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CME is advised by luminaries in the defense, business, and legal domains. CME’s advisory board takes an active role in guiding CME’s efforts and in opening doors for CME with prospective customers and with potential partners.

Board of Advisors

Anand M. Das - Founder, Subject Matter Expert  background

General Leon E. Salomon - US Army (Retired) background
Dr. Christopher Gopal - Partner, Deloitte Consulting background
Tim Harrington - Vice President of Product strategy, WhereNet background
Professor David Luckham - Professor Emeritus, Stanford University background
Arjun Malhotra - Chairman and CEO, HeadStrong Inc. background
Chris Farmer - Venture Capitalist, Bessemer Venture Partners background

Michael J. Danaher - Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati background

Board of Advisors Background

Anand M. Das

Founder, Subject Matter Expert

Anand founded Commerce Events in 2001 and pioneered the application of RFID and wireless computing to power the adaptive enterprise.  He has over twenty years of experience in executive management and enterprise architecture for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the commercial sector.  Anand formulated the product strategy for AdaptLink™, the pioneer RFID data management platform, and led successful enterprise wide deployments including a multi-site rollout in the Air Force supply chain.  He is a founding member of EPCglobal, INCITS T20 RTLS committee and co-author of three books on RFID.

Previously he was Vice President with SAIC where he led the RFID practice across industry verticals and completed global rollouts in America, Asia, Europe and South Africa.  He served as the corporate contact for VeriSign and played a key role in shaping the EPCglobal Network for federal and commercial corporations.  Earlier, he was senior executive at BEA Systems where he introduced bestselling infrastructure software products for business process management and the semantic web.  He has been a significant contributor to ebXML and RosettaNet standard committees and was the driving force behind the early adoption of SOA and cloud computing.  Anand has held senior management positions at Vitria, Tibco, Adept, Autodesk and Intergraph. 

Anand has Bachelor of Technology (Honors) from IIT Kharagpur and Master of Science from Columbia University with specialization in computer integrated manufacturing.  He served as the past chairman of NVTC’s ebusiness committee and is an active member of AFCEA. 

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General Leon E. Salomon

US Army (Retired)

General Salomon has an unparalleled record of success in both military and civilian life. He is uniquely suited to advise Commerce Events due to his Supply Chain and Logistics expertise. He was most recently the Senior Vice President for Procurement at Rubbemaid Inc. Prior to his retirement from the military, General Salomon was Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command and Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of the Army. He is only the second Ordnance officer in the Army’s history to earn a fourth star.

He sits on the boards of several corporations and the Army Science Board, is the Honorary Colonel of the Ordnance Corps, and is a Senior Fellow of the Association of the United States Army. His military education includes the Chemical Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Florida, he has a Master of Science degree in Management Logistics from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.



Christopher Gopal, Ph.D

Partner, Deloitte Consulting / Former VP Operations Strategy, Dell

Dr. Chris Gopal has over 30 years of experience in supply chain & operations management strategy and execution, product development and information technology in the global arena. His experience encompasses line management, consulting and academia. He has worked for, and consulted to, several leading global companies in the high technology/electronics, communications, and consumer products industries.  Senior management positions have included Director of Global Supply Chain services and consulting for Ernst & Young Consulting, one of the largest global professional services firms, and Vice President in Worldwide Operations for Dell Computer, a leading global computer manufacturer, as well as senior positions in Unisys and SAIC.  He has served as an advisor to leading–edge technology companies in the fields of Supply Chain Management.

Recognized as a global thought leader in Supply Chain Management and technology, he is the co-author of three books, the latest being “Supercharging Supply Chains:  Creating Shareholder Value through Operations Excellence” John Wiley & Sons;  (now published in Japanese), has authored several articles and has spoken at leading conferences and forums. Most recently, he was an invited panel member at the Harvard Business Review Supply Chain Forum results published in the June 2003 HBR issue), and at the Milken Institute Forum on Business and Risk.  Chris holds a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Southern California, an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, UK, and a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Bangalore University, India. 


Tim Harrington


Vice President of Product Strategy

With over 20 years of wireless and RFID industry experience, Tim is eminently prepared to advise CME. Harrington has been a member of the WhereNet management team for five years. Before joining WhereNet, he spent 15 years at Symbol Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of wireless transaction-processing systems. During his 20-year career, he has directed the development and marketing strategies for many leading-edge technologies, including handheld scanners, terminals, and 802.11 wireless LANs. As Chairman of the Real Time Locations Systems Committee of AIM, Tim leads key industry initiatives, including education and promotion of RTLS technologies in supply chain markets. A hardware and software engineer, Harrington holds multiple patents in barcode scanning and RF locating technologies. He has written tens of articles on these technologies and their applications, and is a frequent presenter at conferences such as Frontline Solutions, Comdex, and InterOp/Networld.



Dr. David Luckham

Professor Emeritus

Stanford University

Prof. Luckham has held faculty positions at eight major universities in Europe and the United States, including Harvard, Stanford, and UCLA. He has been an invited lecturer, keynote speaker, panelist, and USA delegate at many international conferences and congresses. Currently, he is a member of the Computer Systems Laboratory at Stanford University and directs the Program Analysis and Verification Project. He is one of the founders of Rational Software, Inc. and was the CTO for Event Patterns.

An acknowledged leader in high-level, multiprocessing programming languages, annotation languages, and event-based simulation systems for both hardware and software architectures, Dr. Luckham has served on review committees for the DoD Ada Language design competition and was a Distinguished Reviewer on the DoD Ada9X design project. He was a member of the TRW Independent Assessment Team tasked with reviewing the FAA's Advanced Automation System for the FAA. Dr. Luckham has published more than one hundred technical articles, two of them winning ACM/IEEE Best Paper Awards. He is also the author of three books on the design of Specification Languages.

Arjun Malhotra


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Malhotra serves as Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of Headstrong's Board of Directors. Prior to Headstrong, he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of TechSpan, which merged with Headstrong in November 2003.

Mr. Malhotra brought a long string of entrepreneurial successes to Headstrong. He founded and built HCL Technologies from a six-person "garage operation" in 1975 to one of India's largest Information Technology corporations. He took over the US Operations of the group in 1989 and grew it to nearly $100 million annual revenues. In 1992, he ran the HCL-HP joint venture in India. In 1996, he set up and ran the joint venture with Deluxe Corporation. He also consolidated and grew the HCL Australasia operations in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. In late 1998, Mr. Malhotra founded TechSpan with funding from Goldman Sachs and Walden International.

Mr. Malhotra did his schooling from The Doon School, Dehradun and his B.Tech (Hons.) in Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kharagpur where he was awarded the Dr. B.C. Roy Gold Medal. In 1985, he attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Chris Farmer

Venture Capitalist

Bessemer Venture Partners

Chris Farmer is a Vice President in the Wellesley Hills office where he focuses on media related and consumer wireless investments. He serves on the boards of Access 360 Media and Cecure Gaming and is actively involved with GoTV Networks, Hands-On Mobile, Kajeet, Millennial Media, and Way Systems.

In addition to his broad international background, Chris has experience as both an investor and an entrepreneur. Most recently, he was a consultant with Bain & Company, where he advised on private equity transactions in sectors ranging from entertainment and media through software and telecom. Prior to Bain, Chris spearheaded the turnaround of Skybitz, a wireless services company ranked #2 in the inaugural 2007 Deloitte/CTIA Wireless Fast 50, a list of the wireless companies with the fastest revenue growth over the past five years. As vice president of finance, Chris led fundraising for the company, helping to raise two rounds of venture capital. He also served as vice president of product management and business development, guiding product design and establishing strategic alliances with AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Motorola, and Qualcomm. Chris joined Skybitz from Geostrategy Partners, an investment advisory and management consulting firm he founded to provide services to angel investors and private equity funds. Chris also served as a Venture Advisor to a fund affiliated with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners where he led investments in SkyBitz and Applied Semantics (acquired by Google). Chris started his career in the private equity group of Cowen & Company.


Michael J. Danaher, Partner

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Corporate Counsel

Michael Danaher works with private and public emerging growth companies in communications, semiconductor, software and other high technology industries. He handles general corporate matters and transactions, including private financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions. According to the IPO Journal, in 2000 Mr. Danaher ranked #1 in the country on the list of lawyers acting as IPO issuer's counsel, as measured by the number of offerings.

Mr. Danaher graduated with honors from Yale College in 1975 and from Stanford Law School in 1980 (Order of the Coif). He served as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. State Department from 1980-1984.


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