In 2002 Mr. Ford co-founded Solaicx Inc. and served as the company’s President and CEO. Bob raised over $73 million in VC funding to grow Solaicx into the most innovative silicon ingot manufacturer in the world. Grew the company from inception to a factory with in excess of 60MW output capacity. Established a 135,000 square feet state-of-the-art silicon ingot production facility in Portland, Oregon in record time. Company was purchased by MEMC (now SunEdison, NYSE: SUNE). Mr. Ford holds a B.S. in Management from St. Mary’s College and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Willetts joined SerraLux’s predecessor company, Bending Light, in 2002. Upon the death of the inventor of the SerraGlaze® technology, he took over as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Willetts is also Chairman of Reeve Hepburn Asia Pacific, and has been involved in regeneration initiatives in London for over 25 years. He formed Reeve Hepburn in 1988 to concentrate on corporate strategy, management and finance of companies, particularly SME’s (small and medium sized businesses), and London regeneration agencies.
Previously, Mr. Willetts joined Neville Russell, a medium sized firm of accountants (purchased by Mazars) and in 1972, become a senior partner where he headed various offices and departments. In 1985, Mr. Willetts founded their international division, working worldwide from North America to Europe and Asia. Mr. Willetts qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross. He graduated from Bristol University with an honours degree in history.