Michel Wendell, BOD Chair
Michel Wendell has 20 years of experience in launching and managing international Infocom companies. By advising successful start-ups and billion-dollar market leaders in Finland, Sweden, France and the United States, Wendell has thorough understanding of the changing dynamics of globalizing markets and rapidly developing technologies. His extensive network of contacts in Silicon Valley, where he resides, is a significant resource to Nexit's portfolio companies. Before co-founding Nexit Ventures, Wendell served as Vice President of Business Development at Cadence Design Systems. He founded EuroVAR, a European-wide network of Windows based EDA solution distributors, and served as VP Europe for OrCAD, Inc., a leading PC based design tool vendor. Previously, Wendell launched Mentor Graphics' Scandinavian operations in Stockholm, Sweden, and subsequently headed European Marketing and Product Development from Paris, France, after which he managed partnership programs on a corporate level, based in corporate HQ in Beaverton, OR, USA. He has also worked for Nokia in Finland in various positions including technical application and sales management.
Mark Creamer has spent his career in sales, sales management, and marketing roles for variety of high tech companies. He started at Hewlett Packard, a leading computer manufacturer, in a sales training program where he rapidly progressed up through the sales ranks – territory rep, major accounts, and sales management. He also spent over eight years in a variety of sales management and marketing roles at Cadence Design Systems, a leading EDA software and services company. After Cadence, Mark joined a number of successful startups where he had North American and worldwide sales responsibility. He also contributed to the executive staff contributing strategically and operationally. After consulting for a number of companies in Silicon Valley, Mark joined Conformiq in June of 2012. He was hired to increase sales in North America and was promoted to worldwide VP of Sales in January of 2014. Mark has a Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Michael Mandahl has more than 25 years of Infocom experience and a passion for technology startups. He has co-founded several successful companies. Unusual Systems, a computer science think tank created in 1989, was bought by Guide (later Framfab). His second start-up, IQ Media, which pioneered the infotainment market in the Nordic area, was bought by BMG in 1996. Mandahl’s latest entrepreneurial role was as CEO of Mobeon. Mobeon is the leader in IP based voice and video mail. Ericsson acquired Mobeon in 2007. In 2002, Mandahl joined Mobeon’s lead investor Brainheart Capital as a Venture Partner. At Brainheart, in addition to continued involvement with Mobeon, he was responsible for the investments in Meru Networks that went public on NASDAQ in 2009 and Radionet that was acquired in 2005 by Airspan. In 2005, Mandahl joined Nexit Ventures where he now serves as a General Partner. At Nexit, he spends the majority of his time with Aava Mobile, Conformiq and Octoshape. At Conformiq, Mandahl serves as Executive Chairman. After studies in informatics and business administration, Mandahl spent a few years at the University of Umeå with research and teaching in the field of artificial intelligence.
Kimmo is the leader of Conformiq’s R&D team and has responsibility for Conformiq’s R&D operations. For the last nine years, he has had a significant role in the definition and implementation of Conformiq Designer. Kimmo created a distinct R&D culture that integrates technology innovation and close customer collaboration to bring new products to market. Prior to joining Conformiq, Kimmo worked for SGI and the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) research institute. Kimmo holds a M.Sc. Tech. degree from Helsinki University of Technology where he studied software systems and theoretical computer science. The Finnish Society nominated his thesis for the Best Master’s Thesis in Computer Science award.