Board of Directors

Oskar Mencer, CEO and Founder

Prior to founding Maxeler Technologies, Oskar Mencer was Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, leading the effort on “Computing with FPGAs” within the Computing Sciences Center. He joined Bell Labs after receiving a PhD from Stanford University. Besides his work with Maxeler, Oskar is also affiliated with the Computing Department at Imperial College London and held a Consulting Professor position at the Geophysics department at Stanford University. Oskar’s experience includes start-ups and more established companies in Silicon Valley such as DIGITAL, Rockwell and Hitachi (Tokyo).

Geoff Smailes, Chairman

Geoff’s career spans over 25 years in Finance, having worked in London, New York and Hong Kong. He has a broad knowledge set with experience from both Banking and Asset Management sectors. He has held senior roles in trading, treasury, structuring and asset management and has had responsibility for significant risk and human resources across all asset classes. He sat on the Markets Management Committee at Barclays Capital 2011-2015, ran Barclays global non-core asset disposal group, and was Global Head of Emerging Markets trading at Credit Suisse from 1998-2002. His entrepreneurial experience was built in co-founding an asset management company, Solent Capital in 2002. Geoff graduated with an MA (Hons) in Economics from Christ’s College, Cambridge University. He is now active in the Fintec space and is looking forward to facilitating the very significant impact that Maxeler MPC can have on the Finance sector.

Michael J. Flynn, Chairman Emeritus

Michael J. Flynn, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, is best-known for the [SIMD, SISD, MISD, MIMD] classification and the first detailed discussion of super scalar design. He was founder and senior consultant to Palyn Associates, a leading computer design company; founder and Vice President of American Supercomputers; and a partner at Paragon Partners, a venture capital partnership. Prof. Flynn received the IEEE/ACM Eckert-Mauchley and Harry Goode Memorial Awards in 1992 and 1995, respectively.

Richard Roberts

Richard is a technology director in the Corporate and Investment Bank at JPMorgan Chase. Prior to this he held a number of technology leadership roles at Deutsche Bank including sales and research technology, and delivery of the firm’s client facing platforms. Richard began his career at Deutsche Bank as a developer in fixed income trading technology. He holds a degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Vision.

Jason Poirier (Observer)

Jason is Director of Growth Strategy and Ventures Investment at Juniper Networks. In his current role Mr. Poirier drives Juniper’s long term growth strategy and venture investment in the areas of Cloud, Networking SW Orchestration & Automation and IoT. Over his 25 plus years of experience in the networking industry Mr. Poirier has held various Strategy, Product Management, and Marketing leadership roles. Jason holds multiple patents in networking and communications technologies and is a graduate of Clarkson University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering & Management.

Jerry Marcus

An entrepreneur with executive level experience creating and executing strategic relationships with major and emerging technology companies. Past executive roles have included Director and Officer at Metromedia Fiber Networks (NYSE), Vice President of ICon CMT Corporation (Nasdaq), and Director at Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq). He serves in the capacity as a Board Member/Senior Advisor to a number of companies and institutions including Columbia University Graduate School of Business, WorkMarket, The Pathways Group and GolfTec. He holds a BBA in Accounting and a Masters in Computer Science from the City University of New York.

Robert J. Odell

Robert has been the Company’s legal counsel and a key advisor since its inception in 2003. For the past fourteen years, he has been both an entrepreneur and General Counsel to numerous privately held companies, including as a founding executive of Bigfoot Interactive, Inc., an email marketing software and services company sold to Alliance Data Systems (NYSE: ADS) for $120MM in 2005. Most recently, he was a co-founder of one of the largest operators of multi-family housing in New York City, and also served as its general counsel. He currently operates a private consulting business in New York City. Mr. Odell received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and his B.A. magna cum laude from Cornell University.

Pierre Lussato

Pierre is a Managing Partner at Galaxis Capital in London where he oversees the firm’s investment in Maxeler Technologies. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to several UK and US based private equity firms. He was previously a Director at Lehman Brothers and Robertson Stephens International, the San Francisco based Technology bank where he was raising venture capital funding for private European companies. Pierre holds an MBA from Insead and a BA from Babson College. Pierre is also the Treasurer of Little Hand Children Foundation, a UK based non-profit organisation.