“Richard’s experience in finance with high-growth, early stage businesses will further strengthen the board as we enter a period of rapid growth,” said Edward Hughes, CEO Aculon, Inc. “In addition, his extensive electronics experience including his 20-year tenure at Hewlett Packard, will accelerate our growth us in this key market.”
“I’ve been an investor for the past four years and am excited to join the board of directors,” said Elkus. “I am passionate about U.S. competitiveness and believe that we need to maintain our technological advantage. Aculon is a great example of a U.S. company commercializing technology developed at U.S. universities.”
In his present position as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations at Extrameasures, LLC, Elkus oversees finance, administration, I.T. and program operations for the stored-value issuing company. His past posts included multiple divisions within Hewlett Packard including roles as VP and CFO of Phogenix Imaging, a startup professional commercial printing manufacturer (HP/Kodak joint venture), where he was an initial founding member of the management team and the Secretary to the Board of Directors. Other positions held within HP include Controller in HP’s $1.2B All-in-One Division; Financial Operations manager of the HP InkJet Supplies Business Unit, and financial management positions in Site Services and HP Printed Circuit Board Division.
Mr. Elkus graduated with a BA in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego, and received his MBA from the University of Oregon. He also serves on the board of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, along with past community involvement with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce and the University of California Youth Ranch.
About Aculon, Inc.
Founded in 2004, Aculon specializes in inventing and commercializing unique molecular-scale surface and interfacial coatings leveraging nanotechnology discoveries made at Princeton University. These thin-film coatings can be classified into three functional areas:
• Non-stick coatings (nano-scale “Teflon®”)
• Anti-corrosion coatings
The company has formulated coating solutions and processes for numerous markets including optical, display, electronics, consumer products and industrial coatings. These specialized coatings outperform all known alternatives in characteristics such as adhesion, stain resistance, and scratch resistance.
Aculon's team brings together seasoned executives from the specialty chemicals industry, professional investors experienced in early-stage technology companies, key scientists from Princeton University, and proven business development professionals.
TEFLON ® registered trademark of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates.
VELCRO® is a registered trademark of Velcro Industries B. V.