Emily Liggett - CEO
Emily joined NovaTorque in March 2009 with thirty years of experience as engineer, technology entrepreneur and CEO. Her passion is to successfully commercialize new technology-based products, which she has successfully done many times in her career.
Emily was most recently CEO of Apexon, a supply chain analytics provider for discreet manufacturing companies, before which she was CEO at Capstone Turbine, the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems. Emily began her career with DuPont and then joined Raychem Corporation where she held assignments in Sales, Marketing, Operations and General Management, including GM of the Raychem Telecommunications Division and CEO of Elo TouchSystems, the global leader in touch technology products. She has had several international experiences; working in Switzerland with EPFL, Australia with McKinsey, Japan with TouchPanel Systems and Belgium with the European Community Task Force for Industrial Innovation.
Emily has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. degree in Manufacturing Systems and an MBA from Stanford University.
Kim Baker – VP of Applications Engineering
Involved in the design and production of electro-mechanical systems for over twenty-five years, Kim Baker joins NovaTorque as its Vice-President of Applications Engineering. Kim is responsible for providing technical assistance to customers and helping them realize the tremendous potential of NovaTorque technology in their applications.
He founded and oversaw KCB Software, a consulting firm specializing in systems automation, prior to his employment at Quizix, Inc. with John Petro. At Quizix, Kim developed proprietary control software for high-precision pumping equipment, and served a primary role in sales and marketing.
Kim obtained his B.S. degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and further education at the University of British Columbia, Canada and Santa Clara University.
Alan Crapo – CTO
Alan Crapo is NovaTorque's CTO and has been involved in the research, design, development and production of electric motors for over thirty years. At NovaTorque, Alan oversees design engineering and product finalization efforts with a focus on manufacturability and product cost while maintaining exceptional quality.
Alan joined NovaTorque after leading electric motor development at Emerson Electric, where he worked on induction and brushless DC motors. Previously, he was active in electric motor research and design at Seagate Technology, Inland Motor and the Westinghouse Electric Research Center.
Alan obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He has been granted 16 patents in the fields of brushless DC motors, induction motors and superconducting motors.
Ramon Guitart – VP of Engineering
Ramon Guitart is NovaTorque’s Vice President of Engineering, responsible for overseeing the engineering design and development functions, with emphasis on efficient new product development.
Ramon has 30 years of experience in motors and motor applications. He has worked on a large variety of rotating machinery ranging from stepper and brushless servo motors to large utility-size megawatt generators, and from brush-type DC motors to superconductive machines for the commercial, industrial, and aerospace markets. Ramon was most recently managing a global R&D group at TECO-Westinghouse Motor Company. Prior to that, he was in various engineering and engineering management roles at GE Electric Machinery (now WEG), Pentair, Trane, and Rockwell Corporation.
Ramon obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from Marshall University.
S. Jaffer Hussain – VP of Marketing & Product Management
Jaffer Hussain is NovaTorque's Vice-President of Marketing and Product Management, responsible for identifying suitable markets and applications for the company's products and for managing the product line.
Jaffer has over twenty years of experience in high technology and cleantech. He has founded two startups, including Augurent - a battery energy efficiency company - and been in various executive roles in high growth organizations. As VP of SiVision Marketing at LogicVision, he focused on semiconductor yield enhancement. As VP of Marketing and International Sales at B-Tree Systems, he drove the diversification of the company's embedded systems product line into new markets and geographies. Earlier is his career Jaffer was a Product Line Manager at Synopsys, the leading electronic design automation company. He has also been an active advisor to startups and venture capital firms and spent three years as an executive consultant at NASA.
Jaffer holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from NED University, an M.S.E. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Stanford University.
R. Scott Johnson – VP of Sales
R. Scott Johnson is NovaTorque's Vice-President of Sales, responsible for introducing NovaTorque to potential customers. He has thirty years of experience as a senior executive in the motor and controls industry.
Scott was most recently the Chief Operating Officer at Power Efficiency Corp., a provider of energy efficient motor controllers. He successfully utilized his experience in driving sales as the CEO of Industrial Devices Corp., CEO of AutomationSolutions Int., and served as the President of BMG Seltec and Trakit GPS. Scott began his career in sales at Warner Electric (now part of Danaher Corporation) and rose rapidly through the ranks to become its chief sales/marketing executive. At Compumotor Corporation, Scott built the motion control industry's leading sales and distribution network. He also served as the General Manager and Group VP after Compumotor's acquisition by Parker Hannifin.
Scott obtained his B.A. degree in Political Science, with honors, from Rockford College.
Tim McNally – Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Tim brings a diverse funding, strategy, product, and sales channel experience to the role. Tim most recently was a consulting CFO/COO for digital media and energy efficiency companies, with projects ranging from the launch of a large-space lighting company, sale to a public company of a data security venture, and $100 million valuation growth of an online entertainment venture.
Previously Tim was CFO and Executive VP of Operations at Mondo Media, a digital entertainment company creating and distributing original computer and web entertainment content as well as providing animation services to leading computer game publishers. Prior to that, Tim had a 10 year career at Apple encompassing product management, domestic and international sales channel management, and leadership of a strategic venture fund.
Mr. McNally has a BSME in energy sciences and digital control with honors from Princeton University, and MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, finance and planning studies at the Stockholm School of Economics, and he was a Fulbright Scholar in Denmark on building energy efficiency.
Greg Ruebusch – VP of Operations
Greg joined NovaTorque in January of 2013 as the Vice President of Operations with 30 years of experience in Supply Chain, Finance and Operations. He has spent his career aligning and balancing cutting edge technologies, supply chain requirements, and operational capabilities on a global basis.
Before joining NovaTorque Mr. Ruebusch was the Director of Global Sourcing for Raytheon specializing in International Sourcing for the Defense Industry. Prior to his role at Raytheon, he served as EVP of Global Operations for Symmetricom. Previously, Greg was Director of Operations for Tyco Electronics where he was responsible for global management of multiple manufacturing plants in China, Japan, Brazil, Europe and North America.
Mr. Ruebusch holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Finance from the University of Santa Clara.