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The Guardhat GENESIS

“A new way of seeing things that couldn’t be seen before, empowering the workforce to make better decisions—the ones that save lives, improve response times and tactics, and increase productivity. All in all, it is the world’s first and only comprehensive system of its kind. And while years ahead, this is just the beginning of Guardhat’s technology revolution.”

The original idea behind Guardhat was forged in 2014, at a blast furnace melting iron at 3,000ºF, in Detroit. We were wearing the same hardhats as everyone else and knew there had to be a better way for a safer workplace; Thus, we began our pioneering journey for transforming worker’s safety and workplace productivity.

Our real-life hands-on experience led us to develop the breakthrough Guardhat hardhat—with industrial sensors, advanced positioning technology, comprehensive communications, and inbuilt smarts—all for achieving a simple goal: keeping the brave men and women in the workplace safe and productive in every shift, every day.

This was quickly followed by our hyper-accurate and dependable RTLS geolocation system that works beyond GPS, and more importantly, works in challenging industrial environments. And ultimately, we developed Kyra: our marquee Industrial IoT platform that forever changes how data is collected, analyzed, and used in real-world industrial workplaces.

Along the way, our products expanded to include new hardware, software apps, partner wearables, and systems integrations, continually expanding the ecosystem of solutions for the customers that matter the most: the frontline workers.

Our Mission

To safeguard your people, your business and your bottom line.

Deep in the isolation of a coal mine 300 feet below the ground. Adrift on a desolate rig 125 miles off shore. Just down the block in a bustling warehouse. Guardhat tirelessly pioneers to keep those who put their lives on the line every day reliably connected, safe and productive. Which in turn keeps your business safe and reduces costs associated with mishaps and other critical industrial events. We do it by developing solutions that are unique, intelligent and ahead of their time. And by never forgetting the value of what’s at stake.

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Meet Our Team: Many Hats, A Force Of One.

We are miners, technologists, steelmakers and engineers. We are passionate dreamers. Innovators. And explorers. But above all, we are the ones who gained firsthand experience with industrial issues in the workforce. So we know what the workers and operators go through, and we decided to do something about it. Our combined knowledge and skills enable us to create groundbreaking, high-tech systems that improve productivity and save lives in industrial workplaces around the world. This is who we are. This is what we do.

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Saikat Dey

Co-Founder & CEO

Saikat Dey is the co-founder and CEO of Guardhat, a multi-product, feature-packed intelligent safety system that integrates cutting edge wearable technology and advanced proprietary software into the traditional hard hat. ...Guardhat develops intelligent hard hats and wearables that continually monitor a user’s safety, health and work environment to alert them and notify others of potential hazards. Prior to Guardhat, Dey served as the CEO of Severstal North America, a global metals and mining company. During his tenure, Severstal North America employed 2,500 workers and generated revenues of approximately USD $4 billion per year. Dey led the successful divestiture of these assets in September 2014 to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for USD $2.3 billion. Preceding Dey’s arrival at Severstal, he served as an Associate Principal in the Global Energy and Materials practice of McKinsey & Company. He is recognized as a thought leader on investment strategies, commercial optimization and operational improvement within the metals and mining industries. Dey co-authored the book, “Uncommoditized,” an unconventional look at the way commodities markets work in today’s economy. He holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and an undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. Show More

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Mikhail Zhavoronkov

Co-Founder & CFO

Mikhail is the Chief Financial Officer and a co-founder. Prior to co-founding Guardhat in October of 2014, Mikhail worked as VP or Productions Planning, Pricing and Logistics at Severstal. Mikhail spent 15 years with Severstal ... in both its Russian and North American divisions. During his career in the steel industry, Mikhail was involved in several major M&A and joint venture projects, and he held leadership positions in strategy, finance, IT functions. Mikhail graduated from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University. He holds a MBA with high honors from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. Show More

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Anupam Sengupta

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Anupam is Guardhat’s CPO and a co-founder. He leads the product management and pre-sales function at Guardhat. He has over twenty years of global experience in architecting, designing, and implementing large-scale ... IT and Software systems and in technology consulting. Before co-founding Guardhat, Anupam served as the CIO of Severstal North America, a subsidiary of OAO Severstal, a global metals and mining company. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. Show More

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Senni Perumal

Co-Founder & Vice President Firmware Development

Senni Perumal is a co-founder of Guardhat and serves as the solution architect. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the networking, communications, signal processing, wearable and IT industry, he oversees. ...Prior to Guardhat, Senni was a Product Architect at Akamai Networks developing core infrastructure products that support Akamai’s global content delivery network. Before joining Akamai, Senni worked as a Network Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies, as a Faculty Research Assistant at the Maryland Hybrid Networks Center, and contracted for Naval Research Laboratories while working as a Senior Engineer at AIMS Inc. Senni has a bachelors degree in Electronics engineering from IIT Madras and a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Show More

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Rony Roychoudhury

COO

Rony is the COO at Guardhat and has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the entire portfolio of the Company’s offerings. Rony oversees the key functions of engineering and business enablement. Prior to Guardhat Rony was the COO ...at Codifyd where he repositioned and turned around a business, hiring key leaders, standing up new development centers, introducing new products and driving record revenue and profitability. Preceding Codifyd Rony spent 11 years with a NTT DATA where he had an opportunity to lead technology practices, industry verticals and markets. In his last role at NTT DATA Rony served as SVP and leader of the Manufacturing, Media and Telecom sectors which became the fastest growing sectors at NTT during his tenure both from a revenue and profitability perspective. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy & Financial Management from the University of Kolkata. Show More

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Basman Dahleh

Senior Vice President of Engineering

Basman Dahleh serves as the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Guardhat where he is responsible for the delivery of integrated wearable devices and the software ecosystem to manage the productivity and safety of workers in various harsh environments. ... Prior to joining Guardhat, Dahleh served at Federal Signal, Cambium Networks and Motorola where he was responsible for the delivery of public safety systems, wireless devices and outdoor wireless communication systems. He holds multiple patents related to wireless devices and communication systems. Basman Dahleh received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Show More

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Kaushik Sarkar

Vice President and Global Sales & Marketing Leader

As Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Kaushik Sarkar spearheads the company’s new client acquisition, customer expansion strategies, marketing, alliance and the partner ecosystem. Kaushik brings to the position a successful track record of more ...than 17 years that includes leadership positions and recognized sales achievements. Kaushik also specializes in forming strategic alliances and programs that add value to the customer relationships. Prior to joining Guardhat, Kaushik has worked with leading global IT systems integrators like HCL and NTT DATA, where he nurtured key relationships, developed new logos and engendered strategic partnerships that led to significant revenue growth. Kaushik holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business. Show More

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Som Mondal

Vice President of Software Engineering

Som Mondal is the VP of Software Engineering at Guardhat and is responsible for advancing Guardhat's state-of-the art IOT platform. Prior to joining Guardhat, Som was the Chief Delivery Officer at Codifyd. ...He holds a Masters in Computer Engineering from Michigan Technology University and a PhD in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University, and brings a wealth of experience in multiple verticals including finance, telecom and multimedia. Show More

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Steven Friedman

Vice President Hardware Engineering & Product Design

Steven Friedman is the Vice President of Hardware Engineering & Product Design at Guardhat, where he is ultimately responsible for the mechanical, electrical, and industrial designs of all hardware products. Steven has been a core member of the Guardhat family since 2016. ...Prior to Guardhat, Steven was the Associate Director of Mechanical Engineering at Frog Design, a world-class international design studio. Steven holds a BS in mathematics from New York University, a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and studied industrial design at Academy of Art University. Steven resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters. Show More

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Rakesh Panda

Vice President Solutions & Services

As head of Solutions and Services, Rakesh Panda will lead development of Connected Worker solutions for industry verticals and build the partner ecosystem for Deployments, Systems Integration, Technical Support and Operations. Rakesh brings more than 20 years ...of leadership experience in Solution Architecture, Software Engineering, Supply Chain and Software Monetization in High-Tech companies and startups. Before Guardhat, Rakesh was the Head of Engineering and CTO for Ramp Digital (acquired by Kontakt.io), leading architecture and development of Solutions for Connected Factory Workers, Connected Clinical Trials, Connected Medical Devices, Restaurant Food Safety and Remote Condition Monitoring. Prior to his Startup experience, Rakesh led the Solution Architecture for Cisco’s Software Licensing and Entitlement Management applications enabling more than $10 B of software revenue across all Cisco product lines. Prior to Cisco, Rakesh led business transformation programs and large Hi-Tech accounts for Infosys, driving revenue growth and expansion of high-value services portfolio. Rakesh has a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. Show More

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Vidya Pourassamy

Senior Director Program Management

Vidya Pourassamy is the Senior Director of Program Management at Guardhat, where she orchestrates programs across hardware, firmware and software tracks. Vidya has been a part of the Guardhat family since 2019....Before joining Guardhat, Vidya worked with Hewlett-Packard as a technical lead and has 10 years’ experience in system software engineering. She holds a master’s degree in business administration in Marketing & Management from Wayne State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Show More

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ENERGY

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METALS

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