Peter Smyth, Founder and Chairman
Peter Smyth is a 20yr veteran of the business. Peter is the founder of RedMere and until August 2011 he led the company as CEO before becoming Chairman. Prior to founding RedMere he held the position of VP Business Development for Ceva Inc.'s (Nasdaq: CEVA) Strategic Accounts and Wireline Communications Divisions, with worldwide responsibility for division revenues and product marketing, including Ceva's high-speed Wireline interface technologies.Over a career spanning 10 years at Ceva (previously Parthus Inc.), Peter also held positions as VP Product Marketing and VP Sales. Prior to working for Ceva in Ireland, he was Europe Manager for Taiwan-based Microtek International (DSD) based in Munich, Germany, and prior to that, he was Western Region Sales Manager for Microtek's operation in the United States, based in Portland, OR. Peter also held roles as Product Marketing Engineer and later as UK Sales Manager for Irish firm Ashling Microsystems, based in London. Out of college Peter was a Control Systems Design Engineer for Hyster Inc. Peter has a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University, 1985.
Prior to joining RedMere, Mr. Stelliga was formerly the Chairman and CEO of Quellan, a leading developer of high performance Analog Semiconductors until it was acquired by Intersil Corporation in 2009. Prior to his roles at Quellan and Intersil, Mr. Stelliga held senior management and strategic positions at Intel Corporation following Intel’s acquisition of Softcom Microsystems in 1999, a high performance semiconductor company he founded and acted as Chairman and CEO. Mr. Stelliga has also held Vice-President and General Manager positions at LSI Logic Corporation and Newbridge Microsystems prior to its spinout as Tundra Semiconductor. Mr. Stelliga has served on the Board of Q-Sound Corporation, a publicly traded company, and holds 20 US Patents.
Ruud van der Linden, Board Member
Prior to joining RedMere, Ruud was previously Senior VP at Asia Pacific for Freecom Inc, Senior VP for Philips Semiconductor where he was responsible for the Display Solutions Business Unit worldwide, located in Taiwan. There he was responsible for the total product value chain for products such as display drivers, decoders, encoders and video processing IC's. Ruud also spent almost 6 years as Senior VP Asia Pacific at Philips Semiconductor, running the complete marketing and sales operation for Philips Semiconductors in Asia (also located in Taiwan). Prior to that he was responsible for World Wide Marketing of Philips Semiconductor Logic IC's, based in Silicon Valley. Ruud started his career at Philips in the Netherlands in 1984 having roles in Sales, Automation, Production and Human Resource management. Following University Ruud worked as a teacher in Physics and Mathematics. He has Bachelor degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Nijmegen, and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from the University of Enschede, both located in the Netherlands.
Michael Reilly, Board Member
Michael Reilly is a former Managing Director of JPMorganChase, New York, NY, where he most recently was Chief Architect for the Chase Financial Services business unit. Mike is the former Chief Technology Officer of J.P. Morgan, New York, NY, where he was responsible for the firm's technology research agenda, global infrastructure operations and strategic relationships. He was a member of the management team of JPMorgan’s LabMorgan business incubator where he was responsible for LabMorgan’s Wireless business investments, and for a year was acting CEO of TransactPlus, a start-up company based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to Mike's appointment to CTO in early 1999, he was co-head of the JP Morgan Products and Services (P&S) organization. Prior to joining Morgan, Mike was a senior technology consultant with Digital Equipment Corporation in New York, NY. Mike holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University, 1985.
Brian Antonen, Celtic House Venture Partners & Board Member
Brian Antonen joined Celtic House in 2000. He is based in the Toronto office. Originally an electrical engineer, Brian has over 21 years of technical, business operational, and capital markets experience. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Brian is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and of the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario. Brian’s investment focus is on Digital Multimedia and Wireless. During his nine years at Celtic House, he has established himself as a domain expert in video and multimedia processing and is viewed by his peers as a leading semiconductor investor in Canada. His knowledge of the sector has unique breadth and depth, from the technicalities of the product to the intricacies of the market. His record of success includes ViXS Systems (a world leader in multimedia processing components) and Camilion Solutions (one of the fastest growing financial software companies in North America). He has held directorships on 13 private boards, and currently serves as a board member of eight Celtic House companies. Brian travels extensively in Europe and Asia. He has developed a strong business network in these regions that is being applied within the Celtic House portfolio to lower development costs and improve time-to-market. Brian’s contacts have assisted in design and manufacturing, sales growth, fundraising, and investment banking.
Roger Maggs, Celtic House Venture Partners & Board Member
Roger Maggs founded Celtic House in 1994. Prior to that, Roger enjoyed a 27-year career at Alcan Aluminum Limited, with senior postings around the world, including three Vice Presidencies of the global company. He started as a physicist in a product development lab and ended as VP Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestments, at the head office in Montréal, Quebec. Roger’s interest in venture capital began in the late 1980s with his involvement in Alcan’s Corporate Venture arm. Roger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Wales, and a Master’s degree from Warwick Business School. He was made an honoury fellow of his college in 1998. Over his career, Roger has held directorships on over 30 public and private boards and currently serves as a board member of six Celtic House companies. Through his longstanding board role at publicly-traded LTX-Credence (Nasdaq: LTXC), Roger has built strong ties to the semiconductor industry in the US. He is also Chairman of publicly-traded Sandvine (TSX: SVC, LSE-AIM: SAND), a position he held prior to its AIM IPO in 2006. Roger oversees the investment activities of Celtic House in both the UK and Ireland. Having mentored over a dozen CEOs in the Celtic House portfolio, he brings exceptional skills in management team development and marketing to the partnership. Roger travels extensively in Europe and the US and has developed a strong business network in both regions.
Derek Smyth, Edgestone Capital Partners & Board Member
Derek joined EdgeStone as Partner in February 2004. Prior to joining EdgeStone he was President and CEO of Bridgewater Systems Corporation. Before joining Bridgewater Systems, he held the position of COO at Ironside Technologies, where he was responsible for the overall direction of global business development, marketing, sales operations and product development. As COO, Derek grew the business from start-up phase to a multi-national organization, and a team of 14 to 240, while raising $72M in private equity. Previously, he held a number of positions with Bay Networks Canada and Radius Inc. Derek serves on the Board of Directors of Maximum Throughput, pVelocity, Shoplogix, CiRBA and Solace Systems. Previous board participation includes RSS Solutions and Time Industrial. He holds a B.A. (Commerce and Economics), University of Toronto and completed the Enterprise Program for Growing Companies (EPGC), Stanford University.
Kevin Fielding, Board Member
Kevin Fielding is a Partner in Venture Capital firm Alta Berkeley. He has a 20-year track-record of building and managing companies in the semiconductor industry both in Europe and in the US. Prior to joining Alta Berkeley, Kevin held the position of President and CEO of ParthusCeva (NASDAQ: CEVA). He also led several successful high-technology start-up activities, including the successful IPO of Parthus Technologies plc (NASDAQ: PRTH) on the LSE and NASDAQ in 2000. Prior to returning to Europe in 1998, Kevin spent 10 years in the US working on several high performance microprocessor businesses. He was the GM of the StrongARM business in Palo Alto, CA prior to it’s acquisition by Intel in 1998, and also worked on the original Alpha microprocessor in Hudson, MA for Digital Equipment Corp. Before moving to the US, Kevin worked on high-speed processor design for Philips BV in Eindhoven and in Dublin. He also spent four years working in the research labs at the NMRC (National Microelectronics Research Centre) attached to University College, Cork. Kevin earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1992 from Northeastern University, Boston. In addition he received both Masters and BSEE degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ireland at Cork.