Leadership Profiles

Vatche Artinian – Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Vatche Artinian is a Co-Founder, the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of Calnetix Technologies and its subsidiary Access Energy. He is also the Chairman of Calnetix subsidiary Upwing Energy.  Mr. Artinian has over 30 years of experience in establishing and building businesses specializing in innovative technologies. Mr. Artinian gained his extensive experience in electric machines, electromechanical systems and magnetic bearings while working for AlliedSignal (Honeywell) and AVCON, Inc., during which he directed major programs for Lockheed Martin, Allied Signal Automotive and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Artinian holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State Polytechnic University.

Co Huynh – Co-Founder, Business Unit Leader

Mr. Co Huynh is a Co-Founder of Calnetix Technologies and the Business Unit Leader for the company's electric turbo division. Mr. Huynh has over 25 years of experience in designing and developing advanced motors, generators and electromagnetic devices for commercial, aerospace and subsea applications. After founding Calnetix and serving as Vice President of Engineering, Mr. Huynh transferred to its subsidiary, Direct Drive Systems (DDS), in 2008 to lead a subsea pump development project.  In 2009, DDS was purchased by FMC Technologies, where Mr. Huynh served as Manager of Special Projects.  Prior to founding Calnetix, Mr. Huynh worked for Allied Signal Aerospace Company, Hughes Research Laboratories and Avcon, Inc. He has been granted multiple patents in the area of electric machines and electromagnetic devices.  He has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and is a long-time member of the IEEE committee.

Larry Hawkins – Co-Founder, Director of Technology, Magnetic Bearings

Mr. Larry Hawkins is a Co-Founder and the Director of Technology, with an emphasis on magnetic bearing development, at Calnetix Technologies. Mr. Hawkins has played a key role in the company’s research and development efforts since Calnetix’s inception in 1998. He has 28 years of industrial experience, holds multiple patents and publications in the high speed turbomachinery field, and is recognized globally for his contributions to rotordynamics and magnetic bearing technology. Mr. Hawkins held positions at the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International and Avcon, Inc. Mr. Hawkins holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University.

Ian Hart – Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Manager

Mr. Ian Hart is the Chief Financial Officer of Calnetix Technologies and its subsidiary Access Energy. Mr. Hart has over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, strategic planning and operations. He joined Calnetix in 2005 and has managed several departments within the company, including finance, human resources and operations. Prior to joining Calnetix, Mr. Hart held senior level positions in finance and operations for public and private companies in their start-up or turnaround stage. He began his career in public accounting with Ernst & Whinney (now known as Ernst & Young). Mr. Hart holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He also obtained licensure from the DOI, DRE and NASD.

Andrea Matiauda – General Counsel and Company Secretary

Ms. Andrea Matiauda joined Calnetix in 2005 as the company’s first General Counsel and is currently the acting General Counsel and Company Secretary for Calnetix Technologies and Access Energy, a subsidiary of Calnetix. Ms. Matiauda has played a key role in financing, M&A activity and establishment/sale of subsidiaries for the Calnetix group of companies. Ms. Matiauda began her legal career as a transactional attorney at Latham & Watkins. She earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

Venkateshwaran “Venky” Krishnan – Vice President of Business Development

Mr. Venkateshwaran Krishnan is the Vice President of Business Development for Calnetix Technologies.  Mr. Krishnan joined Calnetix Technologies as the Director of Programs in 2010 and has over 25 years of experience in systems engineering and program management within the marine and defense industries. Prior to joining Calnetix, he was the Director of Programs at Direct Drive Systems (DDS), a former subsidiary of Calnetix and FMC Technologies. Mr. Krishnan was a graduate of the National Defense Academy in India and an officer in the Indian Navy. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Control Systems from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a Master of Business Administration from the Institute of Indian Management Association.

Ken Demirjian – Vice President of Operations

Mr. Ken Demirjian is the Vice President of Operations for Calnetix Technologies.  Mr. Demirjian previously served as Chief Operating Officer of VYCON.  He has over 20 years of experience in plant management, operations and supply chain management within a diverse range of manufacturing environments. His prior experience includes serving as a Global Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain for a subsidiary of Dover Corporation.  Mr. Demirjian has a Master of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from California Polytechnic State University.

Freddie Sarhan - Vice President of Business Development

Mr. Freddie Sarhan is Calnetix's Vice President of Business Development, responsible for new application development and commercial business. He joined Calnetix in 2018 and has over 20 years of experience in the power generation, energy and aviation sectors.  Before joining Calnetix, Mr. Sarhan was the Vice President of Americas Coating Services for Praxair Surface Technologies, in charge of all operational and sales activities for the company’s business in North and South America. Prior to that, he held the position of Regional Sales Manager at ABB Inc. and was the Vice President of Customer Service at Capstone Turbine Corporation. He began his career at Rolls-Royce as a member of the industrial gas turbine development team. Mr. Sarhan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University.

Eric Blumber – Director of Engineering

Mr. Eric Blumber is the Director of Engineering for Calnetix Technologies. Mr. Blumber has almost 20 years of experience in high-speed rotating machinery and magnetic bearing systems. He has co-authored several patents, including a sleeveless permanent magnet rotor construction and novel electrical insulation systems for use in organic fluid environments. Prior to joining Calnetix, Mr. Blumber was Director of Engineering at VYCON, a former subsidiary of Calnetix. His previous experience includes serving as Director of Engineering for GE Heat Recovery Solutions. Mr. Blumber holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on magnetic bearing systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Kristen Frey - Director of Marketing

Ms. Kristen Frey is the Director of Marketing for Calnetix Technologies. Ms. Frey has over 15 years of experience defining marketing and organizational strategies and evaluating emerging markets. She joined Calnetix Technologies in 2011 as the Director of Marketing for Calnetix and Access Energy, a Calnetix subsidiary. Before joining Calnetix, Ms. Frey was the Director of Marketing for Direct Drive Systems (DDS), a former subsidiary of Calnetix and FMC Technologies. Prior to working for FMC, Ms. Frey held multiple marketing, operations and communications management roles in the oil and gas industry, including positions with ORYXE Energy, Gulf Oil, ConocoPhillips, Tosco and Mobil Oil. Ms. Frey holds a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Georgia.