Transonic’s team brings deep experience and expertise in combustion science research, automotive engineering, and high-volume precision manufacturing. Our original investors have consistently backed Transonic through each round of equity funding, valuing Transonic as one of their most promising clean technology companies in their portfolios. In 2010, the company welcomed automotive industry leaders with tremendous records in powertrain and product development to further strengthen Transonic’s technology development and customer involvement.
Lee started his career as a lawyer and then held several senior management positions with Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (“ECD”), a publicly traded energy technology development company. Lee also served as the White House Director for International Science and Technology Commercialization Programs from 1995 to 1997 where he represented the U.S. government in promoting its strategy of privatization and commercialization of technology developed in Russia, Egypt, Israel and South Africa. In addition, Lee served as the CEO of several start-up companies, including the Rural Health Care Corporation and Quantum Medical Corporation. Lee is also a founding partner of US Renewables Group, LLC, a fund formed with the participation of Rustic Canyon Partners. US Renewables Group invests in renewable power and clean fuel assets. Lee received a law degree from Washington University School of Law, an M.S. from Northwestern University and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. www.rusticcanyon.com
Wolfgang Bullmer is the Chief Executive Officer of Transonic Combustion. He brings with him over 25 years experience in the automotive sector. He has recently served in leadership positions with BorgWarner as Vice President Advanced Engine Engineering and BorgWarner Morse TEC as VP and General Manager of Engine Products where he spearheaded the introduction of a new cam torque actuated variable cam timing system (winner of 2 PACE awards in 2009). Prior to this, he was with Mann+Hummel GmbH from 1998 to 2003 as VP Sales OEM and VP of its Intake Manifold Business Unit. In this role he led a team which grew the business to the number one position in the world via Advanced Technology, M&A and strategic alliances. Previously from 1986 to 1998, he held multiple positions with increasing responsibility in sales and engineering with Robert Bosch GmbH. Wolfgang has earned B.S. & M.S. Electrical Engineering degrees from the Technical University of Stuttgart and holds several patents.
Mike Kourey joined Khosla Ventures as an Operating Partner in April 2012, where he lends venture assistance and strategic advice to a broad array of portfolio companies. Prior to Khosla, Mike held various senior finance and operating roles across the technology sector. Most recently, Mike was at Polycom, where he joined pre-financing and participated in driving Polycom’s revenue growth from a standing start to $1.5B in 2011. Providing strategic expertise and business guidance throughout his 20-year tenure, Mike held the roles of Vice President of Manufacturing and later as CFO, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, board member, and honorary founder. In addition to Transonic Combustion, Mike is a board member at Riverbed Technology, Aruba Networks, and several private companies. Mike holds a B.S. from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A from Santa Clara University. www.khoslaventures.com
Bob Lutz recently retired from 9 years as Vice Chairman of General Motors where he revolutionized the company’s product development efforts. He has recently served in senior leadership positions with Exide Corporation, Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, BMW, and General Motors. Bob serves as chairman of The New Common School Foundation and is also a member of the board of trustees for the U.S. Marine Corps University Foundation and vice chairman of the board of trustees for the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California-Berkeley, an honorary doctor of management degree from Kettering University, and an honorary doctorate of law degree from Boston University. In 2006 the SAE Foundation named him the recipient of its 2006 Manufacturing Leadership Award.
Don Runkle currently serves as CEO of EcoMotors, a company developing clean, efficient, and lightweight propulsion systems. Until mid-2005, Don served as Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Delphi Corporation, responsible for deploying lean principles and integrating engineering, manufacturing and purchasing, and for leading major international customer accounts. Previously, Don served in several Engineering Leadership roles with General Motors including overseeing programs that earned “Top 10 Engine” and “Car of the Year” awards. Don currently holds posts as non-executive Chairman of EaglePicher Corporation, an operating executive for Tennenbaum Capital Partners, director of Lear Corporation, WinCup Corporation and Environmental Systems Products Holdings, and as a board director on MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and James P. Womanck’s Lean Enterprise Institue. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan and a M.B.A. from MIT.
Matthew Trevithick is a Partner at Venrock, which he joined in 2004. His primary areas of investment are information technology, nanotechnology and energy. Prior to Venrock, Matt co-founded and sold two software companies, Flash Communications (a developer of instant messaging technology) was acquired by Microsoft in 1998 and LiquidMarket (a product search and comparison shopping service) was acquired by NBC Internet in 1999. Matt began his career in project finance and currency trading, gaining professional experience in Tokyo, London, Singapore and New York. Matt has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Management from the MIT Sloan School. www.venrock.com
Tom Unterman is a founding Partner at Rustic Canyon since 1999 and continues to be actively involved in the firm. Prior to forming Rustic Canyon Partners, Tom was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Times Mirror Company. At Times Mirror, he led the acquisition and divestiture activity and oversaw the investment program. Prior to joining Times Mirror, Tom was one of California’s leading corporate attorneys, practicing first with Orrick, Herrington from 1969 to 1986 and then with Morrison & Foerster from 1986 to 1992. Tom serves actively on the boards of the California Community Foundation, CalArts, Heal the Bay, and MOCA. Tom earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.