Todd comes to BrightVolt with a distinguished track record of building new businesses and competing in emerging markets. His deep passion for innovation, matched with his unique ability to navigate complex business and technical environments makes him a natural fit to ignite world class growth at BrightVolt.
Todd served as President, N.A. for Arcsoft and prior to this held executive management roles at Microsoft, Staples and Intel. Todd brings his visionary ability to define and influence long-term business success to BrightVolt. He provides a sharp focus and dedication to leadership and operational excellence.
He holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Roanoke College.
Cliff is an experienced and successful CFO having previously held CFO roles in both venture capital and in private industry. Cliff has worked with a number of fast-growth venture backed private companies. In 2000, Cliff co-founded a highly successful Pacific Northwest company that sold in 2011 for a nine-figure cash price to WPP. Across his CFO career, Cliff has raised over $100 million in venture capital and debt-based financings, and managed a number of international acquisitions and business combinations.
Cliff began his professional career with Deloitte and Touch and earned his CPA. Cliff worked extensively with many of the largest Northwest-based companies including Microsoft, Boeing and Amazon. Cliff earned his J.D. at the University of Washington and has deep experience in commercial contracts, intellectual property, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, tax and international law.
Salil Soman –
Prior to joining BrightVolt, Soman was Vice President of Business Development at Natron Energy, where he led corporate business development activities for their Sodium-Ion battery technology in datacenter and telecom UPS, electric forklift, and stationary grid storage markets. Previously at ZincFive (formerly, PowerGenix), he was in charge of strategic marketing and commercialization of Nickel-Zinc battery products as their Vice President of Product Marketing.
Soman carries more than 18 years of experience across multiple battery technologies, and at ZincFive, was also responsible in the past for the design, development and integration of battery systems in power tool, military, transportation, and UPS applications. Prior to ZincFive, Soman spent several years in key engineering management positions at BASF Corporation (formerly, Ovonic Battery Company) and at Robert Bosch Battery Systems, the largest tier-1 supplier to major automotive manufacturers worldwide.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Colorado. A private pilot, Mr. Soman enjoys his weekends exploring California’s deserts, mountains and coastline with family and friends, when it’s time to recharge his own batteries.
Dr. Anaba Anani, Ph.D.
Anaba has distinguished himself in the storage/conversion energy industry in academia and private industry. He is recipient of Motorola’s Distinguished Innovation Award, Distinguished Achievement Award for Young Black Engineers, and ECS Young Author Award Nominations. He has also served as a Motorola SABA member and chaired the US Fuel Cell Council Portable Power Group.
Anaba earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Materials Science & Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He has authored or co-authored over 30 refereed articles in peer reviewed journals and is inventor or co-inventor of over 35 utility patents and 4 trade secrets.