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Introducing SousZen

See how Xinova partners with PepsiCo and Innit to launch the new Seattle restaurant tech startup, SousZen, that aims to digitize ‘back of house’.

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Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

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Something about the skies and oceans moves me. Always has. From my childhood, I would look up at passing airplanes and wonder if my pilot father was the one leaving contrails across the vast blue canvas.  Years later, curiosities led me to explore another great unknown, and soon found myself scuba diving every weekend to enjoy the marine ecosystem.  Those early experiences moved me to want to learn more about how the world works, and formed my early educational aspirations towards mechanical engineering.

An opportunity to move to Japan came with a shift in technical focus. This time, mobile wireless technologies caught my attention and placed me directly in the nucleus of where 3G services were being pioneered. The majority of citizens were experiencing the internet for the first time, not through clunky desktops but through tiny handheld wonders.  New technologies were being developed by large corporations, only to struggle over how to modernize their business models to align with the products they were developing. Enterprises with seemingly endless budgets still seemed to be failing. It became clear that independent and isolated R&D methods were no longer part of a workable model.  Products and services required more openness and stronger commercialization paths to prosper, else they become destined for failure.
It is exciting knowing that Xinova helps tackle these difficult issues head on.  Organizations of all sizes reach out to our inventor network to solve those hard problems.  But it doesn’t stop at invention and patenting. Our varied staff hold vast experiences to successfully navigate pitfalls while bringing ideas off the napkin and to reality.  I immensely enjoy working with people, whether innovators, clients, or staff, who question the status quo, extend their learning, and invite imagination.
My early passions continue to this day. The many opportunities to travel during my youth now extended to my two young boys.  Similarly, my diving has transitioned from consumer to educator, as I now spend my summer weekends instructing others.  Spare time usually involves basketball, camping, and skiing, and craft beers.

Our Team

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Yong Sung Kim

Chairman APAC

Jason Huemer

Chief Operating Officer

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Sridhar Divakaruni

Vice President of Business Development

Ernst Stottinger

Partner | Innovation Programs

Rob Dhat

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Innovation Services

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation & Commercialization Development Director

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Masanobu Katoh

President of Xinova Japan

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Paul Levins


Ernst Stottinger

Partner | Innovation Programs

Mai Huong Tran


Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

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