Our Story

A recognized industry pioneer, our technology IP was ranked among the World’s Most Impactful by IEEE.  By integrating Artificial Intelligence into our patented Context Management, our VoiceAI platform creates a uniquely natural, multi-person, cross-device experience. Voicebox has shipped on millions of devices around the world for partners the likes of Toyota and Samsung.  We enhance products in the Home, IoT and Connected Car markets. Based in Bellevue, WA we have offices across Europe and Asia. `

Our Vision

We developed our capabilities with a vision that is quickly becoming a reality – a world of many connected devices that demands an artificial intelligence interface that works across devices and supports multiple users. Today, we call this innovation VoiceAI. new building pic for website

Our Leadership


Co−Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Mike Kennewick has over 24 years of computer software experience. After holding various management roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, he moved to Microsoft in 1981. At Microsoft, Mike was responsible for formulating the business development strategy and for the initial launch and OEM sales for MS-DOS® and Windows®. He and his team closed many of the original deals for MS-DOS and the first 20+ deals for Windows. Mike was also the founder of Saros Corporation, a pioneer in the document management software business. The Saros document management system was installed in over 200 Fortune 500 companies. Saros was successfully sold to FileNET, where its products form the core of FileNET’s product architecture. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.


Chief Financial Officer

Todd Kenck is a technology finance veteran of 20 years, serving as both CFO and investment banker. Todd previously served as CFO for NeoEdge Networks, an advertising and media company and eFax.com, a NASDAQ company where he directed the company’s acquisitions and strategic relationships, which included negotiating the company’s merger with J2 Global Communications. In previous positions, Todd was a managing director for Trilogy Capital Partners and an investment banker with Volpe Brown Whelan & Company where he completed dozens of IPOs, private financings, and mergers. Todd has a B.S. from the University of Montana and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Chief Scientist AI, Sr. Vice President Advanced Technologies

Dr. Philip Cohen is internationally known for his work in multimodal systems and artificial intelligence. Dr. Cohen is one of the founders of the field of human-computer dialogue, natural language processing and multimodal interaction. He has five patents, and previously served as founder and CEO of Adapx.


Co-Founder, President

Rich Kennewick has over 20 years industry experience in sales and senior management at top content and information management software companies including Interleaf, Saros, FileNET, and Adobe Systems. Rich was Vice President of Sales for Chilisoft and was instrumental in selling the company to Cobalt Networks, which was later sold to Sun Microsystems. Rich was also president and founder of Axxess Software Technologies, an XML content management company.


Executive Vice President, Business Development, Asia

Mei-Jui Lin has over 25 years in public relations and business development in both commercial real estate and the import export business. She is active in the political arena between Taiwan and the United States and has developed very strong business connections in Asia, including relationships with investment groups, manufacturers, and high-tech OEMs and distribution companies.

Dean Gao

GM, Voicebox China

GM, Voicebox China

Dr. Mark Johnson

Chief Scientist Voicebox Australia

Mark Johnson is a Professor of Language Science in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University, and is also Chief Scientific Officer for Voicebox Technologies Australia. Mark was awarded a BSc (Hons) in 1979 from the University of Sydney, an MA in 1984 from the University of California, San Diego and a PhD in 1987 from Stanford University. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT from 1987 until 1988, and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Stuttgart, the Xerox Research Centre in Grenoble, CSAIL at MIT and the Natural Language group at Microsoft Research. He has worked on a wide range of topics in computational linguistics, but his main research area is syntactic and semantic parsing and its applications to text and speech processing. Mark was President of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2003, President of SIGDAT (the group that runs the EMNLP conference) in 2015, and is a “Founding Fellow” of the Association for Computational Linguistics.  He is also an Editor in Chief of the journal “Transactions of the ACL” (TACL).  He was a professor from 1989 until 2009 in the Departments of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences and Computer Science at Brown University.

Rob Rietveld

Voicebox Europe

Rob Rietveld


Vice President, Global Automotive Sales and Business Development

Dave Peterson has over 20 years experience in the automotive industry. Prior to joining VoiceBox in 2004, he was Director of Business Development at Johnson Controls, a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier. Dave was instrumental in the assimilation of two European Tier 1 acquisitions, serving as Sales Director in the Strasbourg, France office and Key Account Manager in the European headquarters in Burscheid, Germany. He went on to establish a presence for Johnson Controls with automotive OEM planning offices in California, where he helped position Johnson Controls as a leading supplier of electronics products. Dave has held management positions with several automotive OEMs and worked as a consultant after graduate school. Since joining VoiceBox, he has created business partnerships with Toyota, Renault, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, TomTom, Fujitsu Ten, Pioneer, Panasonic, Mazda, Subaru, XM Satellite Radio, and Johnson Controls. Dave has an MBA from the University of Chicago and an Honors BA in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Utah.


Co−Founder, CTO

Bob Kennewick has over 15 years of software development experience, including 10 years of specializing in Internet development. He is considered a pioneer of the Internet industry and has received a number of awards for his early work. Bob developed the first Internet-enabled document management system application for Saros. He subsequently built a 60-person engineering team at Webforia, where he successfully developed 4 commercial software applications: Organizer, Reporter, Clickbar, and Web Portal Engine. Numerous Fortune 500 companies have licensed his software over the years. Bob’s education is in both computer science and economics. He did his BS Computer Science at the University of Washington; as a Harvard Economist, Bob began researching how people communicate in imperfect conditions, and much of his PhD work there formed the foundation of VoiceBox’s intellectual property.


Strategic Adviser to the CEO

Victor Melfi Jr. is the Strategic Advisor to our CEO at VoiceBox Technologies. In over three decades of professional experience, he has been CEO of both public and private companies, a technology venture capitalist and consultant to CEOs of many of the world’s largest companies. His experience combines deep functional skills in Strategy, Marketing, Analytics and System Development. A respected thought-leader, Victor authored the best-selling book, Mobile Advertising (2008) which was released in Korean in 2013. He is an acknowledged pioneer in the area of Connected Devices.

Sam Menaker

Sr. Vice President of Customer Engineering

With over 20 years of commercial software development for Windows and Linux platforms, Sam brings experience in all cycles of development, from prototyping to shipping to planning next releases. He manages and leads teams of our software engineers to deliver complex server based projects with high level of scalability and performance. Sam specializes in software architecture, design and development of highly complex commercial applications and is our Chief Software Architect for our Toyota voice recognition platform (Entune/Enform), which includes redistributed and downloadable Voice applications and the S-Voice natural language speech features across all Samsung devices.

David McGee

Vice President of Engineering

Seasoned executive and hands-on engineering manager versed in the latest approaches to developing conversational AI systems in the cloud. Shipping exceptional products is David’s passion. David leads a team responsible for the development, quality, maintenance, and operations of Voicebox’s cloud platform. This team delivers the platform and all of its dialog and natural language understanding services to customers in the cloud. David and his team have delivered this improved platform to Toyota. The Voicebox cloud platform provides an enhanced set of conversational services to Toyota’s automotive customers in 2017 and beyond, including a hybrid (on-board/off-board) conversational connected car capability.

Michael Kennewick

Senior Vice President of Clour Technologies

Michael is a Northwest native with over 15 years experience in the Seattle start-up community. In 2001, he co-founded Voicebox Technologies to bring speech recognition and natural language understanding to the world. Today we are shipping in millions of products in dozens of countries.

Advisory Board

VoiceBox has assembled some of the most respected experts in key technologies that are shaping the future of our next-generation NLU -- artificial intelligence, machine learning, semantic parsing, and more.

They help guide, and themselves represent, our significant investments in cutting edge technology to further enhance our IP, which is already acknowledged as among the most impactful in the world today.

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