Meet our Board
Our board of directors includes some of Silicon Valley's most knowledgeable and successful high-tech investors. Browse this page and get to know them.
Senior Advisor, Permira Funds
Former Adobe Systems, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bruce Chizen’s customer-focused vision transformed Adobe into one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies in terms of revenue, global reach and breadth of products. As CEO from 2000 to 2007, Chizen tripled Adobe's revenue and turned a company known mainly for its popular design products into one of the most significant forces in the software industry.
Prior to becoming CEO, Chizen was executive vice president of worldwide products and marketing. At Adobe since 1994, he was previously vice president and general manager of both the professional graphics division and Adobe's consumer division.
From 1980 to 1983, he worked in Mattel Electronics’ merchandising group, helping grow it to a $500 million business. In 1983, Chizen joined Microsoft Corporation eventually becoming the company’s eastern region sales director. In 1987, he joined Claris Corporation, a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc., as a founding senior manager and later held positions as vice president of sales and worldwide marketing before becoming vice president and general manager of Claris Clear Choice.
Chizen holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He currently serves on the boards of Oracle, Synopsys, Inc. and Ancestry.com as well as a number of non-profits. Additionally, Bruce serves as Executive Chairman at Informatica Corp and Venture Partner at Voyager Capital.
Head of CASE/EVA, Daimler AG
Axel Harries was born on September 19, 1964 in Freiburg in southern Germany. After studying product engineering with finance and management accounting at Furtwangen University, in 1994 he joined the Junior Management Development Group of what was then Daimler-Benz AG as a graduate engineer and initially worked on the M-Class project at Mercedes-Benz US International in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Thereafter he took on a number of support and management functions in the Commercial Vehicles unit and in Corporate e-Business. From 2003 to 2008 he was responsible for the marketing and portfolio strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars. From 2008 he spent six years as director of Mercedes-Benz G GmbH, a role which gave him responsibility for the Off-Road Vehicles Division.
Between 2014 and 2016 Axel Harries led the restructured Quality Management unit for Mercedes-Benz Cars at Daimler AG. This restructuring involved bringing all the quality functions together and assigning them to the restructured unit.
Since July 1, 2016, Axel Harries has led the newly established Mercedes-Benz Cars CASE/EVA unit at Daimler. CASE stands for Connected, Autonomous, Sharing & Services, Electric Drive and aims to bring these future areas closer together. The new unit also has overall responsibility for the all-electric vehicle architecture EVA 2 (Electric Vehicle Architecture). The pooling of expertise will enable the team to have a real impact. On an organizational level it will be closely linked to relevant functions at Mercedes-Benz Cars, but retain sufficient freedom to act quickly and flexibly.
Managing Partner, Rho Capital Partners and Rho Ventures
Mark has spent over 15 years in the private equity and venture capital business investing in information technology, energy, healthcare and media. Mark is a Managing Partner of Rho Capital Partners and Rho Ventures. He manages the west coast office of Rho and as a Managing Partner of Rho Ventures he has both founded and financed numerous emerging private companies. Previously, he had several years of management consulting experience at McKinsey & Company. Mark received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Harvard University. Rho Ventures has a multi-stage investing strategy focused on high-growth companies in large markets. Rho Ventures’ investments span energy technology, new media, healthcare, IT, communications and other disruptive technologies. Rho Ventures brings nearly 30 years of venture experience, combined with its partners’ deep sector expertise and its far-reaching network to assist each portfolio company. This approach has allowed Rho to participate in the growth of some of today’s most innovative and successful companies, including Active Power, Capstone Turbine, Ciena, Compaq Computer, Gloucester Pharmaceuticals, Human Genome Sciences, iVillage, MedImmune, ReachLocal, Shire Pharmaceuticals and Tacoda. Rho Ventures is currently investing from Rho Ventures VI, a $510 million fund. The firm has offices in Palo Alto, New York and Montreal, with investments across the globe. www.rho.com
Managing Director, Linse Capital
Michael Linse is the founder and Managing Director of Linse Capital. Linse Capital invests in late-stage technology companies in the transportation space. Prior to founding Linse Capital, Michael was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) for seven years where he invested in sustainable growth businesses like ChargePoint, Proterra, uShip, Telogis, INRIX, Friedola, HYLA, and Redaptive.
Before joining KPCB, Michael worked at Goldman Sachs for over a decade, most recently as the Managing Director of their alternative energy investing team within the London-based European Special Situations Group where he led over 20 investments including Nordex, CMP, and IFCO Systems. Michael joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Financial Institutions Group in 1997 and worked both in the Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices.
Michael earned a BA degree in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Co-Founder, ChargePoint, Inc.
Richard Lowenthal co-founded ChargePoint in 2007 and operated as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. From 1998 until 2007, he was instrumental in starting several companies, including Lightera, Pipal Systems, and Procket Networks. Previously, Richard was in executive roles at Cisco, StrataCom, Stardent Computers, and Convergent Technologies. Richard is a former Mayor of Cupertino, California, and continues to be heavily involved in the non-profit world. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
President and Chief Executive Officer, ChargePoint, Inc.
Pasquale Romano is President and Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint and a member of the company’s board of directors. He currently sits on the board of Agilone, CALSTART, Proterra and the YMCA of Silicon Valley. Pasquale joined ChargePoint in February of 2011, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry leadership and executive management experience to the company. He co-founded 2Wire which was acquired by Pace plc for $475M in 2010. Previously, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. In 1989, he co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company and served as Chief Architect until it was sold to Novell Corporation in 1993. Pasquale holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received his M.S. from MIT.
Neil S. Suslak
Managing Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures
Neil S. Suslak is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures, a venture capital firm making technology investments in the alternative and conventional energy markets. Prior to co-founding Braemar, Mr. Suslak worked at S.G. Warburg and Co. and Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) in the corporate finance area and was in charge of the bank's equity capital markets business in North America. During his career, he completed numerous financing and advisory assignments for clients in the energy, communications and transportation sectors.
Mr. Suslak has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from The University of Rochester, where he was a member of the Varsity Lacrosse Team. He is a former secretary and member of the executive committee of the Alumni Board of the Rye Country Day School and a board member of the Henry Street Settlement in New York and chairman of the Steering Committee. He is also on the board of directors and the Executive Committee of the New York Venture Capital Association (NYVCA), the North American Advisory Board of The Cleantech Organization and is a member of the New York City Investment Fund Cleantech Sector, and the Venture Capital Advisory Panel for the Governor’s Task Force on Diversifying the N.Y. State Economy. Mr. Suslak is also on the Board of Directors of several Braemar portfolio companies including Enerkem, Fractal Systems, Sefaira and Ioxus. and is an observer to the Boards of Utility Associates, Fulham and Powervation.
Executive Vice President Sales, Bloom Energy
Bill joined Bloom Energy as the vice president of sales in September of 2005. Before joining Bloom Energy, Bill spent 13 years at American Power Conversion (APC) in a number of senior leadership, management, and sales roles. Bill began his career at APC by creating the federal government sales organization and establishing APC as the market leader in that segment. He then moved to Asia-Pacific, first as the sales director, and was later promoted to the vice president and general manager of that region. After helping build the Asia-Pacific operation from a small team of ten people to the dominant power protection vendor in the region, he moved back to APC headquarters and took over as the vice president of North America, where he was responsible for more than $1B in revenue. Bill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering and spent ten years as a surface warfare officer, serving aboard destroyers and cruisers in the Pacific Fleet, before being assigned to the Naval War College. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island.
Former Chairman and CEO at General Motors
G. Richard (Rick) Wagoner, Jr. retired from General Motors Corporation in August 2009 after a 32-year career. He served as GM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from May 2003 through March 2009, before which he was President and CEO since June 2000. Other senior level GM positions that Wagoner held include President and Chief Operating Officer, President of North American Operations, Chief Financial Officer and head of worldwide purchasing, President of General Motors do Brasil, and CFO of GM Europe.
Wagoner’s current business activities include serving on the Boards of Directors of Graham Holdings, Invesco, and Aleris Corporation. He was formerly Chairman of Dematic Holdings, and a director of Rivian Auto, General Motors, GMAC, and Hughes Electronics. Wagoner serves as an advisor to Jefferies, AEA Investors, Riverwood Holdings, WePredict and XL Hybrids. He is also an advisor to, and investor in, a number of startups and early stage companies. He is an honorary member of the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders Advisory Council, and was formerly a member of The Business Roundtable and The Business Council.
Wagoner currently serves on the Boards of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Duke University Health System, the Duke Kunshan University Advisory Board, and the Leapfrog Group. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Duke University, where he served as Chair, and an Honorary Director of Catalyst. He previously served on the Boards of a wide range of charitable, civic and educational institutions, mostly in the Detroit area.
Wagoner received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1975 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1977.