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Advisory Board

Bengt Gerborg held the position of president and CEO of VSM Sewing Inc., the North American sales company for Husqvarna Viking, Pfaff, and White sewing machines for nearly 20 years. A native of Sweden, Bengt came to the United States in 1985 to head up what was then Viking Husqvarna Sewing Machine Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Under Bengt’s leadership, VSM Sewing Inc. experienced tremendous growth. He worked relentlessly to maintain the company’s mission to keep the world sewing. For his achievements, Bengt and the company have received admirable recognition. In 2004, he was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He was a 2003 recipient of the Smart Business Network Pillar Award for Community Service. Bengt received the prestigious Mercurius Award for Salesmen of the Year in 2002, awarded by the leading Swedish business newspaper Dagens Industri. Plus in 1995, he had the distinct pleasure of being awarded by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Swedish Trade Council’s annual Achievement Award for Marketing Excellence.

Bengt beganhis career with Husqvarna AB in Huskvarna, Sweden, as manager of production planning and materials management and held several positions of increasing responsibility, including director of marketing for sewing machines worldwide and executive vice president. . He was a member of the Senior Management for VSM Group AB and served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Home Sewing Association, a not-for-profit trade organization for the sewing industry.

Prior to Bengt’s career with Husqvarna, he was a management consultant for Mysigma in Gothenburg, Sweden, and a project engineer at SAAB Aircraft Division, also located in Gothenburg.
Bengt is now the major owner and Chairman of BabySwede LLC, the Northamerican distributor of BabyBjörn products. He is also a Director of the Board of Arhaus Furnitures , the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in Ohio and the RiverCentre Foundation in Toledo, Ohio.
Bengt holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Anders Gustafsson, chief executive officer and director of Zebra Technologies since September, 2007. Prior to joining Zebra Technologies, Mr. Gustafsson served as CEO of Spirent Communications plc, a publicly traded telecommunications company.

At Spirent, Mr. Gustafsson redirected that company's growth strategy, divested non-core operations, integrated historic acquisitions and streamlined the organization to realize significant cost savings. Prior to Spirent, he was senior executive vice president, global business operations, of Tellabs, Inc. While at Tellabs, Mr. Gustafsson also served as president, Tellabs International, as well as president, global sales, and vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Earlier in his career, he held executive positions with Motorola and Network Equipment Technologies.

Mr. Gustafsson has an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was a Fulbright Scholar and received numerous fellowships and scholarships for academic excellence.

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Bo Hedfors, a native of Sweden, has 45 years of global telecom experience in both wireline and wireless. He founded his own telecom/internet consulting practice in Chicago, USA in 2002. Bo was President of Hedfone Consulting, Inc until its dissolution in Dec of 2009.

Previously, Bo was Executive Vice President of Motorola and President of Motorola Networks based in Chicago. He came to Motorola in 1998 from Ericsson, where he spent 30 years in different management positions. Among them, President of Honeywell Ericsson Development Co. in Anaheim, California 1984-1986, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of LM Ericsson in Stockholm, Sweden 1990-1993 and President and CEO of Ericsson, Inc. in Dallas, Texas 1994-1998.

Bo has been Chairman of Silicon Valley based Kineto Wireless (acquired by Taqua), Chairman of Virtutech (acquired by Intel), Chairman of Cyneta Networks (sold to Tektronix) and Chairman of Objectory AB (acquired by Rational Software Corporation). He has served on the board of Tellabs (acquired by Marlin Equity Partners), Openwave, SwitchCore, Lemko Corporation, Mobile365 (acquired by Sybase), Firetide (acquired by UNICOM Global) and E-Band Communications (sold to Moseley). He has been advisor to Sun, Compaq, HP, Samsung and GENBAND. Bo is currently engaged as advisor to Nexit Ventures, Trice Imaging, Lemko and other private companies worldwide.

Bo is a former board member of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA). He has served on several university boards and is Chairman Emeritus of US Friends of Chalmers University of Technology, Inc. In 2014, Bo was awarded the Chalmers medal for his effort promoting the development and supporting the operation of the university. Also, he serves as advisor of CommNexus San Diego, a network of communications companies and advisor of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in San Diego.

Bo holds a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and he is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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Peter Rieman has 20 years of management experience in the communications and computer software markets.

As RSi’s COO, he helps oversee day-to-day operations and plays a central role in growing the organization through mergers and acquisitions, marshaling resources as RSi grows and increases its offerings of products and services. Peter began his career at the strategy practice of BCG, continued as Division Manager at Granger Associates (now Alcatel America), and later worked at Consilium (now Applied Materials) where he was division Vice President with responsibility for the semiconductor and electronics division.

Peter holds an M.S.M.E. from Chalmers University in Sweden and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

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Dan Werbin has had an extensive and diverse, 35-year long, career within the Volvo Car Corporation (VCC), which included Strategic Development, Product Planning, Engineering, Sales and Executive Management roles in Sweden, The Netherlands, Japan and the United States, where he still spends a lot of his time.

Dan began his career with VCC in 1969. In 1973, he was asked by Volvo Cars North America to come to the U.S. and establish a Product Engineering & Development department. For the next five years, his team significantly strengthened the product program for the whole of North America.

During the 1980’s, Dan was responsible for the Product Planning & Engineering functions at VCC. These units initiated the development of the dynamic front-wheel-drive platform strategy, premiered in the Volvo 850, which was introduced in 1991. This industrial project also paved the way for Volvo’s AWD products and the pioneering of Volvo Cross Country wagons. Dan also initiated and was a founding member of VCC’s Monitoring and Concept Center in California (VMCC).

From 1993 to 1996, Dan was responsible for bringing the Volvo S40 and V40 to market, leading the Volvo side of a successful Joint Venture with the Mitsubishi Motor Company resulting in 4 new models and a ”lean” new factory in Born, The Netherlands. From 1996 to 2001 he served as President and CEO of Volvo Cars Japan, Inc, Tokyo.

In 2001, Dan became President and CEO of Volvo Cars North America in Irvine, California. In 2002, he accepted the position as Executive Director of the Premier Automotive Group (PAG) in North America, Irvine, with the responsibility of realizing and coordinating the synergies of the four PAG brands (Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin). He retired from VCC in 2005.

During the 1980’s, Dan served as a member of MIT’s Policy Board for the Future of the Automobile Program. He was also a founding member of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP). A tangible result of this program is the now well established ”Lean Manufacturing” process. In the 1990’s, Dan was a member of the board of the School of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University. He has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) since 1985.

Dan was born in 1944 in Ljungby, Sweden, and graduated from Chalmers University, with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1970.

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