Advisors/Affiliates:

TechASIA’s management Team have an extensive network of Executive and expert professionals that are able to provide additional advice, opinions, relationships and expertise, for their clients. The Advisors and Affiliates are a group of individuals that bring additional knowledge regarding market segments, technology trends, key relationships and geographic expertise.

Carl J. Yankowski – Principal, Westerham Group
(former CEO of Palm, Sony & Reebok)

Carl is a seasoned, repeat success, business executive specializing in the development and marketing of technology and consumer products. He has held senior positions at Palm, Inc, Sony Electronics, Reebok , Polaroid and others.

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he successfully gained simultaneous degrees in electrical engineering and management (from the MIT Sloan School of Management).

Upon graduation he worked as a system analyst for Proctor & Gamble but discovered that he could maximize his contributions by combining product development and marketing.  He went on to develop some of the most notable and recognizable marketing campaigns worldwide, coupled with truly disruptive new product introductions. He started by developing product and promotional campaigns for Pringles and Duncan Hines mixes. At General Electric, he turned around its small appliance group by helping to develop the “Spacemaker” range and with its "We bring good things to life" campaign. At Memorex, he helped develop high-performance audio tape and create the "is it live or is it Memorex" campaign, before launching the two liter plastic bottle and working on the three-year “Pepsi Challenge” campaign for PepsiCo, as well as reformulating and growing the Mountain Dew product line market share and awareness.

His career continued to flourish, when he then went on to leave his mark in the high technology market segment. He joined Polaroid Corporation in 1988 as a Corporate Vice President with initial responsibility for all business imaging, US consumer and industrial marketing before moving to Hong Kong as Group Vice President for the corporation's Asia/Pacific region. On returning to the USA, he became the President and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Electronics, in November 1993. At Sony, he grew US revenue from $6 to over $10 billion.  His teams led launches of the highly successful VAIO, Playstation and a Qualcomm CDMA joint venture.

In September 1998, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Reebok Brand where he was responsible for and credited with initiating a now-successful turnaround.

Carl then joined 3Com to head its Palm division in 1999. In his first year at Palm as CEO, he transformed the division of 3Com into a public company with a market capitalization of $30 billion and led Palm’s $1 billion-dollar-plus IPO, eventually growing the business to $1.5 billion.  His actions also accelerated “Palm” licensing, closing key deals with Motorola, Sony and others. Carl is noted as helping transform Palm from an emerging U.S. operation to a cash-positive world leader.

Carl founded the Westerham Group (www.westerham.com) Westerham is a management and consulting group that delivers breakthrough competitive advantage through disruptively-creative products, branding, and demand generation.

Carl holds five current internet patents. He is a Director of Informatica,  Avidyne, and several small firms. He was on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Media Lab and Sloan School, and is on the Board of the Boston College Carroll School of Business. He is an active pilot and speaks extensively.  


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John Sununu – President, JHS Associates
(Former White House Chief of Staff and Governor of New Hampshire)

Governor John Henry Sununu attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, earning in 1966 his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. From 1968 until 1973, he was Associate Dean of the College of Engineering at Tufts University and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT from 1984 until 1989.

From 1963 until his election as New Hampshire governor, John was president of JHS Engineering Company and Thermal Research Inc. In addition, he helped establish a company called Astro Dynamics Inc., and served as its chief engineer from 1960 until 1965. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Governor Sununu became New Hampshire's 93rd Governor on January 6, 1983, and served three consecutive terms prior to joining the White House staff. He assumed the office with a background of nearly 20 years experience as an educator, engineer, businessman and community leader. He gained both regional and national recognition through his chairmanship of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the chairmanship of the Republican Governor's Association, and his election in 1987 to the chairmanship of the National Governors' Association.

Commissioned Chief of Staff to the President of the United States, George HW Bush, on January 21, 1989, Governor Sununu oversaw the daily operations of the White House and its staff until March 1, 1992, when he was appointed Counselor to the President. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

From 1992 to 1998, he was a co-host of CNN’s "Crossfire" television program. In 2003, John lectured for a year at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and in 2004 he co-chaired on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board's Nuclear Energy Task Force.

John is currently President of JHS Associates, Ltd. (www.jhsassociates.com), a consultancy specializing in business development and strategic advisory services for emerging technology companies. He was also a founder and served as Chairman for Connex Technology, a VC funded startup engaged in the development of a massively parallel architecture targeted at the advanced video market segment. Governor Sununu and his wife Nancy have eight children, including John E Sununu, the United States Senator for New Hampshire.

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Yoichi Kanamaru – President, The Applegrove House, Japan

Yoichi Kanamaru is a highly regarded Management and creative Business Development Executive in the high technology markets in both Japan and USA.

Before establishing The Applegrove House, Inc., he was an Executive Officer and Chief of the Strategic Planning Office of Oki Data Corporation, a business group of Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd., where he started his almost 30 year career with Oki, as an engineer in 1972.

From 1985 to 1994, while he was manager of the Computer & Network Systems Group, he developed business & alliance strategies for Oki Unix systems and PCs, working with leading US semiconductor and software companies. He also contributed in establishing de-facto standards for Open Systems through Intel Mass860 and Unix International.

As Chief Manager at Oki Electric, he acquired core technology from a U.S. workstation vendor which he then used in 1992, to establish Oki Advanced Products. This was located in Massachusetts where he spent the next five years, focused on imaging/graphics technologies for workstations and PCs.  As a result of this, he was appointed President of Oki Advanced Products from 1994 to 1998. He was responsible in this time for developing Oki’s digital money terminal and related software business.

From 1998 to 2000, he served as general manger of Advanced Products, LSI Business Group of Oki, performing a wide range of capacities within sales, marketing and operations. In this role, he was responsible for creating system-on-chip products based on microprocessors and telecom/wireless technologies.

Since establishing The Applegrove House, Inc. www.applegrove-house.com, a Business Development and Management Consulting firm in November, 2001, he has represented over 20 clients. Also during this time, he has worked with three early stage VC funded USA based startups with the founder’s of TechASIA Management. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Carna Biosciences, Inc., a bio venture company in Japan, since 2002 and most recently founded in March 2006 the Happy Elder Corporation, a products and services company for the baby boomer and elder market, where he also serves as its President.

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Calvin Lee – President, Promate Electronics, Taiwan ROC

Calvin is a well respected and established high technology executive who is recognized as playing a defining role in the ongoing spectacular growth of Promate Electronics, a Top Tier distributor and manufacturer.

He graduated from Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in 1983, majoring in Electronic Engineering. NCTU is a well noted research university located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, near the epicenter of Taiwan’s highly successful Science Park. The university is renowned for its research and teaching excellence in electrical engineering, computer science and management science. Its alumni dominate Taiwan's electronics and computer industries with more than 500 Presidents and CEO's. As a result of this, Calvin is well connected with his alumni and therefore, in all aspects of Taiwan’s high technology market. In 2003, Calvin returned to to NCTU for an Executive MBA course graduated with a Master’s degree in 2005.

After graduating in 1983, ITRI hired Calvin as an engineer. ITRI, The Industrial Technology Research Institute, is a non-profit R&D organization engaging in applied research and technical services. It was founded in 1973 by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to attend to the technological needs of Taiwan's industrial development. ITRI has played a vital role in the transformation of the economy from an agriculture-based model to an industrial one. By year 2001 it had grown to a 6000 people operation, and serves as the technical center for industry and an unofficial arm of the government's industrial policies in Taiwan. Backed by its broad research scope and close industrial ties, ITRI is becoming an increasingly active member in the global industrial R&D community.

In 1986, Calvin spent a short time at Wang Labs and in 1987 experienced his first role in the high technology distribution marketplace when he joined Weikeng, a full-service electronics components & peripheral distributor, serving Asia Pacific.

In 1992, Calvin joined Promate Electronic Co. (www.promate.com) and now serves as its President.

Established in 1986, it had a clear vision of the future and of the Taiwanese high technology market, continually growing with its ever changing market trends. Promate was originally a computer peripheral distributor, but soon evolved into a semiconductor component channel leader and custom display and module manufacturer. Given the company's strong reputation and experience in franchise distributing name brand semiconductor products, with Calvin’s leadership, Promate has been able to secure a long list of leading electronics manufacturers in a relatively short time for its new corporate direction. It was also essential for the company to quickly build an extensive and complete product line, thereby satisfying the increasingly diverse needs of its customers. With this focus in mind, Promate has been able to adopt a better corporate strategy for the long run. This is no better demonstrated than by the unequaled growth Promate has experienced, during Calvin’s guidance. In that time frame, Promate has grown from 30 people and revenue of $10M USD in 1992, to 310 employees and over $700M USD in 2007. During this spectacular growth of over 20% per year, EPS (after tax) has remained > 3.

Promate distributes integrates and customizes leading manufacturers of LCD panels, driving boards, touch panels and high brightness enhancements for NB, Monitor, TV, embedded display module, GPS, VoIP, WiFi, high performance linear IC’s. It focuses on all Tier 1 accounts in Taiwan and China, engaged in the medical, military, industrial, in-flight entertainment, communication, security, and automotive markets. As a manufacturer and integrator of LCD modules, it has also experienced success on a global basis with customers like GM and Sun Microsystems, to name a few.

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Advisors/Affiliates:

Carl J. Yankowski
Principal, Westerham Group
John Sununu
President, JHS Associates
Yoichi Kanamaru
President, The Applegrove House,
Japan
Calvin Lee
President, Promate Electronics
Taiwan
ROC
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