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James H. Rock
Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rock is the co-founder, president, and CEO of Akustica, Inc., a technology company leveraging micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University. The company designs innovative microphone and speaker chips for improving cell phones and other electronic devices using the MEMS technology. Formed in 2001, Akustica has raised $12 million in venture financing, hired 30 experienced professionals and secured top-tier customers in Europe and Asia.

Mr. Rock is a veteran technology industry executive with more than 15 years of experience in category creation and company building. Prior to forming Akustica in 2001, Mr. Rock was a founder and executive of ZEFER Corp., a Boston, MA-based technology and business services company. At ZEFER, he supported the rapid development of the organization, which produced $110 million in revenue during its first full year of operation, attracted $150 million in venture capital and grew to 800 employees in less than 2 years. ZEFER was ultimately acquired by NEC Corporation of Japan.

Before joining ZEFER, Mr. Rock held executive and management positions at Cambridge Technology Partners (Boston, MA), Carnegie Group (Silicon Valley, CA), U.S. Steel Corporation (Pittsburgh, PA & Chicago, IL) and Bayer AG (Leverkusen, Germany).

In addition to his position at Akustica, Mr. Rock is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and advises several technology companies in the Pittsburgh area.

He earned an industrial and manufacturing systems engineering degree from Penn State University.