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CEO Interview Series

CEOs, like the rest of us, are living with the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, climate change, human rights, and more. These challenges spark growing questions about businesses, the economy, and humanity. Listen to key leaders speak to how these challenging times are affecting them, what are they doing differently now, and advice for others trying overcome the challenges to build more valuable businesses and / or find the right jobs.

Join us to see what you can learn from industry leaders how business is evolving during the current climate.

Next: Mary Hibbs-Brenner, Vixar / OSRAM

Mary Hibbs-Brenner
SPIE CEO Interview Series
Mary Hibbs-Brenner
Co-founder of Vixar, subsidiary of OSRAM
Join us for our monthly interview as we interview Mary Hibbs-Brenner, co-founder of Vixa. Along with Dr. Klein Johnson, Mary co-founded Vixar in 2005 and oversaw its sale to Osram last year. Previously Mary held business development, technical management, and research positions at Honeywell. She was responsible for initiating the Honeywell’s VCSEL activity and directed R&D within that business, until it was sold to Finisar. Join us to see what you can learn from industry leaders how business is evolving during the pandemic.

Upcoming Interviews in SPIE CEO Series

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Mary Lou Jepsen 
Andy Mattes
John T. C. Lee
MKS Instruments

Recordings from past interviews

Email us if you have any questions or comments, innovation@spie.org

Recording DateCEOCompany
Recording from 28 October
Leslie Kimerling Double Helix Optics
Markus Spanner PI (Physik Instrumente)

Interviews by

Amy Peck
Amy Peck
Emerging Technology Strategist and Consultant, as well as Founder and CEO of EndevorVR

Amy is the founder and CEO of EndeavorVR, a strategy and consulting firm focused on Augmented and Virtual Reality and symbiotic frontier technologies. We work with Enterprise, Commercial and Educational institutions on leveraging these technologies at scale. We ensure our clients find the right resources, platform partners and ROI and assist with internal education and buy-in from stakeholders. Endeavor offers an end-to-end strategy tailored to each company, for the shortest, most effective path to success.

Christopher Rowan
Christopher Rowan
Founder & Managing Director, Arscentia

Chris is the founder of Arscientia and has 30 years of executive management experience as a GM, in marketing, sales, and business development. He has experience in the semiconductor, software, chemical, advanced materials and photonics industries. His principal strengths include strategic planning, new business development, process invention, forecasting, and new product introductions.

He has successfully launched 5 new product lines. As a GM and responsible for strategic marketing at Cymer, sales increased from $6 million to $203 million in less than 3 years with a market share over 90% and two years later to approximately $500 million. He was a SEMATECH ITRS roadmap voting member, obtained a $1.1 SEMATECH contract for optical material testing, won a DOE CRADA for superconductor research and analysis.

He is a Strategic Advisor to NewCap Partners an investment bank, an MIT Enterprise Forum Co-Programing Chair, and has moderated various sessions on IoT and AI in health care.


Evan Nisselson
Evan Nisselson
General Partner & Founder, LDV Capital

Evan is General Partner at LDV Capital which invests in early stage companies in North America and Europe with a focus in Visual Technologies. LDV Capital invests in people building businesses powered by visual technologies from computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence that analyze visual data. Some example visual technology verticals: Photonics, Autonomous Vehicles, Mapping, Robotics, Food/Agriculture, Augmented Reality, Logistics, Manufacturing, Search, Security, Entertainment, Healthcare and much more.

The unique LDV Capital platform includes an annual LDV Vision Summit, LDV Community, annual LDV Insights reports and extensive expert network.

Evan is a serial entrepreneur, professional photographer and digital media expert since the early 1990's. His international expertise ranges from building four visual technology businesses to assisting technology startups in raising capital, business development, marketing and product development. He is a frequent speaker, moderator and master of ceremonies at technology conferences.