Management

Dr. Lorne Whitehead
Chief Technology Officer

Lorne Whitehead is the founder of SunCentral and the primary inventor of SunCentral’s technology. Dr. Whitehead also serves as SunCentral's Chief Technology Officer and as a Director. Dr. Whitehead holds over 100 patents and has substantial expertise in technology transfer. His prior inventions and patents have spun off companies that have been acquired by Philips Lighting, 3M and Dolby Labs. Dr. Whitehead is Special Advisor on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of British Columbia, where he is also a Professor and the NSERC/3M Applied Physics Chairholder.  He also serves as a Board Member and Treasurer for the Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage (CIE), based in Vienna.

Ray Smith
Chief Financial Officer

From 2011 to 2013, Ray Smith was the Chief Financial Officer of Recon Instruments responsible for finance, legal, HR and supply chain.  Recon is based in Vancouver, Canada and is a leader in wearable Heads-up Displays for sports and active lifestyle.  Mr. Smith closed a $10M Series A financing round, closed additional debt financing rounds, established contract production in Mexico and helped set up Recon’s international web store.  From 2000 to 2011, he was based in the US and was the Vice President of Finance for NASDAQ listed Eurand (which subsequently merged with Axcan Pharmaceuticals to form Aptalis Pharma).  Mr. Smith helped establish Eurand’s US pharmaceutical sales and marketing business, successfully launching and promoting their first product, Zenpep, with a sales force of more than 70 reps and taking more than 20% market share in the first year.  He was also part of the core team for their IPO in 2007, raising in excess of $100M. From 1992 to 2000, he worked in Europe and the US in the advisory and assurance practice of Ernst & Young.

Mr Smith is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He holds a degree in Mathematics and Computation from Loughborough University in the UK.

James Mutter
Chief Legal Officer

James Mutter is Chief Legal Officer at SunCentral. Mr. Mutter was previously a partner at the large national law firm of Fasken Martineau LLP, where he helped establish one of the largest technology law practices in Vancouver. James Mutter served as former President of the Premier’s Technology Council, advising the Premier on all technology related matters. Mr. Mutter also serves as Principal at Whiteboard Law, based in Vancouver, and is appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pacific Carbon Trust. Mr. Mutter has been recognized in Martindale-Hubbell as a top business lawyer in Canada with a BV Peer Review Rating.

Frank Christiaens
M&A Advisor

Frank Christiaens is M&A Advisor at SunCentral. 

Mr. Christiaens is a Partner at CrossPacific Capital Partners, a Director at China Digital Video in Beijing, CLEARink Displays and ELIX Wireless in Vancouver. Mr. Christiaens has 20 years experience operating and managing multinational corporations and startups throughout Asia, South America, and Europe.  From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Christiaens served as the President for Greater China for Barco, a Euronext listed professional display supplier. From 2000 to 2002, he acted as founder, director, COO and then CEO, for data services provider Qala in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Mr. Christiaens moved to Asia in 1996 to head up the Internet division for telecommunications equipment provider Alcatel of France. From 1991 until 1995 Mr. Christiaens worked in Europe and South America as a telecommunications project manager. He founded his first startup in Belgium in 1991. Mr. Christiaens holds master's degrees in Electrical / Electronical Engineering, as well as Business Administration, and studied at the University of Leuven Belgium, and at Imperial College in London UK.

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