Dr. Nicholas Brathwaite
Dr. Nicholas Earle Brathwaite is a successful engineer, technologist, entrepreneur, multinational business executive and private equity & venture capital investor.
As a technologist Dr. Brathwaite has several patented inventions and was a pioneer in the development of low cost cell phones for developing countries and the development of software solutions for integrating product design with supply chain and manufacturing systems. He also led teams that co-developed several successful products including PDAs, Cell Phones, Digital Cameras, Embedded Cameras, Game Consoles and Power Supplies.
As an entrepreneur he has started several successful businesses which grew to annual revenues ranging from about $50M to $6B and as a business executive he has built and managed large multi-national teams and businesses.
As an investor Dr. Brathwaite is co-founder and a partner of Riverwood Capital a private equity firm with $2.2B under management and with investments in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Israel. He is also Managing Director of WRV a $400M venture capital JV with investments in the U.S., China, Japan and Israel.
Dr. Brathwaite is the son of Grenada's fifth Prime Minister (Sir Nicholas Alexander Brathwaite) and the product of a solid Caribbean education having attended Presentation Brothers College in Grenada, Queen's College in Guyana and the Barbados Community College.
He obtained his BSc. (Honors) degree from McMaster University, his MSc. degree from The University of Waterloo in Canada and in 2014 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of the West Indies.
After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Dr. Brathwaite started his career at Intel Corporation where he gained his first patent and developed and championed the development and implementation of some of the most advanced semiconductor assembly and packaging technologies of that time.
In 1989 Dr. Brathwaite left Intel to become a member of the founding team of nCHIP Inc. a venture capital funded startup in Silicon Valley. As Vice President of Operations and Assembly Technology, Brathwaite was instrumental in nCHIP's success. His work resulted in the creation of a successful company that manufactured advanced electronic modules for computers, aerospace applications and semiconductor test equipment.
After nCHIP was acquired by Flextronics in 1995, Dr. Brathwaite became the Chief Technology Officer of Flextronics where, during a 12 year period, he started and built several of the fastest growing and some of the largest businesses in the company. His work helped transform Flextronics from a $200M contract manufacturer to a $30 Billion global leader in electronics manufacturing services with 240,000 employees and operations in 35 countries.
Nicholas also served as Chairman and CEO of Aptina Imaging a $600M multinational semiconductor company headquartered in San Jose, California and with operations in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, Slovenia, Norway, India, Italy and China.
Dr. Nicholas Brathwaite serves, or has served, on the board of directors of five (5) public and several private technology companies in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan and India.
The following comments were provided by a few of Nicholas Brathwaite's friends and colleagues:
Nic is among the most highly accomplished executives I have ever known or worked with. It's a combination of attributes that put him into this world class category. He is one of the broadest "technologists" in the world. Here's a guy who seems to know something about everything, I often find myself asking "how do you know that?" Somewhat related to this capability is that I have never seen Nic fail to impress even the most highly accomplished business executives, first due to his extremely broad knowledge, and second because of the manner in which he delivers the information. Nic is an incredible communicator, both in terms of the information conveyed, and the genial and humorous nature of that conveyance. As our team were building Flextronics into one of the largest and most successful companies in the technology world, our customers frequently said, "please send Nic to every meeting possible." He's a stud :)
- Michael Marks
CO-FOUNDER OF RIVERWOOD CAPITAL AND FORMER CEO OF FLEXTRONICS
"Nic has earned my trust and respect through his dedication and commitment to ensuring that the highest standards in business are adhered to. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with someone that has such high integrity, and is honest and intelligent.”
- LipBu Tan
CEO OF CADENCE DESIGN AND FORMER BOARD MEMBER OF FLEXTRONICS
"Nic is a business leader, who has founded and co-founded several successful businesses in the high tech arena and whose vision and conviction have guided a number of companies from start-ups to global enterprises.
As a generous mentor, his guidance and example have inspired many (including those from under-privileged backgrounds) who themselves later have become leaders in various fields, in many countries.
This unique combination of business insights, vision, and leadership, has enabled Nic to influence and inspire many of his colleagues, associates and friends; to have a significant impact in the high tech business world; and above all, to live life to its fullest potential through contribution to society.
He is truly a shining example to all of us who have the privilege to know him."
- Dongkai Shangguan, Ph.D., MBA, IEEE Fellow
FOUNDING CEO – NATIONAL CENTER FOR ADVANCED PACKAGING, CHINA
“In Silicon Valley one comes across many smart individuals with each one professing to know technology. However, only a handful truly understand how to create a vision, bring people together and challenge the team to generate value while keeping the joy and spirit intact in them. Now Nic is one special person that is able to do all that so well. This is reason why I admire him immensely.”
- Dr. Srinivas T. Rao
EIR PHOENIX VENTURE PARTNERS
“A visionary leader with incredible compassion highly motivated to change the plight of others who do not enjoy the benefits of the privileged. Extremely generous, contagiously friendly with all people regardless to their economic, religious or political persuasion. Never too busy to help others and consistently looking for opportunities to change the world to a better place. He has already changed the lives of many for the better and burns with a strong desire to change the future for thousands more. A strong family man with unconstrained devotion to his wife and children. Equally comfortable and conversant with Presidents and homeless, young and old, haves and have not’s. A leader, follower or team player.”
- Dr. Stanley Long
SENIOR PASTOR, SOUTH BAY COMMUNITY CHURCH - FREMONT, CA
“Nicholas brings tremendous value to our board of directors. Our components go into just about everything that plugs into the wall, and are used by virtually every major manufacturer of electronic goods and appliances. Keeping tabs on trends within this vast marketplace is all but impossible – and yet Nic does it better than anyone I know. He seems always to have his finger on the pulse of what’s going on out there – he knows technology, markets and customers, and not just what’s going on today but where things are headed next and how to get in position to capitalize on it.”
- Balu Balakrishnan
PRESIDENT AND CEO - POWER INTEGRATIONS INC., SAN JOSE, CA
“Nicholas Brathwaite is an extraordinary thinker, technologist, and visionary with many successful business ventures to his credit. He possesses the experience and street smarts necessary to excel in business but I think the true nature of his success lays in the fact that Nic is - just plain and simple – a remarkable human being! He is loyal, honest, intellectual, passionate, competitive, impatient, sharing, practical, humble, caring, funny and an all around great guy to hang with. He inspires and leads by example and his very nature challenges everyone around him to constantly improve.
I am very fortunate to be able to call Nic a true friend, mentor, and inspiration in my life.”
- Patrick Meagher
FORMER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT - LIGHTING SCIENCE GROUP, FORMER Sr. VP of FLEXTRONICS