Steve Abely joined LumaSense Technologies in July of 2012 as CFO and became the new CEO in February 2013. He has over 25 years of experience leading technology and manufacturing companies. While President and CFO of StorMedia, Steve oversaw the company through its IPO and tripled the company’s annual revenue. Over his seven-year tenure as CFO of Bookham (now Oclaro), a leading supplier of optical components and subsystems, Steve led the company through several major acquisitions. Steve holds a BA in Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Michael Bevan is a co-founder of Element Partners, a growth equity firm dedicated to investing in companies serving the energy, industrial, and environmental markets. In addition to LumaSense, Michael serves as a director of Hayward Gordon, Quench, Seven Seas Water, and Soleras Advanced Coatings. Some of Michael’s prior investments include Icynene (acquired by FFL Partners), Coastal Security Systems (acquired by Bariston Partners), Five Cubits (acquired by Command Alkon), GarrettCom (acquired by Belden), and Ionics (acquired by General Electric). Prior to Element, Michael was a Partner at Advent International where he led investments for the firm’s environmental investment practice. Before Advent, he was a Principal at EnerTech Capital Partners, a firm he helped found in 1995. Michael received a BA in English from Denison University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Tony Downer joined the Oak team as Director-Private Equity following a fourteen-year career as a Managing Director at Cornerstone Equity Investors, a middle market private equity firm with over $1.2 billion under management. At Cornerstone, Tony led the management buyout of a number of technology and tech-related companies as well as acted as the lead investor for numerous later-stage expansion financings. Prior to Cornerstone, Tony worked at the private equity groups at T. Rowe Price Associates and the Harvard Management Company. Tony currently serves as a director of EquaTerra, Geotrace Technologies, iTouch Ventures Limited and SecureWorks. He earned his BA, JD and MBA from Harvard University.
Nate Kawaye has served in general management, operations and senior financial positions for major technology companies for the past 30 years. Most recently Nate served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Group of Celestica Corporation responsible for providing contract manufacturing services for major computer and telecommunications technology companies. This was a $4.5 Billion dollar operation with global manufacturing, development and customer relationship responsibilities. Prior to Celestica, Nate was one of the founding executives of International Manufacturing Services (IMS), served as their Chief Financial Officer, and assisted in taking IMS public in 1997. Nate also served as the CFO of Maxtor corporation, a Fortune 500 company, Sigma Circuits and Priam Corporation, and as a Group Controller for Intel Corporation. Nate earned his BA in Biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley, and his MBA in Finance from UCLA.
David Walrod is an independent investor and entrepreneur with a focus on high growth companies in technology, healthcare and financial services. Previously, David was a general partner at Oak Investment Partners where he led and managed equity investments in a range of companies, including NextG Networks (CCI), Presidio Networked Solutions, Zayo Group, Wavestream (GILT) and CoreTek (NT). David has also worked with Vodafone Ventures, Bridgescale Partners as well McKinsey & Company. David currently serves as a director of Pier 88, SCRx, Gener8, TrustID and Violin Memory. He also has significant experience internationally, having worked and lived in countries as diverse as China, Indonesia, Brazil, and Vietnam. David received his B.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a Ph.D. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the MIT Research Lab of Electronics and completed a J.D. at the Harvard Law School.