David Eckert was named
CEO of Exavera in November 2004. He was specifically asked to take
on this role by Dr. Anthony Marlon, who became Exavera chairman
in the fourth quarter of 2004 after investing in the company a year
earlier. Between these two individuals, there is more than 70 years
experience in start-ups, fund raising and operations for multi-billion
dollar publicly traded corporations.
During his career, Mr. Eckert has led more than 35 individual profit
centers of between $30 million in revenue to over $600 million in
revenue to compete in start-up and mature business areas. He has
helped over 50 functional managers self-develop into business unit
Prior to Exavera, Mr. Eckert served as president of Rhodia, a $7B
global specialty chemicals company with 25,000 employees based in
Before his time as president, Mr. Eckert served in a number of other
executive positions within Rhodia and its previous parent company,
Rhône-Poulenc. As deputy president, he doubled the size of
his Consumer Specialties Division to $2.4B and 8000 employees by
managing the acquisition of A&W, and divested various business
units to optimize operations. He was also active in the team responsible
for a successful secondary stock offer. As executive vice president,
Mr. Eckert established a $1.1B operational unit with the creation
of Rhodia, and participated in all IPO activities to begin the Rhodia
spin-off from Rhône-Poulenc. As president of the North American
region, he was responsible for a profit center of $1.5B with 13
reporting business units, and led the re-engineering of all North
American work practices. Under his leadership, productivity and
profits increased by 34% and 78%, respectively.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Eckert served in a variety of leadership
roles at FMC Corporation, a $4B global chemicals and machinery company
headquartered in Chicago. In his last assignment, he was corporate
vice president and group manager of Agricultural Chemicals.
Mr. Eckert holds a MBA from Harvard University with second year
honors (1975), and a BSEE with high distinction from Pennsylvania
State University (1973). He also has served on the board of the
American Chemistry Council and was awarded a Commendation Medal
from the US Army for his service in Vietnam.
Leveraging his legal,
healthcare, and entrepreneurial experience, Mr. Zeller serves as
Exavera’s in-house counsel and oversees the corporate development
initiatives of the company.
After receiving his JD from New York Law School, Mr. Zeller worked
as in-house counsel to Sierra Health Services, a Nevada-based managed
Mr. Zeller subsequently went into private practice where he worked
closely with a Boston-based physician practice in order to help
them navigate regulatory, legal, and insurance issues associated
with the long-term care market.
Prior to his current position at Exavera, Mr. Zeller was the CEO
and Founder of Bam Records, an independent record label operating
in the New York and New England area.
With over 15 years of
technology sales experience, Mr. Wilson drives the relationships
between Exavera, its customers, and partners.
Prior to Exavera, Mr. Wilson was the Sales Director for EMEA (Europe,
Middle East and Africa) and Eastern US for Brecis Communications,
a technology provider for the VoIP and VPN appliance marketplaces.
Before joining Brecis, he served as Eastern US Area Sales Manager
for T.sqware and Globespan, who acquired T.sqware. In this role,
he guided the sale of technology for carrier class edge processing
and DSL products.
Mr. Wilson has also held positions at NKK Micro Devices and National
Semiconductor and was one of the founders of 3D Sales, Inc., a company
that specialized in communication technology solutions.
Before joining Exavera,
Brad served as a VP of Strategic Development at MicroArts, a subsidiary
of London-based Cordiant Communications. There, he helped clients
such as Tyco Telecommunications, Phase Forward, and ArQule identify
market opportunities and build strategic communications programs.
Prior to MicroArts, he was one of two original members of Thunder
House, a Boston-based interactive agency. At Thunder House, Brad
led customers such as IBM, Bank of Boston and General DataComm in
developing their use of new media, and delivered award-winning creative
for clients including SAP. He was also central to the agency’s
growth from two to 45 employees. Brad began his communications career
at The Weber Group (now part of Interpublic), which at the time
was the nation’s largest high-tech PR firm.
David R. Kuykendall, CTO
Kuykendall has been in software development and industry leadership
for nearly 20 years. At Exavera, he is responsible for contributing
to the evolution of the company's technological solutions and leading
the engineering team in meeting the needs of the market.
job entailed writing access control software for systems that were
sold by Wells Fargo, Diebolt, and ADT. Since then, he has designed
and completed software systems for Tactical Remote Image Transmission
for the United States Government, the Distributed Intrusion Detection
System (DIDS) for the Air Force Information Warfare Center (AFIWC),
medical image acquisition, storage and display systems for Image
Data and E-Systems Medical (Emed), Network protocols and Java Graphical
User Interfaces for WheelGroup; a computer network security company
later purchased by Cisco Systems. He has also held various leadership
positions and raised capital at entrepreneurial endeavors such as
NovusEdge, SecureOrbit Labs and Boerne Wireless.
Mr. Kuykendall graduated from Southwest Texas State University
with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics.
He is also a member of a number of organizations including South
Texas (Homeland Security) Information Sharing Network, Armed Forces
Communication and Electronics Network, The American Society for
Industrial Security, The National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) Process Control and Security Requirements Forum (PCSRF),
and The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).