Board of Directors

Monish Suri
Monish SuriPartner, Prime Ventures
Monish is a Partner at Prime Ventures, which he joined in 2001. He brings over 20 years of international experience in sales, management and venture capital to Prime.

Based in the UK office, Monish currently serves on the board of directors of Intrinsic-ID, Palringo, Pulsic, ZappiStore, and ZeroLight. Previous investments include Cint, acquired by Nordic Capital.

Prior to Prime, Monish was with Northstream in Sweden, where he raised a venture fund. Before Northstream, Monish held various international positions in sales and management with Future Electronics.

Monish has an MBA from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Information Engineering from City University, London and a BE in Electronic Engineering from the University of Delhi.

Gitte Bedford
Gitte BedfordInvestment Principal of RBVC
Gitte Bedford is based in the Stuttgart office. She is involved in all stages of direct company as well as fund investments.

Gitte is an experienced professional with a strong financial background. She started her career in the Corporate Treasury department at Robert Bosch GmbH and most recently held positions as Director, Finance for Bosch’s Asia-Pacific operations in Shanghai and as Managing Director of Robert Bosch Finance Plc near London. She has had extensive exposure to all aspects of corporate finance and treasury as well as tax and legal issues, from setting up new companies to expanding businesses and acquisitions and joint ventures. Gitte holds a degree in Business Informatics from HTW Berlin and a Master of Science in Finance from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, U.K..

Peter G. Feist
Peter G. Feist
Peter G. Feist has over 30 years of semiconductor and EDA industry experience in the U.S. and Europe, and an exemplary track record in executive and strategic management. He served as president and CEO at OneSpin Solutions GmbH and was chief executive officer at SIGMA-C until its acquisition by Synopsys. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of PACT XPP Technologies AG, president and CEO of Chameleon Systems Inc. and vice president of worldwide marketing for QuickLogic Corp.

Peter also served four years as senior vice president of marketing at GateField Corp. until its acquisition by Actel Corp. Prior to that, he was responsible for business development in six European countries for Odeum Microsystems, a subsidiary of Hyundai’s Digital Media Division. Earlier in his career, he held a number of positions with LSI Logic Corp., including senior applications engineer, general manager for Central Europe, director of marketing, services and EDA tools for Europe and director of strategic marketing at LSI’s U.S. corporate headquarters. Peter started his career at MBB in Ottobrunn (Munich) as systems engineer and manager of the microelectronics design center.

Peter received his Dipl. Ing. in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E) from the University of Dortmund, Germany.

Atul Sinha
Atul Sinha
Atul Sinha has around 30 years of experience in semiconductors, computing, and telecom industry. He has worked in high-tech centres in California, Netherlands, and India. He has broad managerial experience and has managed companies, businesses, and research centres.

Atul co-founded Silicon Hive and served as its Chief Executive Officer from its foundation in 2003 until its acquisition by Intel in 2011. He defined and executed the strategy to build Silicon Hive as a global brand well-respected by the tier-one semiconductor, consumer, and mobile players. During his leadership a dynamic culture evolved across its centres of excellence in Tokyo, Seoul, Bangalore, Belgrade, Eindhoven, Helsinki, and San Jose. Following the acquisition, he successfully integrated the company and technology inside Intel leading to camera experience shown by Intel at MWC Barcelona 2013.

Prior to Silicon Hive, Atul was responsible for business development at Philips Research in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He started business development after 10 years of active research in multi-player gaming and VoIP at Philips Research Palo Alto, and on hybrid-fibre coax and fibre-to-the-home networks at Philips Research Eindhoven. Atul started his career at Centre for Development of Telematics – a technology licensing company – in Bangalore, India.

Jelto Kromwijk Smits (Board Observer)
Jelto Kromwijk Smits (Board Observer) Partner, Prime Technology Ventures
Jelto Kromwijk Smits joined Prime Ventures as a partner in 2009. His last position before joining Prime was that of Senior Vice President at Philips in charge of the Technology Incubator, which he established in 2002 at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The incubator was set up to institutionalize Philips’ efforts in creating high-potential, technology based ventures, with which Philips has been so successful in the past. During his leadership, a large number of companies were started and spun out, of which three became part of Prime’s portfolio: Silicon Hive, Civolution and amBX.

Until 2001, Jelto was manager of the Philips Corporate Strategy group at its headquarters in Amsterdam, in which capacity he contributed to the strategic turnaround of Philips as well as to a number of high-profile M&A projects. He moved there in 1994 after a technical career of 17 years in Philips Research where he was active in the development of break-through technologies in the domain of magnetic recording materials and devices.

Jelto obtained a PhD in Physics (cum laude) from the University of Groningen, complemented by executive business education at IMD, MCE and Harvard. At Prime Ventures, Jelto led the investments in Silicon Hive, Liquavista and IPDiA, portfolio companies that have all been exited to Intel, Samsung and Murata, respectively.