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Meet Our Leadership Team

Our global leadership team has decades of diverse experience developing innovative technologies and growing companies. One thing they all have in common? The desire to empower people to make smarter decisions, work more efficiently, and live better lives.

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CEO

Gary Jackson

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Gary Jackson

Gary Jackson is the chief executive officer of Drishti and is responsible for all operational strategy and execution. Jackson is an expert in SaaS platforms with proven success in leading enterprise software development teams. An experienced CEO of early-stage enterprise technology companies, Jackson led Zeekit (acquired by WalMart), Tempo Software, Codiscope (acquired by Synopsys), Shunra (acquired by HP) and Ounce Labs (acquired by IBM) to success and rapid business growth, and held executive roles at Quova (acquired by Neustar) and Vantive (acquired by PeopleSoft). Jackson has a wealth of go-to-market knowledge and experience building new categories of business. Jackson is based in the Boston area and holds a B.S. from Boston College.

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FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN

Prasad Akella

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Prasad Akella

Dr. Prasad Akella, founder and chairman of the Drishti board, is creating his third massive market category that uses technology to extend human capabilities. In the 1990s, Prasad led the General Motors team that built the world’s first collaborative robots (“cobots,” projected to be a $12B market by 2025). In the early 2000s, as cofounder of the social networking pioneer Spoke, he envisioned and helped build the first massive social graph — a category now worth trillions. Today, at Drishti, he is working to combine the cognition of AI with the flexibility of humans in factories in the form of AI-powered production. Prasad is based in Mountain View, California.

Krishnendu Chaudhury
Co-Founder and CTO

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Krishnendu Chaudhury

Dr. Krishnendu Chaudhury is one of the world’s foremost computer vision and deep learning experts. Over his 20+ year career, he’s been directly responsible for some of the most groundbreaking technical innovations in the history of Google, Flipkart and Adobe.

Today, he’s charting a technical vision for digitizing human actions in real time, a challenge that’s pushing the boundaries of computer vision and deep learning even further. Krishnendu is the author of the book, "Math and Architectures of Deep Learning."

Ashish Gupta
Co-Founder and Board Member

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Ashish Gupta

Drawing on his early experience as a software engineer, Ashish leads fast-growing global technology companies in the areas of AI, data analytics, location-based logistics, pure play internet, and digital advertising, to name a few.

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CFO, COO

Srida Joisa

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Srida Joisa

Srida has a unique balance of extensive finance leadership experience over the last two decades and a formal education in computer science engineering and economics. Prior to Drishti, he was VP of SMART Modular Technologies, a global leader in memory modules, solid-state storage products, and hybrid solutions. Srida is based in Mountain View, California.

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Vice President, Customer Success

Marie Alexander

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Marie Alexander

Marie Alexander is responsible for all customer success functions, including delivery and installation, consulting and support. She has vast experience in customer success management (CSM), as she is credited with originating the discipline. Marie embraces the idea that customer success is a holistic go-to-market philosophy, with customer advocacy being everyone’s job. Marie is based in Mountain View, California.

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Vice President, Product Strategy

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Dave Berg

Dave Berg is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience in transforming technical companies from brand-building to development to acquisition. Dave excels at crafting product vision and strategy with a refined roadmap based on co-design and innovative efforts. As VP of product strategy, Dave steers Drishti’s product vision and refines its product roadmap based on these philosophies across Drishti. Dave is based in Chicago.

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Vice President, Marketing

Erin Caldwell

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Erin Caldwell

Erin Caldwell has developed and executed go to market strategies for more than a dozen SaaS companies. She relies on a combination of compelling storytelling and customer-centric thinking to help demonstrate the value of Drishti to the marketplace. Erin holds an MS in Strategic Marketing and resides in Boston.

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Vice President, Sales

Tim FitzGerald

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Tim FitzGerald

is responsible for global sales, solution consulting, sales development and partnerships. His team works with customers to identify value to drive improvements throughout the production process. Prior to Drishti, Tim has held sales leadership positions in the past 10 years with Servigistics, ServiceMax and Zinc, serving a key role in the growth and development of each organization. Tim graduated from Auburn University and resides in Atlanta.

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CISO

Scott Foote

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Scott Foote

Scott Foote is Drishti's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Data Protection Officer (DPO). With more than 30 years of technology leadership experience in cybersecurity and the broader software industry, Foote has an acute ability to understand and map organizational needs to security models, architectures, solutions and technologies. As CISO at Drishti, Foote will dedicate himself to implementing security architecture that protects Drishti users from end to end under a zero trust framework. Foote is also CISO, DPO, managing director and founder of Phenomenati.

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Managing Director, Asia

Jerald Ray

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Jerald Ray

Jerald has an extensive technology and international business background due to his more than 25 years of experience in process engineering, consulting, and global finance in the U.S. and Asia Pacific Region. He began his career as a Production Research Engineer at the Konica Corporation in Tokyo, then served as a Technical Solutions Advisor for a large Japanese Disney affiliate, and later applied his advanced economics training as a Global Investment Analyst for the leasing division of the Industrial Bank of Japan (now known as Mizuho Bank). Leveraging his Japanese language skills, Jerald also worked as a Process and Optimization Consultant in Amsterdam for a joint venture between the Japan Management Association Consultancy (JMAC) and the Ford Motor Company.

In the U.S., Jerald provided international business risk analysis while at SAIC (Science Applications International Corpora on), and independently crafted Asian market entry strategies as a consultant to several U.S. IT security and related technology firms for the next dozen years before joining SecureAge as its COO in late 2018.

Jerald received his technical education in Operations Research Engineering from Cornell University, supplementing that with degrees in International Economics and Comparative Policy Analysis at the University of Florida and the University of California, San Diego.

Arvind Saraf
Head of Engineering

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Arvind Saraf

Arvind is an experienced engineering leader and entrepreneur trained at IIT, MIT, and Google. Skilled in building technology products from scratch, Arvind has a strong interest and understanding of deep technology and emerging markets.

His current goal is to change the manufacturing industry through the application of AI, computer vision, product platform thinking, and building at Drishti. Arvind is based in Bangalore, India

Ramana Tadepalli
Head of India Operations

Ramana Tadepalli

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Ramana Tadepalli

Ramana Tadepalli is a customer-savvy transformational leader with experience in leading diverse global teams. He has almost three decades of professional experience in the IT industry; for two decades he worked directly with CXO level members in the United States.

His areas of expertise include business strategy, leadership, talent management and development, business and people process reengineering, operational excellence, B2B people growth strategy, and innovations across departments from a scale point of view, covering practically all functions with excellent understanding of business processes/systems and leveraging them for desired outcomes.