Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Dominik J. Schmidt, QVT Financial.

Dr. Schmidt heads QVT’s Palo Alto office. He focuses primarily on technological investments. Prior to joining QVT in May 2013, Dr. Schmidt was employed by Intel Corporation as Senior Director of Wireless Engineering from 2004 to 2010 and as Chief Technology Officer in the Intel Foundry from 2010 to 2013. Between 2000 and 2004, Dr. Schmidt co-founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of Airify Communications Corporation, a wireless multi-protocol semiconductor company, which was sold to Intel in August 2004. Prior to that he also co-founded Pixel Devices International, a CMOS imaging company, in 1997, which was sold to Agilent in 2002 and served as Vice President of Technology there until 1999. In addition, Dr. Schmidt has worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center/Argonne National Labs (from 1999 to 2004) and at Altera Corporation (as a Senior Engineer from 1989 to 1997). He has taught at U.C. Berkeley, Tsinghua University in Beijing and the International Technological University and written more than 70 technical papers and has over 90 patents. Dr. Schmidt earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering/Materials Science from U.C., Berkeley in 1989, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1995, an M.S. Management in 1998, a Ph.D. minor in Aeronautical Engineering, in 1999 and a Ph.D., Electrical Engineering in 2003 all from Stanford University.

Tracy Fu, QVT Financial.

Tracy Fu is a co-founder and Managing Member of QVT Financial. Tracy is a member of QVT’s Investment Committee and also oversees QVT’s Asian offices and convertible bond portfolio. Prior to QVT, Tracy was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. Tracy has a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BS in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology.

J. Kelly Truman, Ph.D., Independent.

Dr. Truman is Vice President of Strategy & Marketing for the Patterning & Packaging Group at Applied Materials, having rejoined Applied Materials in September, 2016, after more than 13 years in technology start-ups and academia. Kelly was CEO and President of Translarity from July 2014 to September 2016, moving the company from its scientific origins in Oregon to an engineering focus in Silicon Valley, where he led the company through product innovation, successful customer engineering qualifications and revenue. Prior to joining Translarity, Kelly was Senior Vice President of Business Development at stationary energy storage technology start-up Imergy Power Systems (previously Deeya Energy). He was CEO/President of Deeya Energy from June 2010 through 2013, leading the change from science culture to product culture while guiding a breakthrough change in the core technology. Prior to this Kelly held a variety of executive Silicon Valley positions including Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at photovoltaic product manufacturer Solyndra, Vice President of Marketing at semiconductor metrology provider ReVera Inc. and executive general management and marketing positions at semiconductor manufacturing equipment leader Applied Materials, Inc. Kelly holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.

Jeff Kuhn, Independent, FLG Partners.

Mr. Kuhn is a co-founder and the Managing Partner of FLG Partners and member of the Firm’s Management Committee, positions he has held since 2004. Jeff is primarily responsible for managing FLG’s operations, communications, partner development and business development. He has nearly 40 years of operational, financial and capital markets experience in investment banking, financial services and technology companies. He has built particular expertise in the technology sector, as CFO of and consultant to companies in the software, design services, electro-optical and telecommunications businesses, with significant international experience in Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. As a CFO, he has built staffing and overseen responsibility for budgeting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations and reporting, contracts, licensing, domestic and international tax compliance and reporting, and management information systems and reporting. In investment banking and financial services, Jeff has wide experience, including IPOs, project finance, leasing, mergers & acquisitions, private placements of debt and equity, and recapitalizations.

Prior to co-founding FLG, Jeff was CFO at Planetweb, Inc., an internationally venture-backed software company which developed and licensed embedded applications and device-critical software for consumer electronics OEMs where he was responsible for finance, accounting, MIS, investor reporting, legal, HR, and facilities. Earlier, Jeff was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Diablo Research Company, a world-leading design services company specializing in wireless communications. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Investment Banking, in the Technology Group at Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc., and was CFO, VP Finance, co-founder of, and consultant to, a number of other companies in the financial services and technology sectors. Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange and SVForum and was the chairman of the Board of Directors of GoGrid until its acquisition by Datapipe in January, 2015. Jeff holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

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