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.
Kimmo Nupponen is the leader of Conformiq’s R&D team and has overall responsibility for Conformiq’s R&D operations. For over a decade, he has had key role in the definition and implementation of Conformiq core technology and is product owner of various Conformiq products including 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.
Pekka Salonoja is a highly respected Infocom professional, with a 20-year career in Nokia. Mr. Salonoja has held several key positions at Nokia, latest as Vice President and General Manager of Server Software Products at Nokia Mobile Phones, responsible for Nokia’s messaging and mobile internet server business with 650+ R&D and product management staff in Europe, US and China. Having left Nokia in 2002 to pursue a new career in venture capital, Mr. Salonoja joined Nexit Ventures from Startupfactory, an early stage Nordic venture capital firm, where he worked as the Managing Partner of the company’s Finnish operations. Mr. Salonoja serves as a chairman of the board of several high-tech start-up ventures. Mr. Salonoja holds a M.Sc. degree in electronics from the Helsinki University of Technology.