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Wireless Charging Co. Chargifi adds Keerti Melkote to the Board and more

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Chargifi, one of the market leaders in the cloud management of wireless charging technology, announced this morning that several high-profile executives from across key industries joined the company.

Keerti Melkote, President and Co-Founder of Aruba Networks, joins as Chairman of the Board. James McNiven was hired as Chief Operating Officer and Ciaran Bradley as Chief Technology Officer. Furthermore, Nadeem Sheikh, Vice President of Autonomous Vehicle Programs at Lyft, joins as a Strategic Advisor.

Chargifi’s appointments shall support their approach to paving the way for wireless power to be as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi and further strengthen its leadership position in the commercial deployment of smart cloud-connected wireless charging. The global wireless charging market has an expected growth with a CAGR of 38.9% between 2018-2025* and it seems that Chargifi is set up well to participate in that growth being deployed by over 90 organisations in 21 countries and backed by leading technology investors including Intel Capital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise,Techstars, Accelerated Digital Ventures, firstminute capital, and R/GA Ventures.

Keerti Melkote 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.

His comment on joining Chargifi: “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. I look forward to working closely with the team as we do for power what Wi-Fi has done for connectivity”.

Chargifi’s new Strategic Adviser, Nadeem Sheikh, Vice President Autonomous Vehicle Programs at Lyft, brings significant experience in pioneering autonomous transport.

His comment on joining Chargifi: “Wireless charging is set to be instrumental in the shift toward safe and convenient power delivery as smart cities become more autonomous. 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”.

Chargifi uses the Qi wireless charging standard in its technology.

*Allied Market Research, August 2018.

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