Interim CEO – IP Collateral Value Protection Insurance & IP Advisory Services For Mid-Market Lenders
Aris Despo is an entrepreneurial executive who understands and recognizes the significance of identifying mission critical activities, targeting niche markets, driving growth and channeling change for early stage, small-cap and mid-cap public/private companies. Aris has been intimately involved in startups and growth, IP commercialization and monetization for a Global 50, mergers and acquisition, capital raising, private equity and corporate development.
Aris has over 30 years of hands on experience as a private CEO and public company senior executive, and an operational focus in life sciences, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, renewable energy, knowledge-based product/services and federal government IP transactions.
His entrepreneurial background includes being the current CEO of IP Financial Guardian Corp (IPFGC), a Charlotte North Carolina (USA) startup that has created a unique underwriting methodology and insurance product backed by Liberty Mutual, that mitigates risk against IP value default and enables lenders to broaden the eligible collateral base to include intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, copyrights and brands. Aris’ past experiences also includes 20 years as CEO/Founderof a regional specialty chemical manufacturing company, and EVP in guiding the turnaround and repurposing of a former NYSE traded technology licensing company, recruiting and leading a team to bring a medical technology through FDA 510(k) clearance, and ramping up domestic and international channels.Prior to joining IPFGC Aris was a partner in the Washington, DC M&A and investment banking firm Indian River Advisors, LLC, and a consultant for monetization of IP assets for General Electric’s Transportation business unit.