Thomas Swidler

Basic

Bis 2008, Senior Director, Sony Computer Entertainment America

San Jose, United States of America

Skills

Executive with an extensive background in national and international business development
product management
technology
engineering and finance. Over 20+ years of experience in gaming
consumer electronics
professional broadcast and instrumentation sectors. Recognized for consistent excellence
efficiency and creativity. Proven success in developing
leading
organizing and managing challenging projects
dynamic engineering groups and strategic alliances. • Cross-functional Business Development • Tactical Technology Planning • Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures • Financial and Budgetary Planning • Comprehensive Project Management • Team Building and Management • Embedded Software Engineering • Open Source and Proprietary Software

Timeline

Professional experience for Thomas Swidler

  • Current 12 years and 11 months, since Mar 2009

    Manging Director

    Cavallino Consulting LLC

  • 2 years and 6 months, Oct 2005 - Mar 2008

    Senior Director

    Sony Computer Entertainment America

    Finding additional customer usages beyond gaming for the Playstation 3 and promoting its powerful multi-core CELL Broadband Engine architecture. Worked with external groups and third parties to provide a Linux operating system and applications for the PS3. Created alliances with IBM, Toshiba, MIT and Georgia Tech to promote awareness and development around the CELL B.E. architecture.

  • 8 years and 6 months, May 1997 - Oct 2005

    Director

    Sony Electronics Inc.

    On behalf of Sony and together with Toshiba, I co-founded the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum which grew into a multi-national industry forum, with well over 70 companies. Its focus was to improve the Linux kernel with an eye on consumer products. I was elected Treasurer and Executive Director of this organization. I headed a Sony Linux team to improve boot-up time, security and foot print of the Linux kernel. Created a new division within the Sony targeted to bridge the analog to the digital.

  • 5 years and 1 month, May 1989 - May 1994

    Software Engineer & Project Manager

    Wiltron / Anritsu

    I implemented a cross functional product planning team. Members were compiled from engineering, sales and marketing, field support and manufacturing. I represented the software engineering group. Replaced an outdated array of processors on custom boards with a single main processor and a graphics chip on standard VME boards. Replaced a custom build operating system with an off-the-shelf OS. Implemented architecture and design methodologies, version control and bug tracking...

Educational background for Thomas Swidler

  • Computer Science

    RWTH Aachen, Germany

    EE, Business

Languages

  • English

    Fluent

  • German

    First language

  • French

    Basic

Wants

I am currently looking for a new professional adventure. If you come across an opportunity which would fit my profile I would appreciate if you contact me. A clear fit for me would be in the consumer sector or in companies which are traditionally not in the consumer field and would like to move into that space. Having said that
I believe my breadth of experience would also easily translate into other sectors. I would like to gain more experience in the mobile sector which is such a candidate encroaching more and more in the consumer field. A field of interest but not supported by past experience would be the medical or bio tech field. I am looking for senior positions in Product Planning & Management
Directing Engineering
CTO roles and could even see myself in an operational role based on my organizational and management skills. I prefer an established company but I would consider a well funded early stage company that had a clear product direction and was at least in the proof of concept stage with potential clients. I would like to stay in the bay area but I am open for the right opportunity to consider relocation.

Interests

I am currently looking for a new professional adventure. If you come across an opportunity which would fit my profile I would appreciate if you contact me. A clear fit for me would be in the consumer sector or in companies which are traditionally not in the consumer field and would like to move into that space. Having said that
I believe my breadth of experience would also easily translate into other sectors. I would like to gain more experience in the mobile sector which is such a candidate encroaching more and more in the consumer field. A field of interest but not supported by past experience would be the medical or bio tech field. I am looking for senior positions in Product Planning & Management
Directing Engineering
CTO roles and could even see myself in an operational role based on my organizational and management skills. I prefer an established company but I would consider a well funded early stage company that had a clear product direction and was at least in the proof of concept stage with potential clients. I would like to stay in the bay area but I am open for the right opportunity to consider relocation.

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