According to the Company's Articles of Association, Thinfilm has a Nomination Committee which is elected with a defined mandate by the Annual General Meeting. Read more about the Nomination Committee.
Elected annually, Board members serve on behalf of our shareholders.
Morten Opstad, Chairman
Mr. Opstad has served as Chairman of the Board of the Company since 2 October 2006. He is a partner and Chairman of the Board of Directors in Advokatfirma Ræder DA in Oslo.
He has rendered legal assistance with respect to establishing and organizing several technology and innovation companies within this line of business. His directorships over the last five years include current board positions in Idex ASA (Chairman), Total Sports Online AS, Glommen Eiendom AS, Chaos AS, K-Konsult AS, and former directorships in Fileflow Technologies AS and A. Sundvall AS. Mr. Opstad was born in 1953 and is a Norwegian citizen.
Preeti Mardia, Board Member
Mrs. Mardia has diverse general management and operations expertise across Electronics, Semi-conductors, Telecoms, Aerospace, and Food Industry sectors. Preeti is currently Senior Vice President Operations at IDEX ASA, a leading fingerprint imaging and recognition technology company based in Norway. Prior to IDEX she was Vice President Operations for Axxcss Wireless UK Ltd.
She previously worked within Filtronic Plc as Operations Director and established commercial and supply relationships with Tier One OEMs for mobile telecoms infrastructure. She was responsible for implementing a world class highly automated electronics manufacturing plant and establishing global supply chain partnerships. She managed and scaled a semiconductor foundry from technology phase to high volume manufacturing of Gallium Arsenide semiconductor devices for the mobile handset, aerospace, and base-station markets. Preeti has extensive FMCG experience in manufacturing, product development and quality assurance with Cadbury Schweppes Plc and supplied into major international retailers. Preeti has a degree in Food Science & Technology and is undertaking a Masters degree in Executive Management at Ashridge, UK. Mrs Mardia was born in 1967 and is a British citizen.
Tor Mesøy, Board Member
Mr. Mesøy has served as a management consultant for more than 25 years and today heads his own consulting company. He was formerly a partner with McKinsey & Company and Accenture. He has extensive consulting and counseling experience from a range of industry sectors, including high-tech, telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, public sector, energy, utilities, banking, insurance and oil & gas.
Mr. Mesøy is currently the CEO of Agnus Consulting, a company focusing on leadership development and management consulting. He is a member of the Board at the not-for-profit organization Impuls, a Norwegian youth movement. In addition, he is a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Hong Kong, where he lectures on topics related to leadership. He is also an Associate Fellow of Oxford University. Mr. Mesøy received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oslo (Computer Science, Mathematics), a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota (Mathematics, Philosophy), and has attended the Advanced Business Management Program at Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. Mr. Mesøy was born in 1962 and is a Norwegian citizen.
Laura Oliphant, Board Member
Laura Oliphant is the CEO of Translarity, a semiconductor test startup. Prior to joining Translarity, she was an Investment Director in Intel Capital, where she invested in semiconductor capital equipment, manufacturing robotics, new device, and software as a service (SaaS) companies. As a Corporate Venture Capital investor, Laura brought over $1B in strategic and financial value to Intel through her investments and was awarded Intel’s highest award, the Intel Achievement Award, for her contributions.
Prior to Intel Capital, Laura served as a Supply Chain Program Manager in Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG). She was one of the key coordinators for Intel’s transition to the 300 mm wafer size in their factories, a project which delivered to cost targets, and added over 10 points of gross margin to Intel. Laura was the co-chairperson of the SEMATECH Metrology and Yield Management Advisory Group, and was part of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) committee for yield management technology. Laura is also currently a member of the board of advisors for the UC Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator and has served on the Lawrence Berkeley Lab Innovation Grant Committee. Laura holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Richard Bernstein, Board Member
Mr. Richard P. Bernstein is founder of and Managing Partner of Crystal Amber Advisers (UK) LLP, Investment Adviser to Crystal Amber Fund Ltd which was established in 2008. The Fund is an AIM-listed activist fund investing predominantly in small and mid-cap UK equities where it identifies opportunities to enhance long-term shareholder value through active engagement with companies. Mr Bernstein is also Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Eurovestech Pic, an investment company he founded and floated on AIM in 2000.
Mr Bernstein qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989 and between 1994 and 1996 he ran his own specialist research house, Amber Analysis, which provided a risk management service for UK institutions managing over £100 billion. From 1996 until 1999, he was an equity analyst at Schroders Securities Limited. Mr. Bernstein has pioneered corporate share gifting in the UK, with more than 100 charities benefiting to in excess of £3 million.