The purpose of the GSA Global Advisory Group is to assist the GSA executives and the Board of Directors in strategic planning to aid the GSA in achieving its vision to establish an efficient, profitable and sustainable semiconductor and high technology global ecosystem encompassing semiconductors, software, solutions, systems and services.
The GSA is a leading industry organization that provides a unique neutral platform for collaboration, where global executives interface and innovate with peers, partners and customers to accelerate industry growth and maximize return on invested and intellectual capital. The GSA has expanded its ecosystem representation by inviting software, services, system and solution companies as well as end market companies to join its existing semiconductor members. The Advisory Group will provide insights and thought leadership and help the organization broaden its benefits to meet the unique needs of these new membership categories.
Executive Vice President Automotive Electronics
Robert Bosch GmbH
Jens Fabrowsky has been Executive Vice President Automotive Electronics of Robert Bosch GmbH since April 2012. Born in Esslingen, Germany, on August 13, 1968, he is married and has three children. He studied mechanical engineering and industrial engineering at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and the Technical University of Munich (Germany).
Career stages in the Bosch Group
1999 – Department Head with responsibility for assembly of hydraulic units at the Blaichach plant, Germany
Chassis Systems division
2000 – Technical Plant Manager at the Rutesheim plant, Germany
Gasoline Systems division
2004 – Plant Manager at the Eisenach plant, Germany
Gasoline Systems division
2007 – Executive Vice President with responsibility for Manufacturing
Starter Motors and Generators division
2012 – Executive Vice President with responsibility for Electronic Control Units as well as Manufacturing
Automotive Electronics division
2017 – Executive Vice President with responsibility for the business field Semiconductor Components
Automotive Electronics division
President and CEO
Dr. Ajei Gopal has over 30 years of experience in developing business growth strategies, advancing business organically and through strategic acquisitions, improving operational efficiencies and bringing innovative new products to market. Dr. Gopal is president and CEO of S&P 500 company ANSYS, a global leader in engineering simulation. ANSYS helps the world’s most innovative companies engineer radically better products – from microchips to 3D printed hip to rocket ships. During his tenure as ANSYS CEO, Dr. Gopal has helped accelerate the company’s growth, doubling its value and increasing its market capitalization by more than $8 billion. Prior to his current role, Dr. Gopal served as the company’s president and chief operating officer as well as an independent member of the company’s board of directors.
Dr. Gopal previously served as operating partner for Silver Lake Partners, one of the largest technology investors in the world. He worked with several of Silver Lake’s portfolio companies and was seconded as interim president and chief operating officer to Symantec, where we served at CTO earlier in his career. At Symantec, he drove operational improvements, increased its enterprise value and recruited its new CEO. Dr. Gopal also served as senior vice president and general manager of Hewlett Packard Software and executive vice president at CA Technologies, positions where he was responsible for billions of dollars of product portfolios.
An entrepreneur, Dr. Gopal was the founder and CEO of Reefedge Networks, a wireless LAN security company, which was acquired by Symantec. He held several roles at IBM Research and IBM’s Software Group and began his career at Bell Communications Research in 1984.
A renowned technologist, Dr. Gopal holds 23 U.S. patents and has authored numerous papers and technical reports published in distinguished technical conferences and journals. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay in 1982.
VP of Engineering and Business Development
Dhiraj is VP of Engineering and Business Development at Cerebras Systems. Dhiraj has over 20 years of executive leadership experience directing large, high-performing engineering teams at Intel, AMD and startups like SeaMicro and NexGen. Prior to Cerebras, Dhiraj was CTO and VP Architecture for Intel’s $20B Data Center business. Before Intel, he was an integral part of the executive leadership team as VP Engineering at SeaMicro prior to its acquisition by AMD, after which he continued at AMD as Corporate VP and GM of the Server Solutions division. Dhiraj serves as an advisor to several VC-backed companies and holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Xiaoning Qi is the Vice President of Alibaba Group. Earlier he was CEO of C-Sky Systems which was acquired by Alibaba. Previously, he held senior management and technical positions in companies such as Intel, working on integrated circuit devices, micro-processor design and platform electrical design for semiconductor systems. Additionally, he was Chairman and President of the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association, USA. Currently, he is a member of Asia-Pacific Leadership Council, Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), a member of the CEO Council, GSA and a board member of Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC). Xiaoning has published more than fifty technical papers, one book, one book chapter, more than two dozens of invited talks and holds two US patents. He is a reviewer for numerous IEEE Journals and international conferences. Xiaoning Qi received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
President, Automotive Business Group
In his capacity, Mr. Thoeny is responsible for the overall enterprise vision, strategy, business planning, development and execution of the Flex automotive business. Additionally, he is developing programs to expand the global Flex automotive customer base as well as the technology evolution of the company’s automotive portfolio.
Mr. Thoeny has over 30 years of international automotive experience and has held executive leadership positions at Aptiv and Delphi. In his previous roles, he was responsible for P&L and engineering in the areas of Autonomous Driving and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), vehicle electrification, body and chassis electronics, and displays.
Mr. Thoeny holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA in marketing from Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Kushagra Vaid is the general partner for Eclipse Ventures. He was previously the general manager and distinguished engineer for Hardware Infrastructure in the Microsoft Azure division. He is accountable for the architecture and design of compute and storage platforms, which are the foundation for Microsoft’s global cloud-scale services. He and his team have successfully delivered four generations of hyperscale cloud hardware that have been deployed at massive scale across a global fleet of datacenters hosting a diverse set of workloads such as public cloud (Microsoft Azure), machine learning, internet search (Bing), big data analytics, cloud gaming (Xbox Live) and online productivity (Office 365). These hyperscale system designs have been fully open sourced and contributed to the Open Compute Project (OCP). Vaid is an active participant in OCP and has influenced several aspects of OCP policy and system specifications. He has published several papers for international research conferences and holds over 30 patents in the field of computer architecture and datacenter design.
Before joining Microsoft, he was a principal engineer at Intel, where his responsibilities included driving the technology direction for Intel’s Xeon microprocessors and platforms. He started his career as a CPU design engineer and architected enterprise-class CPUs and platforms for over a decade at Intel.
Senior Director of Autopilot Hardware
Ganesh is currently the Senior Director of Autopilot Hardware at Tesla and where he has been since 2016. Prior to Telsa, Ganesh was the Senior Director of Design Engineering at AMD, with responsibility of leading many generations of CPU designs and products including Ryzen,Excavator,Piledriver, Bulldozer family of cores using bleeding edge process technologies and managed a design team of over 200 world class engineers. Ganesh got his masters degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and has a bachelor of engineering in electronics from the University of Mumbai.