Chairman of the Board
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.
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.
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.