|Dr. KUMAR SHIRALAGI
Board of Directors
Current & Past Assignments:
Managing Director, IndoUS Venture Partners (IUVP), Bangalore, India.
Country Director, Intel Capital India. Notable companies in his portfolio were NIIT, Subex Systems, Futuresoft, R-systems, IndiaInfoline etc. and past Boards he has served on include Sasken Communications, Tejas Networks, Sharekhan, Nipuna, Deccanet, Real Image Media Technologies.
Cofounder & COO, Lytek Corporation, Arizona, USA.
MBA: Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management.
Ph.D.: Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA.
Master of Science: Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA.
Bachelor of Engineering: Electronics & Communications, National institute of Technology (formerly KREC), Karnataka, INDIA.
He has published over 60 papers in international journals and conferences, has 23 issued US patents, is a senior member of IEEE and a Charter member of TiE Bangalore.
|Dr. DAVID COLE
Advisor, Strategic Initiatives
Focused on strategic issues related to North American industry, trends in globalization, technology, market factors, human resource requirements. He has worked extensively on internal combustion engines, vehicle design, and overall automotive industry trends.
Current & Past Assignments:
Chairman, Auto Harvest
Chairman Emeritus, Center For Automotive Research, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
Director, Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT), University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI.
Member, Energy Engineering Board of the National Research Council.
Member, U.S.-Canada Free Trade Pact Select Panel.
Director, Original Equipment Suppliers Association.
Board of Directors, Several reputed automotive supplier companies.
Member, Executive Committee, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
Appointed by Governor of Michigan to the Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board and the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission.
Co-chair of Detroit Renaissance’s “Road to Renaissance” Project.
Member, Energy Research Council & Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board, University of Michigan.
Director, Automotive Hall of Fame.
Member of the Board of Trustees, Hope College.
Board of Directors & Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Fellow, Engineering Society of Detroit.
Recipient of the Engineering Society’s highest award, the Horace H. Rackham medal.
Recipient of the National Automobile Dealers Association Foundation's International Freedom of Mobility Award.
Recipient of Marketing Educator of the Year by the Society of Marketing Executives.
Recipient of Rene Dubos Environmental Award for his contributions to the industrial ecology of the automobile.
Recipient of Sweden's Order of the Polar Star.
Recipient of Chevalier of the National Order of Merit from France.
Ph. D.: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
Master of Science: Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
|Dr. GARY B. VONK
Advisor, Operations and Business Strategy
Ex-CEO and President, Midas International (one of the world’s largest auto franchisors delivering auto repair and maintenance services with $1.2B in retail sales. Managed 11 distribution centers, 75 quick delivery parts warehouses, two manufacturing facilities, 111 company operated stores and 2500 owner-operated franchised locations in 19 countries.)
Vice President - Store Operations, PEP Boys (Managed 187 stores. With $2.2B in revenues, 593 automotive aftermarket retail stores and over 6,000 vehicle repair and maintenance service bays in 36 states of the US and Puerto Rico, Pep Boys is America's leading automotive aftermarket retail and service chain)
President, Snappy Car Rental
Vice President, Thrifty Drug Stores (Managed 620 retail drug stores)
President, Crescent Jewelers (Managed 150 retail stores)
B.S.: Production and Operations Management, San Diego State University
MBA: Florida Atlantic University
Advisor, Finance & Venture Capital
Managing Director, First Step Fund, Detroit, MI, USA.
Founder, TKM Venture Partners, USA.
Sr. Vice President, Plymouth Venture Partners, USA.
Director – Venture Capital Initiatives, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, MI, USA.
MBA: Marketing & Finance, India.
Bachelor of Engineering: Electronics Engineering, Pune University, India.
Author: The Business of Venture Capital: Insights from Leading Practitioners on the Art of Raising a Fund, Deal Structuring, Value Creation, and Exit Strategies (Published: 2011, Wiley Finance)
|KONDAL REDDY JINNA
Advisor, Information Technology
Sr. Management Consultant, IBM.
Expert in technology, management, architecture & planning of enterprise systems.
Over 10+ years working with Automotive OEM's.
Master of Science: Chemical Engineering.
Bachelor of Science: Chemical Engineering.