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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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Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

I am a rare combination of scientist, speaker, and presentation coach, with a head for marketing and sales. Part scientist, part strategic thinker, working with me is like having a marketing director working in a science lab. However, starting out I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and my various positions, hobbies, and passions reflect that. Although one thing has never changed, I have taken every opportunity to learn more and solve problems others could not.

I was originally on a path to go to medical school, but I quickly realized that I couldn’t stand the sight of blood after doing volunteer work at a hospital. At the same time, I got a job in a medical research lab during my time at the University of Michigan and fell in love with science. This led me to earn a PhD in biophysical chemistry at Iowa State University. A reviewer of one of my papers stated that my work was “…well reached…” and that “…it should open up a new field of study in biophysics.” I thoroughly enjoyed my academic experience, but, shortly into my postdoctoral fellowship in ultrafast lasers at the University of Pennsylvania, I realized that I was done with academia and went into R&D for Colgate Palmolive making toothpaste for a living.

Every stage in my life has led me to new and exciting opportunities.  As a scientist, I have published and presented on diverse technical topics such as clinical dentistry, cancer diagnostics, and quantum mechanical modeling of aerospace materials. As a speaker, coach, and marketer, I know how to tell you about science, can show you how to do it better than you have ever done before, and help you close that sale. My interests and curiosity have led me to jobs making toothpaste and testing toothbrushes for Sonicare, selling technical software to the aerospace industry, and becoming the marketing department for Weyerhaeuser’s cellulose fiber business. This unusual mix has led me to Xinova where I use my many years of experience in developing and marketing innovation to lead our partnership with PepsiCo.

When I am not translating complex data for large companies or busy overseeing the PepsiCo partnership, I like to restore old woodworking tools and build and restore guitars. I’ve built a couple of guitars so far and fixed up or hot rodded several others.

Our Team

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

BK Lee

President Korea

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Brian Yen

Consultant

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Paul Levins

Co-Founder

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Head of Strategic Partnerships Xinova & CEO Arcnet

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Rob Dhat

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Alyssa Moore

Director of Marketing

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

John Kim

IT Manager

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Chal Davidson

Director

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Innovation Services

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Programs

Mai Huong Tran

Consultant

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

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USA
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Beijing, 100025 China

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Korea

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Australia
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India

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Karnataka, 560076, India

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FI-00130 Helsinki
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Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna