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Mahesh Lingareddy is committed to the vision and strategy for the company as well as building an open innovation platform to create a robust product ecosystem in the country. An entrepreneur at heart, Mahesh has always recognized the emerging technology trends and its market potential. Part of his vision is: India playing a major role in the upcoming global IoT and AI wave. Smartron came into being on the wings of this dream. The core of Smartron is a reflection of Mahesh's belief in the new ‘India’. A belief that, as a nation, we have what it takes to be at the forefront of the next technology wave with product level innovation.


Krishna Yarlagadda joined Smartron as an investor and strategic advisor on 20th March 2017. As a strategic advisor, Krishna will mentor the Chairman and the Board of the Company in building Smartron into a global brand. With an illustrious career spanning 20 years across computing, communication & connectivity technologies, his experience as a strategic advisor, would add to the team’s strength as it continues to invest and work towards making Smartron a successful brand to be reckoned with globally.

Krishna currently serves as a senior advisor to Riverwood Capital, WRV and IvyCap Ventures. He was the President of Imagination Technologies Inc. until November 2016. Prior to this, Krishna served as the CEO of Hellosoft, before Imagination Technologies acquired it in 2010. And before that, as Chairman, President & CEO of ZSP (acquired by LSI Logic), he pioneered the development of DSP based on RISC technology that has been adopted by major semiconductor and system vendors and deployed in billions of devices. Krishna has been recognized as a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum in Davos. A seasoned entrepreneur, Krishna has also been involved with several successful companies as investor/advisor/board member including Silicon Spice (acquired by Broadcom), Pequre (became ServerWorks acquired by Broadcom), vEngines (acquired by Centillium), nBand (acquired by Proxim), Chiplogic (acquired by ADI), Intoto (acquired by Freescale), Valyd (acquired by EMC), Posedge (acquired by Imagination), Vivu (acquired by Polycom), Soft Machines (acquired by Intel), eSilicon, Invecas, Nod, Ineda, Innovium, Fungible and NetSpeed Systems.


Richard Wirt, M.S., Ph.D., a senior technology executive with 35 years of experience in the computer industry, was Vice President and General Manager of Intel Corporation’s Software and Solutions Group. He developed and nurtured the Intel software group from when he founded it in 1982 to a 3000 person worldwide operation in 2007. Working closely with Intel Capital, Dr. Wirt made many successful worldwide investments including 10 large acquisitions of software companies. Operating at the highest executive level, Dr. Wirt worked with Intel industry partners such as Microsoft, Dell, Oracle, HP, IBM, NEC, Fujitsu, Redhat, and many others, building ecosystems to grow Intel’s processors’ market while maintaining more than 85% market share. In 2007 Dr. Wirt also served as Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President at In-Q-Tel, a technology investment group that supports the U.S. government.

Richard Wirt MS, PhDSenior Advisor

Arif Maskatia,former CTO at Acer, has over 40 years of advanced systems architecture design and product development and manufacturing expertise. He has excellent and respectful relationships with all world class Taiwanese ODMs and Silicon Valley technology partners. He is currently advising multinational companies and early to mid-stage startups to refine product roadmaps, identify important technologies and trends, new technology productization and bringing new products to market in volume manufacturing.

Arif is an industry-recognized expert who developed the industry's first IBM compatible PC in 1983, which got Multitech (now Acer Inc.) and MiTAC International started in the PC business and gave birth to Taiwan's ODM industry. He developed the first MS DOS Pocket Computer. He led Acer's engineering team in Silicon Valley to architect and develop the industry's first award winning Pentium class notebook computer (AcerNote Nuovo, TravelMate Series) which broke through 10+ hour battery life for a full day’s work with single battery, followed by the first fingerprint sensor secure PC. During his career at Acer, he made alliances with technology partners to bring many exciting products to market, such as with Microsoft the first Convertible Tablet PC, the first Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Android Smart Phone, the NVidia T3 based 10” Android OS based Tablet, and the first Google Chrome OS based Chromebook. He has received many corporate awards and industry recognitions, including over 25 US patents. As a technology executive with a creative vision, Arif brought engineering ‘know-how’ and created innovative organizations and solutions. What excites Arif is the fast growth in Mobile/IoT/AI technologies, which creates challenges, innovation, and new business opportunities. He received Bachelors and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca NY in 1972 and 1973 respectively. He serves as a Board Member and Executive Technical Advisor of high tech companies.

Arif MaskatiaTechnology Advisor

Larry M. Paulson has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors of Novus Capital Corporation.

He has also served as principal and founder of Rancho Santa Fe Solutions, a wireless industry consulting company he founded in February 2010. From 2013 to January 2020, Mr. Paulson was with Qualcomm (Nasdaq:QCOM) where he served as Vice President of Product Management (2013-16), Vice President and President India and SAARC (2016-2018) and Vice President Sales NA and Australia (2018-Jan 2020). Prior to Qualcomm, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing officer of Brightpoint, Inc., a provider of worldwide distribution and integrated logistics services to the wireless communications industry, from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that he served with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) from 1987 to 2010 where he had numerous roles including global Senior Vice President and General Manager CDMA Product line. Mr. Paulson holds a BA in Communications from Point Park University. We believe Mr. Paulson is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his more than thirty years of global senior management positions in the tech industry with expertise in wireless communications.

Larry M. PaulsonBusiness Advisor

Tom Lacey joins as an advisor with significant experience across more than 3 decades in technology companies of all sizes -- startup, mid-sized and large public and private companies. Tom started his career as a software engineer and moved into marketing, sales and ultimately was CEO of public and private companies. Tom has substantial experience in helping to build and lead world class organizations. Tom is experienced in leadership, engineering, marketing, sales, OEM, retail channel, distribution, management, operations, Intellectual Property, P&L, Wall Street, fund raising, international geographies (esp Asia), merger and acquisition areas.

Tom is currently a board member of fabless semiconductor company DSP Group (NASDAQ: DSPG) since May 2012. From May 2013 to June 2017 Mr. Lacey served as Chief Executive Officer of Xperi Corporation (NASDAQ: XPER), a technology licensor in areas such as mobile computing and communications, memory and data storage, and 3-D integrated circuit technologies, and was also a director of the company from May 2013 to December 2017. From August 2018 to January 2019, Mr. Lacey was the interim Chief Executive Officer of Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology and also was a director of the company from August 2018 through June 2019. He formerly was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Components Direct, a provider of cloud-based product life cycle solutions, and served in those capacities from May 2011 to April 2013 until its sale to Avnet. Mr. Lacey served on the board of directors and the audit committee of International Rectifier Corporation, a leader in power management technology, and served in those capacities from March 2008 to January 2015 when the company was sold to Infineon. Previously, Mr. Lacey served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., a public company and global provider of basic input-output software for personal computers, from February 2010 to February 2011 until its sale to a private equity company. Prior to joining Phoenix Technologies Ltd., Mr. Lacey was the Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the SunFab™️ Thin Film Solar Products group of Applied Materials, Inc., from September 2009. Mr. Lacey previously served as President of Flextronics International’s Components Division, now Vista Point Technologies, from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Lacey joined Flextronics in connection with the sale to Flextronics of publicly-traded International Display Works, where Mr. Lacey had been Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2006. Prior to International Display Works, Mr. Lacey held various management and executive positions at Intel Corporation for 13 years, including Vice President Sales and Marketing, President of Intel Americas, and Vice President and General Manager, Flash Products. Mr. Lacey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and masters of business administration degree from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

Tom LaceyBusiness & Finance Advisor