Dr Leo Laughlin
Leo’s award-winning research on signal cancellation technology forms the basis of Forefront RF’s product development. He was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, and has worked in the wireless industry on mobile chipset development. He has a Ph.D in wireless communication, has published in top academic and industry journals, and is named inventor on several patents.
Julian has been promoting, developing and marketing breakthrough RF technologies for use in mobile phones for over 30 years. He was Managing Director of Cambridge-based TTPCom plc’s Silicon IP Licencing business followed by spearheading the licensing of start-up Nujira’s envelope tracking technology to global chip and handset manufacturers. Julian combines technical knowledge with strong leadership skills and a commercial awareness born of negotiating multi-million pound contracts with blue chip companies around the world.
Dr Phil O’Donovan
Phil O’Donovan, as co-founder and Managing Director, helped grow Cambridge-based CSR plc from a start-up of nine into a highly successful FTSE 250 listed fabless semiconductor company employing, in 2015, more than 2,000 people in 23 locations.
Within four years from 1999, CSR became the Bluetooth market leader and supplier of chips to hundreds of global high-volume consumer product manufacturers. By 2012, CSR had achieved annual revenue of $1billion and had, by 2015, shipped close to 4billion chips. CSR was acquired by US company Qualcomm in September 2015 for $2.5billion.