Robert J. Laikin

Chief Executive Officer

Robert J. Laikin, who served as chairman of the board after co-founding Novus Capital Corporation II with Larry M. Paulson and Vince Donargo, recently was named chief executive officer. With more than 20 years of experience in the technology hardware, software, distribution and value-added marketplace, Laikin has a keen interest in technological innovation. In addition to his appointment at Novus, Mr. Laikin serves as non-executive chairman of the board of Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE:WPG), managing member and founder at L7 Investments LLC and board member with Eskenazi Health Foundation. Previously, he’s held leadership posts at Ingram Micro Inc. and Brightpoint, Inc. Mr. Laikin holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.

Larry M. Paulson

Chairman of the Board

Having served as chief executive officer since Novus’s inception, Larry M. Paulson now holds the title Chairman of the Board. Prior to co-founding Novus, he served as principal and founder of Rancho Santa Fe Solutions, a wireless industry consulting company and vice president of product management at Qualcomm (Nasdaq:QCOM), Vice President and President India and SAARC (2016-2018) and Vice President Sales NA and Australia (2018-Jan 2020). Prior to Qualcomm, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing officer of Brightpoint, Inc., a provider of worldwide distribution and integrated logistics services to the wireless communications industry, from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that he served with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) from 1987 to 2010 where he had numerous roles including global Senior Vice President and General Manager CDMA Product line. Mr. Paulson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Point Park University.
Hersch Klaff
Board Member
In 1984, Hersch Klaff formed Klaff Realty, which eventually acquired assets in excess of $10 billion. Mr. Klaff currently serves as a board member of Albertson’s (NYSE: ACI), Tienda Inglesa and Chlorum Solutions, among others. He also owns significant agricultural holdings, including more than 25,000 acres of high-quality cropland in Uruguay, and is a prolific investor in new-age technologies and early-stage ventures.
Jeff Foster
Board Member

Jeff Foster brings more than 15 years of experience funding early-stage growth companies as an entrepreneur and investor in the wellness, financial management, cold storage, software and logistics industries. Mr. Foster is an active real-estate investor managing a portfolio of multi-family, single-family and commercial assets and a managing member of New Frontier, LLC. Previously, he was a professional basketball player with the Indiana Pacers.

Heather Goodman
Board Member
Heather Goodman has served on the board of directors since Novus’s inception. She is a cofounder and the chief operating officer of True Capital Management, a wealth management company serving high-net-worth individuals, and is an active investor in several early-stage venture companies. Previously, Ms. Goodman acted as financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Ms. Goodman holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is a Certified Public Accountant and maintains Series 63, 65 and life insurance licenses.
Ron Sznaider
Board Member

Ron Sznaider brings more than 20 years of experience in global cloud, environmental and software technologies. He is the founder and president of Sznaider Consulting LLC, which provides expert business advisory services. He also serves as vice chairman at DTN, the independent and trusted sourced of actionable insights for millions of customers focused on feeding, fueling and protecting the world. Additionally, Mr. Sznaider has served as executive vice present at Telvent and senior vice president at Schneider Electric. He has vast experience with mergers, acquisitions and divestments, including a $1 billion private equity transaction.