July 25, 2023 – Mike Lynch of ON Partners has recruited Daniel Eaton as chief legal officer of Meta Materials in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “As we stand on the cusp of significant product launches and continue to engage with new partners and suppliers, Dan’s diverse background will offer important strategic support at the executive and board level,” said George Palikaras, president and CEO. “Not only will his expertise facilitate our market penetration, but it will also fortify our competitive edge and safeguard the groundbreaking solutions we have developed over many years.”
Bringing a combination of intellectual property law, electrical engineering, and experience in the tech sector at both private and public companies, Mr. Eaton is set to leverage his skill-set to strengthen the company’s IP portfolio, financial performance, and corporate governance. Mr. Eaton’s background includes tenures at Katena Computing Technologies Inc., Netronome Systems Inc., and Zilog Inc. “Further testament to his strategic expertise, he has overseen several high-value acquisitions, including crucial deals with Zilog Inc. and IXYS Corp., demonstrating his capability to bolster business growth through strategic M&A activities,” the company said. Licensed to practice law in California and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Eaton is an inventor of 12 issued U.S. patents, with many foreign counterparts, on various technical innovations.
In his new role, Mr. Eaton will also oversee regular SEC/Nasdaq compliance and be a key figure in enhancing corporate governance. “His addition as a Section 16 officer underscores his importance to the company’s operations,” META said.
“I am thrilled to be joining META, a progressive trailblazer in the fast-evolving nanotechnology sector,” said Mr. Eaton. “I am committed to working in close tandem with the leadership team and the board to support best practices in corporate governance, extract the maximum value from our extensive portfolio of over 500 active patents, and expedite our product commercialization.”
META delivers previously unachievable performance across a range of applications, by inventing, designing, developing, and manufacturing sustainable, high-performance, functional materials, components, and systems. The company’s technology platform enables leading global brands to deliver breakthrough products to their customers in consumer electronics, 5G communications, health and wellness, aerospace, automotive, and clean energy.
In May, ON Partners recruited Uzi Sasson as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Meta Materials. He replaced current CFO and COO Ken Rice, who is retiring. “We are excited to welcome Uzi to the executive leadership team,” said George Palikaras, president and CEO of Meta Materials. “He has extensive experience providing strategic financial and operational leadership to companies at various stages, which will prove instrumental in helping us execute on our growth strategy and financial objectives while creating sustainable, long-term value for our shareholders. I would also like to thank Ken Rice for all his contributions, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Mr. Sasson is a seasoned public company financial executive and certified public accountant with more than 30 years of experience building and scaling operations for high-growth multinational manufacturers and semiconductor companies. His expertise includes corporate finance, SEC and regulatory compliance, accounting and tax analysis, international finance, mergers and acquisitions with global OEMs, supply agreements, real estate transactions, investor relations, and talent development.
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With a primary focus on technology, consumer, industrial, and the life science sectors, ON Partners recruits C-level and board talent for public and private companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms. Founded in 2006, the firm’s consultants work from offices in Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Menlo Park, CA; Minneapolis. MN; San Francisco; and New York. ON Partners was named one of the fastest growing search firms this year by Hunt Scanlon Media. The firm is now ranked as one of the 20 largest search firms in the nation.
ON Partners Recruits CFO for Achronix Semiconductor Corp.
ON Partners has helped to place semiconductor industry veteran Mahesh Karanth as the new CFO of Achronix Semiconductor Corp., a leader in high-performance FPGAs and eFPGA IP. He will take over for Howard Brodsky, who is retiring after 16 years at Achronix. The assignment was spearheaded by Brad Westveld, the search firm’s co-founder and partner. “Mahesh is a proven operational executive with an impressive track record of delivering strong results across multiple financial disciplines and industries,” said Robert Blake, president and CEO of Achronix. “Mahesh’s success and financial expertise as a chief financial officer, especially at the critical IPO stage, combined with his outstanding leadership qualities are invaluable additions to the Achronix team as we position the company for our next phase of growth.”
Mr. Lynch has over 20 years experience in the global technology market based in Silicon Valley. He recruits CEO, C-level and board executives in engineering and operationally-driven environments. Mr. Lynch serves traditional sectors that produce physical goods with high technology content (semiconductors, electronic components, capital equipment, additive manufacturing, and higher education / primary research), and sectors that are increasingly turning to cutting edge technologies to drive innovation and differentiation (e.g., renewable energy, autonomous vehicles, aerospace and defense, medical devices). He focuses on public, private, and high-growth companies producing physical assets.
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media