Harrold Rust has been the chief executive officer of Enovix since co-founding the company in 2007. He leads the development and execution of an innovative battery business model with new approaches to technology, design, and production. Under his leadership, Enovix has secured over $150 million in funding, largely through strategic investments from industry leading technology partners Cypress Semiconductor, Intel, and Qualcomm.
Prior to Enovix, Harrold was vice president of operations at FormFactor, a leader in the design and production of patented 3D MEMS contact technology for semiconductor wafer testing. During his 5-year tenure, he led operations from research and development through pilot production to high-volume manufacturing. This helped set the stage for a successful IPO in 2003 and contributed to a 4x increase in annual revenue, from $79M in 2002 to $369M in 2006.
Before FormFactor, Harrold spent 17 years in operations management at IBM’s thin-film disk-drive head facility in San Jose, CA. He led an organization of 250 engineering and manufacturing personnel to meet increasing production goals while reducing costs by 50%. He also assumed business planning responsibility for IBM’s global disk-drive head operations in Asia, Central America, and Europe. Harrold earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from U.C. Davis and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
Ashok Lahiri has been the chief technology officer of Enovix since co-founding the company in 2007. He is lead architect of the Enovix 3D Silicon Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery, responsible for design and implementation of our patented 3D cell architecture and high-capacity silicon anode. He also manages our associated IP portfolio of over 100 patents.
From 2003 to 2007, Ashok was senior director of engineering at FormFactor, a leader in the design and production of patented 3D MEMS contact technology for semiconductor wafer testing. At FormFactor, he led an engineering organization that increased the yield of complex 3D electromechanical devices on silicon substrates from low single-digits to over 90%, while scaling to large arrays capable of massively parallel wafer testing. This contributed to a successful IPO and a 370% increase in revenue during his tenure.
Over a 20-year period, from 1983 to 2003, Ashok advanced through roles of increasing engineering and management responsibility in the IBM hard disk-drive division. He led research groups developing precision ceramic machining— including novel techniques for thin-film heads to nanometer accuracy, he led process development and introduction of the first giant magneto-resistive (GMR) head—which doubled the storage density of previous products, and, ultimately, he managed the new product and technology transfer organizations for thin-film disk drive heads. Ashok earned a B.S. with honors in chemical engineering from U.C. Berkeley. He has authored or co-authored over 20 patents or applications in battery technology, 3D architecture, and electrochemistry.
Cameron (Cam) Dales was appointed chief operating officer in 2018. He served as vice president of operations since joining Enovix in 2009 and added business development in 2011. He is responsible for Enovix 3D silicon lithium-ion battery operations—specifically a strategy for low-cost high-volume manufacturing, business development—including strategic technology partners and investors, and marketing.
Before joining Enovix, Cam was vice president and general manager of Symyx Technologies (NASDAQ: SMMX)—divested as privately held Freeslate Technologies in 2010 and acquired by Unchained Labs in 2016—an innovator in high-throughput, microscale robotic instruments for the discovery and processing of advanced materials. He secured and managed long-term partnerships with leading global energy (ExxonMobil), chemical (Dow), and consumer products (P&G) corporations, and grew a new robotic systems business unit from conception to $40M annual revenue with 20% operating profit in 3 years. He started his career at Lockheed Space Systems, where he designed and spaceflight qualified several electromechanical systems that are still operating in low earth orbit today.
Cam holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in aero/astro engineering from Stanford University. He is a named inventor on over 20 U.S. and international patents for automated materials process.
Chuck Stone has been vice president of manufacturing engineering since joining Enovix in 2016. He is responsible for scaling production of the Enovix 3D Silicon Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery for commercialization.
Prior to joining Enovix, Chuck was vice president of manufacturing engineering at SunPower. During his 12 years with SunPower, he led the transfer of a prototype solar cell from research and development to high-volume, low-cost production. He oversaw process and equipment engineering teams that ramped production of three SunPower fabrication facilities, with a combined capacity of more than 1-million solar cells per day. A key component of the high-volume ramp was reducing the cost of SunPower’s world-record, high-efficiency solar cell by a factor of 10 through advanced equipment and process design, lean supply-chain management and improved factory performance.
Prior to joining SunPower, Chuck held the position of senior engineering manager at Cypress Semiconductor. He worked 17 years at Cypress in semiconductor process, device and integration engineering, leading products from research and development to high-volume production. Previously, Chuck was director of manufacturing at EM Microelectronics in Neuchatel, Switzerland, and he held engineering positions with three other semiconductor companies—Silicon Light Machines, National Semiconductor and Mostek.
Chuck studied materials science and engineering at the University of Utah and physics at the University of Texas.
Jerald (Jerry) Hallmark has been senior director of product engineering since joining Enovix in 2017. He leads the engineering team to define, develop, and commercialize our 3D Silicon Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery.
Jerry is an energy technologies expert with a track record of discovering and commercializing many battery technologies for mobile devices. Before joining Enovix, Jerry worked at Motorola where he sourced, tested, qualified, and commercialized mobile products with over 25 different custom lithium-ion cells. This includes batteries for the RAZR (world’s thinnest smartphone), Moto X (first stepped cell), numerous Droids, and Moto Z (world’s fastest charging). At introduction, many of the cells featured the highest energy density available in high-volume commercial production.
Jerry also led research and development efforts in supercapacitors, fuel cells, thermoelectrics, ferroelectrics, and numerous semiconductor materials technologies. In addition, he led the Motorola power management team, and he has strong application knowledge in low-power design of consumer electronic products. He also served as President of the US Fuel Cell Council.
Jerry earned an M.S. degree in electrical engineering (solid state devices) from Arizona State University and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida. He holds 31 patents and has given numerous presentations at industry conferences.
Enovix has developed and produced a lithium-ion battery that incorporates a 100% active silicon anode using its patented 3D cell architecture to significantly increase energy density and maintain high cycle life. The company has applied an equally innovative approach to develop proprietary roll-to-stack production tools that ‘drop-in’ to existing lithium-ion battery manufacturing lines and increase Watt-hour capacity by 30%. The company is backed by strategic relationships with Intel and Qualcomm and over $225 million in venture, strategic and private funding. It has been awarded over 90 patents and has over 50 more applications pending to create sustainable enterprise value and provide a competitive barrier for years to come.