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Management Team

Lev Bolotin, Ph.D. - Founder, President/CEO

Lev is an inventor, entrepreneur, and business executive with over 25 years of high-tech industry experience. Before starting ClevX, Lev was the VP of Product Development and Global Device Support Operations with Data I/O, where he worked since 1996. Under his leadership, the company developed breakthrough technologies for the telecommunication and electronic industries. At Data I/O, Lev was responsible for all phases of product development, transition-to-production, operations, P&L, and general management.

As a business and technology visionary, and innovator, Lev helped launch numerous new technologies and products. In addition, Lev has over 35 US and 70 international patents and is a leading inventor on several breakthrough and awards winning products with regards to robotics, automated programming, and consumer electronics area.

Simon Johnson - Chief Technologist

Simon is chief-technologist and co-founder of ClevX. With over 30 years experience in product design and commercialization, he has a broad background in software, embedded systems, electronics, and biology. Prior to ClevX, his experience spanned many products including robotics, bar code printers, PC applications, cockpit displays, and more. Simon was also co-founder of Pro-Automation in which their award winning designs in factory automation lead to their acquisition by Hover-Davis.

This experience has now been adapted to developing intellectual property for ClevX. Simon prides himself on seeking simple solutions to complex problems. Much of this philosophy is now applied to awards winning self-encrypting security platforms here at ClevX. He is also an avid musician playing entertainment venues in western Washington.


Mikio Ishimaru- Intellectual Property Protection and Strategy
Founder of The Law Offices of Mikio Ishimaru; former Chief Patent Counsel for AMD, former Chief Patent Counsel for Fluke Instruments, former Division Counsel for Schlumberger.
Ingvar Petursson - Technology
Currently SVP of IT with Nintendo of America; former CIO with Expedia; former Chief Strategist with Two Degrees; former CTO Corbis; Former CTO Regence; former CIO AT&T Wireless/McCaw; former CIO, Pactel Cellular.
Steve Gordon - Finance/Business
Currently CFO & COO with Verdiem Corp.; former CFO of Trumba Corp, former COO of Casey Family Programs, former VP of Finance and Operations and CFO for Visio.
Charles H. Porter - Entrepreneurship
Currently is a CIO-in-Residence for Insight Ventures; formerly the Managing Partner and CTO for Accenture Technology Infrastructure Services (ATIS).
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