YARRA 3DX HAS AN EXPERIENCED TEAM BEHIND IT
Chief Executive Officer
Gerry Chastelet joined Comhear as CEO in June 2017. Gerry is an experienced C-suite executive with extensive business success in both large corporate environments as well as in emerging growth public and private companies. With an engineering and sales and marketing background, Gerry has held senior management positions at leading technology companies including IBM, Paradyne Corporation, Network Systems and Digital Lightwave. The former Chairman and CEO of Dominus Innovations and Digital Lightwave, Chastelet is well versed in global sales and marketing, company turn-arounds, business operations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and financing. He received a BS in Electronics Engineering from DeVry University and has an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto.
Chief Science Officer
Peter Otto joined Comhear as CSO in July of 2016 after a long term collaboration with the Company in his role as Director of Sonic Arts R&D at the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD. Peter is responsible for leading development efforts that leverage the company’s audio IP portfolio across a range of application areas. He functions as Comhear’s primary liaison with academic and research labs, and is active in development and refinement of spatial audio (3D audio) techniques and content, while maintaining focus on audio quality and user experience. Peter Otto is an expert in the language and aesthetics of musical and media expression, and is also accomplished in advanced hardware/software design, including instrumentation and facilities, systems and networking applications, and a wide array of media technology research and development. Classically trained in musical performance and composition, he completed his graduate work at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles in 1984, and has served as music technology director at Tempo Reale in Florence, then at SUNY Buffalo, and prior to joining Comhear, served on the faculty for 20 years at UCSD Music and in a variety of roles in music technology and research directorships at UCSD.
Chief Technical Officer
Tom Craft is the CTO at Comhear. In this role, Tom is responsible for the company’s overall technical direction and architecture of all the company’s products. Previously Tom has held several senior management positions in military, aerospace and consumer electronic companies. Prior to Comhear, Tom was working on in-flight entertainment systems for Boeing and Airbus aircraft. He received a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Chief Financial Officer
Jim Lucas is the CFO of Comhear, where he oversees finance, administration, and Human Resources. Jim brings over 20 years of financial leadership and accounting experience to Comhear, with a proven record in contributing to the financial growth and leadership of companies in a wide range of industries and stages of development. Before joining Comhear, Jim was Chief Financial Officer at PrimaPharma, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, where he provided executive leadership in finance and administration for all corporate functions. Previously, Jim served in a number of senior management roles with companies undergoing significant change either through high growth, M&A or restructuring. Jim spent the first ten years of his career working with two private equity firms focused on middle-market leveraged buyouts. Jim received his MBA from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and his Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a member of CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Diego.