Founder, CEO and Board Chairman
As one of the co-founders of Ecrio, Michel Gannage has been involved with the company since its inception and became its CEO in 2011, bringing over 30 years of industry experience. He is responsible for developing and implementing the company strategy and managing its overall operations and resources. During his tenure at Ecrio, he managed international business, OEM/ODM relationships, strategic partnerships, and was actively involved in product planning and sales strategy. Before founding Ecrio, he co-founded Nexcom Technology, a flash memory semiconductor and storage company, and served as Vice President of Engineering and Operations. At Nexcom, Mr. Gannage developed the Serial Flash and MediaStick product lines, and managed the system development for flash data storage in the form of SIM cards for consumer wireless devices. Prior to that, he held various engineering and management positions with Catalyst Semiconductor, Exel Microelectronics and Intel. Mr. Gannage received an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris, an MS in EECS from Princeton University, and holds 9 patents.
Vice President of Engineering
Krishnakumar Narayanan joined the company in 1999 and now directs the Ecrio engineering team. He also manages off-shore teams responsible for development, product engineering and technical support. Mr. Narayanan has over 22 years of industrial experience in software development and product delivery in the areas of mobile communications, systems programming, computer graphics and image processing. Prior to joining Ecrio, he developed software and firmware for an intelligent server monitoring device at Mirapoint, Inc. At Silicon Graphics, he led a team of engineers in the mid-range graphics workstations group. Mr. Narayanan started his career as a principal engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, designing advanced graphics and image processing algorithms for hardware based graphics accelerators. He holds a B.S degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and a Ph.D in Computer Science from Louisiana State University.
Vice President of Product Marketing and Business Development
Vikram Karmarkar, VP Product Marketing and Business Development, establishes key technology and product alliances with wireless infrastructure partners. Dr. Karmarkar was one of the founding R&D members of HCL (now HCL Technologies). After moving to AT&T Bell Labs, he pioneered the application of robust design techniques to optimize high-reliability SS7 message switching systems. Also at Bell Labs, he led the development team for the industry's first carrier-grade LDAP internet directory product. At Lucent Technologies, as Director of IP Networking Products, he was a member of the team that launched the company's first multi-gigabit IP Switch product. Most recently, within Lucent Technologies' wireless business unit, Dr. Karmarkar served successive roles as Director of Mobility Customer (UMTS) Solutions; Director of the Wireless Competency Center in Milan, Italy; and Director of UMTS and GPRS Applications and Services. He holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa, specializing in fault-tolerant packet switching systems.
Vice President of Finance
Lina Martin, VP Finance, manages all aspects of finance, accounting, and operations for the company. Other duties include overseeing facilities, human resources, and office management functions. Ms. Martin also plays a vital role in fund-raising activities, including recent significant investments by Aplix, CSK, JAIC, Nomura Securities, NTT DoCoMo and Visa. She works closely with Mr. Challa and the board of directors on analysis for budgets, cash flow, and operating results. Prior to Ecrio, Ms. Martin served as Corporate Controller for gForce Systems and Decisive Technology. She also served in various finance/accounting capacities with Micro Focus, Varian Associates, and Capcom U.S.A. She holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Iowa State University and pursued graduate studies (MBA program) at Drake University.