Neah Power Management and Corporate Governance

Neah Power System’s Management Team brings a wealth of experience and hands-on development to the energy, fuel cell and technology sector.


Dr. Chris D’Couto | President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. D’Couto brings more than fifteen years of sales, marketing and product development experience to Neah Power. In his previous roles of increasing responsibility at Intel Corporation, Novellus Systems and FormFactor Inc. he was responsible for the introduction of new disruptive products that are critical to the success of these companies. Dr. D’Couto is the primary author of various patents, has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, and has been the invited keynote speaker at various forums. He has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Clarkson University, NY, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.


Derek Reiman | Director of Manufacturing

Mr. Reiman has extensive experience in all aspects of Neah’s proprietary technology, and has had roles of increasing responsibility in development, manufacturing, process transfer and system development. In his current role as Director of Manufacturing, Mr. Reiman is responsible for the silicon processing, production, cell and stack testing and quality control, and is working with the outsourced manufacturing supply chain to enable world class competitive products. Mr. Reiman has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, with a focus on semiconductor processing, from the University of Washington.

Board of Directors

Jeffrey B. Sakaguchi | Chairman of the Board Member

Jeffrey Sakaguchi has served on our board since November 2010. Mr. Sakaguchi has served since 2009 as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Greater Los Angeles Chapter where he has been responsible for the financial and organizational turnaround of chapter performance. From 2004 until 2007, Mr. Sakaguchi served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Evolution Robotics Retail, Inc. In that role, Mr. Sakaguchi co-led a spin off of Evolution Robotics Retail, Inc. from its former parent company and developed and executed a commercialization strategy for a breakthrough visual scanning product targeted for the retail industry. From 1995 until 2003, Mr. Sakaguchi served as the Managing Partner for the North American Energy Strategy Practice at Accenture LLP in Los Angeles. From 1989 until 1995, Mr. Sakaguchi served as the Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, Inc. in Los Angeles. Mr. Sakaguchi earned his bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his masters in business administration from the Wharton School of the University ofPennsylvania. Mr. Sakaguchi was chosen to serve on our Board because of his extensive business leadership experience with technology and emerging companies and his knowledge of the emerging fuel cell industry.

Dr. Chris D’Couto | Board Member

Dr. Gerard C. D’Couto has served as a member of our Board since January 28, 2008 and as our Chief Executive Officer and President since February 2008. Dr. D’Couto previously served as our Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President from September 2007 until February 2008. Prior to joining us, Dr. D’Couto served as senior director of marketing at Form Factor Inc. from January 2006 until September 2007, where he headed the launch of NAND flash and DRAM sort probe cards. Prior to that, Dr. D’Couto had a nine-year tenure at Novellus Systems, Inc., with positions of increasing responsibility ranging from product management to technology development and sales. Prior to that, Dr. D’Couto worked at Varian Associates and as a consultant to Intel Corporation. Dr. D’Couto received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology in India and also received a master’s and a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University in New York. Dr. D’Couto also earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. D’Couto was chosen to serve on our Board because of his management and operational skills from his business school education and past management positions as well as his technical knowledge related to our fuel cell technology.


Jon M. Garfield | Board Member

Jon M. Garfield has served on our Board since May 2008. Mr. Garfield is currently the CFO of Monte Nido LLC a behavioral healthcare treatment facility. He served as Chief Executive officer of technology company Clearant, Inc. (OTCBB: CLRA) from January 2007 until October 2010, and as Chief Financial Officer at Clearant, Inc. from September 2006 until January 2007. Mr. Garfield has served as a member of Clearant, Inc.’s board of directors from May 2007 until August 2010. From September 2001 through 2006, Mr. Garfield served as an independent financial consultant, including advising as to SEC reporting obligations and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. From 1998 until 2001, he served as Chief Financial Officer of a telecom service provider and a software developer. From 1996 to 1998, he served as Vice President of Acquisitions for the formerly NYSE-listed ground transportation consolidator Coach USA, Inc. From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Garfield served as Corporate Assistant Controller of Maxxim Medical, Inc., a formerly New York Stock Exchange listed manufacturer and distributor. During 1986 to 1991, Mr. Garfield practiced public accounting with Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Garfield received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from University of Texas, Austin. Mr. Garfield was chosen to serve on our Board because of his past experience in chief executive officer and chief financial officer roles at public companies and because of his financial literacy.

William M. Shenkin | Board Member

William M. Shenkin has served on our Board since November 2013.  Mr. Shenkin is currently the CEO and President of CeFO, Inc. Mr. Shenkin specializes in working with businesses and individuals in providing family office services for high net worth individuals, chief financial officer services including strategic business review and planning, monthly financial and accounting review, equity and debt financing, buy/sell negotiations, and tax services. Mr. Shenkin’s professional history encompasses 30 years of CPA, tax, audit and advisory services beginning with Ernst & Young, then Shenkin Kurtz Baker & Co. and presently CeFO, Inc. He is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and serves as a Board Member and Board Advisor for numerous companies and non-profits. Mr. Shenkin holds a M.A. in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

Scientific Advisory Board

Drs. Wilbert van den Hoek

Drs. van den Hoek retired from Novellus Systems, Inc. in February 2008. He is currently a part-time advisor to Novellus Systems, Inc. From July 1999 through October 2005, he served as chief technical officer and executive vice president, Integration and Advanced Development. From March 2003 – Jan 2005, he was also in charge of the Human Resources organization, and acting General Counsel till Dec 2006. From the end of 2005 through February 2008, he was president and CEO of Novellus Development Company, LLC.
Drs. van den Hoek represents Novellus Systems, Inc. as a member of the board of directors of the Semiconductor Research Corp. and as a member of the Governing Council of the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp. (MARCO). He is a member of the Technical advisory boards of various public and private companies. Drs. Van den Hoek has written over thirty technical publications and holds more than fifteen patents. Drs. van den Hoek received a Doctorandus degree in Chemistry from the Rijks Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Joseph R. Bronson

Mr. Bronson is President and Chief Operating Officer of Sanmina-SCI Corporation (NASDAQ: SANM), a leading electronics contract manufacturer serving the fastest-growing segments of the global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market. Prior to Sanmina, Mr. Bronson served as President and Director of FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM), a manufacturer of high performance advanced semiconductor wafer probe cards. Mr. Bronson also spent 20 years at Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT) in senior level operations management positions concluding with Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the company.

Dr. Reza Abhari

Dr. Abhari is a professor of Energy Technologies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) where he is committed to research and development of advanced energy conversion systems and technologies. Dr. Abhari has served as a consultant to notable companies such as Alstom Power, a global leader in power generation, Daimler (NYSE: DAI), General Electric (NYSE: GE), Honeywell (NYSE: HON), and Toshiba Corp. (TSE: 6502.T). Additionally, he has served as an advisor to several private equity and venture capital firms, providing business, strategic and technical advice in the support of Clean Tech investments.

Dr. Abhari serves as a Member of the Board of Factor3C, a global leader in carbon asset development, and trading of Carbon Emission Reduction credits; Vice-Chairman of the International Gas Turbine Institute; and, Member of NASA Glenn Research Center’s Working Group focusing on aeronautical research. Professor Abhari is a member of the prestigious Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the recipient of several scientific awards, as well as a keynote speaker in the US, Europe, and Asia on topics related to climate change and energy supply and conversion. Professor Abhari received his PhD from MIT (1991) in Aeronautics and Astronautics and his MA and BA from Oxford University in Engineering Sciences.

Colonel James Mutter

Colonel James Mutter joins the Company’s Strategic Advisory Board after a distinguished 36-year military career with the US Marine Corps, including five years in USMC research, development, test and evaluation positions, about 15 years in senior command and control positions in both field and garrison, and also several tours as Chief of Staff at various commands. Following his military career, Col. Mutter was Sr. VP for Administration at Sensys Corp in D.C., has consulted with a number of military support contractors, and was President of the National Military Family Association. In 1998, he received the civilian US Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. After graduating from University of New Mexico in 1961, and serving two tours of duty in Vietnam, Col. Mutter was selected to attend graduate school and earned a Masters Degree in Financial Management at George Washington University.

Lieutenant General Carol Mutter (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Carol Mutter (retired) joins Neah Power’s Strategic Advisory Board after a celebrated 31-year career with the US Marine Corps where she retired as a Lieutenant General in 1999. General Mutter possesses 13 years of experience in military research, development and acquisition in addition to her experience in financial management, logistics, personnel administration, and equal opportunity. She was appointed by the President of the U.S. to the American Battle Monuments Commission, and currently serves on the National Advisory Council of The Alliance for National Defense, on the Advisory Board of the Indiana Council on World Affairs, on the Indiana State (legislative) Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs, and participates as a Senior Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA. More recently, Gen. Mutter has been a consultant for companies including IBM (NYSE: IBM), Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN), Revision Eyewear, as well as virtual training and nanotechnology organizations, directly contributing to their relationships with and success in obtaining government contracts. Gen. Mutter earned two masters degrees; one from Salve Regina University and the other from Naval War College, and has been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees.

John P. de Neufville

John P. de Neufville purchased the ChemOvonics Division from ECD in 1986 and founded Voltaix, Inc. a high purity specialty gas business which was sold to Air Liquide America in 2013.  Subsequently, he purchased the assets formerly associated with the GM-ECD JV that produced the then novel nickel-metal hydride batteries for GM’s first all-electric car, the EV-1, creating a new company, Eutectix, LLC, based in Troy, MI and currently serving as Eutectix’ CEO and Chief Scientist.  His early research interests focused on materials for batteries, optical memory devices, and solar cells, prepared by sputtering, chemical vapor deposition and plasma deposition.  At Exxon, John was a member of the team that developed a concept of selective remote sensing of uranyl minerals using laser induced fluorescence.  At Voltaix he played a key role in scaling the synthesis of various molecules used for the chemical vapor deposition of insulating, semiconducting and conducting films for advanced integrated circuit and photovoltaic applications.  John Neufville holds a PhD. in applied physics and materials science from Harvard University and an M.S. in geology from Harvard University and a B.S. in geology from Yale University.