Board of Directors

Bent Rye

CEO & Chairman

Bent held leadership positions with Cisco (1993-2011) from start-up in Northern Europe to HQ in Silicon Valley – built and ran organizations with global operations. Worked extensively in all theaters – US, Europe, Asia and Middle East. He has broad experience in direct and partner sales, scaling of business operations and large deal management.

Tom Preststulen


Tom Preststulen is Managing Partner at Elkem AS, one of the world’s leading producers of industrial materials such as silicon, alloys, carbon and microsilica. He has more than 30 years’ experience as an investor and executive across the natural resources, clean technology, agriculture and logistics sectors around the world. Tom has extensive knowledge of working in China and holds a number of directorships with businesses in the Asia Pacific region including Gaia Mariculture Pte Ltd, Euro Nordic Logistics BV, Masterbulk Pte Ltd, Temasys Communications Pte Ltd and the Greenship Group.

Angus MacDonald

GM Global Alliances, Pivotal

Proven senior executive with 20+ years of experience establishing new companies, introducing products, and leading revenue generation. Experienced building early-stage and pre-revenue companies and led high performing sales teams. Raised funding for multiple companies.

Ph.D. in Microelectronics & BSc Hons in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

Jan Nilsson


Jan brings 20 years of extensive Silicon Valley start-up, business scaling, growth and marketing experience to the board. He was a founding member of Analogic Technology’s executive team who built the company from start-up to NASDAQ listing with a $500M+ valuation. Jan went on to found Kinetic Technologies which is now in a strong growth phase through his leadership as Chairman.

Phil Edholm


Phil Edholm has over 30 years experience in creating innovation and transformation in networking and communications. Prior to founding PKE , he was Vice President of Technology Strategy and Innovation for Avaya. Prior to Avaya, he was CTO/CSO for the Nortel Enterprise business for 9 years. His background includes extensive LAN and data communications experience, including 13 years with Silicon Valley start-ups. Phil is recognized as an industry leader and visionary. Phil was a member of the IEEE 802.3 standards committee, developed the first multi-protocol network interfaces, and was a founder of the Frame Relay Forum. Phil has 13 patents and holds a BSME/EE from Kettering University.