Metaboards names Dennis O’Donovan as VP of Operations and Supply Chain
2 July 2018 – Oxford: Oxford-based metamaterials start-up Metaboards has today announced the appointment of consumer electronics veteran Dennis O’Donovan as Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain.
O’Donovan joins the company with more than 30 years of experience in the consumer electronics sector where he has contributed to the success of global organisations and technology start-ups.
Metaboards CEO Nedko Ivanov comments on the appointment: “Dennis’ proven track record in multiple disciplines including supply chain, sourcing, operational management, R&D and programme management make him ideal for this new role. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Dennis’ knowledge will be invaluable to the company,” he added.
O’Donovan’s appointmentclosely follows the appointments of Nedko Ivanov as CEO, Pete Hutton as Chairman and Ben Bartram as Head of Engineering. Ivanov joined the company in January 2018 having previously been the CEO of Redux. Hutton was previously president of product groups at ARM and Bartram joins the company with more than 20 years of engineering experience focusing on the mobile technology industry at companies including Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Qualcomm.
O’Donovan says: “When I was first introduced to Metaboards’ technology, I was excited. Joining the company gives me the opportunity to use my knowledge of the consumer electronics market and supply chain to benefit Metaboards and help grow the business. Working with a young company with innovative solutions that creates a better user experience is exactly the type of challenge that motivates and drives me.”
Metaboards was founded in 2016 by world leading professors and authors from Oxford University focusing on Metamaterials, currently one of the most dynamic scientific research areas. The company’s technology makes it possible to charge tablets, games consoles and controllers, computers and any other non-metal electronic device at the same time and on the same surface.
O’Donovan started his new role on Monday 11 June 2018.
Based in Oxford, UK, Metaboards is a pioneer in metamaterials – the science of creating materials in certain shapes, sizes or orientations to give it unique properties that would not be found in nature – in this case the ability to wirelessly charge devices. The company is creating new and highly flexible ways to embed wireless charging into surfaces so that multiple items can be charged simultaneously without the need for close alignment or multiple power supplies. This transforms the functionality of wireless charging.
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