He was subsequently founder and president of A3-Ventures, a corporate consulting and investment firm, and advised Philips Electronics in its strategic restructuring around a growth and spin-out strategy. In 1998, he joined Cadence Design Systems as Senior VP in charge of worldwide services and R&D to help turn around the company. He subsequently co-founded and served as CEO and later chairman of Takumi Technologies, a Design for Manufacturing company, and was a co-founder of BMEYE, a medical device company which was acquired through an MBO from a major Dutch research organization.
Dr. Ligtenberg graduated from Delft University in 1980 with a degree in electrical engineering, and received his Ph.D. in computer science from The University of Lausanne in 1983. Dr. Ligtenberg has been involved in the entrepreneurship programs at both Stanford Graduate School of Business and Keio University in Tokyo.