Charles Cotton

Chairman at Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd

Chairman, Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd

Charles Cotton is an experienced director of public companies listed on Nasdaq, Euronext Amsterdam and the LSE and private companies in the USA and Europe. His business passions include building successful global technology companies and spreading the word about the Cambridge Phenomenon.

He is Chairman of Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd and Neul Ltd in Cambridge and a Director of technology companies Solarflare in California, and XMOS in the UK. He is also a Director of Cambridge Enterprise, the organisation in the University of Cambridge responsible for spin-outs, licensing and consulting and is a member of the Investment Committee. Recently he joined the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah in the UAE where previously he had been advising the Chancellor on the development of a Research, Technology and Innovation park adjoining the University.

Prior to its acquisition by TomTom, in 2008, he was a Supervisory Board member of Euronext Amsterdam listed, Tele Atlas. Previously, he was Executive Chairman of GlobespanVirata and CEO of Santa Clara based Virata which he took public on NASDAQ, in 1999.

He was CEO of Shandwick Europe; President of Boston Mass. based Thermal Scientific Inc, and a Director of LSE listed Thermal Scientific. He got the technology bug working for Clive Sinclair as Sales and Marketing Director at Sinclair Research. Before that, he held senior Operations, Finance, Marketing and Product Planning positions at British Leyland and Ford.

He has a BA Hons in Physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Arts.