As a senior executive, engineer and operating officer, Nina Richardson has over thirty years of experience ranging from start-up environments to multi- billion dollar corporations in a variety of disciplines including manufacturing, design engineering management, operations, and account management. She has had full operating responsibility for international operations with annual sales in excess of $1B and has managed complex global accounts with staff and customers in a dozen countries. Nina has taken a privately held company through rapid growth, an initial public offering and delivered exceptional operating results. She has designed and implemented complex supply chains, developed strategy and helped early and mid-stage companies scale.
Nina is a member of the board of directors of public companies, Resideo and Silicon Labs; private companies, Willow and Mythic; bio-technology incubator, Exploramed V; and the non- profit organization, We Care Solar. She was previously a director at SGI, until its sale to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, CallidusCloud. until its sale to SAP, and Zayo. She is currently an advisor with Eargo, a hearing instrument company, and Zoox, an autonomous mobility company. Nina is also a managing director of Three Rivers Energy, an energy services company she co-founded in 2004.
Nina served as the Chief Operating Officer at GoPro, a publicly traded maker of the world’s most versatile camera system from February of 2013 through February of 2015. During her tenure as COO, Nina was responsible for engineering, operations, sales, sales operations, customer support, quality, human resources, IT and workplace services. Nina was instrumental in scaling leadership and processes at GoPro. In addition to delivering outstanding operating results, Nina was a key member of the executive team that drafted the S1 and took GoPro public in June of 2014.
Prior to GoPro, Nina provided operations expertise and interim operations management for a variety of companies including Tesla Motors, Touch Tunes Interactive Networks, Solaria, and UltraCell.
She held a variety of executive positions at Flextronics, a global electronics manufacturing services provider, including Vice President of Worldwide Design for Imaging and Printing and Vice President of the Hewlett Packard global account which she grew from $500M to $1.8B over three years. She also held the role of VP and General Manager at Flextronics with P&L responsibility for a $1B+ operation and staff of over 2000 associates at electronics manufacturing plants based in California and Guadalajara, Mexico.
Nina began her career at Hughes Aircraft, Ground Systems Group in Fullerton, CA. Later, at Metcal, a metals technology company, she ran manufacturing operations, technical support and customer service. After Metcal, Nina was responsible for Engineering and Operations at lighting electronics start-up ELI, where as part of the executive management team, she raised more than $10M in venture funding and built and managed a staff of development engineers, technical support associates and operations personnel.
She has led training seminars through Breakthrough International Group for corporations to increase their effectiveness, communication and partnerships. She mentors women leaders through Women Unlimited.
Nina holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine.