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Energous Corp (WATT.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Stephen Rizzone

69 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Brian Sereda

57 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Neeraj Sahejpal

48 2014 Senior Vice President of Product Marketing

Cesar Johnston

54 2014 Senior Vice President - Engineering

Daniel Lawless

2018 Vice President - Regulatory

John Gaulding

72 2018 Non-Executive Director

Nicolaos Alexopoulos

76 2018 Independent Director

Martin Cooper

89 2015 Independent Director

Robert Griffin

51 2014 Independent Director

Rex Jackson

58 2014 Independent Director

Carol Lindstrom

64 2018 Independent Director

Mike Bishop

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Stephen Rizzone

Mr. Stephen R. Rizzone is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the company. Mr. Rizzone joined our Board in 2013 and served as Chairman of the Board from October 2013 to February 2015. Mr. Rizzone has also served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2013. Mr. Rizzone has more than 45 years of executive management, marketing, sales and entrepreneurial experience in the data communications hardware, networking hardware and software, and silicon and optical components markets. Prior to joining us, Mr. Rizzone served as Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the board of Active Storage, Inc., a data storage company, from 2011 until 2012 and as the Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the board of Communicado, Inc., a voice and data communications networking company, from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Rizzone previously served as member of the board of Katzkin Leather, an automotive interiors company, from 2011 to November 2013 and the Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance (LARTA), an entrepreneur and technology non-profit, from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Rizzone holds a B.A. in Public Administration from California State University at Fullerton. Our Board believes that Mr. Rizzone’s extensive industry, executive and board experience, as well as his service as our Chief Executive Officer, qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Brian Sereda

Mr. Brian J. Sereda is Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Energous Corporation. For over 20 years, Mr. Sereda joined Energous as Chief Financial Officer in July 2015, prior to which he held senior finance positions in leading technology companies, including semiconductor equipment, software and consumer electronics companies. He has extensive experience in corporate finance, capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions. From 2011 through April 2015 he was Chief Financial Officer of ActiveVideo, a developer of a software platform for managed service operators such as cable companies and telecommunication companies. Previously, Mr. Sereda was Chief Financial Officer for Virage Logic, a Nasdaq-listed company that was a provider of semiconductor intellectual property, from 2008 to its acquisition by Synopsys in 2010. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of Proxim Wireless, a wireless networking company, from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Sereda received his M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College of California and a B.S. and B.A. from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Neeraj Sahejpal

Mr. Neeraj Sahejpal is Senior Vice President of Product Marketing of the company. He joined Energous in November 2014 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Product Marketing. From 2009 to November 2014, he held various positions at Broadcom, most recently as Director, Product Marketing, Wireless Entertainment Connectivity. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Sahejpal held a senior marketing position at PMC Sierra. Prior to that, Mr. Sahejpal co-founded Conifer Networks from 2004 to 2005 and held senior positions in ASIC design while working for Inkra Networks, NVIDIA and Oak Technology (now Zoran). Mr. Sahejpal received a B.Eng in Electronics and Communication from National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India and a MSCE and M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Finance from Santa Clara University. Mr. Sahejpal has also completed the Executive Program in Strategic Marketing at the Stanford Graduate Business School.

Cesar Johnston

Mr. Cesar Johnston is Senior Vice President - Engineering of Energous Corporation, Mr. Johnston joined Energous as Senior Vice President of Engineering in July 2014, after holding various management roles at Marvell Semiconductor, a semiconductor company, from 2006 until September 2013, including Vice President of Engineering for Wireless Connectivity from 2010 until his departure. Mr. Johnston was the Senior Director Engineering for Wi-Fi VLSI and Hardware development at Broadcom from 2004 until 2006. Mr. Johnston is a recognized pioneer in the development of wireless technologies, and he has been responsible for the introduction of multiple first-of generations of SISO and MIMO wireless products. Mr. Johnston is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Mr. Johnston received both a B.S. and M.S.E.E. from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and is listed as either inventor or co-inventor on 18 issued patents.

Daniel Lawless

Mr. Daniel Lawless is Vice President of Regulatory of the Company. Mr. Daniel Lawless joined the Company in Jan 2018 and serves as the Company’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, responsible for global approvals of all WattUp products. Mr. Lawless previously worked for 15 years at Broadcom Ltd, most recently as Director of Engineering, Global Operations, where he was responsible for Regulatory, Operations Engineering and NPI program management for production and reference systems. Mr. Lawless has an extensive background in regulatory compliance, building regulatory teams, influencing standards organizations and leading approval campaigns for many first to market wireless products. He has served on the Board of Directors of the TCB Council and was Vice Chair of the WiFi Alliance Regulatory Task Group, driving policy changes and introducing new technologies. He is a contributing author in the Governance, Risk and Compliance Handbook: Removing Regulatory Barriers to Trade(Wiley, 2008). Previous to Broadcom, Mr. Lawless held management and program management positions at 3Com Corporation, where he was responsible for global approvals of 3Com’s diverse product portfolio. Mr. Lawless had also worked for Compliance International, where he was responsible for Tier 1 manufacturer’s wireless, networking and telecom approvals in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Lawless holds a BSEE from San Jose State University.

John Gaulding

Mr. John R. Gaulding is Chairman of the Board of the company, Mr. Gaulding joined our Board of Directors in 2014 and served as Chairman of the Board from February 2016 to March 2018. Since 1996, Mr. Gaulding has been a private investor and business consultant in the fields of strategy and organization. Mr. Gaulding is a Co-Founder and Director Emeritus of Sage Partners, an advisory firm providing counsel on strategy and corporate governance issues. He is also Chairman Emeritus of Dominican University of California, where he served as Chairman and a Trustee for many years. Mr. Gaulding was a member of the board of directors of Monster Worldwide, Inc., an employment website company, until its dissolution in 2016. There, he chaired the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee for 10 years and chaired the Audit Committee. Mr. Gaulding’s extensive corporate board experience includes serving on the boards of directors of Yellow Media, Inc., a publisher of telephone directories, ANTs Software, Inc., an enterprise business management company, and ORTEL, a high–technology manufacturer of electro-optical devices used in the telecommunications industry. In the past, Mr. Gaulding served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Insurance Group, Inc., an insurance company, and non-executive Chairman of Novo Media, Inc., one of the first digital agencies. Mr. Gaulding was a founding director of Vino Volo, an airline terminal wine lounge company. Mr. Gaulding’s industry experience includes 15 years as a corporate officer, serving as Vice-President for Corporate Strategy and Development, for Pacific Telesis Group, President and Chief Executive Officer for Pacific Bell Yellow Pages, an advertising and publishing company, and President and Chief Executive Officer for ADP Claims Solutions Group, a claims solutions and information services company. Mr. Gaulding holds a B.S in Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, a M.B.A. from the University of Southern Californa.

Nicolaos Alexopoulos

Dr. Nicolaos G. Alexopoulos is Independent Director of the Company. He rejoined our Board in 2018. He previously served on our Board from 2014 to 2015 and has been a member of our Technical Advisory Board since March 2017. He has served as a member of the faculty of University of California, Los Angeles, School of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1969 to 1997. Mr. Alexopoulos served as the school’s Associate Dean for faculty affairs from 1986 to 1987 and he was Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1987 until 1992. In 1997, he moved to University of California, Irvine as a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he also served as the Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Mr. Alexopoulos has served as Broadcom Corporation’s Vice President for Antennas, RF Technologies and University Relations, and he is currently the Vice President for Academic Programs and University Relations for the Broadcom Foundation. Over the years, he has also served as consultant to various domestic and foreign corporations and the U.S. government. He has been a member and an editor-in-chief of the editorial board of professional journals, and a widely published author of professional papers. Mr. Alexopoulos has 11 issued patents with more than 20 pending. Mr. Alexopoulos received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has received an honorary doctorate from the National Technical University of Athens, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Chapman University. He was elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering. Our Board believes that Mr. Alexopoulos’s extensive technical experience in the fields of microwave circuits, antennas, and structures for low observable technologies qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Martin Cooper

Mr. Martin A. Cooper is an Director of the Company. Since January 2015, Mr. Cooper joined our Board in 2015. Since 2008, Mr. Cooper has served as Chairman of Dyna, LLC, a new business incubator and developer. Mr. Cooper has over 60 years of experience in the wireless business, having served on numerous boards of directors, participated in the creation of the cellular industry, and contributed to the technology of radio spectrum management. Mr. Cooper previously served as Corporate Director of Research and Development at Motorola, Inc., a telecommunications company, where he led a team credited with having conceived and created the first portable cellular telephone. Mr. Cooper was the founder of ArrayComm, Inc., a software firm specializing in antenna technologies for mobile phones and wireless internet connectivity. Mr. Cooper is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on the Federal Communications Commission Technology Advisory Council and the United States Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. Mr. Cooper has been awarded the National Academy of Engineering’s Draper Prize, the Marconi Prize, and is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Centennial Medal awardee and Prince of Asturias Laureate awardee. Mr. Cooper holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Our Board believes that Mr. Cooper’s extensive historical engagement in the formation and development of the cellular industry and his scientific and managerial background qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Robert Griffin

Mr. Robert J. Griffin is an Independent Director of the company since February 2014. Mr. Griffin joined our Board in 2014. Mr. Griffin has served as our chairman of the board since March 2018. Since 1997, Mr. Griffin has served as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Griffin International Companies, a Minneapolis-based retail sales and marketing firm that licenses brands and technologies. Prior to founding Griffin International Companies, Mr. Griffin spent six years in various management roles at Best Buy Co., a consumer electronics company. Mr. Griffin holds a B.A. in Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College. Our Board believes that Mr. Griffin’s extensive executive leadership experience and in-depth knowledge of the retail industry and technology licensing qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Rex Jackson

Mr. Rex S. Jackson is an Independent Director of the company since March 2014. Mr. Jackson joined our Board in 2014. Mr. Jackson served as Chief Financial Officer of Gigamon Inc., a provider of active visibility into data-in-motion network traffic until March 2018. Before that, Mr. Jackson served as Chief Financial Officer of Rocket Fuel Inc., an advertising technology company, from March 2016 to October 2016. Prior to Rocket Fuel, Mr. Jackson served as Chief Financial Officer of JDS Uniphase Corporation, a provider of network and service enablement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, cable operators and network equipment manufacturers, from January 2013 through September 2015, and drove the separation of JDSU into two independent public companies in August 2015. Mr. Jackson joined JDS Uniphase in 2011 as Senior Vice President, Business Services, with responsibility for Corporate Development, Legal, Corporate Marketing and Information Technology. Mr. Jackson served as Chief Financial Officer of Symyx Technologies from 2007 to 2010, where he led the company’s acquisition of MDL Information Systems and subsequent merger of equals with another public company. Mr. Jackson previously served as acting Chief Financial Officer at Synopsys and held executive positions with Avago, AdForce and Read-Rite. Mr. Jackson holds a B.A. degree from Duke University and a J.D. from Stanford University. Mr. Jackson also currently serves on the board of directors of EMCORE Corporation, a provider of advanced, mixed-signal optical products. Our Board believes that Mr. Jackson’s accounting and financial expertise, general business acumen and significant executive leadership experience qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Carol Lindstrom

Ms. Carol Lindstrom is Director of the company. She joined our Board in 2018. Ms. Lindstrom was a principal at Deloitte LLP for many years before retiring in May 2016, and served as its Vice Chairman for over eight years. As Vice Chairman, Ms. Lindstrom was responsible for building and leading businesses within Deloitte. She also served as Advisory Partner for some of Deloitte’s largest clients, built and led Deloitte’s Strategic Relationship Management group of over 100 Deloitte professionals leading some of their largest clients, built and led a relationship program focused on global clients, built Deloitte’s Workday HR and finance consulting business and led Deloitte’s Global and U.S. Alliances. Ms. Lindstrom joined Deloitte in 1993 and led the technology practice for many years. She has managed large scale technology projects and is aligned with many technology companies in Northern California. She served on the Deloitte LLP (US) Board for six years and the Deloitte DTTL Board (global) for eight years, where she led the Governance, Risk and Evaluation and Compensation Committees, and served as the President of the Deloitte Foundation for many years. Ms. Lindstrom is a member of the board of directors of Genpact Ltd. and Exponent. Before joining Deloitte, Ms. Lindstrom was a partner at Andersen Consulting. She holds a B.A. degree from UCLA. Our Board believes that Ms. Lindstrom’s extensive experience in the fields of technology and consulting qualify her to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Mike Bishop

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