Leadership Built on Strong Foundations
Kevin Downling, PhD
As CEO, Kevin is charting the overall course for Kaarta while also leading financing, recruiting, and legal & intellectual property efforts.
He joined Kaarta in early 2016, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in both the development and successful commercialization of industry-first technologies. Kevin’s background spans the fields of robotics, semiconductors, lighting, wearable electronics and consumer products, having most recently served as VP of Engineering for 4moms, the popular developer of high-tech baby gear.
Previously, he was VP of Research and Development for MC10, where he built the engineering organization from the ground up to realize market success in stretchable electronics, including a milestone partnership with Reebok. At Color Kinetics, the pioneer of intelligent LED lighting, he played a key leadership role in technology strategy and intellectual property, and helped position the company for its IPO and ensuing successful sale to Philips for nearly $800 million. Kevin is an inventor on more than 70 issued patents.
He received his BS in Mathematics and MS and PhD degrees in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where he spent two decades as a student, research engineer and scientist at the prestigious Field Robotics Center.
Wade Sheen, PhD
Head of Sales and Business Development
Wade oversees Kaarta’s global growth strategy and execution, including market development, channel expansion, and product requirements.
He is an experienced and versatile leader of technology companies, having served in key roles for more than 25 years across multiple sectors. His expertise lies in guiding early-stage companies through product development, manufacturing and supply chain development, channel strategy and sales growth.
Prior to joining Kaarta, Wade was CEO of Cooledge Lighting, an LED lighting innovator that he led from inception to a fast growing and globally successful company. He was previously VP of Marketing & Business Development for AmberWave Systems, where he oversaw strategic business planning and market development, including closure of key licensing agreements within the semiconductor manufacturing industry. He has worked extensively in Asia, leading marketing and product development strategy in the region for Novellus Systems and SpeedFam-IPEC prior to its acquisition.
Wade holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Materials Science from Pennsylvania State University.
Chief Marketing Officer
Kathy leads Kaarta’s brand strategy, value creation, communications and marketing programs.
She served as Senior VP of Marketing for Fiksu, driving thought leadership and market expansion in the emergent mobile advertising technology space. She was previously VP of Marketing for Color Kinetics, the company largely credited for putting intelligent LED lighting on the map, thanks in part to the enviable brand she built from scratch. Kathy has additionally led brand and positioning strategy as a consultant for Testive, Ecovent, Ketra, Ecosense Lighting and Beekeeping.io, and managed marketing programs for well established companies including Apple, Psion and Quark.
She holds a BS in Marketing/Advertising from Syracuse University.
Director of Engineering
Steve drives the engineering efforts at Kaarta, managing priorities and resources across key projects.
Steve holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also worked as a Research Engineer for nearly four years.
Sr. Director of Finance
KJ is a strong business leader with a combination of financial, strategic, and operational acumen to help drive profitable growth through oversight of all accounting and finance operations at Kaarta.
KJ is a strong business leader with a combination of financial, strategic, and operational acumen to help drive profitable growth through oversight of all accounting and finance operations at Kaarta. She has over 10 years of venture capital, private equity, corporate finance, and public accounting experience. Prior to joining Kaarta, KJ was the Director of Finance for Knewton, an education technology startup based in New York City. There she managed all financial operations including capital and debt raises, investor relations, financial modeling, and month end close. At J.Crew, KJ managed financial modeling growth for both divisional and corporate finance. She began her career at Ernst & Young providing assurance services to companies in a variety of industries. KJ holds an MBA and a BBA in Accounting from Ohio University.