Cynthia Bouthot is President of the Collaborative Innovation Group, an organization focused on providing companies, governments and economic development agencies with the tools and methodologies to establish successful product offerings, develop efficient routes to market, and build image and brand.
Prior to this, Cynthia was head of UK Trade & Investment’s Innovation and R&D programs, where she worked across the US to leverage innovation hubs more effectively. For 6 years, Cynthia was Consul and Head of Trade and Investment at the British Consulate-General where she led a team focused on international business development in the biotech, medical device, healthcare, renewable energy, software, and communications sectors. Cynthia cultivated a wide variety of stakeholders including fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, technology transfer and commercialization offices, healthcare organizations, and regulatory bodies. She tapped into Boston’s innovation ecosystem and effectively aligned it with the UK’s offering.
Cynthia also has broad experience in both the public and private sectors. She directed management systems for the Massachusetts Port Authority and headed up the trade and investment office for the State of MA in London. While In the private sector, Cynthia spent a large part of her career leading change initiatives and implementing challenging technology programs. Cynthia was Global Lead of Business Readiness for EMC's Oracle ERP implementation, a company-wide system and process-restructuring program. And as Director of Industry Consulting at Benchmarking Partners she worked with a range of public and private clients on technology change initiatives.
Cynthia regularly speaks to audiences and moderates panels on innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship as well as international economic development. She has many professional affiliations including being named a mentor in the Boston University Kindle mentoring program where she educates faculty, students, and alumni on early stage business formation and enhancing entrepreneurship. Cynthia also works with many universities including Boston College, on highlighting possible career paths for entrepreneurs. Cynthia is involved with hospitals and healthcare organizations promoting connected health as a means to increasing quality and access of healthcare while decreasing cost. She has worked closely with Partner’s Healthcare for the past 6 years and was one of the driving forces of the formation of the European Connected Health Campus based in Belfast Northern Ireland with the aim of sharing best practice of healthcare IT policy and practice throughout Europe.
Cynthia began her career with Honeywell Bull in finance and auditing. She holds a BS (magna cum laude) from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management with a major in Finance and a Masters degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University.
Scott Kozak is a Partner and Executive-in-Residence with the Collaborative Innovation Group. Scott brings a general management perspective to CIG, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer for several technology start-ups, Managing Director of Asia and Global General Manager for two Fortune 1000 Technology companies, President of an Internet technology company and Life Science Sector Lead for the North England Investment Agency.
Scott’s expertise is building organizations that are responsive, agile, customer-centric and highly profitable. His accomplishments include turning around an unprofitable $40 million customer service organization to deliver a year-over-year profit increase of $7.1 million for Teradyne, Inc., restructuring a 160 person sales and support organization to yield a 65% increase in revenue to $115 million for Universal Instruments Corp., and directing the successful commercialization of a nanotechnology company’s first products, leading to a company valuation of more than $10 million in less than two years.
Scott’s recent CIG engagements include acting-President of a Health IT and media company, SVP of Business Development for a consumer software company and Chief Operating Officer for a UK medical technology company.
Scott holds an MBA in Marketing from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, a BS in Biology from Bucknell University and a Six-Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.
Eoin has been based in Belfast for the last 7 years having previously worked in England, Germany and Irish Republic within the telecommunications industry. Prior to his Business Development work in Northern Ireland he had been working with TELES AG in Berlin where he went on to established the company’s UK sales operation. Following the collapse of the international network switching market in 2001 he had the joint management responsibility for closing down the manufacturing plant in Shannon Ireland.
He subsequently set up his own broadband satellite company SatDrive in England and then relocated to Belfast to manage a Public/Private sector contract to showcase a secure mobile wireless broadband technology as Business Development director for Groupe Intellex.
His business development portfolio has included: