The SymphonyAI Team
Over 2,200 talented leaders, data scientists, and other professionals operate SymphonyAI under the leadership of one of Silicon Valley’s most successful serial entrepreneurs, Dr. Romesh Wadhwani. Meet the team that incubates, transforms, builds, and invests in B2B AI solutions.
Dr. Romesh Wadhwani
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Dr. Romesh Wadhwani is a proven, successful entrepreneur and CEO. He built Symphony Technology Group from startup to $2.5B revenue, $10B EV. Dr. Wadhwani has committed $1B of his own capital to build SymphonyAI.
Dr. Romesh Wadhwani
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Dr. Romesh Wadhwani is the founder and CEO of SymphonyAI, a fast-growing operating group of leading AI companies that deliver a new generation of advanced AI solutions to transform the enterprise. SymphonyAI companies focus on driving revenue growth and operational excellence for customers in their vertical sectors, including retail, CPG, life sciences, payer/provider, manufacturing and process industries, defense, financial services, and media.
Prior to founding Symphony AI, Dr. Wadhwani was the founder and CEO of Symphony Technology, a strategic private equity firm that builds great software and technology-enabled services companies. Dr. Wadhwani founded STG in 2002, growing it from startup to $ 2.5 billion in combined revenue and 15,000 employees. Dr. Wadhwani was the founder and CEO of Aspect Development Inc., a B2B software firm. Aspect Development was acquired in 2000 for $9.3 billion, the largest software acquisition at the time.
Dr. Wadhwani established the Wadhwani Foundation in 2001 to accelerate job creation and economic development in India and other emerging economies through large scale initiatives in entrepreneurship, innovation, and skilling. Today, the Wadhwani Foundation is active in India and more than 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Wadhwani Advantage, Wadhwani Entrepreneur, and Wadhwani Innovate are three large initiatives for helping hundreds of entrepreneurs start new businesses and grow existing SME businesses each year, creating a large number of new jobs. The Wadhwani Advantage initiative allows tens of thousands of students each year learn employability and soft skills and get placed in high-quality jobs.
Dr. Wadhwani and his brother Sunil Wadhwani have established the Wadhwani Institute for AI for Social Good in Mumbai, a research institute and global hub for developing AI solutions for social good in public health, education, skilling, job creation, and infrastructure. Indian Prime Minister Modi inaugurated WIAI in 2018. The institute was awarded the Google Prize in 2019 for one of its innovative initiatives.
In January 2020, the Government of India awarded Dr. Wadhwani the Padma Shri honor, the fourth-highest civilian award in the Republic of India. President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Wadhwani to the board of trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center. Dr. Wadhwani is a board member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC and is a member of the Gates Buffet Giving Pledge.
Dr. Wadhwani holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a master’s of science and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Wadhwani received an honorary doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in August 2018.
The SymphonyAI Team
Eshwar is a partner at SymphonyAI focused on incubating, transforming, and growing companies that leverage AI to disrupt B2B markets. Eshwar assumes interim operating roles across SymphonyAI’s portfolio to accelerate company business goals and enhance customer and shareholder value. Prior to SymphonyAI, Eshwar led products and alliances for Rubrik, where he launched a suite of products that grew the company to an annual run rate of $100 million after only six quarters. Rubrik is the fastest-growing enterprise infrastructure company and was featured on Forbes’ 2018 The Cloud 100 list.
Previously, Eshwar was the vice president of strategy at Rocket Fuel (NASDAQ:FUEL), responsible for shaping strategic direction and driving ancillary revenue through new business initiatives. He helped close Rocket Fuel’s $230M acquisition of [x+1] to expand Rocket Fuel’s enterprise solutions portfolio. Prior, Eshwar was Rocket Fuel’s vice president of products and business development, responsible for brand and direct response products and data and measurement partnerships. Eshwar helped Rocket Fuel grow revenue to over $240 million to claim the #1 spot in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ list.
Previously, Eshwar was the founder and CEO of Sensact Applications, an IoT company focused on solutions for smart physical environments; drove product strategy for Epiphany’s (now Infor) marketing and analytics products, including Epiphany’s flagship CRM marketing and analytics platforms; co-founder and CTO of iLeverage (acquired by Epiphany in 2000), an advertising and collaborative selling solutions company; and a software development engineer in Oracle’s Application Server Group.
Eshwar serves as an advisor at Singularity University and Alchemist Accelerator and is a charter member of TiE Silicon Valley. He holds a MS in computer science from U.C. Berkeley, Management of Technology from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.Tech in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. He has authored several academic publications and holds six patents.
Head of Talent
Patrick leads SymphonyAI executive and strategic hiring, partnering with SymphonyAI portfolio companies on talent strategy and people practices. Before joining SymphonyAI, Patrick led inside sales and global sales strategy/operations for Findly, an HR technology start-up focused on optimizing hiring for Fortune 1000 companies. Findly, now Symphony Talent, was acquired by Symphony Technology Group. Previously, Patrick held sales and channel leadership positions at Salesforce and customer service company Desk.com and managed technical recruiting for Aerotek, an Allegis Group company.
Patrick graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Head of Business Development
Mike is head of business development for SymphonyAI. He is responsible for all aspects of deal origination and qualification. Before joining SymphonyAI, Mike was the head of corporate development for ESW Capital, a $2 billion private investment firm focused on enterprise software acquisitions. While at ESW Capital, Mike was responsible for the entire deal lifecycle and personally closed six transactions representing more than $145 million of equity in under two years.
Previously, Mike was a member of the business development team and led the technology efforts at OpenGate Capital. Mike began his career in private equity as an associate with Pegasus Capital Group.
Mike holds an MBA with a focus in finance and entrepreneurial management from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.
Mike is based in Los Angeles and can be reached at [email protected]
Office Manager and Executive Assistant
Jessica is the office manager and an executive assistant at SymphonyAI. She oversees day-to-day operations for the company and partners closely with finance, HR, and marketing. She supports the activities of the SymphonyAI partners.
Prior to SymphonyAI, Jessica held multiple office manager and administrative positions at Silicon Valley organizations including UC Davis Health, The Harker School, Ruckus Wireless, Harmonic Inc., and Omneon Inc.
Jessica holds a bachelor degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.
Carla has been the executive assistant to SymphonyAI Founder, Chairman, and CEO Dr. Romesh Wadhwani since SAI’s founding in 2017. For the previous 15 years, she was the executive assistant to Managing Partner Dr. Wadhwani at private equity fund Symphony Technology Group. Previously, she held CEO assistant roles at technology companies OnFiber Communications, Real Chip Communications, Rendition and robotic medical device company Intuitive Surgical. Earlier in her career, she spent 15 years at Mitsubishi Electronics in executive support roles. A Silicon Valley native, Carla attended Heald Business College.
Garoon Gibbs-Racho is a senior associate on the SymphonyAI investment team, responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing acquisitions, focusing mainly on financial technology and healthcare. Prior to joining SymphonyAI, Garoon was part of the corporate development team at MathWorks (2019) and DaVita (2016-2018). Prior to his corporate development roles, Garoon was an analyst at Financial Technology Partners, from 2014 to 2016, where he played a role in the execution of transactions totaling more than $5 billion and led research in payment processing, alternative lending, and insurtech.
Garoon holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, where he was a Dean’s Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Malik is an associate on the SymphonyAI investment team, focused on evaluating and executing acquisitions. Prior to joining SymphonyAI in 2021, Malik was an investment banking associate at GCA Advisors, where he worked on M&A transactions in the software, advertising technology, financial technology, and tech-enabled services sectors. Previously, Malik worked at Beacon Tree Capital LLC as an analyst and Cisco Systems Inc. in corporate development.
Malik holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College.
Head of Finance
As head of finance for SymphonyAI, Carl Hekkert is responsible for finance, IT, legal, human resources, compliance, and administrative functions. Carl drives transformational finance and people initiatives across the SymphonyAI portfolio and also assists with deal structuring and integration.
Before joining SymphonyAI, Carl held senior finance roles at software, AI and professional services companies, including Motorola Solutions, Vigilant Solutions, and Astreya Partners. Previously, Carl was the head of finance for SVB Financial Group’s corporate VC and warrant portfolios. Carl also served in finance leadership roles at Varian, Juniper Networks, Agilent Technologies, and HP.
Carl began his career at the Silicon Valley practice of Ernst & Young, where he earned his CPA designation, and in KPMG’s Risk Advisory Services group. Carl’s expertise includes technical accounting and SEC reporting for public and private technology companies, venture fund accounting, equity financings, acquisition due diligence, systems implementations, and human resource programs.
Carl holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in culture from Regent College Vancouver. Carl is an adjunct faculty member of William Jessup University’s MBA program.
Vice President of Products and M&A Diligence
Prashanth’s responsibilities at SymphonyAI straddle the investment and operating teams, including evaluating target acquisition product strengths and alignment with SymphonyAI’s mission. Post-acquisition, Prashanth works with the company’s leadership and go-to-market organizations to fashion a transformative AI-enabled product and value selling roadmap. Before joining SymphonyAI, Prashanth was the founder of AcumedAI LLC, a healthcare technology and advisory startup utilizing AI/ML capabilities in provider revenue cycle, patient activation, and engagement solutions.
Previously, Prashanth was vice president, healthcare product management at Symphony AyasdiAI, where he led the creation and go-to-market for a portfolio of intelligent healthcare applications built on Ayasdi’s one-of-a-kind machine intelligence platform. Symphony AyasdiAI’s healthcare solutions grew to account for 50% of revenue with deployments at marquee provider and payer institutions. Previously, Prashanth was senior director, health sciences product strategy at Oracle, leading the introduction of Oracle’s first organic and partner SaaS offerings for life sciences and healthcare enterprises.
Prashanth earned his bachelor of science and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on medical imaging from the University of Cincinnati.
Vice President of Product Marketing
Piet Loubser is the vice president of product marketing at SymphonyAI and chief marketing officer for Symphony CrescendoAI. As product marketing lead, Piet works with SymphonyAI’s portfolio companies on product marketing-related initiatives. As CMO for CrescendoAI, Piet is responsible for all aspects of marketing and demand generation to drive the adoption of the Crescendo Eureka AI platform.
Prior to joining SymphonyAI, Piet was the VP of strategic marketing at Alation where he worked closely with the executive leadership to drive corporate strategy. As part of his focus, Piet worked on delivering competitive strategies and market intelligence to help drive Alation’s accelerated growth. Before Alation, Piet was the SVP of marketing for Paxata (acquired by DataRobot), and before that, he held executive marketing roles at Informatica, HP, SAP, and Business Objects.
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Ishan is a results-oriented entrepreneur with the knowledge, expertise and track record to incubate, grow and transform businesses that focus on enterprise software, data and analytics.
As an operating partner, Ishan’s focus at SymphonyAI is incubation and acquisition opportunities across the operating group’s financial services and enterprise technology segments. Additionally, he plays interim C-level roles across the SymphonyAI portfolio companies.
Prior to SymphonyAI, Ishan was COO of CoreOne Technologies, a Symphony Technology Group portfolio company; which was exited to IHSMarkit. At Deutsche Bank, Ishan was the global head of analytics for the Electronic Trading Platform. Ishan started his career at CitiBank. Ishan has a dual MBA degree from Columbia Business School and London Business School.
Gabby is a recruiter for crucial executive and strategic roles at SymphonyAI. She partners with SymphonyAI portfolio companies on talent strategy and people practices, helping portfolio companies scale and develop best practices around talent growth, development, and organization. Gabby’s role at SymphonyAI builds on her considerable experience in agency, executive search, and internal recruiting for software and SaaS go-to-market. She most recently spent three years at WeWork partnering with the chief growth officer to scale the sales team globally. Prior, she specialized in executive recruiting at RSR Partners for chief HR officer and healthcare roles. Earlier in her career, Gabby was a recruiter at Betts Recruiting, helping early-stage Silicon Alley software companies scale revenue generation teams.
Gabby graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in global development studies.
Head of Marketing
Erica leads SymphonyAI marketing, working with Symphony AI portfolio companies to build awareness and create marketing programs that drive enterprise AI adoption across vertical industries.
Prior to joining SymphonyAI, Erica was senior director of marketing for C3.ai, where she led content and drove a number of other marketing functions, partnering closely with product and sales organizations. Prior to C3.ai, Erica was senior director of marketing for SunPower Corp., where she led marketing for SunPower’s commercial and utility solar businesses across the U.S, Europe, and Japan. Prior to SunPower, Erica was a director of marketing at Cisco Systems Inc., leading marketing for a variety of emerging technology products. She also held leadership corporate communications and analyst and public relations positions in Cisco’s service provider business.
Erica began her career as a journalist at PC Week (now eWeek), where she edited several news sections, wrote a column, spoke at industry events, and covered a variety of markets, including telecommunications, networking, enterprise software, storage, and enterprise video.
Erica holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and has completed executive MBA programs at Kellogg School of Management and Oxford University’s Said Business School.
Senior Investment Partner
Pradyut Shah is a senior investment partner at SymphonyAI
and oversees all investment and acquisition activity at the firm. He currently serves as a Director on the Boards of Symphony IndustrialAI, Symphony MediaAI and TeraRecon.
Pradyut was previously a Managing Director and founding member of Insignia Capital Group, a middle-market private equity firm where he served as a Director on the Boards of portfolio companies in the consumer sector. Prior to Insignia, he was a Vice President at Behrman Capital where he was significantly involved with a number of private equity investments from 2004 to 2011, including Athena Diagnostics, Brooks Equipment Company, Peacock Engineering Company, Pelican Products and WIL Research Laboratories. Prior to Behrman, Pradyut spent 3 years at Credit Suisse First Boston’s Technology Group.
He attended the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S.E. in Computer Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a B.S. in Economics with a major in Finance from the Wharton School of Business.
Vice President, Investment Team
Jimmy Sourbeer is a vice president on the SymphonyAI investment team. His responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating, and executing acquisitions. Jimmy was previously a vice president at Resurgens Technology Partners, a lower middle-market private equity firm focused on software and tech-enabled services businesses. Prior to Resurgens, Jimmy was a vice president at PGi, where he assisted in leading the execution of strategic investments, deploying over $175 million in four acquisitions. Prior to PGi, Jimmy was an associate at ICG, where he was involved in identifying and investing in software businesses. He began his career in investment banking.
Jimmy holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was a member of the Private Equity Fellows program, received the Robert H. Montgomery Prize in accounting, and graduated with Dean’s Honors.
Jimmy is based in Los Altos, CA, and can be reached at [email protected]
Senior Investment Analyst
Anusha is a senior investment analyst on the SymphonyAI investment team, responsible for evaluating new market opportunities across a variety of established and emerging technologies and industries. She brings her talents to successful acquisition and investment sourcing, diligence, and close.
Prior to joining SymphonyAI, Anusha was responsible for legal and policy research for the Equals Center for Promotion of Social Justice, focusing on advocacy and research projects for the rights of persons with disabilities in India. She was previously a caseworker at the Trinity Centre Cardiff Asylum Support Advocacy group, working on pro bono cases to help asylum seekers in the UK fight for necessities such as access to housing. Anusha has lived and worked in the United States, United Kingdom, Paris, and India.
Anusha holds a bachelor of law degree in law from Cardiff University.
Mark Tice is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience working in the commercial and federal software fields. Previously, in his role as vice president of global sales and customer success at Unison, he was focused on driving top-line growth and increasing customer satisfaction. Mark joined Unison (formerly Compusearch Software Systems) in 2015. Working with Unison’s management team, he drove growth through winning new clients and expanded the use of Unison’s products by existing customers. Mark was instrumental in successfully integrating acquired companies and driving sales across product lines.
Prior to joining Unison, Mark held executive positions for market leaders including Oracle, Sybase, and Business Objects as well as a number of startups. As CEO of two venture-backed startups, Mark led successful exits to NYSE-listed companies including Oracle. While he has spent most of his career in sales and general management roles, Mark began his career as a developer and has broad marketing experience.
Katie is a talent coordinator at SymphonyAI. Her charter is to help build successful teams at each SymphonyAI portfolio company. Previously, she was operations manager and administrator for the organization.
Prior to SymphonyAI, Katie held multiple operational and administrative positions at a variety of Silicon Valley technology companies, including Cisco Systems Inc. At the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), Katie helping promote proper planning and urban research in the Bay Area. She developed her dexterity for operations management by heading a corporate location for biohazard company Crime Scene Steri Clean featured on the A&E show Hoarders.
Katie holds a master’s degree in criminology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sonoma State University.
Vice President, Investment Team
Jason Williams is a SymphonyAI vice president, focused on executing acquisitions across several verticals. Prior to joining SymphonyAI in 2018, Jason worked as an investment professional at Golden Gate Capital and at The Gores Group, where he focused on investments in the industrial and technology sectors. Previously, he worked as a consultant in the Dallas office of the Boston Consulting Group, where he conducted numerous projects in the technology, media, and telecom industries.
Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology with a secondary degree in economics from Harvard College.
Charles Zedlewski is an operating partner at SymphonyAI focused on AI platform strategy and vertical solution delivery across the portfolio. Charles is an experienced general manager and product executive for leading software platform and applications companies. Most recently Charles was the general manager of strategic businesses and senior vice president of products at Cloudera. Charles led the creation and acquisition of all of Cloudera’s products, establishing the company as the category creator and market leader, growing from $0 to more than $700 million in ARR.
Before Cloudera, Charles held various technology and product leadership roles at SAP, BEA Systems, and venture-backed startups where he helped create several new products and businesses. Charles has been an investor and adviser to several successful B2B companies in data systems, open-source platforms, and AI applications.
Expertise and Impact
2020 run rate
Rapid Growth, Rapid Results
SymphonyAI has grown rapidly from a startup in 2017 to seven companies, using a unique operating model that combines AI-centric innovation with deep domain and process expertise in each vertical sector in which we operate.