Managing Director and CEO
Ganesh founded Soliton in 1998, and has since established the company as the leader in India in the business areas in which it operates. Soliton started business as the first Alliance Member of National Instruments (www.ni.com) in India, and Ganesh introduced Virtual Instrumentation, a concept pioneered by Texas based National Instruments, to manufacturing industries in the region. In parallel he also developed customers in the US for its offshore Virtual Instrumentation Software (LabVIEW) development services. The revenue grew at an average annual compounded rate of 60% during the first seven years. During this period, Soliton also established itself as one of the worlds most innovative Virtual Instrumentation System developers by winning the most prestigious global award in this field a record three times (2000, 2001, and 2004). Soliton started a products division in 2005, and became the first company in India to manufacture Machine Vision Cameras and Smart Cameras. Soliton has established itself as the leading machine vision company in India. In all, Soliton has received over 25 technology awards for its innovative work and has built up an outstanding reputation for Quality, Integrity, and Customer Satisfaction. Ganesh was selected as one of the ‘101 Successful Entrepreneurs of Tamil Nadu’ by CII in 2008. He also was profiled by the India Today magazine as a new economy player to watch in 2001. Ganesh also serves on the Board of Directors of ELGI Equipments Ltd (www.elgi.com).
Previously, Ganesh worked as a Project Scientist at V I Engineering, Inc., Michigan, a leading National Instruments Alliance Member in the US. Ganesh received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics and M.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.
From the age of 15, for a period of six years, Ganesh was passionately involved in tuning racing engines and racing cars and he won the Grand Prix in the most competitive racing category in India in 1987, 88, and 89. Today his interests include education where he is trying to convince engineering colleges to reduce the amount of content “taught” to students and focus instead on enabling deeper understanding of the basics and the ability to apply their knowledge to solve real world problems.
Mekhala holds a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. She is primarily responsible for campus recruitment, the main form of recruitment in Soliton, and also serves as a mentor and counsellor to the many Solitons who come up and ask for her time. In her earlier role in Soliton, Mekhala oversaw the setup of all the many offices as Soliton out grew its older ones.
Director - Member of the Board
Ashok T. Aram is the Chief Executive Officer of Europe, Middle East & Africa (Excluding Germany & the UK) at Deutsche Bank AG and serves as the Managing Director in the Global Markets Division at Deutsche Bank.
Ashok joined Deutsche Bank in 1995 and was a founding member of Telecoms advisory team in Asia. Ashok moved to Frankfurt in 1997 to focus on corporate strategy and was involved in the acquisition of Bankers Trust. He moved to London in 1999, as COO of Global Banking, and went on to become Global Head of the Global Banking Division from 2001 till 2004. In 2002 he was Chairman of Deutsche Banks Latin America Management Committee and in 2003 Ashok was given additional responsibility for the Global Corporate Bank in Germany. During this period he served as a Member of the Global Banking Executive Committee and the Group Credit Policy & Asset Liability Committee. In 2005, Ashok moved to Global Markets to build out the Global Principal Finance and Structured Credit trading business of the bank. In 2007, he took charge of Capital Markets business (both debt and equity) across the CEEMEA region as the Managing Director and Head of Global Capital Markets-CEEMEA of Deutsche Bank London. In 2009, he relocated to Dubai as the Managing Director of Dubai-based Abraaj Capital, the largest private equity group outside Europe and North America, with investments in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region. In September 2010, he returned to Deutsche Bank as the Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Business.
Ashok has BS in Electronics & Communication Engineering from the Anna University of Technology, Chennai, India and a Master’s Degree in International Business & Comparative Culture from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. He serves on the board of a number of companies in the US and India, and is a trustee of Shanti Ashram, a development foundation in Coimbatore, India. He speaks English, German, Japanese, Hindi and Tamil.
Business Unit Manager - Industrial & Medical
Anish truly believes Soliton and its team can delight its customers through innovation and outstanding service. He has an eye towards simplicity and yearns to clone Feynman’s methods for learning and understanding complex subjects. He is a bit of an introvert, choosing to be more comfortable learning, reading, playing sports and the occasional dance. His learning and entrepreneurial bent led him to participate in the Fall 2016 UW Extension IdeaAdvance Seed Fund Program. He is warm hearted and wants to make people he interacts with feel good about themselves. He provides business and technology leadership in the areas of automated design validation and automated production test; working with leading Fortune 100 organizations in helping them improve productivity, optimize processes and eliminate waste. He believes technologies like machine learning can truly transform people's lives. He works with an incredible team of architects and developers helping our customers be successful.
Business Unit Manager - Web Tech
Arjun joined Soliton Technologies in the year 2013 when he relocated to India after residing in the US for 13 years. Prior to joining Soliton he has worked for multiple organizations of various sizes predominantly in Web Technologies.
He joined Soliton Technologies to grow the Web Technologies expertise. Through these years Web Technologies has become one of the core competency of Soliton and is now combined with Electrical engineering domain expertise to build creative solutions for semiconductor industry. Apart from Web Technologies he now leads most of the India based delivery teams. His current role is to establish strong Soliton work culture and to deliver far superior innovative solution to the customer by combining several area of expertise.
Arjun holds an MSE degree in Electrical Engineer from Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona and a B.E. from St.Joseph's College of Engineering, Chennai. In addition he hold an MBA from University of Nebraska, Omaha Nebraska. Apart from work he takes interest in promoting sports in rural India. Through Soliton he helps organize annual basketball coaching camp in rural parts of India.
Business Unit Manager - Semiconductor
Sandeep Achari joined Soliton in the year 2007 after completing his Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications engineering from the Anna University. Sandeep started as an application engineer for Soliton's machine vision products and was responsible for running the operations in the North West region of India. Following this, Sandeep stepped into the role to manage the Test and measurement services for the clients in India and China which included medical, automotive, industrial and semiconductor services. In 2014, Sandeep took the role of a Principal Account Manager where he was responsible for Post Silicon Design Validation and EVM Solution Services for Soliton's top account. Sandeep managed the largest team that was focussed in standardizing post-silicon validation tools and driving standardization success for the customer. He built his expertise in understanding semiconductor workflow and delivering professional frameworks and tools for semiconductor design validation and customer evaluation requirements. Sandeep also won Soliton's highest award, Soliton of the year for achieving Customer success and Soliton's business success in the year 2015.
Sandeep is a great team player who likes to put a smile on everybody who comes up to him. A problem-solver, he strives to keep things simple and enjoys coming up with neat solutions to customer problems. He has diverse experience and connects the dots to approach problems creatively. A natural communicator, he likes to teach and has a passion for badminton, travel and photography.
Sandeep is based out of Dallas, Texas and is the Business Unit Manager for semiconductor services.
Business Unit Manager - Semiconductor
Vijay Krishna is a Business Unit Manager at Soliton. He joined Soliton in 2009 after completing his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University. Vijay worked on several key & challenging automation projects within Soliton, and was a member of the Soliton team that developed the PRIM Color Registration Control System. He has since focused on working with key semiconductor companies, and helping design, implement, scale and sustain standardized automation frameworks for post-silicon validation & characterization. He is also the Soliton product manager for S5 - the STS Test Software Development Suite and SIVA - Soliton’s Integrated Validation Architecture for Post-SIlicon Validation & Characterization - helping customers establish an automation framework spanning the organization and realize significant return on investment within a period of 6 months.
He is an avid traveler, movie buff and a sports enthusiast who actively plays cricket, racquetball & basketball. He has won several key awards at Soliton including Team Player of the Year 2012, Innovator of the Year - 2016-18 and Soliton of the Year - 2017. He is based out of Austin, Texas, USA.
Sudha, an engineering graduate from Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore joined Soliton in 2000 as Project Engineer. She has eight years of technical experience in executing Test & Automation LabVIEW projects. While customers high regard for her excellence in work and NIWEEK Best application awards were success stories in her technical ladder, her genuine care towards the growth of the team members and the ability to understand people got her a transition to HR role in Soliton. She has experience in conducting annual performance appraisal and compensation, lateral recruitment, engineering allocation and resolving HR issues. She is continuing her journey in Soliton as a key member of the HR team with a vision to enable each Soliton experience ‘A Genuine Workplace’.
Manager - Data Science
Vishnu has been with Soliton for 12 years now and has worked in almost all its technology groups - LabVIEW, Cameras, Firmware development, C#, Web Technologies, and recently, in Machine Learning for over the last 4 years! His interest in engaging and working with people has led to his involvement in campus recruitment, technical training and in organizing numerous events in Soliton. He is passionate about the Soliton culture and is constantly working towards making Soliton the best place to work!
Vishnu was on a sabbatical for 2 years while he pursued his post-graduate studies at IIT Madras, and has completed M.S. by Research in Speech Recognition with 4 published papers in reputed conferences and journals.
His current pet project is devising fun and innovative ways of introducing Science and Math to his 4 year old daughter.
Sr. Solutions Architect & Project Manager
A simple, friendly and approachable personality. He believes in keeping it simple and focusing on one thing to achieve the desired results. He approaches everything systematically and looks to achieve perfection in the results. His latest interest is in the area of developer experience and focusing on one thing. He believes that developer experience is important in solving customer problems and providing a better user experience for customers.
He has an engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from PSG College of Technology. He joined Soliton right out of college as fresher. He thinks the real learning starts only after one completes the formal studies in school/universities. He is one of the first (team of 3 from Soliton) Certified LabVIEW Architect, certified from India.
Founder & CEO - Shanghai Gubo
Hao Zhou is the founder of Gubo. He graduated from Fudan University with a Master's degree in Microelectronics. While at Fudan, he worked on Ultra-High-Speed ADC IC design & tape-outs and also interned at Analog Devices as an applications engineer. At ADI, Hao was responsible for the reference design development for RF Signal Chains and helped the ADI team fully automate their test benches. Hao joined National Instruments as a test engineering specialist on the NI STS platform in 2015. He leads NI’s APAC Center of Excellence Team for semiconductor test providing technical expertise, support & consulting leadership to several customers across Great China, ASEAN, Japan & Korea. In 2019, after 4 exciting years with National Instruments, Hao founded Shanghai Gubo, a Test and Measurement consulting & services enterprise for serving customers in China.
Soliton Technologies & Shanghai Gubo entered into a strategic partnership in May 2020 to jointly address the growing needs of China Semiconductor Market.
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