Ken has over 30 years of experience in various customer facing and executive roles in the semiconductor, software, and intellectual property markets. Over 20 of those years were focused on driving deals based on a variety of intellectual property licensing models, including the assertion of patents. He has extensive experience with customers and partners on a global basis, having done licensing deals with revenue values up to $250M in North America, Europe, and ASIA, with companies ranging from start-ups to large multinationals.
Most recently Ken was VP of Licensing at Rovi Corporation, a software company focused on discovery of content solutions for the PayTV market. There he was responsible for Rovi’s North America patent assertion and licensing program with revenue of ~$85M/year.
Prior to that Ken was Sr. Director at Rambus, a semiconductor IP company. There he held several business development and licensing roles in increasing responsibility over a total of 15 years.
Ken has had several executive business roles in start-ups, and has experience in raising investment capital and securing Alpha customer deals. He has also assisted a variety of start-ups, both in high tech and consumer devices, with their business development efforts thru consultancy and advisory board roles.
Early in his career, he held various sales and sales management positions at VLSI and Advanced Micro Devices, both semiconductor companies.Ken holds a BSEE from the University of the Pacific.