Posted on January 31, 2019 by staff

Aruba Networks founder joins Chargifi


A market leader in the cloud management of wireless charging technology has announced the addition of several high-profile executives from across key industries.

London-based Chargifi has introduced president and founder of Aruba Networks Keerti Melkote who joins the board, James McNiven as Chief Operating Officer and Ciaran Bradley as Chief Technology Officer.

In addition, the vice president of autonomous vehicle programs at Lyft, Nadeem Sheikh, joins as a strategic advisor.

Melkote comes with a distinguished career having founded Aruba Networks in 2002 where he pioneered cloud managed Wi-Fi on a global scale, with Aruba being acquired by HPE in 2015 for $3 billion.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining Chargifi, we’re at an inflexion point in the wireless charging market that shares many of the same scaling opportunities as the early days of Wi-Fi,” said Melkote.

James McNiven is the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer. He will support the large-scale commercial deployments of Chargifi’s smart wireless charging technology internationally.

Prior to Chargifi, James spent 17 years at Arm, as SVP of strategy and vice president and general manager of the CPU and GPU groups where he oversaw more than $1 billion of annual revenue and over 1000 employees across the Cortex and Mali product lines.

“Forward-thinking brands are now adopting this smart technology, using unique insights from behavioral data to further enhance customer experience. The combination of technology, our partners and team uniquely position Chargifi for rapid growth in this exciting market,” said McNiven.

Ciaran Bradley has joined as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to lead the product and engineering.

His career includes leading the technical development and commercial launch of a number of very successful cybersecurity products, using Big Data and Machine Learning, for global telecoms operators such as AT&T, T-Mobile, BT, and Vodafone Group. Ciaran previously founded Sentry Wireless who were acquired by AdaptiveMobile.

Nadeem Sheikh, vice president, Autonomous Vehicle Programs at Lyft joins as strategic advisor, bringing significant experience in pioneering autonomous transport as it has come of age in recent times, and before Lyft was SVP at Opower – a revolutionary business in the energy sector which was acquired by Oracle.

“Chargifi has innovated its technology platform to underpin the wireless charging infrastructure of the future, and is poised to become a leader in energy delivery,” said Sheikh.