Mark Pritchard is President and Chairman of the Board of Allied Minds, Inc. After a career in investment banking in the City of London, latterly with Nomura International, Mark set up an investment fund specializing in early stage high tech investments which over time became an active investor in many of the portfolio companies. Allied Minds was a project Mark started working on in early 2005 and after considerable background due diligence on the concept, the company commenced operations in early 2006.
Mark was until recently Chairman of FuturaGene PLC, a biotech business focused on enhancing production yields and biomass in crops for the fuel and fibre industries. Established in 2004, with Mark as a founding investor, FuturaGene was built around intellectual property licensed from a number of prestigious universities. Suzano Papel e Celulose SA, a Brazilian based multinational, acquired FuturaGene for approximately $100 million in July 2010. Mark sits on the board of a number of other companies. He graduated with honors from Cass Business School, London in 1984.
Rick is a Board Member of Allied Minds and an internationally recognized political leader with more than thirty years of experience in business and public affairs. Mr. Davis currently serves as a Partner in the Pegasus Sustainable Century Merchant Bank, a private equity firm specializing in sustainable development projects, and as Managing Director of Davis Manafort, a business development and public affairs consulting practice. His previous experience includes involvement in every presidential campaign since 1980. Most recently, he served as National Campaign Manager of Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign where he oversaw the development and implementation of campaign strategy and policy. He also served Senator McCain as National Campaign Manager for his 2000 Republican Presidential Primary campaign. He studied at the University of Alabama and is a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Chris Silva is the Chief Executive Officer of Allied Minds, Inc. Before joining Allied Minds, Chris was a Partner at JSA Partners, a professional M&A and strategy consultancy in Boston, MA, which provides high technology companies with market entry, competitive strategy, acquisitions and investment decisions. His consulting background includes three years with A.T. Kearney's Aerospace Aviation and Defense Practice. Chris was also the Director of Business Development for GRC International, a scientific and technical support contractor to the Department of Defense and US Intelligence Community. Earlier, Chris served in the U.S. Air Force. His education includes a BA degree from Tufts University and a Masters of Business Administration.
Marc Eichenberger is the Chief Operating Officer of Allied Minds, Inc. Before joining Allied Minds, Marc established his own professional services firm. His previous roles have included valuation, management advisory, M&A support and temporary senior executive roles, most recently as a Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions with a transportation services firm. He also served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for a small manufacturer of expansion joints. Prior, Marc was a Senior Principal with the leading consultancy A.T. Kearney. Over 10 years, he supported acquisitions, strategy development, and drove the restructuring of underperforming businesses. Marc's education includes a degree in economics and German from New York University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Marc was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.