Kevin Oscar Newton Kalkhoven, former CEO of JDS Uniphase, is an Australian venture capitalist and auto racing magnate based in San Francisco, California. He is currently an owner of Cosworth LLC, a automotive technology business headquartered in Northampton, United Kingdom. Since his retirement, Kevin has remained active in the technology world as an investor, advisor, and board member.
In July 2018 Kalkhoven was given an Honorary doctorate by The University of Northampton for developments in technology and motorsports.
JDS Uniphase Corporation
Kalkhoven joined the Uniphase Corporation in 1992 as President, CEO and Chairman. Kalkhoven oversaw its transformation from a privately held manufacturer of industrial lasers into a publicly held supplier of components and modules for fiber optic telecommunications networks and saw Uniphase become a member of the NASDAQ 100. During Kalkhoven's tenure, as CEO, the Company’s annual sales rate increased over 67 times from $23 million in fiscal 1991 to the $394 million reported for the quarter ended 31 March 2000. Additionally, the market cap of Uniphase grew from $35 million to $100 billion. Kalkhoven oversaw the merger with JDS FITEL in July 1999 and the emergence of the combined entity in the fiber optic components and modules marketplace.
Kalkhoven was named in the May 2000 Worth magazine as one of America’s Top 50 CEOs.
In 2003, Kalkhoven became one of the owners of the Champ Car World Series, with Gerald Forsythe, Paul Gentilozzi and Dan Pettit under the name OWRS, or Open-Wheel Racing Series, along with purchasing the rights to major races in Toronto and Long Beach as strategic measures to ensure the future of the Champ Car series.
In March 2008, Champ Car reached an agreement was reached with Tony George, owner of the Indy Racing League, to merge the two series under the IndyCar Series banner for 2008 and beyond.
In 2013, Kalkhoven co-founded PKV Racing (later known as KV Racing Technology), which competed in both the Champ Car World Series and the IndyCar series, amassing five wins, including the 2013 Indianapolis 500, with driver Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 still holds the record for the fastest average speed across all Indy 500’s to date.
Kalkhoven was named as the Number 5 Most Powerful and Influential man in Racer Magazine's 2005 Power and Influence in Racing list (November 2005 issue).
Kalkhoven purchased the Cosworth and Pi Group companies from Ford in 2004 with business partner Gerald Forsythe. Kalkhoven serves as Chairman of the now-merged companies and he has led the transition of the company from a motor-racing centric cost-center to a profitable automotive technology company with leading LIDAR sensor technology and hybrid powertrains.
Under his stewardship Cosworth designed, developed and commercialized the Advanced Manufacturing Centre in Northampton and established its North American Headquarters and Advanced Manufacturing Center in Shelby Township, Michigan.
A noted philanthropist, Kalkhoven was on the Board of Directors of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, which benefits children with serious and life-threatening medical conditions. He is a benefactor to the Mayo Clinic and has donated substantially to the Canary Foundation, which is dedicated to the early detection of cancer. Kalkhoven was a trustee of the Lizard Island Marine Research Station on Australia’s Barrier Reef. In addition, Kalkhoven is a donor to the Ansari X Prize, a competition to build privately funded manned passenger spacecraft.
Kalkhoven is an avid aviator (he is a licensed commercial pilot and has extensive experience flying a variety of aircraft including Gulfstream intercontinental jets), alpine skiing scuba diving and wine-making.