December 2, 2016 – Executive search firm ON Partners has recruited Bradley B. White as secretary and chief financial officer and Ted Tewksbury, Ph.D., as a director and executive chairman of the board at publically traded Energy Focus. Partner Bryan Buck and co-founder and managing partner Tim Conti led the searches.
Mr. White brings to Energy Focus more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, investor relations, strategic leadership and operations, financial planning and risk management within large, public corporations, as well as fast growing, dynamic organizations. He had been serving as executive vice president and CFO of EngagePoint, Inc., a privately held enterprise software and solutions, software-as-a-service provider to state and federal government organizations, since 2015.
Previously, he served as chief accounting officer, VP and controller of National Grid USA, an SEC-reporting subsidiary of National Grid plc, a multinational power generation and distribution company based in the U.K. Mr. White served in various finance roles prior to that, including as assistant corporate controller at Unisys Corporation, a global information technology company.
Dr. Tewksbury is a well-known semiconductor industry executive with a track record of transforming and building visionary businesses. As the former CEO of Integrated Device Technology, he architected the company’s turnaround from 2008 to 2013, putting it in new businesses such as analog, wireless charging and radio frequency (RF) products.
In addition, he has served on the board of directors of Entropic Communications (from 2010 to 2015) and acted as CEO from 2014 to 2015. Dr. Tewksbury was also president and COO of AMI Semiconductor, managing director at Maxim Integrated and held a variety of engineering and management positions at IBM Microelectronics and Analog Devices.
“I am thrilled to have Bradley and Ted join the Energy Focus family as we continue to strengthen our leadership team, optimize our operating cadence, expand our product offerings and seek to enter into new and international markets,” said James Tu, president and chief executive officer. “Bradley has excelled in navigating through changing business and market conditions, initiating and leading innovations in business processes, and driving operational efficiency to create and grow shareholder value across various industries. I am particularly impressed with his entrepreneurial, can-do spirit and proven ability in leading strategic initiatives, such as innovative financing and mergers and acquisitions.”
“Ted has a profound understanding about product design and development in advanced electronics, and a brilliant record of transforming global technology companies with disruptive products and efficient operations,” Mr. Tu said. “I am extremely excited for Ted to join and lead our board as well as help us scale up and speed up our product innovations as we continue to incorporate more intelligences and capabilities into our industry-leading products.”
Energy Focus is an industry-leading innovator of energy-efficient LED lighting technology. As the creator of the only flicker-free LED products available, its lighting solutions provide measurable benefits over conventional and fluorescent lighting, including extensive energy savings, safety and health benefits, and improved aesthetics.
Helping Disruptive Companies Find Talent
With a primary focus on technology, energy / clean tech and the life science sectors, ON Partners recruits C-suite, board directors and senior executive talent for public and private companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms. The firm currently has consultants working from offices in Atlanta, Baltimore / Washington, D.C., Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Minneapolis, Portland, and Silicon Valley.
Mr. Conti concentrates his practice on CXO, vice president, and board-level searches. He has recruited senior leaders to technology, industrial, and energy companies. His recent work has centered on disruptive companies in the areas of wireless, cloud computing, datacenter infrastructure, distributed energy generation, and consumer electronics.
Specializing in consumer technology, Mr. Buck leads executive searches for public corporations, as well as the portfolio companies of leading private equity and venture capital firms. He has helped build the executive teams for Nvidia, Logitech, Harman, mophie, Skybox Imaging, Cree, EcoSense Lighting, and ByteLight.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media