Srinivasa Kakumanu, Managing Director & CEO
Under KS’s leadership, First Pass experienced significant growth, evolving into a thriving organization boasting more than 210 employees by FY18. This remarkable journey culminated in the acquisition of First Pass by MosChip in July 2018, all while maintaining a profitable trajectory since inception. Following the acquisition, KS assumed the role of heading the Semiconductor Business Unit at MosChip, steering it to remarkable heights.
Before his tenure at First Pass, KS held the position of General Manager for the VLSI group at Cyient (formerly known as Infotech Enterprises) in India. His career also includes stints with notable organizations such as TTM Inc. in San Jose, US; TTM India (acquired by Infotech in September 2008) Pvt Ltd in Hyderabad, India; Ikanos Communications in Fremont, US; QualCore Logic Ltd in India, and HAL in Hyderabad, among others.
KS maintains his commitment to professional education by actively teaching Digital Design and Physical Design at MosChip Institute of Silicon Systems Pvt Ltd, a training institute he co-founded, which was subsequently acquired by MosChip in July 2018. His international experience includes a seven-year tenure in the United States between 2000 and 2007, where he contributed to TTM Inc. and Ikanos Communications
He holds a B.E degree in E.C.E from the University College of Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.
Jayaram Susarla, Chief Financial Officer
Currently handling Accounts & Finance l Legal l Administration l Business integration Functions at Moschip Technologies, he plays a key role in designing and implementing Strategy along with senior leadership.
Worked in a senior leadership role in Star India Private Limited, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 21st Disney, DQ Entertainment (International) Limited. He is also currently perusing an MBA Strategy at the Indian School of Business (ISB) – Batch of 2022.
Rajesh Shah, EVP - Business Development
Rajesh Shah is a serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in engineering and business development of semiconductors and systems. His strength lies in identifying and unlocking the optimal value for customers in technology products and services.
Prior to Softnautics, Rajesh Shah started Sibridge Technologies, an IP company which was a pioneer in System Verilog based Multi-Methodology capable VIP, which was acquired by large EDA Company. During the same time, Rajesh as CEO had successfully turned-around Strix Systems, a Wireless Mesh company.
Rajesh started his career as an UltraSPARC design engineer at Sun before leading an ASIC at PipeLinks (acquired by Cisco). In 1999, Rajesh joined as a founding employee of Photuris (acquired by Meriton Networks Inc.). After Photuris, Rajesh founded and managed as CEO, Networking ASIC company, Xpedite Communication (successfully acquired by Multilink Technologies, now part of Micro Semi). In 2003, Rajesh joined as founding employee and had managed the IP and System Solutions group for Open-Silicon, one of the fastest growing fabless ASIC companies in the industry.
Rajesh is an active Angel investor and serves as a board member for multiple companies. He is a graduate from University of Texas Austin alumni with a Masters in Electrical Engineering.