Previously, Simon served as the Chief Technology Officer of Tessera Technologies and served as the President of Invensas Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary. He founded Invensas in 2011 and built it into a leading semiconductor and IP licensing company, and the engine of Tessera’s highly successful turnaround. Simon joined Tessera in 2010 having been Chief Executive Officer at Vertical Circuits Inc., a Silicon Valley based consumer electronics and IP company, which he joined as Vice President of Product Management and Development in 2006. Prior to Vertical Circuits, Simon held a series of diverse leadership roles at Amkor Technology (2000-2006), Honeywell Inc. and Johnson Matthey Electronics (1994-2000), where he built and led new businesses in RF/Wi-Fi modules, semiconductor materials and electronics components in the US, Europe and Asia. He is managing partner at AlphaVenture Consulting, a strategic consultancy advising new ventures in electronics, clean energy, and biotech initiatives.
A practicing Six Sigma Black-Belt and author of over 40 US patents, Simon holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, with honors, in Engineering and Management from Oxford University.
Simon McElrea, VP of Marketing, Intellectual Property & Licensing
October 2014. Lonergan Partners is pleased to announce that Simon McElrea has been named Vice President of Marketing, Intellectual Property & Licensing at Energous Corporation. The search was led by Mark Lonergan.
About Energous Corporation
Energous Corporation is developing WattUp™, a wire-free charging technology that will transform the way people charge and power their electronic devices at home, in the office, in the car and beyond. WattUp is a revolutionary, patent- and trademark-pending solution that delivers intelligent, scalable power via the same radio bands as a Wi-Fi router. WattUp differs from current wireless charging systems in that it delivers meaningful, useable power, at a distance, while allowing users to roam while charging. The result is a wire-free experience that saves users from having to remember to plug in their devices or place them on a mat. Energous will initially license WattUp to the wearable and mobile-accessory markets and will expand to other markets such as Wi-Fi routers and smartphones over time. Energous Corporation began trading on the NASDAQ in March, 2014 under the symbol WATT.
It is a privilege to join Energous, a company not only at the head of its field, but defining its field. Wireless power, delivered at a distance of up to 15 feet to multiple mobile devices, is now a reality, thanks to Michael Leabman’s invention of WattUp, and the incredible work of a small team of dedicated colleagues. In a few short months I’ve watched us move into our new San Jose headquarters, hire dozens of talented engineers, complete a public offering, and win the Best of CES 2015!
Simon McElrea is one of the world’s acknowledged experts in intellectual property and licensing. To this he adds close working relationships with some of the top leaders in the consumer electronics industry. Simon will add great value to this breakthrough company.