Board of Directors

Our passion is to champion innovation.

  • Robert Ashley
    Name: Robert Ashley
    Position: Chairman of the Board

    Robert is Chairman of the Board at Larta. He is an independent investor, has been a member of numerous boards and has undertaken a number of consulting projects, both domestic and international. He retired from TRW where he was Group VP and General Manager for all non-defense electronic equipment, software and services, worldwide. He served on the Board of Directors of fifteen TRW owned or affiliated companies in ten countries and helped found and manage many joint ventures with partners such as Olivetti (Italy), Matra (France), Fujitsu (U.S.), Canadian Development Corporation (U.K.), and Mitsumi (Japan).

  • Timothy J. Cooley
    Name: Timothy J. Cooley
    Position: Board Member

    Timothy has over 40 years of investment, management and strategic planning experience with companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. His career includes positions with IBM, E.F. Hutton, the Pacific Stock Exchange, Regis McKenna  Inc. and Ernst & Young. He is a strategic business advisor and an expert in issues related to regional economic competitiveness. He is also the current Director of Capital Development at The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

  • Elliot Gordon
    Name: Elliot Gordon
    Position: Board Member

    Elliot served as a Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International, the world’s leading executive search firm until he retired after working at the firm for 29 years. He has also published numerous articles and given presentations on various business topics. Currently,  Elliot also serves on the board of directors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California..

  • Shezad Rokerya
    Name: Shezad Rokerya
    Position: Board Member

    Shezad Rokerya has been a global investor and financier for 25 years. He is Executive Chairman of The Interlink Group, a 23 year-old merchant bank with over $70 billion in transactional experience. Direct investment experience across multiple asset classes including financial services, real estate, telecom, media, technology and energy where equity requirements range from $100 million to $1 billion per transaction. Counseled political leadership and Fortune 100 CEO's on strategic issues including Geopolitics and Foreign Policy; In 2005, he was elected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, a forum chaired by Queen Rania of Jordan.

  • Rohit Shukla
    Name: Rohit Shukla
    Position: Board Member

    An established thought leader, respected practitioner, speaker and educator on innovation, commercialization, and technology-based economic development, Rohit pioneered Larta’s Network-Centric approach to entrepreneurial support. He has advised governments, multilateral organizations, communities and entrepreneurs throughout the world, creating initiatives that expand entrepreneurship, promote commercialization and enhance the global competitiveness of regions and enterprises across the globe.