Robert J. Griffin
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Robert J. Griffin was named Chairman of the Board in March 2018, after serving on the Board of Directors since February 2014. Mr. Griffin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Griffin International Companies, a Minneapolis-based retail sales and marketing firm. Since founding Griffin International Companies in 1997, Mr. Griffin has led the expansion of the company's business across three continents and secured the license of brands and technologies from a number of large, well-known companies. Prior to founding Griffin International Companies, Mr. Griffin spent 6 years at Best Buy Co. in various management roles. Mr. Griffin holds a BA in Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College. Mr. Griffin's extensive executive leadership experience and his in-depth knowledge of the retail industry and technology licensing make him well qualified to serve as Chairman of the Board.
Stephen R. Rizzone
President & CEO, Director
Mr. Stephen R. Rizzone joined the Company in October of 2013 and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Energous. Mr. Rizzone has more than 35 years of executive management, marketing, sales and entrepreneurial experience in the data communications hardware, networking hardware and software, silicon and optical components markets. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the board of directors of Active Storage, Inc. from June 2011 until December 2012, and as the Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the board of directors of Communicado, Inc. from April 2006 to September 2009. Mr. Rizzone previously served as a member of the board of directors of Katzkin Leather from June 2011 to November 2013 and the Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance (LARTA) from February 2009 to November 2011. He holds a B.A. in Public Administration from California State University at Fullerton. Mr. Rizzone's extensive industry, executive and board experience position him well to serve as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors for Energous.
Daniel W. Fairfax is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Brocade Communication Systems, a networking solutions company (“Brocade”) from 2011 until December 2017. Brocade was acquired by Broadcom in November 2017. Mr. Fairfax also served as Brocade’s vice president of Global Service and Support from 2009 until 2011, following Brocade’s acquisition of Foundry Networks, a networking equipment company, where Mr. Fairfax served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Foundry Networks, Mr. Fairfax served as the Chief Financial Officer of technology companies, including GoRemote Internet Communications, Ironside Technologies, Inc., Acta Technology, and NeoVista Software. Earlier in his career he held senior financial management and operations positions at Siemens and Spectra-Physics. He began his career as a consultant with the National Telecommunications Practice Group of Ernst & Young. Mr. Fairfax holds a B.A. from Whitman College and a MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Rahul 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.
Noonen serves as CEO at MixComm, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company for emerging wireless applications and markets. He brings a wealth of experience in the semiconductor industry, from analog, RF and millimeter-wave to digital, and has two decades of executive experience at large multi-national companies such as NXP Semiconductors, GlobalFoundries and National Semiconductor, as well as early stage start-ups. Noonen was the co-founder and chairman of Silicon Catalyst, the world’s first semiconductor incubator and helped launch many innovative companies. Noonen also served on the Global Semiconductor Alliance board of directors.
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.