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LEADERSHIP team


Vimaan Leadership

S. K. (“KG”) Ganapathi

CEO & Founder

S. K. (“KG”) Ganapathi

CEO & Founder

KG prides himself in tackling some of the most demanding automation challenges faced across industries today.  KG founded Vimaan in 2017 to address the ongoing issues the warehousing industry has struggled with in collecting highly accurate inventory counts. While other warehouse workflows have been successfully automated over the years, data collection continued to be costly, highly labor intensive and imprecise.  After years of working with some of the most well-known 3PLs and warehousing operations, KG brought Vimaan out of stealth-mode in January 2022.

Prior to Vimaan, KG founded other successful technology organizations including Fidelica Microsystems (acquired by Lenovo) and Verreon (acquired by Qualcomm).  KG has also served in a senior technology leadership role at other companies such as DAS Devices and QUALCOMM.  

KG received his Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Sudhir Singh

Chief Technology Officer

Sudhir Singh

Chief Technology Officer

Sudhir Singh is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and is responsible for building and executing Vimaan’s technology roadmap. He comes with over 15 years of research and development experience in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence in general across domains such as Robotics, Automation, Human Computer Interaction, Autonomy, AR, and Visual Search.  His passion is in building frontier tech products that calls for fundamental scientific innovations. 

Prior to joining Vimaan, he was Chief Machine Learning Architect at Automation Anywhere, wherein he led the development of breakthrough AI powered Intelligent automation products such as AISense. He co-founded two AI startups prior to that and had a computer vision architecture stint at Intel focused on mixed reality and autonomous driving as well. 

Sudhir holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles and an undergrad in Mathematics and Computing from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He has authored over 30 patents and research papers and his work has often been in popular scientific media. 

Philip Archambault

Chief Revenue Officer

Philip Archambault

Chief Revenue Officer

Phil has been in the Supply Chain and Logistics space since 2004. A self-described “corrugated cardboard guy,” he’s spent over 16 years in and around the warehouse as an associate, then leader, and now vendor. Partnering with Fortune 500 leadership teams on their most strategic initiatives has led Phil to align himself with products and services in the space which tackle the biggest opportunities for innovation, optimization and bringing the Supply Chain discipline into the 21st century. Phil leads all sales and partnership efforts globally for Vimaan. Previously, he was a sales leader at Locus Robotics, and worked for the leading research and advisory firm Gartner in their Supply Chain practice.

Deepak Pingalay

Vice President, Operations

Deepak Pingalay

Vice President, Operations

As the VP of Operations at Vimaan, Deepak Pingalay is responsible for the global operations of the company. He brings more than 20 years of experience to Vimaan. His experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering technology driven products and business services, providing outstanding customer service, and driving profitable revenue growth. At Vimaan, Deepak leads the Field Operations, Product Assembly and Test and IT Operations.  

Prior to joining Vimaan, Deepak was VP of Business Operations at Dimaag-AI, an enterprise software AI company and prior to that was the Co-founder and COO at ForeALERT, a SaaS platform with real-time 3D geolocation for wayfinding applications and emergency security response.

During his time at Philips Lumileds, Deepak led the Product Development and Program Management Office where he was able to drive profitability and increase revenue 10x to >$400M with a new Camera Flash application for Consumer Electronics devices. In addition, Deepak served over eleven years as an Operations and Product Management leader within the SunFab Solar and the Interconnect Systems and Modules Business Units at Applied Materials. Deepak holds a Bachelor of Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India and Master of Science from Clemson University, USA.

Vikas Gupta

Vice President, Software Engineering

Vikas Gupta

Vice President, Software Engineering

Vikas Gupta has 30 years of experience building complex distributed systems with attention to reliability, scalability, uptime, responsiveness, performance, usability, and security. Vikas leads Software Engineering at Vimaan and works with his team of talented engineers incorporating his expertise in system architecture, distributed systems, data storage, manageability, networking, and security into the Vimaan solution.

Vikas deeply cares about customer needs and builds Vimaan products and solutions to delight them. He is leading his team to build a robust platform with cutting edge technologies in computer vision, machine learning and system software stack.

Leveraging the software platform, Vimaan solutions developed by the software team are easily deployed into the customer’s environment, integrate seamlessly, provide business insights and immediate efficiency gains.

Vikas has previously worked at industry stalwarts like Nimble Storage, VERITAS Software, Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Vikas was the 4th employee at Nimble Storage and part of the team that achieved six 9s availability for the storage array product and the fastest IPO for a data storage company. Vikas has been a board member for the fabled Santa Clara Swim Club and Silicon Valley nonprofit Catalyze SV. He holds 11 patents and has a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from College of Engineering Guindy. Vikas enjoys hiking, running, and volunteering at swim meets.

Craig Dowley

Vice President, Marketing

Craig Dowley

Vice President, Marketing

For the past two decades Craig has been driving marketing strategies and business growth for some of the most well-known company names in automation and engineering.  As a data-driven marketer, Craig’s number one KPI is supporting the incremental growth of sales pipeline and bookings.  As Vimaan’s Vice President of Marketing, Craig is driving all external facing promotion, branding and messaging for the company.

Prior to Vimaan, Craig led the worldwide marketing organization for multiple companies including Cognex the leader in machine vision for factory automation.  During his tenure leading marketing at the company, the worldwide revenue for Cognex experienced triple digit growth.    Additionally, Craig has been leading digital transformation for companies long before most of us have had emails.  This includes a decade of developing and implementing web marketing strategies for engineering software giants SolidWorks and MathWorks (the makers of MATLAB and Simulink).

Craig has been a guest speaker on Gartner panels and has traveled the world advising teams and partners on the fundamentals of driving incremental and quantifiable marketing success.  In addition to pioneering marketing strategies for some very well know companies, Craig also holds multiple patents in the area of online UX.    Craig received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Vinod Karuvat

Site Head, India

Vinod Karuvat

Site Head, India

Vinod has extensive experience working with embedded systems, image processing design and application development.  For over 15 years, Vinod has developed and overseen the development of a multitude of major embedded system and image processing projects.  Vinod has developed a mastery in all major engineering languages and as our Vimaan Site-Head, Vinod leads all development work from our India locations.

Vinod earned his Masters in Embedded Design from Sussex University and Bachelor’s in Engineering and Telecommunications from Amravati University, India. 

Shane LaChappelle

Head of Product

Shane LaChappelle

Head of Product

Shane LaChappelle is the Head of Product for Vimaan  and is responsible for developing and executing the company’s product strategy and roadmap.  He joins Vimaan with over 15 years of industrial automation experience, 12 of which were spent specifically automating logistics processes through the use of computer vision.  His passions lie in working alongside the biggest and brightest minds in logistics automation, to identify unmet market needs and create innovative solutions to address them. 

Prior to joining Vimaan, Shane spent the past decade working in different leadership capacities at Cognex Corporation, focused on bringing computer vision solutions to the warehousing and material handling  markets.  While at Cognex, Shane worked with the largest names in retail, eCommerce, parcel and postal  to engineer solutions that are widely considered  the benchmark standard for advanced tracking and traceability in the logistics markets.  

Shane holds an MBA from Babson College, Wellesley Massachusetts and an Undergrad in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.  He has authored patents in the machine learning and machine vision space and has spoken at conferences around the globe on the benefits of machine vision and machine learning in logistics automation. 


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