Our Leadership Team
Edward Hughes, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Edward is an experienced CEO who has successfully built, turned around and sold technology and consumer product companies. He has nearly 20 years of experience, including 16 years in senior leadership roles in the golf and technology sectors (Aculon, PowerMetal Technologies, TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Maxfli Golf, Dunlop Slazenger).
Mario Gattuso, Senior Business Development Manager
With nearly 15 years of experience, Mario’s career spans across research, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and customer support for the adhesive, coating, thin film, analytical device, and medical markets.
Mario was previously a Formulary and Technical Support Chemist at Advanced Applied Adhesives and most recently Marketing Manager at Filmetrics Inc, a San Diego based thin-film analytical device company. Mario holds a BA in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from the University of San Diego. He joined Aculon in 2010, and now heads-up the company’s business development efforts.
Eric Bruner, President and Founder
Founded Aculon in 2004 after negotiating with Princeton University for worldwide rights. MSc and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University. B.S. in Biochemistry with Honors from UCSD.
Eric Bruner founded Aculon in 2004 after negotiating with Princeton University for worldwide rights to a body of inventions made by Professor Jeffrey Schwartz and his research teams. Eric earned his Master of Science degree in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2002. Eric’s thesis research involved organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs).
Under the guidance of Dr. Schwartz, he invented new surface chemistry to control interfacial properties of indium tin oxide (ITO). This scheme was novel in its ability to attach molecules with tunable properties thereby controlling the properties of the electrode itself. Eric’s credits include numerous scientific publications in the areas of catalysis, kinetics, and surface chemistry.
Prior to Princeton, Eric earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry with Honors from UCSD, where he also distinguished himself as an 8-time All-American Swimmer and served as the President of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates. Bruner is an active member of the American Chemical Society, Society for Informational Displays, SEMICON, and the Adhesive and Sealants Council.
Eric Hanson, Vice President of Technology
Coinventor of Aculon’s underlying science. Author of core Aculon patents and lead Aculon technology development. Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University. B.S. in 2001 from Rutgers.
Donald Cunningham, VP of Sales
Don is an innovative electronics industry executive with more than 30 years of experience and a track record of dramatically increasing revenue by delivering creative solutions to customer problems. A holder of 9 semiconductor and cell phone patents, Don brings experience navigating from product concept to production, introducing new technologies to high-value markets, commercializing and licensing technology and IP, implementing creative sales strategies for large revenue streams, and developing innovative business models. Don joined Aculon after serving in executive roles at Semblant, Tessera, GE, Texas Instruments, and Amkor Technologies, where he delivered solutions for the smartphone, high-volume semiconductor (RF, power management, DRAM, NAND, power switching, processors), consumer electronics, automotive systems, and data storage markets. Don holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from the University of Cincinnati.