At the board of trustee meeting this past January, Fuller’s trustees unanimously voted to welcome Nicholas Brathwaite, co-founder and general partner at Riverwood Capital. He will begin serving as trustee May 2017. Nicholas was introduced to Fuller through a co-worker and is passionate about serving an institution that educates emerging leaders.
Nicholas Earle Brathwaite is an engineer, technologist, entrepreneur, multinational business executive, and private equity and venture capital investor.
As a technologist, Brathwaite was a pioneer in the development of low cost cell phones for developing countries and in the development of software solutions for integrating product design with supply chain and manufacturing systems. He also led teams that co-developed several successful products including PDAs, cell phones, digital cameras, embedded cameras, game consoles, and power supplies. As an entrepreneur, he has started several successful businesses which grew to annual revenues ranging from approximately $50M to $6B, and as a business executive has built and managed large multinational teams and businesses. As an investor, Brathwaite is co-founder and a partner at Riverwood Capital, a private equity firm with $2.2B under management and investments in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Israel. He is also Managing Director of WRV a $400M venture capital JV with investments in the U.S., China, Japan, and Israel.
Brathwaite obtained his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from McMaster University, his Master of Science degree from The University of Waterloo, and in 2014 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of the West Indies.
After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Brathwaite began his career at Intel Corporation where he gained his first patent and developed the process and implementation of advanced semiconductor assembly and packaging technologies. In 1989 Brathwaite left Intel to become a member of the founding team of nCHIP Inc. a venture capital funded startup in Silicon Valley. As Vice President of Operations and Assembly Technology, Brathwaite was instrumental in nCHIP's success. His work resulted in the creation of a company that manufactured advanced electronic modules for computers, aerospace applications, and semiconductor test equipment.
After nCHIP was acquired by Flextronics in 1995, Brathwaite became the Chief Technology Officer of Flextronics where, during a 13-year period, he started and built several of the fastest growing and largest businesses in the company. His work helped transform Flextronics from a $200M contract manufacturer to a $30 Billion global leader in electronics manufacturing services with 240,000 employees and operations in 35 countries.
Nicholas also served as Chairman and CEO of Aptina Imaging, a $600M multinational semiconductor company headquartered in San Jose, California with operations in the U.K., Singapore, Japan, Slovenia, Norway, India, Italy, and China.
Brathwaite serves or has served on the board of directors of several public and private technology companies in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, and India.