HOUSTON TECHNOLOGY CENTER PROMOTES THREE EXECUTIVES
The Houston Technology Center is pleased to announce the promotion of three key executives to Vice President: Robert F. Adrion, Ph.D. is Vice President and Director of Life Sciences; Robert Schwartz is Vice President and Director of Energy; and Aruna Viswanathan is Vice President and Director of Operations.
Adrion oversees the acceleration of HTC Life Science client companies. He joined HTC early in 2004 and most recently was President & CEO of Protocol Systems, a NASDAQ patient monitoring company. Previously he was with the NYSE global healthcare company, Becton Dickinson as Worldwide President, Infusion Therapy. He has extensive merger and acquisition and product commercialization background in medical products businesses.
With 40 years of experience in the energy industry, Schwartz heads up HTC’s Energy Program. Prior to joining HTC he worked for Exxon/Mobil, ConocoPhillips and FMC Technologies in both upstream and downstream functions. He has consulted for companies in the energy and chemical industries as well as consulting in the public sector. Schwartz is on the Board of Directors of SmartPipe, an Austin-based technology start up and of GTEHC a Swedish/American technology company. He also serves on the advisory Boards of BirdNest Software and Vision Monitor. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Tennis Foundation.
Viswanathan oversees the HTC acceleration team, which provides guidance to more than 60 client companies to help develop business plans, raise capital, implement strategic marketing and build management teams. She also is responsible for overseeing HTC’s growth by developing business processes and client company programs. Viswanathan previously worked for Motorola’s wireless subscriber unit as well as two successful software start-up companies. She was a 2003 recipient of the Association of Women in Computing Women in Technology Award. She serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Technology International (WITI).
“These individuals deliver strong expertise in each of their respective fields and that strengthens our acceleration program,” said Paul Frison, HTC President and CEO. “Ultimately our client companies benefit by being able work with people who have experience starting and running companies. These are the types of individuals we need leading our programs at HTC grows.”