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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

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Cesar Johnston

Chief Executive Officer

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Cesar Johnston

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Cesar Johnston joined Energous in July 2014 and serves as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer.

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 27 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.

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Bill Mannina

Acting Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance

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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.

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Our Board Members

Board of Directors

Dan Fairfax

Chairman of the Board

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Bob Friday

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Bob Friday

Mr. Bob Friday is group Vice President, Chief AI Officer at Juniper and CTO at Juniper‘s AI-Driven Enterprise business unit, which develops Marvis a self-driving networking AI/ML solution enterprises. He was co-founder, vice president, and chief technology officer at Mist, which was by Juniper Networks in April of 2019. He started his career in wireless at Metricom (Ricochet wireless network), developing and deploying wireless mesh networks across the country to connect the first generation of Internet browsers. Following Metricom, Friday co-founded Airespace, a start-up focused on helping enterprises manage the flood of employees bringing unlicensed WiFi technology into their businesses. Following Cisco’s acquisition of Airespace in 2005, Friday became the vice president and chief technology officer of Cisco enterprise mobility, where he drove mobility strategy and investments in the wireless business. He also drove industry standards such as Hot Spot 2.0 and market efforts such as Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experience. He holds more than 15 patents.

Alessandro Piovaccari

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Alessandro Piovaccari

Mr. Alessandro Piovaccari previously served as Silicon Labs’ CTO and senior vice president of central R&D and was responsible for the company’s products research and development. He currently serves as the vice president of conferences for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society and a visiting fellow in approaches, methods and practices in circuit design in leading fabless companies at the University of Bologna in Italy. Additionally, he is a member of multiple startups and education advisory boards. Piovaccari has more than 25 years of technical and management experience in the semiconductor industry and has co-architected and led many wireless and IoT SoCs with a 4 billion devices shipments. Piovaccari holds PhD and Laurea degrees in EECS from the University of Bologna and a Post-Grad (summa cum laude) in EECS from Johns-Hopkins University.

Mark Tyndall

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Mark Tyndall

From 2008 to 2021, Mr. Mark Tyndall was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Dialog Semiconductor and a key member of the management team transitioning the company from a sub-100 million valuation to a recent trade sale to Renesas for 6 billion dollars. From 2006 to 2008 he was Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Relations at MIPS Technologies and prior to this he served as Vice President of Business Development at Infineon since 1999. Earlier in his career, Mark held management positions in marketing at Fujitsu Microelectronics and semiconductor design at Philips Semiconductors. He also served on the board of multiple start-ups which were successfully acquired.

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