We’re thrilled to announce that Phill LoPresti has joined the company as CEO as we position for broader commercialization of our award-winning surface haptic technology, TanvasTouch®.
Phill brings a wealth of management, engineering, sales and marketing experience having led two venture-backed startups. He was previously at Everspin where he served as President and CEO in the seven-year lead-up to a successful IPO in 2016.
Phill started his career as an engineer in the ASIC design center at NEC. During his 20-year tenure at the company, Phill served as Associate Vice President and General Manager of the Custom LSI Solutions Strategic Business Unit at NEC Electronics America where he expanded the ASIC technology business to more than $400M annually.
Our co-founder, Ed Colgate, will return to teach at Northwestern and run his robust research program which led to the launch of Tanvas as well as two previous spinoff companies. He remains very much involved in the advancement of surface haptics and will continue to evangelize TanvasTouch technology and serve on our Board of Directors. Ed stated, “Phill epitomizes everything we could want in a leader as Tanvas builds momentum and transitions to the next phase of growth. His technical expertise and proven experience will carry on our vision to bring surface haptic technology to touchscreens everywhere.”
TanvasTouch can be built into any touch-enabled product across a wide range of applications including automotive, retail, consumer electronics, visually impaired and custom displays. It’s an exciting time to be part of the future of touch!
Phill added, “There is nothing on the market like TanvasTouch surface haptics. Ed and his talented team have advanced this groundbreaking research and development to the company’s first commercial product. It is a privilege to transition the business into the commercial success it deserves and show the world how programmable textures on flat, physical surfaces can enrich our interactions with touch-enabled devices.”
If you have a product or project that would benefit from the addition of TanvasTouch surface haptics, please visit our website to learn more and get in touch.