Nersi Nazari is co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Connect. A veteran technology professional with more than 20 years of experience in management, Mr. Nazari excels at business development and venture funding in the technology industry. He holds a doctorate in electric engineering from the University of Colorado and has been awarded eight U.S. patents.
In 2003, Dr. Nazari founded Pacific General Ventures, a private venture capital firm which invests in high technology companies. He served as CEO of the firm’s portfolio company, Teranetics Inc., from 2009 until its acquisition by PLX Technology in 2010. Dr. Nazari has served in research and development positions at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Seagate Technology, and was chief technologist at GEC Plessey. Dr. Nazari also serves on various privately-held company boards and Emulex (NYSE: EMLX), a publicly traded company in enterprise-class converged connectivity solutions.
Stephen Zadig is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vital Connect. With more than 40 years of operational and business experience with start-up and pre-IPO companies, Mr. Zadig has taken a number of highly successful companies through IPOs, including C-Cube Microsystems, Paradigm Technology and Marvell Semiconductor. Most recently, Mr. Zadig served as the vice president of operations at Telegent Systems, one of the fastest growing technology companies, shipping more than 100 million devices in just three years.
While at C-Cube, Mr. Zadig was principal founder of the Fabless Semiconductor Association where he served as Chairman of the Forecast Committee for four years. He brings extensive knowledge of high volume subcontractor management, team building and business infrastructure development experience.
Bill Brennan serves as Executive Vice President of Vital Connect. Mr. Brennan has more than 20 years experience in strategic business development and sales management. He was most recently Vice President of Global Sales at Marvell Semiconductor, where he led business development and account management for the Storage Business Group. During his 11 year tenure at Marvell, Mr. Brennan oversaw the growth of his business unit from $20M to more than $1.6B in annual revenue. From 1993 until 2000, Mr. Brennan served as Vice President of Exis, Inc., a firm specializing in account management for semiconductor companies, including NEC Corporation. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Brennan held various sales and marketing positions at Texas Instruments. Mr. Brennan holds a bachelors of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado.
Toai Doan serves as Chief Architect of Vital Connect. Mr. Doan brings more than 25 years experience of product development in the semiconductor industry. He most recently served as Vice President of Engineering at Marvell Semiconductor. During his 12-year tenure at Marvell, Mr. Doan built and led a team of engineers developing product and technology for the data storage and data communication markets. Prior to Marvell Semiconductor, Mr. Doan worked in various R&D positions at Plessey Semiconductor Ltd, Mircorpolis Corporation, and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Doan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and has been granted more than 10 patents.
John Dring serves as Vice President of Product Development. Mr. Dring has more than 18 years of experience in bringing complex silicon based products to market by leveraging his unique knowledge and experience in silicon, signal processing, and software. John is an expert at architecting highly complicated algorithms in a cost and power efficient manner that enables widespread use of cutting edge technology. Previously at PLX (Teranetics acquisition), John served as the Executive Vice President in charge of product development for the 10GBASE-T line of PHY products shipping the first commercially available 10GBASE-T products to end customers. Previously at Intel, Mr. Dring was the key architect involved in bringing WiMAX technology to market by architecting and designing Intel's first commercially available WiMAX silicon product. Mr. Dring earlier led the development of key parts of the modem design at Iospan Wireless, helping to develop the first MIMO OFDM PHY for wireless metropolitan area access. Prior to Iospan Wireless, Mr. Dring held key positions at Stanford Telecom and FMC. Mr. Dring has authored several patents and has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Dr. Joseph Roberson serves as Chief Medical Officer at Vital Connect, Inc. Global Hearing's founder, Dr. Joseph Roberson, is a pre-eminent surgeon in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, the subspecialty of ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) surgery that treats hearing impairment in children and adults, including cochlear implants. One of an elite few, Dr. Roberson has served on the surgeon's advisory boards of all companies that manufacture FDA-approved cochlear implants. Additionally, he serves as CEO and Managing Partner at the CEI Medical Group.
Formerly, Dr. Roberson served as Chief of Otology-Neurotology-Skull Base Surgery at Stanford University. He also founded the Let Them Hear Foundation with his wife in 2002. His LTHF role has allowed him to assist in establishing many cochlear implant programs outside the United States. Other current responsibilities include acting as a consultant in non-competing roles with Acclarent and Autonomic Technology. Similar past consultant positions involved several industry leaders' Board of Directors, Advisory Boards, Business Development, and Research and Development roles with Medtronic, MedEl, Cochlear, Advanced Bionics, Neuropace, SoundID, Collagen, RxSound and others.
Dr. Roberson maintains an active clinical and surgical practice focused on hearing impairment, and functions as the Fellowship Director of CEI, a program responsible for training surgeons in Otology-Neurotology-Skull Base surgery. Dr. Roberson has appeared on multiple national television programs, due in part to his participation in over 1,000 cochlear implant surgeries in patients aged four months to 94 years of age.
Professor of Global Health Joins Growing Biosensor Technology Company CAMPBELL, Calif., October 8, 2012 — Vital Connect, Inc. (VCI), a growing biosensor technology company, today announced that world-renown global health professional Sir Richard Feachem has joined its board of directors. Professor Sir Richard Feachem is... READ MORE >>
Leading Cardiologist to Advise Growing Biosensor Technology Company Campbell, Calif., October 15, 2012 — Vital Connect, Inc. (VCI), a growing biosensor technology company, today announced that prominent cardiologist Neal White, MD, FACC, has joined its Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Neal White is the heart failure medical director... READ MORE >>