Stan Boland. Icera
Founded in 2002, Icera delivers the world’s first market-proven, high performance soft modem technology for the proliferation of mobile internet for end-user devices. Targeted initially at datacards, USB sticks, embedded modules and mobile internet devices (MIDs), Icera’s technology will also deliver instant, high speed, ubiquitous internet access for mobile phones. Icera’s technology comprises of chipsets of baseband processor, radio chip and power management chip plus software together delivering the highest performance modems for the world’s most popular cellular standards. Icera was acquired by NVIDIA in May 2011 for $367m.
Prior to founding Icera, Stan was Vice President and General Manager of the DSL business unit of Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM) with responsibility for all DSL-related worldwide development and marketing activity. He assumed this role following the sale to Broadcom of Element 14 Inc, a start-up fabless semiconductor company focused on high density DSL chipsets, which Broadcom acquired for $640M in late 2000. At Element 14, Stan was founder, President & CEO. Immediately prior to this, Stan was CEO of Acorn Group plc, a publicly-quoted electronics company which Morgan Stanley acquired in 1999 for $440M, and was a director of ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ: ARMHY), an associate of Acorn. He had joined Acorn from ICL, an affiliate of Fujitsu Limited, in 1997 following 7 years with that company in a variety of business management roles, including CFO of two large operating divisions. Prior to ICL, he worked for 3 years with a large successful MBO, 1 year with Bell Resources and 6 years with Rolls-Royce, a leading aerospace company, where he trained as an engineer in electronics and engineering computing. He graduated in Physics from Cambridge University, is a Member of the IEEE and is qualified as an FCMA and a MCT.