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Introducing SousZen

See how Xinova partners with PepsiCo and Innit to launch the new Seattle restaurant tech startup, SousZen, that aims to digitize ‘back of house’.

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Innovation Opportunities

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Sridhar Divakaruni

Vice President of Business Development

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I consider myself to be extraordinarily fortunate. Born and raised in India, I got a ringside view and appreciation for ingenuity and innovation. People with so little, yet being remarkably resourceful in getting by. With ten siblings, all of whom became engineers or physicians, STEM was in my blood.

I was fascinated by the concept of being able to structure materials based on desired properties and so studied Materials Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. With Silicon Valley booming in the eighties and the breakneck pace of innovation driven by Moore’s Law, it was inevitable that I would be drawn to do my Graduate studies in Microelectronics and eventually work for IBM.

As IBM transformed from a hardware company to a software based services company, I had the privilege of learning all aspects of innovation in hardware and software across multiple industry verticals. The Services business and the internet taught me that innovation happens in business models and strategy, not just in products or technology. This served me well as I moved to United Technologies to help monetize their vast portfolio of Intellectual Property.

The one constant in this humbling ride has been a reaffirmation, time and again, that the best ideas emerge from discussion and debate between individuals from diverse disciplines. Which explains why I am excited to now be a part of Xinova’s team!

Our Team

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Yong Sung Kim

Chairman APAC

Jason Huemer

Chief Operating Officer

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Sridhar Divakaruni

Vice President of Business Development

Ernst Stottinger

Partner | Innovation Programs

Rob Dhat

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Innovation Services

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation & Commercialization Development Director

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Masanobu Katoh

President of Xinova Japan

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Paul Levins


Ernst Stottinger

Partner | Innovation Programs

Mai Huong Tran


Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

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