Industrial executive W. Nicholas "Nick" Howley and Hemant Kanakia, a technology venture capitalist and Case Western Reserve University alumnus, have joined Case Western Reserve's board as newly appointed trustees.
"We are pleased to announce these two new appointments" said board chair, Bud Koch. "They are both well informed and bring beneficial perspective to our board."
Howley, 57, is chairman and chief executive officer of TransDigm Group Inc. (NYSE/TDG) and TransDigm Holdings. He was a founder in 1993 of the Cleveland-based company, which owns and operates a wide range of proprietary aerospace component manufacturing businesses.
He is a director of Satair A/S in Denmark and Polypore Inc. Howley also serves as a trustee of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and St. Martin de Porres High School. He received his B.S. degree in engineering from Drexel University in 1975 and his M.B.A from Harvard University in 1979.
Kanakia , also 57, has been a partner with Columbia Capital LLC in Alexandria, Va., since 2004. He has focused primarily on technology investments. In 2010 and beyond, after retiring from Columbia, he plans to switch his focus to making investments overseas, particularly in India, from his own investment fund, Kanakia Ventures LLC.
He was previously founder and CEO of Torrent Networking Technology (acquired by Ericsson) and co-founder of Photuris (acquired by Meriton), funded privately from Kanakia Ventures. He has worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Tata Consultancy Services, India.
Kanakia received his bachelor of technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He and his wife Sonalde Desai both earned their M.S. degrees from Case Western Reserve University and went on to Stanford University to receive their PhD's. They now both reside in Washington, D.C.
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