John Todd Bonner is the Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Axion Ventures and co-founded Axion Games in 2006 and has served as a director of Axion Games since inception.
Mr. Bonner started off his career path as an investment analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons, the first investment bank in the United States. Throughout his corporate career path, Mr. Bonner had generated significant value for shareholders and partners.
Mr. Bonner is a serial entrepreneur. His first startup was an insurance company in Hong Kong that eventually had exited for $888 million. He also co-founded and was an executive director of PCCW Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange which acquired Hong Kong Telecommunications Limited in 2000.
After retiring from PCCW group in 2003, Mr. Bonner co-founded NorthStar Pacific Partners, an Indonesian-based merchant bank, which later became a $2Bn fund. Mr. Bonner graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Stanford University in 1989.
Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya is an independent Director of Axion Ventures. Mr. Birathon is the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of The Executive Committee, Chief Content & Media Officer of True Corporation, one of Southeast Asia’s leading telecommunications, media enterprises and game publishers. Before joining True Corporation, Mr. Kasemsri has had management experience in many leading global companies such as Microsoft, Sony Music, Walt Disney, Coca-Cola, and Philip Morris.
Stephen Willey is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Innovega Inc. He is a respected pioneer in the development of a new generation of wearable technology for virtual reality and augmented reality that is expected to drive new paradigms in gaming, general entertainment and productivity. Previously, Mr. Willey was recruited by investors to become the first employee of Washington-based and Nasdaq-listed Microvision Inc.
During his career he has led teams of highly trained staff, developed complex international partnerships, and played key roles in delivering successful initial public offering and M&A transactions for companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. He has also served as an independent director on corporate boards of listed companies and is a member of the National Association of Corporate directors. Mr. Willey is listed as co-inventor on nine U.S. patents.
Mr. Willey graduated with distinction in nuclear engineering from McMaster University, was licensed as professional engineer in the province of Ontario, then completed a postgraduate degree in electronics and graphics from the University of British Columbia. He also holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Business from the University of California in Los Angeles and has been awarded industrial fellow designation at two universities.
Steve Ng is Chief Financial Officer of Axion Ventures. Mr. Ng has more than 15 years of experience in the public accounting industry in China and Hong Kong where he was most recently a Partner at Grant Thornton. During his tenure at Grant Thornton, Mr. Ng rendered his professional services to listed and multinational companies in a wide variety of industries. In addition, he has experience in performing assurance services for one of Axion Ventures’ portfolio companies, Axion Games.
Mr. Ng is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA). He holds a Master of Business Administration from Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration majoring in Accounting from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Craig V. Rollins is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Axion Ventures. Prior to joining Axion Ventures, Mr. Rollins practiced law at Clark Wilson LLP, a leading Vancouver, Canada business law firm, where he focused on securities, corporate finance, venture capital and M&A.
Mr. Rollins brings almost 10 years of legal and corporate governance experience to Axion Ventures’ team. Mr. Rollins received his undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and his law degree from the University of Windsor.
Mark Henry Saft spearheads the global sales of Axion Ventures IP portfolio, including the landmark games developed by Axion Games. Mr. Saft also concurrently serves as a Director of True Axion Games.
Mr. Saft has extensive global contacts from his previous executive experience based in Japan, North America and Southeast Asia. Mr. Saft founded a leading Japan-based executive search firm, The Ingenium Group, Inc., in 2000 and began his career in executive search in 1995. His network of business professionals is far-reaching and encompasses senior executives from a variety of industries.
Prior to coming to Japan, Mr. Saft served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1993 as a Captain and is a lifetime Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States. Mr. Saft earned his Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies from California State University, Long Beach in 1993 and is also a graduate of Loyola University, New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (cum laude) in English and Philosophy in 1989.