Karen C. Francis is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a strong track record of successfully building companies and businesses across multiple industries. She brings to Saikou Optics the benefits of her visionary leadership and strong strategic, marketing, technology, and leadership skills. Karen has deep domain knowledge in the automotive and advertising sectors and has embraced the opportunities that technology disruption is creating globally. Karen serves on the Boards of Directors of public companies AutoNation (NYSE: AN) and Telenav (NASDAQ: TNAV), as well as private companies Nauto, Dynamic Signal, and CircleGraphics. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School where she has been appointed to the HBS Alumni Board and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College where she served for nine years on the Board of Trustees.
Stan Schwartz is providing Saikou Optics the benefits of a 35-year career in the light microscopy industry, including many years with Nikon Instruments in charge of sales, product development and global product training. Stan is an experienced executive with P&L responsibilities in all aspects of the light microscopy industry, from field sales, product management, new product launches, product development, marketing and advertising, training and support, operations, service, Mergers and Acquisitions, contracts and licensing and business diversification. He is an expert in the areas of future technologies as related to new systems microscopy applications and products, involving confocal, lasers, super resolution, digital imaging, detectors, automation and new optics directions.
Mubarak Shah, PhD
Dr. Mubarak Shah brings to Saikou Optics tremendous experience in research and consulting to companies in computer vision systems, an area of artificial intelligence where our lensing systems will make a significant impact. He is the Trustee Chair Professor of Computer Science and is the founding director of the Center for Research in Computer Vision at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Shah is a fellow of IEEE, AAAS, IAPR and SPIE. He is a prominent speaker, writer and editor and a widely recognized recipient of numerous awards for his research contributions in the fields of video surveillance, visual tracking, human activity recognition, visual analysis of crowded scenes, video registration, and UAV video analysis.