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Jay Chandan

Jay Chandan

Chairman & CEO

Jay Chandan is Chairman of the Board & CEO of Gorilla Technology Group.

Jay has been the Chairman of Global SPAC Partners Co., a blank check company which completed a $168 million IPO in April 2021, and which announced in December 2021, its intention to merge with Gorilla.

Since 2019, Jay has been the Founder & Managing Partner of KASS Capital, an investment advisory firm that invests globally in the technology industry and provide alternative liquidity solutions to equity investors, debt holders, founders and management teams. Since 2017, Jay has also been the Co-Founder and a Partner of Shackleton-Victoria, an investment firm which led the firm’s investment in FinLeap, a financial technology accelerator and incubator. Since 2014, Jay has also been the Co-Founder and a Director of Mathern Ltd., an investment firm focused on investing in UK companies. From 2010 to 2012, Jay was a Co-Founder and Partner at Cortis Capital LLP, a transformation and project management firm focused on global mergers & acquisitions, where he worked on the Minna Airport City, an urban regeneration project in Nigeria.

From 2007 to 2008, Jay served as the CEO of Invensis (UK) Ltd., a business process outsourcing company. From 2005 to 2007, Jay served as Director of Business Development of EXLservice (UK) Ltd., a data analytics company that is now publicly traded on the Nasdaq with approximately $1 billion in revenues and approximately $3 billion in market cap. From 2004 to 2005, Jay served as Director of Sales & Strategic Accounts at Exevo (UK) Ltd., a global market research & outsourcing firm, that was later acquired by Copal Partners and is now part of Moody’s Corporation. From 1995 to 2004, Jay served as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of NPL, an IT services business in Southeast Asia. Jay serves as an Advisory Board Member of ConsolFreight LLC, a Fintech FreightTech ecosystem.

In his spare time, he continues to pursue his passion of Rock Music, Dance and Hiking across the world. Jay graduated from Madras University, India, with an Engineering Degree, majoring in Computer Sciences.


Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly

Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly

Independent Director

The Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly is an Independent Director for Gorilla Technology.

Since November 2021, Ms. Kelly has been non-executive Chair of Thames Freeport, a private-sector led, UK government sponsored regeneration initiative, north of the Thames Estuary. Since September 2020, Ms. Kelly has been a member of the Vatican’s Council for the Economy, which oversees the Holy See’s finances.

Since April 2019, Ms. Kelly has also been a non-executive Director of Heathrow Airport and a member of the airport’s Audit and Finance committees. From April 2016 to March 2019, Ms. Kelly served as a non-executive director of the Financial Conduct Authority, the regulator of the conduct of financial services in the UK; throughout that time, she also served as Chair of the regulator’s Audit Committee and member of its Risk Committee.

Between October 2011 and July 2017, Ms. Kelly was a non-executive director of National Grid, one of the world’s largest publicly listed utilities focused on transmission and distribution of electricity and gas across the UK and US, serving on its finance, audit and nomination committees. From September 2015 to August 2019, Ms. Kelly served as Pro Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, overseeing the development, enterprise and research agendas.

From May 2010-August 2015, Ms. Kelly worked as a Managing Director at HSBC Bank, during which time she became Global Head of Client Strategy in HSBC Global Asset Management, overseeing global marketing and managing global relationships across the banking group.

From May 1997 to April 2010, Ms. Kelly was a UK politician, serving in various ministerial capacities including as Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Minister of State in the Cabinet Office, Secretary of State for Education, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Secretary of State for Transport.

From September 1994 to April 1997, Ms. Kelly worked as an economist at the Bank of England. From August 1990 to September 1994, Ms. Kelly was an economics journalist on The Guardian newspaper. In 1992, Ms. Kelly received a Masters of Science from the London School of Economics. Ms. Kelly graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford, in 1989 in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.


Tomoyuki Nii

Tomoyuki Nii

Independent Director

Tomoyuki Nii is currently an Independent Director for Gorilla Technology.

Mr. Nii has been the Executive Officer of SBI Investment Co., Ltd (formerly Softbank Investment) since 2018 and has been responsible for overseas investments by the company’s funds. Between 2016 and 2018, Mr. Nii was the General Manager of SBI Investment Co., Ltd mainly investing in Europe.

Mr. Nii graduated from the Keio University, Japan with a degree in Law and received a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Finance, Venture Finance, Risk Analysis from the Waseda Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law, Tokyo.


Yoichiro Hirano

Yoichiro Hirano

Independent Director

Yoichiro Hirano is currently an Independent Director for Gorilla Technology.

Mr. Hirano is the founder of Asteria Corporation (TSE:3853) and has been the Chief Executive Officer since 1998. He also serves as a director and Chairman of the Board of the company.

Mr. Hirano has over thirty years of experience in the software industry, beginning in 1998 when he founded the Infoteria Corporation, the predecessor to Asteria. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Graduate School of Social Informatics from 2008 to 2011.

Prior to founding Asteria, he led the Marketing and Strategic Planning team for ten years at Lotus Development Corporation, which was acquired by IBM.

Mr. Hirano attended Kumamoto University where he studied Applied Chemistry.


Gregg Walker

Gregg Walker

Independent Director

Gregg Walker is currently an Independent Director for Gorilla Technology.

Mr. Walker joined Muller & Monroe Asset Management as a Partner and Managing Director in July 2021 and leads the co-investment efforts of the firm as well as the firm’s New York City office. Mr. Walker founded G.A. Walker, LLC in July 2016 when he left his position as the Senior Vice President for Corporate Development at Sony Corporation of America (Sony), a position he had held since March 2009, and he has been the Managing Member of G.A. Walker, LLC since its inception.

Mr. Walker is currently a member of the Board of Vewd Software A/S and of Blue Whale Acquisition Corp I (a SPAC sponsored by Mubadala Capital). While serving as the Managing Member of G.A. Walker, LLC, Mr. Walker also served as the President and COO of Remarkable, LLC, a live entertainment company based in New York City, from 2017 until January 2021. When Remarkable, LLC invested in the Big Apple Circus in 2017, Mr. Walker added the role of CEO of the Big Apple Circus to his list of responsibilities and served as the CEO of the Big Apple Circus until January 2021. During Mr. Walker’s tenure as CEO, the Big Apple Circus achieved record levels of revenues.

At Sony, Mr. Walker worked across all of Sony’s business units including PlayStation, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, and Sony Electronics, and Mr. Walker had helped lead many major transactions and strategic efforts, including Sony’s purchase of the 50% of Sony/ATV Music Publishing previously owned by the Michael Jackson Estate. Mr. Walker served on the Board of Directors of movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as well as on the Boards of EMI Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. In 2010, he was chosen by Crain’s New York Business as one of New York City’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Prior to joining Sony, Mr. Walker was Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Viacom for three years. Before, Viacom, Mr. Walker was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking division. Mr. Walker was at Goldman Sachs for nearly a decade.

Mr. Walker earned an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree from Yale Law School. In 2012, Mr. Walker was honored by Washington University as one of six alumni to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award, and Washington University honored him again in 2016 with the Alumnus of the Year Award for the New York City metro area.

Mr. Walker is the former President of the Levitt Foundation, the former Chairman of the Harlem YMCA (where his leadership resulted in the Harlem YMCA achieving the Transformational Leadership Award from the YMCA of New York City — an award that had only ever been awarded once before), and a member of the Board of Harlem RBI (now called “Dream”).


Executive Team

Dr. Raj Natarajan

Dr. Raj Natarajan

Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Raj Natarajan is Gorilla Technology’s current Chief Innovation Officer.

From 2005-2022 Raj has led multiple efforts inside of Microsoft in various roles ranging from Engineering to Product Management. His former position of Senior Director of Product Management he developed a new product portfolio within Dynamics focused on helping contact centers realize their Digital Transformation goals. Prior to this he has built and managed various products like Data Analytics for Windows Phone, Microsoft Push Notification Service, Windows Media enablement for Streaming and mobile Digital Rights Management, Zune to name of few.  

 

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2005, Raj ran the professional services division at Loudeye Corporation where in he oversaw the commercialization of Loudeye’s B2B music and video infrastructure, launching notable music stores like O2 Germany, MSN Music, Wurlitzer Jukebox etc. Much of his work there translated into the foundation for Nokia’s own music service infrastructure.  

 

From 2004 and 2005 Raj served as the VP of Mobile solutions at Vidiator Technologies a fully owned subsidiary of Hutchison.  He helped create industry leading solutions for video streaming based on H.264 with dynamic bandwidth adaptation which powered the network operators 3’s core multimedia delivery system across Europe. He also launched services in HK and UK based on real-time 3D rendering for mobile delivering news snippets and horoscopes on 3’s platform.  

From 2001 to 2004, Raj was instrumental in setting up and running engineering for LockStream Corporation who specialized in Digital Rights Management for mobile multimedia devices. He helped create a Content Management system that was central to rights protecting content and delivering the requisite content and licenses to mobile devices on the fly. This was accompanied by SDK’s and applications that were developed and embedded into Motorola devices and Ti Chipsets. Commercialization of this technology was witnessed by Emma.FM and widely deployed across the network operator 3’s European subsidiaries.  

 

Raj is an alumnus of Seattle University where in he completed his Management of Business Administration (2010) and his Doctoral dissertation in Education and Leadership (2018).  Raj serves as an Adjunct Faculty at Seattle University’s Albers School of Management since 2016, teaching Information Systems, Advanced Python Programming for Data Analytics and courses on Teams Creativity and Decision Making. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (1995) from the University of Madras in Computer Science.


Daphne Huang

Daphne Huang

Chief Financial Officer

Daphne Huang has served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company since July 2022.

Ms. Huang has over 20 years of senior executive experience in finance within which more than ten years as a Chief Financial Officer for global manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and technology sector companies. Ms. Huang most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Go-For Industries Inc., a technology platform-based logistics company, and prior to that, as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., a NYSE listed global pharmaceutical company.

Prior to her career as a CFO, Ms. Huang held positions of increasing responsibilities in the financial service and debt capital markets sectors working for such companies as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, FleetBoston, GE Capital and HSBC.


Hee-Won Choi

Hee-Won Choi

Global Head of HR & People

Hee-Won Choi is Gorilla Technology’s Global Head of HR & People.

Hee-Won has more than 14 years of extensive HR experience committing to both in-house and outsourcing specializations of global organizations. She has accumulated living & working experience and cultural understanding of Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United Kingdom gaining regional human resource, legal and payroll knowledge of more than 14 APAC countries.

Previously Hee-Won held the role of HR Operations Director for Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and joint venture entities in China for a global insurance market leader Manulife, where she built a team from scratch and handled payroll system transformation, process improvement and optimization, new entity setup, contact center management and other projects collaborating with various business functions. Prior to that, she held progressive HR related roles at ADP, Illumina, Telstra and TMF.


Max Lin

Max Lin

General Manager, Taiwan

Max is Gorilla Technology’s General Manager of Taiwan.

Max has more than 18 years of extensive experience in the technology sector with startups, SMEs, and global companies. Based in Taipei, Max has a deep understanding of the Taiwanese market and has extensive experience working with multinational teams to expand businesses regionally and globally.

Previously, Max held the role of Sales Director Asia at 7Sensing Software, a European startup focused on computer vision and audio solutions. At 7Sensing, Max was responsible for building and managing Asia business development, sales, and application engineering teams in Taipei and Shenzhen. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Sales at CyWee Motion, a leading provider of motion algorithms and solutions for smartphones, wearables, and IoT products. His other notable employment positions were at IBM, Acer, and Xplova.

Beyond his technical and functional experience, Max has a history in building, growing and optimizing teams, raising funds, identifying and working on acquisition opportunities as well as building strategic relationships. He has completed his BA and MS in Engineering from National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) and holds an MBA from Babson Graduate School (US).


Alan Luo

Alan Luo

VP of Engineering and Product Development

Alan is Gorilla’s current VP of Engineering and Product Development.

He has been with Gorilla since 2003 and in 2019, he became the Chief Technology Officer. From 2011 to 2019, he served as Vice President of Security Convergence.

Prior to his roles at Gorilla, he was the Supervisor Software Engineer of Trend Management Infrastructure.

Mr. Luo graduated from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree. He also continued at National Chiao Tung University and graduated with a Masters of Computer Sciencep.


Felix Song

Felix Song

VP of Customer Success

Felix Song is the current VP of Customer Success for Gorilla Technology.

Mr. Song has been working at Gorilla since 2003 and in 2019 he became the company’s Chief Solutions Officer. From 2011 to 2019, Mr. Song served as Vice President of the Broadcasting Solutions and Services Dept. and from 2009 to 2011, he served as the same unit’s Director. Prior to 2009, he served in various roles at Gorilla.

Mr. Song graduated from the National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree and received his Master of Science in Computer Science Group of Electrical Engineering from the National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan.


Patty Wang

Patty Wang

General Legal Counsel, Taiwan

Patty Wang is General Legal Counsel for Gorilla Technology.

Ms. Wang joined Gorilla at the beginning of 2022 as Legal Director and became General Legal Counsel after the company went public on NASDAQ. Patty also played a role as the Secretary for the Board of Directors.

Ms. Wang has held positions in several listed companies in Taiwan, such as the Legal Head for Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd and the Senior Legal Specialist for AcBel Polytech Inc. She has enjoyed working as an In-House Counsel over the years and is very excited to be a main team member for a NASDAQ listed company.

Ms. Wang received a bachelor’s degree in Law at Soochow University in Taiwan and then went abroad for advanced studies at California State University, receiving an MA degree, LA and LL.M from Whittier Law School.


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