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Investment Team

David Vieau

Venture Partner

David joins VantagePoint from his most recent position as President and Chief Executive Officer of A123 Systems, a pioneering company in the design and manufacturing of high-power lithium ion batteries for use in everything from electric vehicles to electric grid services and portable devices. He has more than thirty years of experience and leadership in developing rapid-growth technology and component businesses. Prior to A123, David held corporate officer positions at American Power Conversion (APC), serving as VP of Marketing and VP of Worldwide Business Development. During his nine years at APC, he helped grow company revenues from $50 million to $1.5 billion, which established APC as the world’s leader in power protection for IT markets. David graduated from Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in mechanical engineering.

David Vieau
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Asia Team

Terry Chen

Partner

Terry joined VantagePoint in 2007 with more than 20 years of experience in data communication, high-tech manufacturing, and advanced application development. Prior to VantagePoint, he was a Partner with China Venture Management, and co-founded three venture-backed companies, including Timogen, i-Planet, and LiteON Communication. Earlier in his career, Terry served in several key management positions at Compal, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of notebook computers. Before joining Compal, Terry worked for Equatorial Satellite Communication Network Systems. Terry graduated from the National Taiwan University (BS) and University of California at Santa Barbara (MS).

Terry Chen

“It is an exceptional experience to work together with the people you truly like and respect.”

—Terry Chen
Partner

Investment Team

Terry Chen

Partner

Terry joined VantagePoint in 2007 with more than 20 years of experience in data communication, high-tech manufacturing, and advanced application development. Prior to VantagePoint, he was a Partner with China Venture Management, and co-founded three venture-backed companies, including Timogen, i-Planet, and LiteON Communication. Earlier in his career, Terry served in several key management positions at Compal, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of notebook computers. Before joining Compal, Terry worked for Equatorial Satellite Communication Network Systems. Terry graduated from the National Taiwan University (BS) and University of California at Santa Barbara (MS).

Terry Chen

“VantagePoint has committed more then any other tier-one Firm to invest in Asia.”

—Terry Chen
Partner

Asia Team

Han Zhang

Associate

Han joined VantagePoint in 2010 after he co-founded AISpace where he worked on domestic and overseas business development. Under his guidance, AISpace won partnership with the $150 million Japanese government project Information Grand Voyage and developed a key relationship with the largest Chinese water industry portal, China-H2O. Han also has work experience at Nikken as a Software Engineer. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering and a Bachelors in Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Han Zhang
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Investment Team

Ramesh Venugopal

Principal

Ramesh joined VantagePoint most recently from Accenture where he was a management consultant helping clients develop financial models to value and integrate acquisition targets and mitigate risk. Prior to Accenture he was a team leader in research and development at Texas Instruments, where he worked for eight years, contributing in a number of strategic areas including medical electronics, communications, energy, and automotive. Earlier Ramesh worked at Motorola and the Los Alamos National Labs. He holds 6 patents and has published numerous, widely cited, journal articles. Ramesh has an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University (where he received an Intel Ph.D. fellowship) and an MS in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Utah.

Ramesh Venugopal

“VantagePoint, and its diverse team, provides me with a unique opportunity to partner with talented entrepreneurs who strive to create a more sustainable, cleaner, and safer world by enabling wiser energy choices.”

—Ramesh Venugopal
Principal

Investment Team

Stephen D. Gray

Partner, Investor Relations

Stephen comes to VantagePoint most recently from Jefferies & Co. where he was the Managing Director and Global Head of the Fund Placement Group. Prior to Jefferies, Steve was at Henniker River Advisors as a Managing Director, Private Equity fundraising for venture capital partnerships. He was the Owner/Director at Gateway Global Partners Limited and a Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at Salomon Smith Barney where he focused on fund raising and early stage equity. Stephen has been a board level participant in emerging growth technology companies with a focus on business and market development. He has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut School of Business.

Stephen D. Gray

“VantagePoint provides investors a compelling proposition through impact investing across a broad spectrum of the global economy.”

—Stephen D. Gray
Partner, Investor Relations

Investment Team

Han Zhang

Associate

Han joined VantagePoint in 2010 after he co-founded AISpace where he worked on domestic and overseas business development. Under his guidance, AISpace won partnership with the $150 million Japanese government project Information Grand Voyage and developed a key relationship with the largest Chinese water industry portal, China-H2O. Han also has work experience at Nikken as a Software Engineer. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering and a Bachelors in Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Han  Zhang
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Investment Team

Alan E. Salzman

Managing Partner

Alan co-founded VantagePoint Capital Partners in 1996 and serves as CEO and Chair of the Investment Committee. As a leading venture investor for over 20 years, Salzman has had hands-on involvement in more than 300 companies and has held overall management responsibilities for a dozen venture funds with over $5 billion of committed capital. As CEO of VantagePoint, he oversees the investment team, a portfolio of innovative companies, and strategic partnerships with a number of leading corporations. Salzman is a frequent contributor and speaker on energy innovation and efficiency, entrepreneurship and global competiveness. He has served as Finance Chair of the World Business Summit on Climate Change, on the BP Alternative Energy Advisory Board, and held a decade-long faculty appointment as Adjunct Professor for Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Companies at Stanford University. He currently serves on the Leadership Council of The Climate Group, the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Selection and Green Investment Committees, and the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He is a graduate (G.C., B.A., J.D., LLM) of the London School of Economics, the University of Toronto, Stanford Law School and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Alan E. Salzman

“Entrepreneurs are the engine of innovation in this country. CleanTech and the technology at the heart of CleanTech will transform the current century.”

—Alan E. Salzman
Managing Partner

Investment Team

Lee Burrows

Managing Director

Lee joined VantagePoint in 2002, bringing with him 15 years of broad semiconductor technology expertise, specifically in the areas of semiconductor processing, advanced materials, power storage and management, and battery, lighting, and smart grid technologies. Previously, he founded an optical component company that was subsequently acquired by New Focus, a leading photonics solutions provider. Lee holds six patents, with two additional patents pending in optical networking and device manufacturing. He graduated with honors from the California Institute of Technology (BS, MS) and is also a candidate for a PhD in Applied Physics.

Lee Burrows

“VantagePoint's team orientation helps us make better investment decisions and is a real value-add to our portfolio companies.”

—Lee Burrows
Managing Director

Investment Team

Patricia Splinter

Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director

Pat joined VantagePoint in 2007 and serves as the Firm's Chief Operating Officer and as a Managing Director. She is responsible for executing VantagePoint’s strategy and overseeing global operations in China, Europe and elsewhere, which includes managing deal flow, investment activity, mergers and acquisitions and serving on the boards of numerous companies. Pat has an extensive 34-year background of success leading and growing workforces globally, managing multi-million dollar budgets, advising executives and implementing tactical initiatives at large multinational corporations and early-stage companies. For much of her career Pat was an executive at Intel Corporation, where she held a variety of senior management roles and was responsible for worldwide human resources for the Microcomputer Components and Technology Group. Subsequently, she was a Senior Vice President at Maxtor and software provider NetManage. Pat serves on the Board of Directors for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the El Camino Hospital Foundation.

Patricia Splinter

“Commercializing technology requires a team of the best investment professionals, strategic partners and advisors. Here we have the opportunity to attract superstars to lead the industry in 21st century technology investing.”

—Patricia Splinter
Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director