Charles 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.
Charles Cotton is Founder and Chairman of Cambridge Phenomenon International Ltd. and co-authored The Cambridge Phenomenon 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise. He is a Director of Cambridge Enterprise (a subsidiary of the University of Cambridge) and a member of its Investment Committees; Chairman of the Advisory Panel of Cambridge Innovation Capital; Deputy Chairman of Cambridge Ahead; Director of technology companies Solarflare Inc. and XMOS Ltd; a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah; and Chairman of the Advisory Board for CUER (Cambridge University ECO Racing).
Previously he was a Supervisory Board member of Euronext Amsterdam listed, Tele Atlas which was sold to TomTom for $4.3Bn in 2008; Executive Chairman of NASDAQ listed, GlobespanVirata Inc.; and CEO of Virata Corp. which he took public on NASDAQ in 1999 and achieved a market cap of more than $5Bn at its peak.
Prior to that he was based in Boston, Massachusetts as President of Thermal Scientific Inc, and a Director of London Stock Exchange listed Thermal Scientific Ltd. His engagement in high technology dates back to 1983 when he was Sales and Marketing Director at the computer company Sinclair Research Ltd. After graduating, he worked in the automotive industry at British Leyland and Ford.
He lives in Cambridge, England and holds a BA Hons in Physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.