Portland, Oregon (October 30, 2013) – Rob Wiltbank, Ph.D. has joined Galois as its CEO. Rob is widely recognized as a world expert in angel investing performance and entrepreneurial strategy. In his new role, Rob will drive strategy for Galois’ growth, oversee business operations and development, and help commercialize its technologies.
“I’m tremendously pleased to welcome Rob aboard,” said John Launchbury, Galois’ Chief Scientist and founder. “His extraordinary business insights and energetic leadership combine wonderfully with the technical strength of our team. Watch this space, because great things will ensue!”
Prior to Galois, Rob was a professor at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management, ranked by Inc. Magazine as a “top 10” in entrepreneurship education, where he ran the Willamette Angel Fund and entrepreneurship courses. Over the years, Rob’s research has focused on strategy-making under uncertainty and entrepreneurial expertise, particularly as it relates to growing new organizations.
He received the prestigious 2013 Hans Severiens Award, honoring individuals whose actions demonstrate leadership in advancing the role of angel investing in expanding entrepreneurship and the angel investment industry as a whole. He is on the board of the Angel Resource Institute and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Venturing. Additionally, Rob was a partner with Montlake Capital, a growth equity fund, and a Co-Founder of Revenue Capital Management, an innovative revenue capital fund.
Rob is co-author of the 2009 book The Catalyst: How You Can Become an Extraordinary Growth Leader selected by Business Week as one of the best books on innovation and design in 2009. He is also co-author of Effectual Entrepreneurship, a text based on 15 years of academic research into entrepreneurial expertise. Rob earned his Ph.D. in Strategy from the University of Washington, and a degree in Finance and Accounting from Oregon State University.