Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Haidamus, our Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer since our inception in June 2021, has significant experience leading, advising and effecting turnaround plans at both public and private technology companies. From January 2019 through November 2020, Mr. Haidamus served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) where he was brought in to turn the company around, create new strategic goals and reach profitability.
Prior to Immersion, Mr. Haidamus was President of Nokia Technologies (“Nokia”), a $1.3 billion organization, from September 2014 to October 2016. He joined Nokia shortly after the divestiture of the mobile business to Microsoft Corporation and worked diligently to raise morale and redefine a new purpose for the consumer-oriented company. While at Nokia, Mr. Haidamus restructured Nokia by creating new divisions and accelerating growth in the existing patent licensing division.
Specifically, Mr. Haidamus created the digital media division (which provided the movie industry with professional quality Virtual Reality OZO cameras) and the digital health division (in which Mr. Haidamus created a world-class research center for consumer wearables and patient monitoring). This resulted in the acquisition of Withings S.A. in 2016 for $200 million and led Nokia back to the consumer product business. He partnered with Nokia affiliates Nokia Networks and HERE division to acquire and integrate Alcatel-Lucent in 2015.
Prior to Nokia, Mr. Haidamus spent 17 years at Dolby Laboratories (“Dolby”). Mr. Haidamus joined Dolby when it was a private company. While at Dolby, Mr. Haidamus played a key role, alongside its Chief Executive Officer, in restructuring the company into business groups supported by functional units. He oversaw global sales and marketing. Mr. Haidamus was also responsible for managing Dolby’s licensing business and was a key player in launching DVD format technology at Dolby. Mr. Haidamus has a B.S, in Electrical Engineering and an MSEE from the University of the Pacific, both with honors.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Pilovsky, our Chief Financial Officer since our inception in June 2021, has served as the Chief Financial Officer of private and public technology companies since 2000. Mr. Pilovsky started his career with Ernst & Young LLP in September 1985 and was an Audit Partner in the technology practice of Ernst & Young in Palo Alto, California and San Francisco, California until January 2000. Mr. Pilovsky has significant financial management experience and a wide range of financial transaction expertise, including an initial public offering, follow-on public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and private financing transactions. Mr. Pilovsky was the Chief Financial Officer of Tenor, Inc. (from October 2017 to July 2018) and Xnor.AI (from November 2017 to June 2020) prior to their respective sales to Google and Apple and following which he was a member of the mergers and acquisitions integration teams at both Google and Apple. Mr. Pilovsky also has Chief Financial Officer experience with public companies (Vyyo and Blue Martini Software) and served as Chief Financial Officer at several early-stage technology companies including most recently Splice Machine Inc. (October 2012 to July 2021.)
Mr. Pilovsky received his B.S. in Business Administration with a Cum Laude distinction from theUniversity of San Francisco.
Director and President
Mr. Ferrari, a member of our board of directors and our President since our inception in June 2021, is a seasoned senior executive whose career has focused on the transformative leadership of health and wellness companies.
Most recently from May 2018 to June 2020, he was the President of Americas for WOW Tech Group, an innovative company focused on health and wellness.
After serving as a member of the board of directors of Standard Innovation Corporation from November 2008 to June 2020. Mr. Ferrari took on the role of President of Standard Innovation Corp (“SIC”) from November 2014 until June 2020, where he led a turnaround by transitioning the business development model to focus on higher-margin channels and added a number of new products and software services to make the product portfolio appealing to additional demographics and potential investors.
After helping SIC return to growth, Mr. Ferrari was part of a team at SIC that negotiated a merger with a European competitor.
Mr. Ferrari has also held senior leadership positions at Keystream, an IT consulting company, from April 1998 to March 2014, as well as Obotics, a consumer health and wellness technology startup, from January 2013 to May 2016.
Mr. Ferrari has a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University.
Maurice Op de Beek
Executive Vice President
Mr. Op de Beek, our Executive Vice President since our inception in June 2021, was most recently the Chief Technology Officer at FeelRobotics, an Internet of Things focused technology company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he worked from January 2017 to March 2021. Mr. Op de Beek was involved in all elements of design, strategy and engineering of FeelRobotic’s platform, which provides integrated hardware and mobile app solutions to consumer hardware companies. Prior to his role with FeelRobotics, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Kiiroo B.V., a company that creates interactive consumer products for the wellness industry, where he worked from January 2014 to December 2016. He began his career as an options market maker and has an extensive knowledge on equity and derivatives trading from his prior work as a senior derivatives trader.
Mr. Op de Beek graduated with a Master of Economics: International Economic Studies from the University of Maastricht — Maastricht.
Dr. Britney Blair
Independent Director and Member of Audit Committee
Dr. Blair, a member of our board of directors since September 2021, is the founder and Chief Science Officer of the digital health start-up, Lover, and is also the founder of The Clinic, an independent wellness clinic in the California Bay Area. Dr. Blair is a licensed clinical psychologist and a board certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Blair is also board certified in medicine and provides therapy services to individuals and couples.
With locations across the state of California, The Clinic is led by Dr. Blair. Dr. Blair has extensive clinical and research expertise in behavioral medicine with specializations in sleep and health. She has made numerous presentations, developed and led workshops, written book chapters and published articles in the area of sleep and medicine. She is a Stanford consultant and is on the adjunct faculty at The Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine.
Dr. Blair founded Lover as a way to use digital channels, such as telehealth, to provide accessible wellness resources and community building to a greater number of people.
Dr. Blair completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University Medical School and her predoctoral internship at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Blair received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She received a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Independent Director and Member of Audit Committee
Ms. Fang, a member of our board of directors since our inception in June 2021, is currently the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Turo Inc. (“Turo”), the world’s leading peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace. Ms. Fang has worked at Turo since June 2015. While leading the global legal and government relations functions at Turo, Ms. Fang has been involved in a number of large-scale strategic initiatives such as pioneering expansion into Canada and the U.K., international mergers and acquisitions and scaling the legal and government relations function to a 24-person team, up from one. As part of her responsibilities for Turo’s legal portfolio, Ms. Fang oversees corporate governance, product and advertising review, privacy, regulatory compliance, commercial transactions, intellectual property, litigation and the legal aspects of fundraising.
Prior to Turo, Ms. Fang held a number of legal leadership positions at eBay Inc. from 2006 to 2015, including General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Stub Hub, Global Head of Intellectual Property, eBay Inc., and Head of North America Litigation, eBay Inc. Ms. Fang has been recognized as a Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by National Diversity Council (2019), General Counsel of the Year by Association of Corporate Counsel (2019), Attorney of the Year Finalist by American Lawyer Industry Awards (1 of 3 finalists, 2019), and General Counsel of the Year by Corporate Counsel: Women, Influence, & Power Awards (2019).
Ms. Fang has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Law School and a B.A. in Communications from University of California at Los Angeles, graduating Summa Cum Laude and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.
Dr. Verdin, our advisor since our inception in June 2021, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging (the “Buck”). Dr. Verdin joined the Buck in 2016 after spending 20 years as a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institutes, where he served as associate director from 2004 to 2016. A native of Belgium, Dr. Verdin received his M.D. from the University of Liege in 1982 followed by additional clinical and research training at Harvard Medical School. He has held faculty positions at several universities and medical research institutes, including the University of Southern California since 2016, the University of California, San Francisco since 1999, the University of Brussels from 1987 to 1990, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1990 to 1993 and the Picower Institute for Medical Research (1994 – 1997).
Dr. Verdin has been recognized for his research with multiple awards including a Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging and a senior scholarship from the Ellison Medical Foundation. He is an elected member of several scientific organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He also served on the advisory council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the NIH. He will bring his decades of experience in virology, aging, wellness, as well as other cutting-edge research projects expertise.