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 and Chief Operating Officer at Pegasus Capital Advisors, a $2.2 billion private equity fund manager founded in 1995. Pegasus partners with management teams of growth companies, with a focus on those that benefit from the business implications of global resource scarcity. Sectors where this trend is most pronounced are food, water, energy, health & wellness and security. He has a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sector. Having served on President Ronald Reagan’s political team, Mr. Davis also served in three Reagan Administration Cabinet Agencies including as White House Special Assistant to the President for the Domestic Policy Council. In his capacity in the White House Mr. Davis managed all policy development related to Climate, Energy and Environment. President George H.W. Bush appointed him as Deputy Executive Director for the White House Conference on Science and Economic Research Related to Global Climate Change. While in the private sector Mr. Davis built one of the most influential and successful public affairs companies in the United States. In 2000 and 2008 Mr. Davis served as Senator John McCain’s national campaign manager leading all aspects of the campaign activity. While serving as Senator McCain’s chief strategist and political advisor Mr. Davis was integral in the development of some key legislative initiatives including ground breaking Climate Legislation and Campaign Finance Reform. Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of The Environmental Defense Action Fund developing initiatives and ties to the corporate community that promotes better stewardship of the environment.
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.