Rajesh’s passion is to build great companies. SiTime is his fourth startup and his second time serving as CEO. He joined SiTime in 2007, a year before the financial crisis started and venture funding became scarce. As CEO, he led the company through the Great Recession and oversaw the company’s growth from a pre-revenue startup into a successful public company. The company’s acquisition by MegaChips (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 6875) was the largest acquisition in 2014 of a venture-backed semiconductor company, with a 10 times revenue valuation. At SiTime, Rajesh has built a culture of innovation where employees routinely create exceptional products while feeling challenged, empowered, and rewarded.
From 1999 to 2006, Rajesh was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Ikanos Communications where he drove the organization from a pre-revenue startup into a successful public company. Prior to Ikanos, Rajesh served as a General Manager at the storage company Adaptec (acquired by Microsemi) and held various general management and marketing positions at Rightworks, an ERP software company; Vitelic Semiconductor; and Samsung Semiconductor. Rajesh holds a BS degree in engineering from REC/NIT Rourkela in India and an MBA from Marquette University.