London, 25 March 2019 – WaveOptics, the leading designer and manufacturer of diffractive waveguides, has appointed Robert Bahns as Chief Financial Officer. He joins the business’ executive team.
Robert has over 20 years experience in venture capital, focusing on investments in hardware and electronics.
Most recently Robert was a Technology Partner at IP Group plc, the London-listed developer of IP-based businesses, which is a significant shareholder in WaveOptics, where he was a board director. From 2005 to 2017 he was the Director of Technology Ventures at Touchstone Innovations (acquired by IP Group), where he led the A round investment in WaveOptics in 2015.
Prior to this, Robert spent five years in the Technology Investment team at Nomura International plc, where he led investments in the communications technology and electronics sectors.
Robert trained as an electronics engineer and worked in Japan for Pioneer Electronics Corporation, establishing the company’s first manufacturing facility in the UK.
David Hayes, CEO WaveOptics, commented;
“Robert brings a wealth of financial management experience, an investor perspective, as well as in-depth knowledge of the business, having been involved in WaveOptics since our first funding round. His appointment further increases the depth and expertise of our senior management team.
“Robert will be a key member of the executive team as we continue to diversify and position our business internationally to take advantage of the opportunities in the growing AR market.”
Robert Bahns, CFO commented on his appointment:
“I have seen WaveOptics make remarkable commercial and technical progress since the investment round in October 2015, and become a leading player in the AR market.
“I look forward to working with the team as we continue to expand in scale and grow the business internationally.”