Executive Team

Nuventix management team is composed of senior executives with a breadth of experience building and leading startup companies to success. The team brings together seasoned leaders from companies such as Convex, Hewlett-Packard, Active Power, Bose, TI, and Cirrus Logic among others. It is with their collective skill and expertise in developing and marketing solutions that Nuventix is building a premier cooling solutions company.

Jim Balthazar, President and CEO

Mr. Balthazar is President and CEO of Nuventix and is a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Balthazar has over 29 years of startup business and technical management experience. Prior to establishing Nuventix, Mr. Balthazar served as Vice President of Marketing with Active Power, Inc (ACPW), while it grew from 13 employees through to a successful IPO in 2001. Mr. Balthazar also served in a variety of Sales and Marketing positions over a 12 year period with Convex Computer Corporation (CNVX). He was Vice President of Marketing when Convex was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 1995. Mr. Balthazar began his career as an engineering manager with Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC). Mr. Balthazar holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University of Maryland, and a Masters of Engineering from Cornell University.

Steve Darbin, Senior Vice President of Engineering

Steve Darbin is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Nuventix. Mr. Darbin has over 25 years of product development experience in both startup and large companies. Mr. Darbin previously served as Chief Engineer for the New Ventures Group at Bose Corporation and Vice President of Engineering at ASF, an Austin startup which was acquired by Kodak in 2003. Prior to that, Mr. Darbin was Engineering Manager for Texas Instruments’ Digital Printing Systems. Mr. Darbin holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and is a Registered Professional Engineer licensed to practice in the state of Texas.

Steve Farrell, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations

Steve is responsible for Nuventix manufacturing and global supply chain operations. He has more than 25 years experience in manufacturing, quality, and materials management roles at both large corporations and start-up companies, including Hewlett Packard, Sharp Electronics, Convex Computer, and Metro Optix. Mr. Farrell has managed high volume and high tech manufacturing operations and has extensive experience in international sourcing methods and strategies. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Manufacturing Technology from Memphis State University.

Raghav Mahalingam, Chief Scientist

Dr. Mahalingam is one of the co-founders of and Chief Scientist for Nuventix. He has over 15 years of experience in research and development. Prior to co-founding Nuventix, he was a Research Engineer at Georgia Tech. His research areas have included synthetic jets, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermal management, rotorcraft aerodynamics, acoustics and vortex dynamics. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles and presentations in these areas and holds 10 issued and several pending US and International Patents. He was the recipient of the 2007 Harvey Rosten Award of Excellence for his work in the field of thermal analysis of electronic equipment. Dr. Mahalingam received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering from IIT-Madras, India.

Stu Sorensen, Chief Financial Officer

Sorensen joins Nuventix from Luminary Micro (acquired by Texas Instruments in 2009) where he served as CFO on the company’s founding executive team and played a large role in developing and leading the semiconductor firm from concept to acquisition. Prior to Luminary Micro, Sorensen held an executive finance position at Storscape, a white label cloud storage company. Sorensen also held senior financial positions at Texas instruments and Motorola Semiconductor (now Freescale). Sorensen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University.

Jeff Kelley, Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Mr. Kelley is the Vice President of Sales for the Worldwide Sales offices of Nuventix. He has over 24 years of start-up and professional sales and marketing experience.  Prior to Nuventix he was a founding manager at Coldwatt, a start-up power supply company based in Austin, TX. Mr. Kelley’s previous roles have included Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Lite-on Power and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Computing Industry at Emerson Network Power, a business unit of Emerson Electric.