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“Success is not to be pursued; rather attracted by the person you become.” ~ Jim Rohn

Robert E. Stewart, Sr. member of the Board of Directors and Chief Technology Officer of The Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES), a non-profit multi-sector alliance working in the public interest, bringing together diverse stakeholders from across the clinical research enterprise and harnessing their expertise and investments to collaboratively build an open, integrated global system, based in principles of Accountable Research™. This system, employs integrated information technologies and interoperable standards, policies and practices across the global drug development enterprise, and will enhance safety, quality and efficiency worldwide and industry-wide to benefit all stakeholders, especially patients.

Robert most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer and as an elected member of the Board of Directors of Sonavation, Inc.  In November of 2012 Bob joined Sonavation as the company’s Chief Product Officer, a role he held for two years. In 2014 Bob was then asked to become the COO and soon thereafter asked again to also serve the Shareholders on the Board of Directors. Bob was instrumental in turning the company’s products around, focusing efforts on the delivery of the company’s IDKEY devices and subsequently achieving breakthrough advancements in ultrasonic sensor capabilities leading to the launch of Sonavation’s flagship SonicTouch sensor and related trustworthy biometric solutions. At Sonavation Bob led the Research, Engineering, Manufacturing, Development, Quality, Information Technology and Program Management teams.

Bob was formerly Chief Technologist of the Global Security Solutions Group at EMC. He also founded contract security company Maine Guard and co-founded cyber-privacy company VitalLock.  Previously Mr. Stewart led the design, development and operational deployment of several search, data mining and entity linking products.  Bob specializes in the design of fault-tolerant hardware and software solutions to address the most challenging data intensive problems. Current interests include defensive cyber capabilities, geospatial ISR sensor processing, intelligent meta-data discovery and profiling, fusion and exploitation of sensor arrays for situational awareness and a high throughput meshed-edge mobile computing platforms. Stewart has strategically guided business and Internet related code development for Adobe, AgentVI, AVC, Boeing, BT, CBS, CMGI, CNET, CyberMedica, Disney, EMC, ESRIA, Facebook, Fidelity, Gomez, Hyundai, ICST, Intuit, Kodak, Motorola, MyWay, NFL, Ribbit, Seesmic, SearchMe, Twitter, VerifiedPerson, Viximo, VRmedia, AltaVista Zip2 and others. He is primary author and publisher of the popular “open-source” Open Systems Development Life Cycle.

Bob Stewart

Bob Stewart

In the past Bob served Malcolm Baldridge award winning Motorola’s $1B Internet and Networking Group where, during his tenure there, the head of Motorola Quality named him Internet Chief Technology Officer.  While there Bob also earned Motorola’s highest individual contributor information technology ladder ranking of Strategic Adviser Technical Analyst.  At Motorola Bob established and directed cross-functional teams to develop and deploy highly secure and federally audited Internet-centric, x509v3 encrypted communications systems.  Bob joined Motorola’s Multi-service Networking Division as a contractor focused on integrated call center and strategic services marketing support systems and was their first named “Webmaster”.

Bob Stewart was Chief Technology Officer for John Sculley’s Verified Person a deep background screening concern located in New York City where he led and reorganized outsourced development and software quality operations.  Bob drove the web-service enablement of Verified Person’s multi-terabyte data warehouse service providing an arbitrage effect of efficiencies which catalyzed market growth for both customers and channel partners including Wackenhut, Taleo, Walmart and several OGA’s.

Bob & Alison Stewart

Bob Stewart was also Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of CyberMedica where he was the original Chief Technology Officer and Vice President before he purchased the company’s entire intellectual property portfolio and remaining assets in 2002.  Bob subsequently worked with the WHO to use CyberMedica to improve responsible research around the world and participated as standards provider of peer-reviewed infrastructure platforms for technology to deliver secure open-systems for collaborative scientific research for biotechnology and pharmaceutical discoveries.

Bob also earned global recognition as the Chief Technology Officer for CMGI’s portfolio companies Zip2.com, PlanetDirect.com and MyWay.com which was ranked a ‘Top-25 Portal’ during his tenure.  Stewart was responsible for all aspects of software and platform development, operations, engineering, research, corporate information technology and product technical delivery for CMGI’s personal portal business units where he managed a worldwide staff of over 180 professionals.

Bob has served as an investment adviser with a number of venture capital firms in North America and Europe. He has also been involved, both as an investment adviser and a transition manager, in substantial M&A activity including a $220M acquisition from BellSouth and a $290M acquisition from Compaq (now HP).


Stewart Clan


Bob’s entrepreneurial spirit started several technology services companies in the early nineties including VRmedia Internet Publishing Corporation, Maine Multimedia Corporation and Advanced Visual Communications, Inc.. Before that he served for several years as the Production Director of a family owned, national magazine American Angler and book publisher, Northland Press, Inc. which he joined shortly after leaving the Marine Corps following his studies in computer programming (JCL & COBOL) for Management Information Systems at the University of New England where he was dual-enrolled in his Junior and Senior years of High School having been banned from the School Districts systems for hacking into the Town’s tax records.


Bob also holds State of Maine Certifications of Firefighter I & II, HazMat Operations Level, is FEMA NIMS 100, 200, 400, & 700 Certified, is a former Dive Team Member, and was once a credentialed Arson Investigator, Nationally Registered EMT and trained Surf Rescue Boat Captain.

“I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Bob can be reached at the following email address: bob (at) bobstewart (dot) com