SoftBank backed Skylo appoints Jai Menon as CIO

SoftBank backed Skylo appoints Jai Menon as CIO
Jai Menon
2 Sep, 2021

Palo Alto, California and Bengaluru- based startup Skylo Technologies on Thursday said it has appointed Jai Menon as the chief information officer (CIO).

Menon will lead the satellite-based narrowband IoT solutions provider’s technology efforts for scaling service, including an order management system, enterprise resource planning, information technology support, operations support systems, network, infrastructure and security, as per a statement.

“Jai’s experience in scaling businesses backed by a service promise and his unparalleled global experience will play a vital role in our growth.

I am delighted to have Jai joining our team to lead our network operations and service infrastructure initiatives,” Skylo co-founder and CEO Parth Trivedi, said.

The statement added that Menon has reached Skylo after a career spanning 5 continents and holding leadership positions at the likes of IBM, AT&T, Vodafone, Airtel and HT Media.

The IIT Delhi alumnus has authored over 35 United States patents, three European patents and about 100 international research publications.

Skylo was founded in 2017 by Trivedi, Andrew Nuttall and Andrew Kalman.

It enables IoT connectivity to machines, sensors and devices, through satellite communication in the most remote geographies.

Skylo’s satellite connectivity leverages existing geostationary satellites without the need to add new infrastructure in space.

The company’s customers include enterprise and government entities in industries including automotive, railways, agriculture and maritime.

Earlier this year, the startup raised $103 million in a Series B round led by SoftBank Group.

In June, it partnered with British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat and Indian telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).