Atlas brings in new COO

Robert Badavas, having worked closely with Atlas since 1991, joins the firm’s Boston office.

Technology entrepreneur Robert Badavas has joined Atlas Ventures, the international technology investment firm, as principal and chief operating officer. He will be based in Boston.

Badavas has been working with Atlas since 1991, when he helped build Chipcom Corporation, now a part of 3Com Corporation, from a $2m privately held company backed by Atlas to a quoted global business. During his involvement at Chipcom, Philippe Claude and Gerard Montanus represented Atlas on the company’s board.

More recently, Badavas served as CEO of Cerulean Technology, the wireless application software firm providing public safety mobile applications that Atlas invested in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Cerulean was sold to Aether Systems in 2000.

Christopher Spray, senior principal at Atlas in London who worked with Badavas on the Cerulean investment, said: “Robert has a strong background in operations, and he’s also someone with an unusual degree of European business experience.”

Badavas will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Atlas Venture’s operations.