Mitch Tyson is an experienced high tech executive and entrepreneur. He serves on a number of corporate, non-profit, and governmental advisory boards. He advises start-ups, early stage companies, VC’s, angel groups, and private equity firms. He also writes and lectures on sustainability, clean energy, entrepreneurship, management, and the triple bottom line.
Mitch was CEO of Advanced Electron Beams (AEB) between 2005 and 2010. Mitch joined AEB, an industrial energy efficiency company, upon the completion of the company’s Series A round of venture funding. AEB manufactures compact electron beam emitters which replace thermal and chemical processes, improving sustainability and reducing costs in a broad range of industries. During this period the company raised $50 million in venture funds, established a new business model and market strategy, shipped over 150 systems to 50 companies, and established 12 OEM’s that have designed AEB emitters into their manufacturing systems.
In 2003 Mitch served as interim CEO at AmberWave Systems, a venture backed IP company developing a range of material science technologies for the semiconductor and solar industries.
Prior to that Mitch was the CEO of PRI Automation, a publicly traded corporation that supplied automation systems including hardware, software and services to the semiconductor industry. From 1987 to 2002, he held positions of increasing management responsibility and helped transform PRI Automation from a small robotics manufacturer to the world’s leading supplier of semiconductor fab automation systems. Mitch managed the growth of the company from $4 million to over $300 million in revenue and 1800 employees in 14 countries, and guided the company through its successful IPO in 1994, 6 strategic acquisitions, international expansion, and acquisition by Brooks Automation in 2002.
Previously, Mitch worked at GCA Corporation as Director of Product Management (1984-1987) and served as science advisor and legislative assistant for energy policy to U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas (1979-1984).
Mitch is a co-founder and co-chair of the New England Clean Energy Council whose mission is to accelerate New England’s clean energy economy. Mitch is also a founding member of the Progressive Business Leaders Network whose mission is to promote public policies and business practices that advance socially and environmentally responsible economic growth. He is also a member of the boards of the Mass High Tech Council and the New England Israel Business Council.
Mitch is the co-chair of the Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative whose mission is to promote the advanced manufacturing sector in the state through public private partnerships. He also serves on the executive and governing boards of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the John Adams Innovation Institute, a state agency focused on promoting the innovation economy and economic development in Massachusetts. He is also on the Massport Security Advisory Council.
Mitch has served on the board of ten public, private, and venture backed company boards, including firms in the areas of automation, CAD, LED’s, materials, semiconductor equipment, and sensors. He currently serves on the board Photronics, Inc., a manufacturer of photomasks for the flat panel display and semiconductor industries, 7AC a start-up developing next generation air conditioning technology, and the advisory board of Greener U, an innovative energy services firm that helps universities lower costs and become more sustainable. Mitch is also a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group (CEVG), which provides seed capital and management expertise to early stage clean energy companies.
Mitch is an Adjunct Professor at the International Business School at Brandeis University and has lectured on entrepreneurship, sustainable business strategy, and various management topics at numerous universities and industry forums. In 2008, the Mass High Tech Journal named Mitch a Mass High Tech All-Star for his leadership in and commitment to the clean energy sector.
He has a Bachelors of Science in Physics, a Masters of Science in Nuclear Engineering, and a second Masters of Science in Political Science, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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