The Management Team
Chris Vernon, Founder & CEO
Chris founded the company in 2004 to bring next generation audio technology to the entertainment industries. Originally a session musician and recording engineer, Chris was also an award winning audio technology lecturer and head of technology on Sir George Martin’s national music course. He is an inventor with several international patents to his credit. Chris currently serves as CEO at Sontia and is an active member of AES and SMPTE as well as taking active roles in several other industry bodies. Chris founded Sontia with the credo that pure and natural sound quality is fundamentally important to any entertainment experience.
Dr Jun Tan, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region
Based in Shanghai, Dr Tan represents Sontia in the Great China and Korea markets. Prior to his joining Sontia, Dr Tan was the founder president of ARM Holdings China. IN 2001, he pioneered ARM’s intellectual property licencing business development in China, and during the last decade has built up the Chinese operations into one of ARM’s largest markets. ARM is one of the world’s largest chip design licensors and its technology is found in many consumer electronic products, including the iPhone.
Before joining ARM, Jun worked as a senior research scientist in the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford.
Chris Ashton, Director of finance
Chris is a KPMG trained Chartered Accountant with a wide range of experience in both finance and business management. During the 1990′s he was Group Accountant at Wahlco Engineered Products Group Limited, the European subsidiary of the US engineering group Wahlco Environmental Systems Inc, and has since held a number of senior finance roles in companies involved in pensions, the arts and business process outsourcing.
Kwanghee Lee, Korea Regional Manager
Kwanghee has more than 20 years’ experience within a number of multi-national companies and has a good technical background within high growth technology markets. He has successfully established organisations in Asia and has considerable experience in driving sales growth and the marketing of Intellectual Property businesses. He has experience in chip design as a front-end engineer and acted as consultant to European companies to launch a new business model, product (32bit RISC Core, EDA Tools). He held roles as FAE and also within sales and marketing at ARM and was a chip design engineer in Samsung Electronics Company. He brings with him a wealth of technical and commercial knowledge and is charged with the responsibility of developing Sontia in Korea.