February 1, 2010 – San Diego, CA –RANCHO SANTA FE — Solekai Systems Corporation has named Marco Thompson its new chief technology officer. A familiar face in the boardrooms of a number of innovative San Diego concerns, Thompson will call on 30 years of engineering services management experience and a vast network of technology contacts and affiliations to direct the technology focus for the Sorrento Valley engineering services company.
Thompson has designed and managed his way to entrepreneurial success. In 1984 he founded Doctor Design, an embedded engineering services firm that contracted for such companies as AMD, Intel, Samsung, Mitsubishi, DIRECTV, Philips, Thomson, Sony and IBM. Thompson would later sell the $50 million firm to Integrated Systems, which merged with Wind River in 2000, and then merged with Intel in 2009. Thompson stayed with the firm for 25 years before departing in November of 2009.
Prior to joining Solekai, Thompson co-founded and ran CommNexus San Diego, (formerly San Diego Telecom Council) a nonprofit network of communications, government, and defense industry companies. Thompson is also currently a managing partner at Express Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital Firm, which has funded eight San Diego companies. In addition, Marco is the founder and vice chairman of Connect Sport and Entertainment Innovators, and is the vice-chair of the board of Connect, San Diego’s startup assistance organization.
“This is our fourth opportunity to work together over 30 years, and I am looking forward to the collaboration,” Solekai President Martin Caniff said. “Marco has shown an ability to lead in two areas critical to the future of Solekai. One is keeping ahead of the curve on the technology that goes into complex consumer devices. Second is his understanding of large market shifts regarding technological changes over time.”
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