Founder, CMEA Capital
Tom formed CMEA Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in energy, IT, life science companies, in 1988 with New Enterprise Associates. While at CMEA, Tom managed a total of $1.2 billion of capital across seven funds. He oversaw major IPOs and liquidity events for Aclara Biosciences, Codexis, Inc., Entropic Communications, Flextronics, Inc., Intermolecular, Silicon Spice, and, Symyx Technologies. Earlier in his career, Tom worked at Exxon Mobil for 12 years, eventually leaving as President of the Exxon Materials Division. After Exxon, Tom founded Microwave Technology, Inc. where he served as CEO for 6 years before founding CMEA Capital.
Currently, Tom serves as Chairman of the Board of Codexis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDXS) and Intermolecular, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMI). Tom also currently serves on the boards of CNano Technologies, Foro Energy and Wildcat Discovery Technologies.
Tom is a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), where he advises the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House on science and technology innovation. Tom is a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Council of Competitiveness and a member of the Steering Committee of its ESIS (Energy, Security, Innovation and Sustainability) Initiative and the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative. Tom is also a member of the “Brain Trust” of the ARPA-E program within the U.S. Department of Energy.