cisNexus has a high-caliber leadership, each with 30+ years in design/applications engineering, product management, product marketing, finance, and business development with top technology companies.

Mangesh Kolhatkar

Mangesh possesses a wealth of experience spanning more than 20 years in the semiconductor and ICT (Information & Communications Technology) sectors, including networking products for enterprise and service providers, telecommunications equipment, and wireline/wireless for global technology companies. He has a deep understanding of the technology industry and also expertise in marketing, customer engagement, strategy, and business development.

Prior to cisNexus, Mangesh was Director of Client Engagement for Technology and Financial Services for Evalueserve, a global leader in knowledge processes and services. He also served as Senior Director of Marketing and AGM for Pronto Networks for Asia and the Middle East, and at Motorola (via its acquisition of Copper Mountain Networks) where he was Senior Director of Intelligent Broadband Access Products. Prior to these positions, he has also held senior product management and engineering- related positions at Nortel Networks (Network Switching Products), and at both Hitachi Semiconductor and at LSI, specializing in chip (ASIC) solutions.

Mangesh holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Bachelor of Technology with Honors, in Electrical Engineering from NITT, (formerly REC Trichy) in India. He also holds a Certificate in Telecommunications (with Distinction) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Samir Yacoub

Sam is associated with cisNexus as a Senior Advisor and capital investor. He has over 28 years of experience in the high tech industry in a variety of roles including engineering, account management, product marketing, and business development. His deep understanding of the technology sector has enabled him to work successfully with customers to find win-win solutions.

Sam is currently Sr. Product Marketing Manager at CEL (California Eastern Laboratories) and manages the Wireless ZigBee/802.15.4 Solutions. Prior to this position, he has managed different businesses in the semiconductor and telecommunications fields, which included multiple applications such as PC peripherals, wired/wireless consumer, and other ASIC devices.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Paul Wen

Paul has over 27 years of experience in a variety of operational positions in the semiconductor industry, including building revenue, profitability and ROI models.

Prior to cisNexus, he was Sr. Business Planning Manager at REA (Renesas Electronics America), a global semiconductor company focused on Microcontroller Units (MCUs), analog and power devices, System on Chips (SoC), Memory, and RF modules. He managed a $65M/month budget for North America including Canada, Mexico and Brazil. At RTA (Renesas Technology America)/HSA (Hitachi Semiconductor America), he applied his expertise in product price promotion and cost and profitability negotiations with the factories.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from San Jose State University.