Luda Kopeikina is President and CEO of Equanex Corporation, an innovation commercialization and licensing firm. She founded Equanex in 1999.
Ms. Kopeikina spent six years at General Electric in various vice presidential positions where she had an opportunity to work with Jack Welch and observe his methods in action.
Later she was President and CEO of Celerity Solutions, Inc., a publicly traded company. Under her leadership, the company executed a complete turnaround in two years and grew six-fold. Interactive Week's 1998 Executive Worth Survey ranked Ms. Kopeikina within the top twenty CEOs of US high-tech public companies for her performance and total return to shareholders.
Ms. Kopeikina is an entrepreneur who started two successful companies. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and helping businesses prosper. Luda is a Chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida, www.mitforumfl.org a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship. She also serves on the Board of Directors of several companies.
Luda is a prominent business speaker and a published writer. She speaks on topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, clear business decision making and leadership. Her book The Right Decision Every Time: How to Reach Clarity on Tough Decisions was published by Prentice Hall in 2005. For more information, visit the authorís website www.ludakopeikina.com.
Ms. Kopeikina holds a Master's Degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow. She also holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from St. Petersburg University, Russia, and completed a Ph.D. thesis in Computer Science there. In 2003 and 2004 she was appointed a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management.