Dr. Steding is a senior corporate executive with an excellent track record in founding and growing successful businesses based on complex, leading edge technologies. He has been CEO of twelve high tech companies and active Chairman of several others. He was recently President & CEO of Zephyr Photonics, an optical networking company addressing applications in harsh environments, where he transitioned the company from an R&D lab to a commercial product company with strong growth prospects. Prior to that, he served as President & CEO of Red Condor, an award-winning venture- backed anti-spam company which he later sold to St. Bernard Software (now Edgewave), a public web filtering company. He was also CEO of other award-wining companies in cyber security, semantic content management, complex document management, photoelectric solar, complex protein expression, and high-end tax management. Dr. Steding is also Chairman and Founder of Quadrix Partners, a leadership consulting organization providing powerful leading edge consultation and intervention for creating high execution organizations.
Dr. Steding holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, California, and a MS in Management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California where he graduated in the top of his class. He was a commissioned officer and the Distinguished Graduate of Armor Officer Basic at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He is the co-author of Built on Trust – How to Gain Competitive Advantage in Any Organization, Contemporary Press, 2000, and The Execution Handbook, currently in manuscript. He is also a member of the leadership team of the Chief Executive Council, the Executive in Residence of the Palo Alto-based Venture Capital – Private Equity Roundtable, a founding member of The Silicon Valley Angel group, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California and a member of the board of directors of Sysorex (SYRX), a NASDAQ company.
Specialties: Corporate & Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Valuation, Capital Raising, Strategic Planning.