Engineers at heart
We love what we do. We are restless and yet we don’t wait for things that have never been done before. We are in love with the impossible. We fail, we fall, we scream because when we are in the game we give it our best. We are building a brave new world of machines that think like us, an ecosystem unlike any other.
We have what it takes...
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.
Mahesh’s entrepreneurial journey began in the better part of two decades of his experience. His risk taking ability started early on where he turned down lucrative offers from established companies to join a startup fresh out of college. He later moved to Intel in the US, made a mark there. In 2006 he co-founded Soft Machines and under his leadership, it became a successful microprocessor start-up by raising more than US$100 million from diverse group of global investors and built a team of more than 250 employees across U.S., India and Russia and received M&A term sheets valuing the company up to $1B. He successfully completed the sale of Soft Machines to Intel and thus making it as first ever acquisition of CPU technology company by Intel in its long history. His vast experience and the journey of being part of several technology trends across various countries came with a strong conviction: Set up a company in India that can envisage changes and trends at a global level. To realize this vision Mahesh founded Smartron on an equal footing with the world’s best.
NARSI REDDY POSHAM
CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Narsi Reddy Posham is responsible for day to day operations of the company. Narsi’s dream is to make Smartron a premium global brand by introducing first of its kind internet of TronsTM platform that makes human life simpler and easier. Mr. Posham served as Managing Director of US based company Soft Machines’ Indian subsidiary in Hyderabad. Mr. Posham established Soft Machines’ India operations in February 2011 and has rapidly ramped up the organization into one of the premier CPU/SoC design centers in the country. Prior to joining Soft Machines, Mr. Posham worked at Xilinx, Abound Logic, KeyEye Communications, and Cypress Semiconductor. Mr. Posham holds a B.Tech. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Acharya Nagarjuna University, and an M.Tech. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Rohit Rathi shoulders the responsibility of technology and product development for the company. Mr. Rathi spearheads advanced R&D, innovation and IP creation in the areas of smart, sensors, robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud and big data technologies. In the past, Mr. Rathi has been Founder-Director and CTO of Notion Ink and pioneered the effort to make the country’s first tablet device. Prior to that, Mr. Rathi worked with Xilinx-India in 2008-2009. Mr. Rathi is an IIT Kharagpur graduate.
VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL OPERATIONS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Harry Himmat Lagad is one of the key members of the management team and is responsible for Global Operations. With a career spanning over 30 years in Business Management, Harry has successfully headed Supply Chain functions, Manufacturing, Sales, Business Development and General Management portfolios across a variety of industry verticals, from Third Party Logistics, Plastics, Photographic Goods, Engineering, Sporting Goods, Footwear and Clothing, Consumer Electronics, Telecom, Metals and Timber. His work has carried him across almost all continents, with various stints in India, Russia, Europe, South East Asia, Australia and USA.
VICE PRESIDENT, SALES AND MARKETING
Amit Boni is the Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Smartron. He is responsible for the overall brand building and the sales and marketing functions of Smartron. Amit brings in rich experience in telecommunications & diversified Industrials space and has been credited for significant contributions in catalyzing growth of the telecom industry in India. Prior to Smartron, Amit was the Country Head of Motorola Mobility in India where he led the team and scaled the business in India shaping the future of its handset in retail and ecommerce segment. Amit’s first assignment was with Microland, Bangalore. After completing his MBA from MDI Gurgaon, he joined EVS and Honeywell. His key responsibility in the organization was involved in working on strategic planning and strategic marketing. In early 2010, Amit joined Motorola Mobility taking charge of GTM strategy and sales operations for the Asia region of Motorola.
Vision for tech India
Sanjay Jha was inducted to the board of directors of Smartron on December 24, 2016. Besides being an investor himself, Sanjay will be an independent director with Smartron. With his wealth of experience and knowledge he will serve as a mentor & strategic advisor to strengthen Smartron’s operational excellence and global expansion road map.
Sanjay Jha is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GLOBAL FOUNDRIES. Appointed in January 2014, Sanjay has a successful track record of senior executive experience in the technology industry, most recently as Chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, which was spun out as an independent public company from Motorola Inc. in early 2011. During this period, Motorola Mobility was comprised of the Mobile Devices and Home (set-top box and cable infrastructure) businesses, as well as Motorola Mobility Ventures. He joined Motorola as co-CEO in 2008, while serving simultaneously as CEO of Motorola's Mobile Devices Business. Prior to Motorola, Sanjay held multiple senior engineering and executive positions during his 14 years with Qualcomm, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Qualcomm Inc. from 2006 to 2008. As COO, Sanjay oversaw corporate research and development and as well as Qualcomm Flarion Technologies (QFT). Sanjay Jha was inducted to the board of directors of Smartron on December 24, 2016. Besides being an investor himself, Sanjay will be an independent director with Smartron. With his wealth of experience and knowledge he will serve as a mentor & strategic advisor to strengthen Smartron’s operational excellence and global expansion road map.
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.