Finance and Administration
Todd joined Element as an Operating Partner in 2007 with more than 10 years of industry experience in advanced manufacturing processes, and clean energy.
Todd is co-founder of Foster Chamberlain LLC, a firm that commercializes advanced technologies spun out of large corporations and research labs. The firm has worked with more than 20% of the Dow Jones Industrials on some of the world’s most disruptive technologies, receiving such awards as Frost & Sullivan’s Product Innovation of the Year, Industry Week’s Technology of the Year, Automotive News’ PACE Award, and Best of NeoCon – Gold Award. Example technologies include “artificial muscle,” an electro-active polymer technology spun out of SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute), and “deformation resistance welding,” a low-cost, energy-efficient welding technology spun out of automotive company Delphi Corporation.
In his capacity at Foster Chamberlain, Todd has held C-level management positions at ventures spun out of several companies, including Boeing and Conectiv Energy. He has led negotiations on dozens of transactions involving capital-raising, licensing, joint development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Most recently, he negotiated the sale of two businesses he helped incubate inside automotive company Dana Corporation – one involving hybrid-vehicle technology, which was sold to Robert Bosch GmbH, and one involving microwave-plasma processing technology, which was sold to BTU International (NASDAQ: BTUI).
Todd serves on the corporate advisory boards of NanoPack, a manufacturer of barrier coatings and films using nano-materials, and InstaMed Communications, a healthcare technology company.
Before founding Foster Chamberlain, Todd worked in the energy and chemicals practice of strategy consulting firm Booz|Allen|Hamilton. Prior to that, he held various finance positions in the US and UK for Enron Corporation, including being a founding member of the company’s natural gas M&A group and of its European capital and trading operations.
Todd holds BS and MBA degrees from The Wharton School, where he was awarded a Fellowship from Ford Motor Company.