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Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Business Bio  LinkedIn Profile

‘Speed!’ – I loved shouting that out to the film crew and cast, then moments later seeing our hours, days, or weeks of team work magically come together as tangible product, all while being right in the middle of the action as a production sound engineer. Trained as an economist and having worked for banks, stock brokers, and cable television companies, a standard career route was always an option. But, when given a chance to work in Hollywood on major film and TV shows, I knew I could learn it and had to take it. It was too exciting, atypical, unknown, and creative to turn down for the safe route. That pattern has served me well throughout my diverse career, and indeed brings me happily to Xinova today.

After a few years of film adventures, I changed gears, earned an MBA and started on what I thought might be a safe route working on management process redesign for United Technologies Corp. Film crew work had ingrained in me the nonstop, on-the-fly, creative problem-solving mentality steeped in geeky technology details that I love. In my new corporate life, I found endless interesting problems to solve, usually with new technologies, that weren’t the safe route, but were irresistible. This started with applying the video and sound tech I had learned in the film industry, but in new ways and led to repeatedly driving and proving value from technology development and creating new applications. In time, this led me to management roles at Intel, Microsoft and as the founder and CEO of several venture-backed and bootstrapped tech startups.

Now with Xinova, the chance to work with brilliant colleagues setting up systems and solving hard business problems that often need tech innovation is once again irresistible. When not filling my brain with deep and diverse new technologies and business methods to help clients productively innovate, I’m usually in the mountains. You can find me riding motorcycles, running, skiing, or most recently learning to operate 12-ton snow cat groomer machines down steep and deep Tahoe slopes, often in white out conditions. It’s all fun.

Our Team

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Brian Yen


Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Mai Huong Tran


Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

John Kim

IT Manager

Alyssa Moore

Senior Marketing Manager

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Rahul Das

Vice President

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Chal Davidson


Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Bo Garcia

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Rob Dhat

VP of Innovation Partnerships

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

BK Lee

President Korea

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Paul Levins


Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

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We are always seeking new problems to solve, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs to help us solve them. Let’s work together to create the future.

Our Worldwide Locations


311 ½ Occidental Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
+1 (206) 800-2678


Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan


Xinova Innovation (Beijing) Consultancy Co. Ltd.
Room 2494, Level 24, Tower 3
China Central Place
77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China


Xinova Asia Pte Ltd.
331 North Bridge Road
#22-01, Odeon Towers
Singapore 188720
+65 6408 5080


Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840


Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
223 Liverpool St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
+61 2 8093 4850


Xinova India
Suite No 208, 2nd Floor
Survey No 414
PSR Complex
Govinda Reddy (GR) Layout
Bannerghatta Road
Karnataka, 560076, India


Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki

Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna