Chargifi powers up management team after Belkin tie up
London-based mobile charging firm, Chargifi, has announced some key appointments to its leadership team, just weeks after the firm announced a collaboration deal with US consumer electronics giant, Belkin.
The president and founder of Aruba Networks, Keerti Melkote, has joined the board of the UK tech firm and Vice President of Autonomous Vehicle Programs at Lyft, Nadeem Sheikh, joins as a strategic advisor.
Chargifi has also appointed James McNiven as Chief Operating Officer, who joins from UK chip technology giant ARM, and Ciaran Bradley, who has worked with some of the world’s biggest telecoms firms, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, BT, and Vodafone Group.
The company said that these high-profile appointments come during a fundamental shift in the development of the wireless power market.
The aim is to strengthen Chargifi’s leadership position as the category-defining brand for the commercial deployment of smart cloud-connected wireless charging.
Chargifi says it wants to make wireless power as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi, and anticipates a compound growth rate of 38.9% in the global wireless charging market over the next six years.
The company said it was “thrilled to have Keerti Melkote join as Chairman of the Board, he 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”.
Melkote said the wireless charging market is at a juncture, and he hopes to be able to repeat his success in the WiFi sector.
“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”, he said.
“I look forward to working closely with the team as we do for power what Wi-Fi has done for connectivity”.