Chief executive officer
Clif Kagawa is Chief Executive Officer and a founder of BBiTV. He was former Corporate Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific region for leading international public relations firms Hill and Knowlton and Burson Marsteller. Prior to working in Asia, he was former majority stockholder of Hawaii-based Communications-Pacific, one of the country’s top 50 independent public relations firms at the time of its sale to Hill and Knowlton.
chief technology officer, inventor
Milton Diaz is the inventor behind BBiTV’s patent portfolio. As Chief Technology Officer for BBiTV, he oversees the company’s technology development projects, leveraging over 35 years of experience in software and product development and 25 years developing interactive platforms for the lodging, cable and web industries. From 1998-2002, Diaz was Senior Vice President of engineering and network at StarMedia Network, Inc., the largest operator of community and portal websites in Latin America. StarMedia was acquired, in part, by Yahoo and other web media companies. Diaz is also the former Vice President of Engineering at GuestServe, a San Francisco company that developed highly advanced, cost-effective interactive TV systems for cable. GuestServe was acquired by SeaChange, a leader in digital video servers.
senior analyst, corporate secretary
A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Adrienne Leff is the Senior Analyst for BBiTV. She assists in business development, investor relations, and financial activities for the company. She also engages in aspects of IP portfolio development, management, licensing, and enforcement.
Board of Directors
Jerry Daigle is general counsel to Advantage Capital Partners, a private equity firm that has raised more than $2 billion in capital for investment in companies that develop or apply innovative technologies or approaches to products, systems and services, including businesses located in communities that are underserved by traditional sources of risk capital. He is primarily involved in structuring the firm’s capital-raising transactions and regulatory compliance and has represented the firm in connection with its investments in numerous portfolio companies.
Les Leff is an investor and director of a diverse portfolio of technology, wellness, chemical and martial arts businesses, who brings decades of professional experience to BBiTV. He was Co-owner and Executive Vice President of JWS Delavau Co, Inc. and president of Accucorp, contract manufacturers of vitamins, minerals and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, prior to co-leading the companies to a successful leveraged buyout in 2002. During his career, Mr. Leff served in a variety of senior technical liaison, plant management, union negotiation and Food and Drug Administration negotiation roles. He also directed the design and engineering of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. More recently, in addition to managing his family’s investment portfolio, he served on the board of directors of the Children’s Alliance of Hawaii. Mr. Leff earned his BS in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 1975.
Albert Pleus is a principal and director of a diverse set of businesses in product security, specialty chemicals, financial services, technology and wellness, providing financial, strategic consulting and advisory services. He has over 25 years of experience in investment banking, investing, management and business operations in the areas of green tech, agricultural bioscience, software, telecommunications, digital image distribution and healthcare. Mr. Pleus started his career at Morgan Stanley, and has focused on principal investment roles and early stage investment banking over the past decade. He is on circa a dozen boards, including two non profits. He also holds FINRA Series 62, 63 and 79 securities licenses and was previously a managing partner with V2V Associates, LLC. Mr. Pleus earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford University.
Tony Thornley served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf Company from June 2011 to March 2012. From 2002 to 2005, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of QUALCOMM Incorporated, the San Diego-based company that pioneered and developed technologies used in wireless networks throughout much of the world. He previously served as QUALCOMM’s Chief Financial Officer beginning in 1994, while also holding titles of Vice President, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President. Prior to joining QUALCOMM, Mr. Thornley worked for Nortel Networks for 16 years, serving in various financial and information systems management positions including Vice President of Public Networks, Vice President of Finance NT World Trade, and Corporate Controller Northern Telecom Limited. Before Nortel, Mr. Thornley worked for Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Thornley also served as a board member of Transdel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2007 to 2011, Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. from 2010 to 2014, and Cavium, Inc., from 2006 to 2018. Mr. Thornley received his degree in chemistry from Manchester University, England, and qualified as a chartered accountant.
Sachio Semmoto, PhD
Sachio Semmoto, PhD began his career at Nippon Telephone & Telegraph (NTT) and developed the first optical fiber system in Japan leading to the world’s first digital service (ISDN). He joined Kyocera and co-founded DDI, growing sales to US$5B in seven years and creating KDDI. He then founded and was CEO of eAccess Ltd., a leading broadband IP operator, which IPOed in record time. He founded EMOBILE (now Softbank subsidiary YMobile) and served as CEO and Chairman. He is currently chairman of Renova Inc., a renewable energy company. Dr. Semmoto was a professor of entrepreneurship at Keio University, a visiting professor at the University of California – Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University, and a lecturer at Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern and Cambridge Universities. He served as a board member of Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp Inc.), Founders Share Company in London, Salzburg Global Seminar, and Telecom Corp. of New Zealand, and as a trustee of the Tokyo Foundation. Dr. Semmoto earned his BS from Kyoto University, and MS and PhD from the University of Florida.
Doug Beekman has 20 years of experience in finance with 12 of those spent in venture capital with Advantage Capital Partners. His fiduciary experience includes holding seats on the boards of directors of eight companies over a 14 year span. He has served on the Board of Directors of Broadband iTV, Inc for the past 12 years. He began his career as an analyst for Alex. Brown and Sons and also served as Manager Corporate Development for Danaher Corporation. Mr. Beekman holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.