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Dennis Capovilla
Former President & CEO
Southwall Technologies (Sold, 2012)

Dennis Capovilla is the former President and CEO of Southwall Technologies, with more than 20 years of inspiring and dynamic leadership.  He recently had a successful exit, selling Southwall Technologies in 2012.  With more than 20 years of inspiring and dynamic leadership, Dennis has successfully refocused Southwall’s product strategy on the core competencies related to energy saving products, while opening up new opportunities in Asia and North America for existing products and adding a new line focused on green buildings. Under Dennis’ leadership Southwall has returned to profitability and strengthened the balance sheet considerably, while maintaining a keen focus on key growth initiatives and investing in the future.

Prior to Southwall, Dennis served as VP of Enterprise Business for Palm where he rebuilt Palm’s $80M enterprise business. He held various positions with venture-backed Fatbrain from VP Sales and Business Development to CEO. He played a critical role in changing the business model from consumer-based to business-to-business as the revenues rapidly grew to $65M, and then took the company public, ultimately negotiating the sale of Fatbrain to Barnes & Noble. Dennis also held product management, marketing and general management positions with Apple Computer, most notably as Director Imaging Division, and various sales/sales management positions at Xerox. He has a BS in Marketing from Santa Clara University, where he has also taught as adjunct faculty.

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