Board of Directors

Peter Hunt
Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Hunt is a Chartered Accountant and Consultant to BDO Adelaide. He was a former partner of PKF Adelaide, Chartered Accountants, which merged with BDO Adelaide in 2012. He has broad experience as an independent director and chairman of ASX listed and private companies.

Having been involved with business and financial transactions with businesses ranging from small to medium cap companies, Mr Hunt has financial and management skills to contribute directly to Xped’s performance at both board and management level. Mr Hunt is also an independent director of ASX listed Intermin Resources Limited.



Athan Lekkas

CEO

Athan has participated in a broad range of business and corporate advisory transactions, specialising in the restructure and recapitalisation of various companies through his institutional funding contacts in Asia and North America.

Athan has completed successful turn around projects in manufacturing, logistics and implemented successful operational changes restoring companies into profitability. He was instrumental in the structuring and funding of the Xped transaction.

Athan is also a Director of ASX listed investment company First Growth Funds Limited.


Martin Despain

Managing Director

Martin holds a BA from University of Nevada and a MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Martin's most recent role was General Manager, Smart Homes Division, Internet of Things Group at Intel Corporation head office developing and implementing Intel’s IoT strategy and product offering for the home.  Martin oversaw the Smart Home business with responsibility for Engineering, Product Marketing, Operations, Business Development, and Go-to-Market.

Martin has also lead several different teams within Intel’s Digital Home Group that developed product offerings for telco/cable and consumer electronics companies such as Sony, Visio and Samsung as well as partnerships with Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft.

Martin’s area of expertise includes product management, semiconductors and SoC’s, embedded systems, start-ups, international sales and marketing, strategic partnerships and planning and visionary for the organisation.


Dr Wenjun Sheng

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Sheng has over 15 years of semiconductor industry experience, he has shown an ability to grow businesses from inception, to first revenue and profitability in an effective and accelerated manner. Prior to co-founding Telink Semiconductor in 2010, he was VP of RFIC design at Wiscomm Microsystem Inc., a startup company focusing on CMOS satellite TV tuner chip product.

Dr Sheng has held key technical positions with industry leaders like Qualcomm and Silicon Labs etc., and was one of the pioneers in CMOS RFIC design. Dr. Sheng holds 30 patents in RF and mixed-signal IC design, and is a member of China’s top recruitment program of global experts “Thousand Talents Program”. Dr. Sheng holds a BS in electronics engineering from Tsinghua University and an ME and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M.


Chris Wood

Executive Director / CTO

Chris has extensive experience in large telecommunications companies developing mission critical software applications.

Chris has architected projects worth up to $200M and supported by a pool of 200 IT staff. Chris is a domain expert in the areas of GPS, inertial sensors and communications.Chris also possesses substantial technology development commercialisation experience.

In 2003 Chris founded Neve Technologies Pty Ltd, a company which developed and commercialised an augmented GPS system for positioning vehicles in areas where GPS signals are severely degraded. In the commercialisation process Chris established a joint venture with the University of South Australia. Neve secured COMET funding, raised capital and successfully commercialised its technology internationally.


John Schultz

Executive Director / Head of Engineering

John Schultz (B Eng. Uni of SA) is a serial entrepreneur founding and successfully growing several companies over the last two decades specialising in the design, manufacture and business development of electronics systems.

John has a wealth of experience running design and manufacturing businesses, managing staff and subcontractors and secured significant international business exporting vehicle immobilisers to Malaysia for aftermarket distribution and direct fit to Honda.

This contract saw a peak of 30 employees locally employed and managed at Technology Park. John’s involvement was system specification, design, product design and manufacture, resource management and developing initial commercialisation opportunities.