Board of Directors
KGeorges J. Antoun
Simon Williams, Board Director
Moises Herszenhorn, Board Director
Chuck Erickson, PE – Board Director
Kevin R. Weiss, PE – Board Director
Daniel Rudnick – Board Director
Georges J. Antoun – Mr. Georges J. Antoun has been the Chief Operating Officer at First Solar, Inc. since July 2012. Mr. Antoun has responsibility for manufacturing, R&D, quality and product management. He was a Venture Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures. He served as the Head of Product Area IP & Broadband Networks (PAIB) for Ericsson based in San Jose California.
He joined Ericsson when Ericsson acquired Redback Networks and served as the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations and Product Management at Redback Networks Inc., from July 2003 to February 2008 and its Chief Executive Officer since February 2008 also Senior Vice President of Engineering Product Management & Marketing from January 2003 to July 2003. He served as the Head of Sales and Marketing at Redback Networks. He also served as Redback Networks Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, Product Management and Marketing since January 2003, and was responsible for corporate marketing, product management and product marketing, as well as strategy, business development and engineering from January 2003 to July 2003 and as a Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development from August 2001 to January 2003.
Before joining Redback in August 2001, Mr. Antoun spent the preceding five years, from July 1996 to August 2001, at Cisco Systems Inc., where he served as a Vice President of Worldwide Systems Engineering and Field Marketing, a Vice President of Worldwide Optical Operations and Vice President of Carrier Sales. He was instrumental in the successful strategy behind Cisco’s entry into the service provider and optical markets. He has also held senior management positions at Newbridge Networks and Nynex (now Verizon Communications), where he was part of their Science and Technology Division. He was employed at Ericsson (ERIC). He has been a Director of Ruckus Wireless, Inc., since February 27, 2012 and Violin Memory, Inc., since June 6, 2014. He has over 20 years of operational and technical experience, including leadership positions at several global technology companies. Mr. Antoun holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Louisiana, an M.S. in Information Systems from NYU Poly and an Executive Management degree from the Ericsson program at Columbia University.
Simon Williams, Board Director – CEO Kaloom: Simon Williams is currently the CEO of a network startup company in the Silicon Valley. Prior to this, Simon held positions as Executive VP of Metaswitch and the CTO of Ericsson’s IP and Broadband Division. Simon brings a wealth of senior level experience in areas ranging from sales management to product strategy.
Prior to Ericsson, Simon held various high-level positions at Redback Networks, including Senior Vice President of Products, Marketing and Strategy. Previously, as Redback’s Vice President of Asia-Pacific Sales and Operations, Simon was instrumental in growing Redback’s presence and revenue in that region. Before Redback Networks he held the title of Director of Product Management at Siara Systems. He has also performed various Marketing, Sales and Development Engineering roles for Nortel Networks and Bell Northern Research, with specific responsibility for Nortel’s Optical and Data products and solutions. Simon holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario Canada.
Moises Herszenhorn, Board Director – Moises is the CEO Warehouse Ventures, a venture capital / family office in Sao Paulo Brazil. Moises received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, with stage in Hopewell Ventures, Venture Capital Fund of Chicago. He built his career in consulting and private equity funds, with experience of 6 years at McKinsey & Company, working in strategy and corporate finance. After McKinsey he worked in Private Equity in Pampa and Apothecary Capital Group.
Chuck Erickson, PE – Board Director – An executive, business consultant, advisor, CEO, President, and, Board Member, Chuck has 25 years experience as a coach and mentor specializing in assisting Environmental and Technology start-ups in international market entry and was Incubator of The Year for the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) in 2001.
Chuck has advised more than 75 companies in successful market entry, raised more than $550 million in growth capital, and developed an effective program to assist foreign companies in their quest to open channels of business in the United States. He has assisted more than 45 international companies with market entry each year and raised US investment capital – $160 million in 2008. He has consulted for many foreign governments on effective programs (working with agencies from Singapore, China, Japan, Finland, Estonia, Spain, India, Columbia, Costa Rica, Panama). He has extensive international business experience in software and hardware development, marketing, and manufacturing.
Chuck holds a BSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology, has done post-graduate studies at The University of Chicago, and has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Penn State University and San Jose State University.
Scott Marshall – Scott has 30 years of networking and telecommunications experience in product and architecture strategy, engineering management, product development and executive leadership. He has served on the boards of more than a dozen companies including ACC, sold to Ericsson, Vienna Systems, sold to Nokia and Extreme Packet Devices, sold to PMC Sierra. He also served on the boards of ITRC, TRIO and CITO Ontario Centres of Excellence. He is currently a director of Magor Corp, Solantro Semiconductor and Rockport.
Scott most recently held the post of Senior Vice President of Engineering, Product Management and Business Development with Redback Networks. His responsibilities included technical and product leadership as well as business partnerships. Redback Networks was sold in 2007 to Ericsson for $2.1B.
Previously, Scott was a Group Vice President of Cisco Systems with responsibility for multiple business units, including Dial Remote Access Servers and Concentrators, DSL, Cable, Wireless, Multi-service Switching, Voice over IP and Integrated Access Devices.
Scott served as President and Chief Executive Officer of optical start-up Ceyba Corporation and Executive Vice President of Research and Development of Newbridge Networks as well as in various senior product management and engineering roles at Newbridge, Mitel and Nortel.
Scott was born and raised in Toronto and received a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo
Kevin R. Weiss, PE – Board Director – Kevin Weiss is a co-founder of Byogy and serves as President/CEO. He has 25 years record of operational excellence, financial discipline and exponential revenue growth. Kevin has a proven track record in building client relations throughout California and brings passion, drive and business acumen, as well as a keen understanding of the critical role that drives various business models and makes him a perfect fit for Byogy Renewables, Inc. in an aggressive market expansion.
Formerly CEO for 18 years of a successful San Francisco Bay Area engineering firm founded in 1956 in San Jose, California, he has worked on more than 2,000 design projects in both public and private sectors.
Kevin’s knowledge of environmental processing has enhanced his abilities to be at the forefront of sustainable/green development and planning and provide seminar discussions for local government and act as a consultant for environmental agencies. He holds BS degrees in Civil Engineering, Physics, and Math from Penn State University.
Daniel L. Rudnick – Board Director – is a co-founder of Byogy with 25 years of broad experience as a trial lawyer and business owner in the farming, ranching and cattle feed yard markets in California, including a background in the wind-power and bio-energy business. He has practiced business law and civil litigation from 1983 to-date.
Daniel has served as general counsel from 2000 to 2006 for a large pharmaceutical distribution company involved in the animal health products industry. In the fall of 2004, Daniel acquired an ownership interest in Sundance Feed Yard, Inc., a 30,000 head cattle feeding operation near Bakersfield, California.
Daniel received a B.S. in Agricultural Business Management in 1979 from the California Polytechnic Institute of San Luis Obispo, and a J.D. from the California Western School of Law in 1983. He did post-doctorate work in 1983 while attending the McGeorge School of Law program in International Business Transactions and Tax in Europe.