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Our Team

We draw upon decades of experience to help our clients build strategic and commercial capabilities to scale their connected business

Ken
Forster
Executive Director
Ken Forster is a Momenta Partner
Ken
Forster
Executive Director
Luzern

Digital Industry veteran building ‘connected’ products, services, and businesses for over 30 years with senior leadership roles at ThingWorx, Syngenta, Coca-Cola and Philip Morris. He founded Momenta Partners and several industrial automation companies. Ken resides in Switzerland and maintains an office in the 'cloud'.

Douglas
Harp
Managing Partner
Douglas Harp is a Momenta Partner
Douglas
Harp
Managing Partner
San Francisco

Inquisitive business leader and Digital Industry strategist with a passion for discovering ways to better solve everyday problems and transform business models for industrial products, services and operations.  As CEO/COO/CxO he has scaled multiple start-ups and growth stage technology companies.  An executive trusted advisor, Doug has helped over 100 enterprises navigate their automation, IT and Digital transformation.  He works out of the SF Bay Area and maintains strong ecosystem connections into the Digital Industry, IoT and AI community. 

Richard
White
Managing Partner
Richard White is a Momenta Partner
Richard
White
Managing Partner
New York

Richard White is the Managing Partner of Executive Search for Momenta Partners. For more than 10 years, Mr. White has led Talent Acquisition for Patriarch Partners, a leading New York City Private Equity (PE) firm where he placed C-Suite leaders at more than 50 portfolio companies across 14 industry sectors. Mr. White began his career in Public Relations and Digital Marketing, before serving as Director of Media Relations at FOX News Channel for nearly three years.

Jonathan
Moulton
Partner
Jonathan Moulton is a Momenta Partner
Jonathan
Moulton
Partner
London

Retained, Executive Search expert with a solid track record of successfully appointing talent that delivers competitive edge in the technology and telecoms sectors. Since 2010, Jonathan has focused exclusively on senior searches across the Connected Industry. He is also a trusted advisor, advising on market insights and trends, organizational development, cultural alignment and the retention of impactful leadership.

Ronnette
Cowlishaw
Partner
Ronnette Cowlishaw is a Momenta Partner
Ronnette
Cowlishaw
Partner
Denver

With over 15 years of placing critical leadership professionals with emerging technology clients, Ronnette brings valuable Connected Industry search expertise to Momenta. Her international client representation includes pioneering startups and companies that have evolved to become recognized industry leaders in IoT verticals such as Smart Ag, Connected City, Energy, and IIoT.  Her understanding of the intricacies inherent to identifying and securing the best hire in the connected landscape ensures meeting the distinctive needs of Momenta clients.

Ben
Tao
Partner
Ben Tao is a Momenta Partner
Ben
Tao
Partner
Boston

Seasoned growth strategist and M&A executive with over 20 years of experience in high tech and software verticals. Prior to Momenta, Ben was Corporate Development Vice President at PTC and spearheaded the acquisition strategies throughout PTC's digital transformation journey into a market leader in IIoT and AR. Ben leverages his market insight, technical depth, extensive professional network and deal experience to rapidly uncover and realize breakout growth opportunities.  

Blaine
Mathieu
Partner
Blaine Mathieu is a Momenta Partner
Blaine
Mathieu
Partner
San Francisco

Working as a CEO, CMO, and Chief Products Officer at both public tech giants and private software and IIoT startups, Blaine has helped build numerous high-growth, high margin businesses. Over the course of his career he has worked with companies across North America, Europe, and Asia and his passion for AI, IoT, and edge computing has also made him a sought-after speaker at dozens of global industry events. Blaine is based out of the SF Bay area and is focused on building Momenta’s Startup Advisory practice, helping to drive the next generation of market disruptors.

Stephen
Berard
CTO
Stephen Berard is a Momenta Partner
Stephen
Berard
CTO
Paris

Seasoned Digital Industry professional with over 20 years of software architecture, design, and implementation experience. Advisor to industrial enterprises and CTO of Momenta Ventures portfolio of early stage startups. Stephen has extensive experience in the latest IIoT cloud architecture, design, development, and operations. Prior to Momenta, Stephen was the Chief Architect for Schneider Electric’s IoT platform technologies team where he drove the technical platform strategy alongside global business units to support their connected products and services. His prior experience includes over 7 years as technical Program Manager for the Microsoft Windows Core OS team where he advanced data center power management, drove battery life improvements, and defined the connected standby experience.

Jesse
DeMesa
Principal Partner
Jesse DeMesa is a Momenta Partner
Jesse
DeMesa
Principal Partner
San Francisco

A Digital Industry pioneer, business and product leader driving digital transformation with leading product and service providers since 2010. Over 25 years of practitioner expertise in Industrial operations, management & automation systems. Former CTO GE Digital - O&G and CxO Siemens Energy and Industry sectors. Led industrial software startups through IPO and acquisitions; as co-founder of Manufacturing Intelligence pioneer IndX, acquired by Siemens and engineering executive at Wonderware, an industrial automation market leader.

Sandra
Mueller
Principal Partner
Sandra Mueller is a Momenta Partner
Sandra
Mueller
Principal Partner
Luzern

Experienced B2B and B2C marketer and business developer for M2M and IoT companies with more than ten years of product/account management in FMCG companies and advertising agencies. A strategic thinker, she is adept at market analysis, product development, branding, and marketing. Sandra not only helps start-ups create their brand identity and build their overall marketing strategy, her creative direction helps them establish a company voice for telling their unique story.

Bill
O’Such
Principal Partner
Bill O'Such is a Momenta Partner
Bill
O’Such
Principal Partner
San Francisco

Digital Industry strategy and corporate development leader with over 20 years of experience in highly reliable device, on-premise edge and telco edge computing. Bill’s recent background includes working closely with business owners in networking, telematics, AI, automotive and IIoT to create innovative digital growth strategies. At Wind River Systems, collaborating with Intel Capital and the Intel IoT Group, he developed and executed on M&A and business roadmaps to accelerate Digital Industry strategies in industrial, transportation, networking and cloud. His unique combination of connected product technical and business experience enables him to rapidly develop and execute new growth strategies.

Ned
Hayes
Principal Partner
Ned Hayes is a Momenta Partner
Ned
Hayes
Principal Partner
Seattle / Portland

Digital strategy and product leader for 20+ years, Ned has served as CEO for multiple startup and growth stage companies, delivering groundbreaking AI, IOT, and edge solutions at scale. His passion for product planning and business transformation was showcased in leadership roles at Intel, PARC, Vulcan and Microsoft. Ned’s trusted expertise has assisted numerous startup leaders to deliver global impact and significant returns for their investors. Ned is a published author with new books forthcoming in 2020-21. He is based in the Pacific Northwest and is a Partner in Momenta’s Startup Advisory practice.

John
Atsalis
Principal Partner
John Atsalis
John
Atsalis
Principal Partner
Boston

John specializes in recruiting impactful C-suite and VP-level executives in all functional areas for clients across the connected technology spectrum (enterprise, fintech, digital health, IoT, robotics and aerospace).  John previously was a Principal at Polachi, where he executed an extensive portfolio of retained C-suite and VP searches for high growth technology companies ranging from venture to private equity and the Fortune 500.   

David
Canavan
Strategy Partner
David Canavan a Momenta Partner
David
Canavan
Strategy Partner
Boston

David is an accomplished business development and channel sales executive who specializes in helping companies develop and manage productive indirect sales channels and ecosystems. He has success and experience helping pre-revenue, small and medium technology enterprises meet and beat, their Ecosystem and Partner revenue goals. David has extensive, Sales, Business Development, Corporate Development & Marketing experience in the AI, IoT, M2M, customer support, remote service, telco and cybersecurity markets. David is based in the Boston area and is a Strategy Partner in Momenta's Startup Advisory Practice.

Chip
LeBlanc
Strategy Partner
Chip LeBlanc is a Momenta Partner
Chip
LeBlanc
Strategy Partner
Boston

Business Development and Channel executive for the past 20 years, Chip has represented established and startup companies, building and revamping their partner/channel programs, ecosystems, and go to market strategies to accelerate revenue. He specializes in identifying, qualifying, and executing partnerships and programs that align with a company's overall growth strategy. He has worked with IIOT, AI, Cyber Security, and Machine Learning technology firms helping them drive revenue and scale their business through partnerships. Chip is based in Boston and is a Strategy Partner in Momenta's Startup Advisory Practice.

Ben
Steven
Principal - Fund I
Ben Steven is a Momenta Partner
Ben
Steven
Principal - Fund I
San Francisco

Investor, operator, and entrepreneur with 15+ years’ experience in venture capital, business management, and investments. Ben combines expertise from investing in both private and public markets, owning and managing a precision manufacturing business, and as startup CFO. He has worked with clients in 35+ countries and all segments of the corporate hierarchy. Most recently Ben was a VC Investor at Venture University.

Lee
Carter
Principal - Fund II
Lee Carter is a Momenta Partner
Lee
Carter
Principal - Fund II
Boston

Venture and startup professional with experience investing in remote connectivity, edge technologies & applications, distributed energy, mobile payments and blockchain technology. Lee was most recently Principal at Reflective Ventures where he was responsible for full-lifecycle investing in early stage companies. He also has a wealth of experience in operational roles. He now leads investments out of our Edge Ecosystem Fund.

Amy
Ward
Associate Partner
Amy Ward is a Momenta Partner
Amy
Ward
Associate Partner
London

Amy leads the research function within Momenta Partners Executive Search practice, focusing on Non-Executive Directors, CxO, EVP, SVP, VP and Director level searches across the connected-technology space. Amy’s priorities are delivering in-depth market analysis and candidate identification and evaluation. She understands the importance of engaging the very best talent.

Charlene
Duys
Associate Partner
Charlene Duys is a Momenta Partner
Charlene
Duys
Associate Partner
Boston

Charlene has provided project support to engineering and executive teams in the high-tech industry for the past 20 years. Business units that she has touched upon include: unified communications, global services and strategic initiatives, as well as immersive telepresence and robotics. Charlene provides essential support services to the Momenta Partners team and client community.

Kit
Ali
Strategy Partner
Kit Ali is a Momenta Partner
Kit
Ali
Strategy Partner
Los Angeles

Kit has distinguished himself as a skilled search professional with a particularly impressive track record of recruiting C-suite, VP and Director-level executives for complex, multi-stakeholder environments. Kit previously worked at Boyden, prior to that he was the head of research at Beeley and Co. 

Originally from the UK, Kit now resides in Orange County area with his family.

Laura
Westby
Strategy Partner
Laura Westby is a Momenta Partner
Laura
Westby
Strategy Partner
Basel

A corporate transactional attorney with substantial legal experience in general corporate law, transactions, M&A, JVs and employment law. She gained extensive experience in several leading legal operations and projects in multi-national corporations in Europe and the USA.

Ed
Maguire
Partner Emeritus
Ed Maguire is a Momenta Partner
Ed
Maguire
Partner Emeritus
New York

Ed brings more than 17 years of Wall Street experience in equity research and investment banking to Momenta, with deep domain expertise in enterprise software.  He has proven success identifying strategic opportunities and articulating actionable insights based on rigorous analysis of technology, operations, competition and markets.  Most recently he was senior analyst and managing director at CLSA Americas covering the software industry, technology and innovation.

Wendy
Raymond
Associate
Wendy Raymond is a Momenta Partner
Wendy
Raymond
Associate
Jacksonville

Wendy brings more than 20 years of experience in various corporate roles with Starbucks Coffee Company and Merrill Lynch including recruiting, call center operations management, and administrative/project management.  Wendy has also managed a personal portfolio of residential real estate properties.  She is dedicated to delivering exceptional service and high levels of performance with a proven ability to leverage extensive client service, management, and administrative skills to exceed business goals and metrics.

Sarah
Duys
Analyst
Sarah Duys is a Momenta Partner
Sarah
Duys
Analyst
Boston

With a developed knowledge of interpersonal communications and years of customer service experience, Sarah is a goal oriented and determined Marketing Coordinator. Her passion for marketing has stemmed from her twelve years in the food service industry and continues to grow through her position within Momenta Partners. An articulate professional with a keen eye for detail, she provides support to the Insights team while continuing to strengthen her Digital Industry knowledge based in the greater Boston area.