Sanjay Jha, the former CEO of Motorola Mobility and among the top 10 Indian CEOs to rule the global technology space, has made some investments in Indian technology firm Smartron, the company that was backed by ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Besides, Jha also joined the board of directors of the company that claims itself to be India’s truly global technology firm.
The company, however, did not disclose the amount of investment made by Jha.
Smartron said Sanjay will be an independent director with the company and with his wealth of experience and knowledge in semiconductor and mobile industries, he will serve as a mentor & strategic advisor to strengthen Smartron’s operational excellence and global expansion road map.
Jha and Smartron founder Mahesh Lingareddy are old friends.
“With Sanjay’s broad industry experience and hugely successful track record, we are confident of accelerated growth of Smartron and achieve its vision of building India’s first global OEM brand that can rival global brands. With him being on the board of Smartron, we continue our strong relationship with Sanjay, as earlier he was the Chairman of Soft Machines Inc., a fabless semiconductor company developing innovative CPUs and SoCs Co-founded by me. Together, we built and led Soft Machines Inc a successful acquisition by a large semiconductor company for well over US$300 million,” said Mahesh Lingareddy, founder and Chairman of Smartron.
Sanjay is currently the Chief Executive Officer of GlobalFoundries, world’s second largest semiconductor manufacturing company, which he joined in 2014. He has a successful track record of senior executive experience as the CEO and Chairman of Motorola Mobility and EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Qualcomm.
On his joining the Board of Directors with Smartron, Sanjay Jha said, “I am very excited by Smartron’s founding vision and roadmap and its emphasis on seamless experiences through tronx IoT platform. There are huge opportunities Smartron can address in consumer, enterprise, industrial and infrastructure markets with tight integration of devices, sensors, and services and by innovating and investing in disruptive IoT and AI technologies. Smartron has the right vision, passionate team, and a strong foundation. I am looking forward to helping home grown Smartron into a leading global brand.”
Prior to GlobalFoundries, Sanjay was the CEO and Chairman of Motorola Mobility, which comprised Mobile Devices, Home Businesses and Motorola Mobility Ventures. It was under his leadership that Google acquired Motorola Mobility for US$12.5 billion in 2012.
Sanjay was with Qualcomm for over 14 years, and in 2006 he became their Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Earlier, he had served as the President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies and also led the formation of Qualcomm Technologies & Ventures.