Sept. 6, 2016
For Immediate Release
WATERLOO –The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises today announced the appointment of its chief executive officer, Carlo Chiarello.
“After an extensive search, we are pleased to have found such a pre-eminent individual to lead the Lazaridis Institute,” said Micheál Kelly, dean of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics and chairman of the Global Advisory Board for the Lazaridis Institute. “Carlo has a strong track record of growing and leading organizations and managing complexity during hyper-growth stages. This combined with his international experience and deep industry knowledge makes him uniquely qualified to lead the Lazaridis Institute successfully into the future.”
Chiarello was most recently the chief product officer at Powermat Technologies Ltd., which is headquartered in Israel. There, he was responsible for strategy, business planning and execution across all product, research and development, sales and marketing teams. He led the introduction of a complete cloud connected mobile commerce platform as an integral part of the wireless charging infrastructure, allowing businesses to generate greater engagement with consumers. Prior to joining Powermat, he worked for 11 years in several executive roles scaling BlackBerry – most recently as the executive vice-president of the BlackBerry Handset Division. During his time with the company, he launched over 50 smartphones globally, built a global product management team, engineered innovative partnerships and helped to plan a radical business restructure to adapt to changing market conditions.
“I’m excited to be leading the Lazaridis Institute at such a pivotal time,” said Chiarello. “Canada has produced world-class startups and start-up environments, but the time has come to shift our focus to helping those companies grow. We have a real opportunity to change the trajectories of some of our most promising early-growth-stage companies and to grow the scale-up capacity of the technology ecosystem in Canada.”
The Lazaridis Institute is currently recruiting the top 10 tech scale-ups in Canada to join the inaugural cohort of its Canadian Scale-Up Program, a mentoring and peer network program focused on addressing the experience gap of growing into a global company. Program participants will have the opportunity to work closely with world-class business leaders, each of whom has taken a company – or several companies – from startup to significant scale. These leaders will share practical knowledge, provide mentorship, coach execution of plans and embed participant companies in networks that reach around the globe, connecting them to the market contacts and capital they need to grow.
The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises was created in 2015 to support growth-oriented Canadian technology companies. Developed through investments by Mike Lazaridis and the Government of Ontario, the Lazaridis Institute helps current and emerging technology firms to scale rapidly into globally competitive enterprises. The Lazaridis Institute is based in the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, part of the Waterloo Region-Toronto Tech Corridor. We’re building knowledge and networks to strengthen Canada’s tech ecosystem, its current leaders and the students who’ll be the leaders of tomorrow.
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