at Western Digital Corporation where he was part of the enterprise storage products leadership team, responsible for strategy and future products. Prior to WDC, he was a key contributor to the design and architecture teams at several semiconductor companies including NXP, GV and Fairchild Semiconductors. Nick also worked in Apple Inc.’s mobile phone division. Nick holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, College of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Executive Education training from Harvard Business School. He holds 21 US and international patents.
Mark serves as VP of Operations, bringing extensive knowledge of the manufacturing process, including quality improvement, cycle-time improvement, as well as process development and implementation utilizing lean principles and best practices. Prior to joining FreeWire, Mark was Senior Director of Operations at Flextronics, where he increased his division’s annual revenue by 150 percent. Previously, he was Director of Manufacturing for Nanosolar, where he was responsible for ramping up cell manufacturing operations for mass production, and Senior Manufacturing and Operations Manager for Credence Test Systems, where he led operations for the Diagnostics/Calibration Division.
As VP of Sales, Ethan is responsible for helping meet customer needs for clean, quiet, mobile power to take advantage of new revenue models and opportunities at the grid edge. Ethan provides leadership for day-to-day operations of the sales team while maintaining focus on the company’s strategic goals, which include revenue growth, go-to-market strategy, and vertical expansion. Prior to joining FreeWire, Ethan held sales management, business development and regulatory policy positions in several energy-related companies, including Kevala, Inc., Spruce (Formerly Clean Power Finance), NRG Residential Solar Solutions, and Sunrun. Ethan holds a B.A. in Law and Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.
As Sr. Director of Quality, Michael leads FreeWire’s efforts in quality, reliability, and regulatory compliance. Michael brings more than 25 years of experience in advanced semiconductor quality, reliability, compliance and operational management. Prior to FreeWire, Michael has held a number of senior positions with early to late stage semiconductor and consumer product startups such as Cavium Networks, Transmeta, Audience, Jawbone, Rendition, and others. He has extensive experience in supply chain management, and customer facing quality management along with deep ISO9001 knowledge. Michael holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego and advanced engineering studies at UC Berkeley Extension.
As Director of Program Management, Shawn brings more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace, medical device, mobile, and software industries to FreeWire, along with an extensive background in design, manufacturing and testing of solar, batteries and mechanical systems. Before joining FreeWire, Shawn was Subsystem and Manufacturing Manager at Space Systems/Loral, as well as Senior Program Manager at InnoPath Software. He has extensive experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the successful completion of complex projects. Shawn approaches all projects with a strong strategic focus and an emphasis on team building to steer a clear path toward project success. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State Maritime Academy and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.
As Director of Business Development, Rob is responsible for discovering and commercializing new applications for the company’s products. Prior to joining FreeWire, Rob spent more than a decade successfully developing new markets for next-generation technologies at TDK and Hyperion Catalysis. At TDK, he was part of a team that commercialized MEMS sensors and SAW RF filters for the consumer electronics industry. At Hyperion Catalysis, Rob was a pioneer in the carbon nanotube industry – identifying and developing commercial applications and helping create a $60-million automotive and electronics business. Rob holds a B.S. in Finance with a minor in International Business from the University of Delaware.
As Director of Regulatory Affairs at FreeWire, Rajiv leads the company’s efforts in securing grant opportunities and incentives, engaging regulatory and policy stakeholders and participating in regulatory proceedings. Prior to joining FreeWire, Rajiv served as Assistant Secretary for the Environment in the New York governor’s office, where he led budget negotiations, designed Governor Cuomo’s signature environmental policy initiatives and oversaw the operations of eight state agencies. Previously, Rajiv also served as an attorney in the New York State Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Fordham University.
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