Mr. Hennessey is an operating executive who has successfully developed and managed customer acquisition and business growth strategies for both the Fortune 500 and emerging technology companies. Rich is relentless in opening new markets and sales channels through international alliances to obtain a rapid entry into developing markets in the Far East, the PAC Rim and Europe. He is a proven entrepreneur teaming with early stage, emerging market investment to successfully launch new products that leverage patented technologies. As a leader, Rich is a stable, positive influence to reinvigorate operating performance. As a marketing innovator, he has led and promoted several branding initiatives, channel positioning and national product awareness campaigns. Mr. Hennessey has experience in aerospace, medical devices, CPG and high-tech manufacturing.
In addition to the Regional Managing role for OneAccord, Rich has been retained in several projects to develop and execute go to market strategies for new businesses in healthcare and technology. Rich is currently engaged as interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for two separate start ups with responsibility to raise $6 million and $7 million, respectively, through various private equity and angel sources. The first is a CPG business focused in the Nutraceudical market segment. The second is a medical device startup currently in the SBIR and FDA 510k process. Early this year, Rich was also the Executive Director of a Florida based not-for-profit organization supporting under privileged children worldwide.
In 2009, Rich was retained by a Florida based speech engineering firm, to test the viability of deploying sound compression intellectual property into the cell phone and speech recognition industry. Rich was also retained to develop Go-To-Market Strategies for Korean technology start-ups through the University of Texas.
Previously, Mr. Hennessey was President/COO of Pro Tech Communications, Inc., a publically traded high-tech niche electronics start-up, manufacturing wired and wireless products for NASA through Boeing, 3M, and McDonalds. During his tenure, Rich developed worldwide manufacturing and distribution by successfully acquiring targeted channel alliances. He also has a strong orientation in finance and accounting and was acting CFO for five years for this company maintaining all corporate banking, SEC, legal and public accounting relationships. Previous to these roles, Rich created business development plans for Digital Equipment Corporation's New Ventures Group.
Rich has a degree in Economics from Boston College and is a member of BC's CEO Executive Club and Technology Council. Rich is also currently attending the Kellogg Executive Scholars Program. http://www.linkedin.com/in/RichardHennessey
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