2 February 2021
AKHAN adds board members
AKHAN Semiconductor Inc of Gurnee, IL, USA – which was founded in 2013 and specializes in the fabrication and application of synthetic, lab-grown, electronics-grade diamond as functional semiconductors – has added veteran business executive King R. Lee and corporate finance & strategy consultant Holger Heims to its board of directors.
The firm says that Lee and Heims both bring business acumen and decades of experience to AKHAN and will be instrumental in its efforts to expand its Miraj Diamond products globally across verticals, including consumer electronics, semiconductors, and telecom/optics among the various industries that AKHAN has targeted for key growth.
Lee, a veteran CEO with 25 years of experience working in both public and private international companies, is currently a partner at Resource Capitalist LLC, where he advises companies in the technology space. In his recent past, he was CEO of Good Technology, a cybersecurity company targeting mobile devices, where he helped it transition from a consumer-focused company to an enterprise solution, increasing revenue by 700%. In addition, Lee has held numerous positions as CEO of both public and private technology companies, international and domestic, and worked with top-tier international private equity firms as a board member, including fundraising in private and public transactions for growth companies.
“As AKHAN continues to develop their patent portfolio and its applications addressing several huge technology sectors, my experience in building high-growth corporate structures and focusing on execution will be helpful in ensuring the company reaches its goals,” says Lee. “Whether it’s for the semiconductor, telecom or automotive sector or applying it to other cutting-edge technologies, AKHAN’s diamond tech is an industry-changing solution with great global opportunity,” he adds.
Heims has extensive experience as CEO and CFO of public companies in the USA and Europe, and a track record of helping technology companies scale to a global level and enter new markets. Currently managing partner of Falcon Equity Advisors of Switzerland, he has more than 30 years of professional experience, in international private equity (Deutsche Bank and others), M&A and cross-border corporate finance, particular in the Middle East and emerging markets, all of which will be helpful to AKHAN, believes the firm, as it targets new regions for expanded manufacturing capacity.
“As companies across industries come to realize they need AKHAN’s breakthrough solution, I’ve been provided with a great opportunity to step in and collaborate with existing leadership during this period of rapid growth,” says Heims. “As we continue to identify crucial avenues where AKHAN’s products can be applied, I’m confident my experience can assist in positioning the company for further successful and sustainable growth, and advancing their technology portfolio.”