24 February 2021

NUBURU Inc of Centennial, CO, USA, which was founded in 2015 and develops and manufactures high-power, high-brightness industrial blue lasers, has formed an advisory board, whose strategic insight should enable it to better understand and support its customers and strengthen its market position.

Pictures: NUBURU’s new advisory board.

Bringing global expertise across battery and e-mobility, consumer electronics, 3C and defense to guide NUBURU’s business and product development, the founding members are as follows:

  • Vice Admiral (ret.) David Buss held numerous leadership positions throughout his 37-year career in the US Navy. Most recently he served as the Commander, Naval Air Forces (the Navy’s ‘Air Boss’), where he had global responsibilities for the operational readiness of the Navy’s aviation force. He is currently CEO of Los Angeles-based data storage technology company OpenDrives Inc. He was previously president of Cubic Global Defense Inc (a unit of Cubic Corp), where he led all aspects of its global military training business. Admiral Buss earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the US Naval Academy and is a graduate of the Navy’s Nuclear Power Training program.
  • Dr Ga-Lane Chen is currently the chief technology officer & chief information officer of Foxconn. He manages the global R&D on optics, lens, mobile phone camera, nanotechnology, robot, automation, autonomous driving, and biomedical technology. He also oversees the firm’s investment in high-tech companies from funding to IPO, including Invensense, GoPro, Berkeley Light, Habana Labs (2.2 Billion merged by Intel). Prior to Foxconn, Chen worked at Varian, Komag, Hitachi Metal, and Seagate. He also founded two companies – Oerdex (1989, magnetic media), GLC Communication (1999, fiber optics, acquired by Foxconn in 2000). Chen holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science/Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He also holds 2094 granted patents (US 454, China 828, Taiwan 812).
  • Takashi Mitachi is currently a senior advisor and was a co-chairman of the BCG Japan office from 2005 to 2015 and was a member of BCG’s Worldwide Executive Committee from 2006 to 2013. He was vice chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and has been a chief executive director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Japan. He currently serves as an outside director to several Japanese companies including DMG Mori Co Ltd, Tokio Marine Holdings, Rakuten Inc, and Unicharm Corp. He is also a professor at the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University. Mitachi holds a Master of Business Administration with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from the University of Kyoto.
  • Robert (Bob) L. Galyen is recognized as one of the top executives in the battery energy storage world and science/engineering-based communities. His former positions as CTO of CATL (the world’s largest battery manufacturer), chairman of SAE International Battery Standards Steering Committee, SAE Fellow, chairman emeritus & CTO of NAATbatt International, have given him a unique leadership perspective in the global battery industry. He also holds patents and publications and participates on multiple BODs (boards of directors and TABs (technical advisory boards). His nearly 50 years of international work experience has given him a visionary perspective on worldwide business, says NUBURU, making him uniquely qualified as a global energy storage and scientific/engineering community thought leader.

“The understanding of market trends and customer perspectives will be key in enhancing our market approach and strategic direction moving forward,” reckons NUBURU’s CEO Dr Guy Gilliland.

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