Aris Despo brings to CTT over 25 years of experience in business development manufacturing and operations. Rejoining Competitive Technologies in February 2007 as Sr. Vice President Business Development a position he held from January 2004 through December 2006 he is responsible for identifying innovative medical/life science technologies developing commercialization strategies and managing relationships with universities and industry. Mr. Despo served as a consultant to CTT from July 2002 through December 2003.
Prior to joining CTT Mr. Despo had over 20 years of experience in business development manufacturing and operations. He was founder and CEO of a privately-held specialty chemical manufacturing operation. The company manufactured products and provided services for clients in the food and beverage processing and bottling markets. Customers included Coca-Cola Pepsi Snapple and Cape Cod Potato Chips. Mr. Despo established distribution channels in domestic and international markets. Under his leadership the company established a competitive advantage by focusing on core competencies that included new product development and managing customer relationships. In 1999 the company's intellectual properties and business assets were sold to a Fortune 500 competitor.
Mr. Despo consulted to U.S. and Canadian firms for strategic assessment and new market evaluation and entrance strategies.
Mr. Despo holds an MBA in finance from Rutgers University an MS in organic chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a BA in chemistry and Russian from Washington and Jefferson College.