Doug Hakala

Doug Hakala

Vice President, R&D
Emerging Technology Medical Device Startup
Doug Hakala is accomplished in growing technology-intensive businesses, developing new products, and serving new markets, including the development of business within China. Currently, Mr. Hakala oversees new product development efforts at an emerging technology medical device organization based in Bellevue, Washington.

Much of Mr. Hakala’s professional efforts have been dedicated to the development of lifesaving cardiovascular medical technologies and products at companies, such as Medtronic Physio-Control, based in the Seattle area. Initiating products and marketing programs to equip schools and workplaces world-wide, with life-saving automated external defibrillator (AED) technology, is a great example.

He also has contributed to the success of commercial aircraft programs while at Boeing, as well as the development of sustainable (green) plastic composite technologies for the auto industry while at Weyerhaeuser. Both of these companies are leading global organizations, based in the greater Seattle area.

Mr. Hakala acquired experience in exporting technology-based products to China while at Medtronic Physio-Control, where he initiated and established successful sales and distribution channels to support the needs of customers located within China. Mr. Hakala later established the Washington-China Innovation Consultancy to assist other companies interested in serving markets located within China.

Mr. Hakala has attended both the University of Washington and Seattle University where he earned Master’s Degrees in Engineering and Business respectively. He has also studied Mandarin Chinese at the University of Washington in Bothell, to further his conversational fluency with friends and business associates from China.

As a resident of Woodinville, Washington, Mr. Hakala also has been a leader in numerous community service and professional organizations, including the American Heart and American Marketing Associations, where he held board positions for several years. He has also volunteered as a mentor to students pursuing careers in business and engineering at local schools, including the University of Washington.