Bryan joined SensL as CEO in April 2010. Bryan is a third generation technology entrepreneur with a 28-year track record, having previously founded and managed Toucan Technology (acquired by PMC-Sierra Inc.) and Lightstorm Networks (acquired by Broadcom Corp.). Prior to Toucan Technology, Bryan worked for Digital Equipment Corporation in various engineering and management roles.
He built world-class product development, marketing and sales organizations and worked with the investment community to fund their growth. He received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from University College, Cork and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University College, Dublin.
Carl JacksonCTO & VP Engineering
Carl Jackson is founder and CTO and VP of Engineering of SensL. Carl holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Clemson University (USA) and a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland, Cork in Microelectronics. His doctoral research work was carried out at the Tyndall National Institute and focused on the development of the core CMOS-compatible, low-light sensor which SensL has commercialized. Carl has over 50 publications and patents in the area of low-light sensors and he is a recognized leader in the area of solid-state silicon photomultipliers and photon-counting technology.
After completion of his research at the Tyndall National Institute in 2002, Carl founded Photon Detection Systems which carried out further development of his solid-state sensor technology and productizing of the core detector. Additionally, Photon Detection Systems provided detector module design for commercial OEM and research customers. In 2004, Carl realized that a significant commercial opportunity existed for the core low-light sensor technology and SensL was founded to exploit the opportunity. All of the technology from Photon Detection Systems was transferred into SensL at this time.
Carl is the technology visionary of SensL and has lead the development of the core technology from single diode sensors at the research level, to full commercial implementation with millions of light sensors per system combined with high performance packaging, electronics and software.
Wade AppelmanVP Sales & Marketing
Wade joined SensL as VP of Sales and Marketing in January 2011 and is responsible for all customer and marketing activity on a worldwide basis. Wade has led sales and marketing efforts for five venture-backed startups with total exit valuations of $800 million. He launched Sitera (acquired by Vitesse), Zagros (Acquired by Altera), and Lightstorm Networks (Acquired by Broadcom), closing their first customers and most recently was VP of Sales and Marketing for material handling robotic pioneer Harvest Automation.
Wade has also served as VP of Marketing for two publically traded corporations including Cabletron Systems where he led product marketing for the $1B switch and routing division and Vitesse Semiconductor where he led product marketing and product management for the 500-employee Advanced Networking Products Division. He has a B.S. from Wagner College in New York, NY.
SensL Board of Directors
Dermot BerkeryBoard Member
Dermot Berkery joined Delta Partners in 1999 as a General Partner. He serves on the board of Seewhy Software and Sensl. He was also previously on the board of Farran Technology (sold in 2005 to Smiths Industries) and Similarity Systems (sold in 2006 to Informatica Inc.).
Before joining Delta, he was a Senior Manager with McKinsey & Co. Having worked in McKinsey, Atlanta for 4 years, he returned to Dublin in 1995 to grow McKinsey’s presence in Ireland. From 1995 to 1998, he helped Irish companies in a range of sectors to develop and pursue accelerated growth strategies. Prior to McKinsey, he was a Senior in the Corporate Financial Services Division of Arthur Andersen in Dublin and London, where he specialized in financial restructurings.
A graduate of University College Dublin in Commerce, he holds an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Dermot has written a book for entrepreneurs seeking venture capital entitled Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur, published by McGraw-Hill.
Frank WalshBoard Member
Frank has worked in investment finance in both the United States and Ireland for over 15 years. His direct experience includes investment banking, equity research, venture capital, and joint venture development. Frank has helped numerous technology companies raise both public and private capital as part of Initial Public Offerings, Secondaries, PIPE’s, and Venture Fundings.
In addition to his international Corporate Finance experience, Frank worked directly with a number of Irish startups to help them maximize their business potential, drive company growth, and importantly, to do so in a manner that enhanced the company’s ability to attract external investment. Finally, Frank was a founding director of two companies since his return to Ireland, both of which operated successfully and were ultimately sold.