Skip to main content

Investors

We are a global leader in RF-based wireless charging technology and are passionate in our pursuit to provide mobile power to everyone.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, we are deeply committed to intelligent innovation and our WattUp® RF-based charging technology is the embodiment of our pursuit to re-imagine today what is possible tomorrow.

Management Team

Cesar johnston 2x

Cesar Johnston

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Engineering

Read more

Cesar johnston 2x

Cesar Johnston

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Engineering

Cesar Johnston is the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering for Energous. He’s responsible for accelerating open innovation in new and emerging wireless power technologies, systems, and markets.

Cesar is a seasoned technologist, entrepreneur, and investor. Prior to Energous, Cesar has had a broad experience in large enterprises and startups. He has previously served as Vice President of Engineering for Wireless Connectivity at Marvell Semiconductor. During his time with Marvell, Cesar led Marvell’s worldwide R&D and development of all Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM, and NFC products. Prior to Marvell, Cesar drove technology innovation at Broadcom responsible for 802.11g and 802.11n products.

Cesar has over 20 years of experience working across hardware, software, and services and is recognized as a pioneer in the technology development of multiple first-of generations of SISO and MIMO wireless products. He serves on the CTO Council for the Global Semiconductor Alliance, is an IEEE Senior Member, and is an advisory board member to KINS Technology Group. He also has written over 40 conference and journal papers and holds 25 patents.

Cesar holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and holds a Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE) from the University of California, Berkeley.

LinkedIn

Bill mannina 2x

Bill Mannina

Acting Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance

Read more

Bill mannina 2x

Bill Mannina

Acting Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance

Mr. Bill Mannina joined the Company in September of 2016 and currently serves as the Acting Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this current role, he was the Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller for the Company. Mr. Mannina has held senior finance roles in both startup and public technology companies. Mr. Mannina has extensive experience and training in many areas of accounting and finance, including the IPO process, mergers and acquisitions (including the accounting and subsequent integration), revenue accounting, and various forms of equity financing.

Previously, he was the Corporate Controller for Kana Software from 2008 to 2015. Prior to Kana Software, he was the Corporate Controller for Narus and ArcSight, the Assistant Controller at Symmetricom, and the Corporate Controller for Blaze Software. He was also a senior auditor at Mohler, Nixon & Williams (now part of Moss Adams), and began his career at Tandem Computers.

Mr. Mannina is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and holds a B.S. in Accounting, MBA and M.S. in Taxation from San Jose State University. Mr. Mannina also completed the Emerging CFO Leadership Program at the Stanford Graduate Business School.

LinkedIn

Neeraj sahejpal 2x

Neeraj Sahejpal

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Read more

Neeraj sahejpal 2x

Neeraj Sahejpal

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Mr. Neeraj Sahejpal joined Energous in November 2014 and serves as the Company’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Mr Sahejpal is responsible for Corporate Strategy, Product Management and driving Customers and Strategic Partners engagements. Mr. Sahejpal joined Energous from Broadcom where he was Director of Product Marketing. From 2009 to 2014, while at Broadcom, Mr. Sahejpal helped seed and scale the Wireless Entertainment connectivity business. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Sahejpal held a senior marketing position at PMC Sierra. Prior to that, Mr. Sahejpal co-founded a wireless startup and held senior positions in ASIC design while working for Inkra Networks, NVIDIA and Oak Technology. Mr. Sahejpal represents Energous on the board of Air Fuel Alliance (AFA) and is founding chair of the Uncoupled Working Committee (UWC) of AFA. Mr. Sahejpal received his Bachelor of Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India and both MSCE, MBA from Santa Clara University. Mr. Sahejpal has also completed the Executive Program in Strategic Marketing and Leadership at the Stanford Graduate Business School.

LinkedIn

Our Board Members

Board of Directors

Dan Fairfax

Chairman of the Board

Read more

Dan Fairfax

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Dan Fairfax joined Energous’ Board of Directors in April 2019. Mr. Fairfax is a seasoned executive who has served in a variety of financial management and operational leadership roles throughout his career. He most recently served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Brocade through its acquisition by Broadcom. At Brocade, Mr. Fairfax also served as the company’s vice president of global service and support, and as vice president of business operations, following Brocade’s acquisition of Foundry Networks, where he was chief financial officer. Prior to that role, he served in various senior financial management positions at companies such as GoRemote Internet Communications, Ironside Technologies, Acta Technology, NeoVista Software, and Siemens and Spectra-Physics. In addition to serving on Energous’ board, Mr. Fairfax is a member of the board of directors for Saama Technologies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Whitman College and graduated from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Reynette Au

Director

Read more

Reynette Au

Director

Reynette Au joined the Energous Board of Directors in August 2019. Au currently serves as vice president of marketing, Network & Custom Logic Group at Intel Corporation. Prior to her position at Intel, Au was vice president of marketing for Micron Technology’s mobile business unit. Other leadership positions she has held throughout her career were at organizations including Phoenix Technologies, GTIA, NVIDIA Corporation, Triscend Corporation, which was acquired by Xilinx and others. Au brings a track record of driving marketing strategy and customer engagement programs that enable the scaling and market segment share growth for a range of system solution products.

Kathleen Bayless

Director

Read more

Kathleen Bayless

Director

Kathleen A. Bayless served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Synaptics Incorporated, a leader in human interface technology, including touch, display and biometric semiconductor products used in the mobile, PC and automotive industries, from 2009 to 2015. Before Synaptics, Ms. Bayless was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Komag Incorporated, a leading supplier of thin-film disks to the hard disk drive industry. Ms. Bayless served as Chief Accountant, Corporate Controller prior to becoming CFO during her 13 years with Komag. Ms. Bayless, a Certified Public Accountant, began her career at Ernst & Young, in the Silicon Valley, working primarily with technology companies. Ms. Bayless currently serves as Audit Chair of the Board of Directors of Veeco Instruments, a leader in process equipment solutions enabling the manufacture of semiconductors, photonics, power electronics, data storage and other technologies.

Ms. Bayless has significant experience in the semiconductor industry and related fields, which has resulted in a broad understanding of the operational, financial, and strategic issues facing companies operating in our space. Ms. Bayless has extensive management experience and is well versed on the various challenges and opportunities in our marketplace, offering a unique and valued perspective to the Board.

Rahul Patel

Director

Read more

Rahul Patel

Director

Mr. Patel joined the Company’s board of directors in August 2019. Mr. Patel serves as senior vice president and general manager, Connectivity & Networking Business Unit, at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at Broadcom where he last served as senior vice president and general manager for the Wireless Connectivity business. Prior to joining Broadcom, Patel held senior marketing and engineering positions at HIFN, Inc., Samsung Semiconductor, Tritech Microelectronics, and EPSON/S-MOS Systems. Patel is a proven leader with more than 25 years of experience and a strong track record for developing successful product lines, driving P&L growth and building global organizations of Fortune 500 companies in the semiconductor and telecommunications industries.

Sheryl Wilkerson

Director

Read more

Sheryl Wilkerson

Director

Wilkerson, currently vice president of government affairs at Michelin North America, has served as an advisor to Energous since 2018 and brings in-depth experience in both public and private sectors. Prior to her role at Michelin, Wilkerson was president of Willow, LLC, where she advised global wireless, telematics and automotive companies on government affairs, and as senior vice president of strategic planning and corporate services at Ygomi, which develops software for automated driving and ADAS.

Before joining the private sector, Wilkerson spent more than a decade in roles throughout the U.S. federal government, including the Senate and House of Representatives, Federal Judicial Center and the Federal Communications Commission, where she led the office of legislative and intergovernmental affairs and served as an advisor to the general counsel and chairman.

Board of Advisors

Michael Andreozzi

Read more

Michael Andreozzi

Mr. Michael Andreozzi is CEO of Beltone New England, the largest hearing aid dispensing and audiology practice in the region and joined the Energous Board of Advisors in December 2020. He has owned and operated over 125 Audiology and Hearing Aid retail locations in his 37 years in the hearing aid industry. Michael has held positions with Beltone Florida, Beltone New York and Beltone Carolina. His 14 years of ownership in the Miracle-Ear franchise system gave him great roots and knowledge at a young age in large reach, single line hearing aid retail. Michael currently serves on several boards and advisory boards, including The Board of Governors with International Hearing Aid Society, National Advisory Council at Beltone Electronics in Chicago and GN Hearing Care in Denmark. He was also past Chairman of the Advisory Board for 3DM-United Sciences, a laser ear scanning company that will change the way that impressions are taken of the human ear for years to come. Michael serves on the University Rhode Island Foundation Board, the Arts and Sciences Board and the Harrington School of Communication Board. Many companies within the Hearing Aid space sort out Michael and his team to test and implement new ideas, technology, and approaches within the hearing Aid Retail field. His company was responsible for the early testing and roll out of the CVS Hearing Aid Centers in 2008 opening over 35 locations within CVS, ZPower Rechargeable hearing aid batteries, Caption Call Phones in hearing clinics, Jitterbug Cell Phones in hearing clinics, Hyper-Sound speaker systems, Bluetooth integration in Hearing Devices and Oto-Scanner Technology for 3D scanning of ear canals. Many awards have been compiled for Michael and his companies including the prestigious “Presidents Cup Award” at Beltone and highest volume and growth awards many times. Michael earned a bachelor’s degrees in communicative disorders and speech communications from the University of Rhode Island. Michael is considered one of the most important voices in the retail hearing aid industry and a nationally recognized leader, speaker and innovator.

Dooroo Lim

Read more

Dooroo Lim

Mr. Dooroo Lim joined the Energous Board of Advisors in November 2020. He is currently a project leader of wireless coverage solutions company SK Telesys, where he has led overseas sales and marketing since 2013. While at SK Telesys, Mr. Lim has contributed to the first commercialization of WattUp® technology in 2019 with the Delight Oasis-RC over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid, which utilizes Energous’ RF-based WattUp® wireless charging technology.. Prior to joining SK Telesys, Mr. Lim began Telesquare, LTE and WiMAX module and data card manufacturing, and was granted a military WiMAX module project from Samsung Thales. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Lim served as a team leader of C-motech, where he managed various projects for mobile networks operators, such as Sprint, KDDI, SK telecom and Korea Telecom, and launched a number of 3G and WiMAX devices. From 2002 until 2006, while at Ace Antenna, Mr. Lim was a principal engineer and responsible for new business development. Prior to Ace Antenna, Mr. Lim served as a system engineer of Hyundai electronics and designed the world’s first IS-95C BTS based on multi-rate DSP and Digital-IF technology. Mr. Lim received a B.S. in radio wave engineering and an M.S. in Electronic Communication Engineering at Hanyang University in 1996 and 1998, respectively.

John Major

Read more

John Major

Mr. John Major joined the Energous Board of Advisors in July 2014. He founded MTSG, a strategic consulting and investment company of which he has served as president since 2003. From April 2004 to October 2006, he also served as chief executive officer of Apacheta Corp., a privately held mobile, wireless software company whose products are used to manage retail inventory, service and deliveries. From August 2000 until January 2003, Mr. Major was chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless Inc., a wireless data access solutions company. Previously, Mr. Major was chairman and CEO of Wireless Knowledge, a joint venture of Qualcomm Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Prior to joining Wireless Knowledge, Mr. Major served as corporate executive vice president of Qualcomm and president of its wireless infrastructure division. For approximately 18 years, he held various executive and leadership positions at Motorola Inc., the most recent of which was senior vice president and chief technology officer. He served on the University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation and currently serves as Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Science and as Chairman of the University of Illinois at Chicago-Engineering School Advisory Board. Mr. Major is also the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of EvoNexus, a nonprofit telecom industry group and incubator and Chairman of the La Jolla Institute, the premier research institute focused on the immune system. Previously, he has served on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academy of Science, and the board of the Software Engineering Institute. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Broadcom, Lennox International Inc., Littelfuse Inc., ORBCOMM Inc. and Resonant Inc. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of Pulse Electronics. Mr. Major received a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola University. Mr. Major is a named inventor in 13 U.S. patents.

Get In Touch

If you are interested in learning more about WattUp and how it can work for you, contact our team of experts today.

Contact Us

Ready To Integrate WattUp?

Our developer kits are specifically designed for companies that are looking at taking wireless charging to mass production with a designated product or group of products. Our engineers will work with you to integrate WattUp into your products.

Learn About Developer Kits