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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.

Gary Jackson
Chief Executive Officer

Gary Jackson

Gary Jackson
Chief Executive Officer

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, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Prasad Akella

Prasad Headshot
Founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. 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.

Krishnendu Chaudhury
Co-founder and CTO

Dr. Krishnendu Chaudhury

Krishnendu Chaudhury
Co-founder and CTO

Dr. 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. Dr. Chaudhury is the author of the book, "Math and Architectures of Deep Learning."

Ashish Gupta
Co-Founder and Board Member

Dr. Ashish Gupta

Ashish Gupta
Co-Founder and Board Member

Dr. 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.

Srida Joisa
CFO, COO

Srida Joisa

Srida Joisa
CFO, COO

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 California.

Arvind Saraf
Head of Engineering

Arvind Saraf

Arvind Saraf
Head of Engineering

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.

Dalia Peña
Head of Customer Experience

Dalia Peña

Dalia Peña
Head of Customer Experience

Dalia Peña

Dalia Peña brings extensive experience and a keen understanding of lean manufacturing principles to Drishti. She has been able to infuse that background into the company, particularly to members of Drishti who bring less manufacturing expertise to the table. In doing so, Dalia has ensured that Drishti’s AI-powered computer vision technology stays hyper-focused on meeting the needs of discrete manufacturers across North America. Dalia was one of Drishti’s first employees, and at the time, one of the only employees with actual assembly line experience.

Dave Prager
Head of Marketing

Dave Prager

Dave Prager
Head of Marketing

Dave Prager

Dave Prager is an experienced go-to-market strategist and communicator. Dave partners with the CEO and Head of Sales to identify and open paths into the market. He has deep marketing roots, having worked previously with SAP and Intermedia, with a career that began on Madison Avenue. Dave was Drishti’s third employee, and has been working since 2016 to create the category of AI-Powered Production. Outside of work, he is a father of two girls and an avid trail runner.

Ramana Tadepalli
GM, Bangalore

Ramana Tadepalli

Ramana Tadepalli
GM, Bangalore

Ramana Tadepalli

Ramana is a top achieving international business executive, operations leader, active board member, and advisor to CEOs and investment professionals. With more than 20 years of experience, he is passionate about networking and creating ecosystems for problem-solving and business partnerships.

After a successful career in large corporations, he most recently has helped entrepreneurs and investment professionals from venture capital and private equity firms turn concepts to commercial products and successful exits. Ramana is based in California.

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Head of Product

Ritesh Jain

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Head of Product

Ritesh Jain

Ritesh is a hands-on product builder with more than a decade of experience in defining, developing, and managing enterprise software products. As a product manager, he has built products from scratch, devised go-to-market strategies, developed a data analytics platform and has supported APAC key accounts.

He is focused on building a comprehensive product strategy for Drishti's AI-powered video analytics system. Ritesh is based in Bangalore, India.