Paul Thurk
Managing Director, Europe

Electronics/Instrumentation • Optics • Semiconductors • Chemicals/Specialty Materials • Nanotechnology • Alternative Energy

Paul Thurk is a Managing Director with ARCH, joining in 2002 following a two-year Kauffman Fellowship with the Partnership. He focuses on solid-state lighting, semiconductors, advanced materials, nanotechnology, electronics and optoelectronics. Mr. Thurk was co-founder and initial CEO of Innovalight (acquired by DuPont-DD) and CoolEdge Lighting. He has participated in the development of ARCH portfolio companies Cambrios Technologies, Kotura, Nitronex, and Semprius. Mr. Thurk has also been a key part of ARCH's efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory and at Sandia National Laboratories in their entrepreneur-in-residence program with the U.S. Department of Energy. He recently established ARCH’s Dublin, Ireland office to assess European-sourced technology and investment opportunities.

Formerly, Mr. Thurk was a Director of Operations for NABS, a supplier of electronics components where he established operations on behalf of NABS in five countries and was responsible for setting-up business infrastructure, systems, personnel, and processes in each. In addition, Mr. Thurk developed and launched several innovative supply chain management programs. Mr. Thurk joined ARCH from SSM Ventures. Mr. Thurk holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.