Metawave Corporation announced the appointment of Karen C. Francis to its board of directors. Bringing years of experience to both automotive and technology industries, Francis joins Denso’s Tony Cannestra, Metawave’s Maha Achourand Conny Marx, and Motus Ventures’ Jim Disanto.
“I am proud to be a part of Metawave’s board as the company solves big needs in two rapidly growing industries – autonomous driving and ubiquitous wireless communications,” said Francis. “The need for a more intelligent radar as a critical sensor for self driving cars is paramount to the growth in that market. And, ensuring network efficiencies and ubiquity around the world for faster wireless communications is clearly needed as the world moves to 5G. Metawave is poised to lead in bringing needed, intelligent technology platforms to market.”
Francis brings decades of experience across public and private companies. Most recently, she served as chairman and CEO of AcademixDirect, a Silicon Valley-based education technology firm, and chairman and CEO of Publicis and Hal Riney. She has also held senior leadership positions at Ford Motor Company as vice president and president/CEO of ConsumerConnect, Ford’s corporate venture capital group and at General Motors as the general manager of Oldsmobile where she was responsible for sales, marketing, strategy, and product development.
She currently serves on a number of boards including Telenav, a connected car embedded navigation company, and Nauto, an AI-powered autonomous vehicle technology company. Francis is a well-known thought leader on the future of autonomy, innovation, and talent development.
She has been named a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Dartmouth College, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
“As a key member of our board, Karen will help us heighten our presence in both autonomous driving and communications by bringing together key partners, customers and investors as we continue to build our product and grow our business quickly,” said Maha Achour, Metawave co-founder and CEO.