Executive Officers

Matt Fisch
CEO and Director
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Mr. Fisch was most recently Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Gentherm Incorporated, a developer of thermal management technologies for the automotive and other industries.  Prior to Gentherm, Mr. Fisch was employed by North American Bancard, a payments technology company, where he served as Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Hospitality Services. Prior to joining North American Bancard, Mr. Fisch worked at Verifone Systems, Inc., a global leader in payments and commerce solutions, where he served as the Executive Vice President of Global R&D. At Verifone, Mr. Fisch led research and development for all product lines, including hardware application and cloud software services. Prior to Verifone, he was the Vice President of R&D for Harman International Industries, Inc.’s lifestyle division, where he led the global R&D organization that was responsible for developing Harman’s car audio business for North America, Europe, China, Japan, and Korea. Prior to joining Harman, Mr. Fisch had a 22-year career at Intel Corporation where he held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering. Mr. Fisch holds a Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, both from Cornell University
Bob Brown
CFO
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Bob Brown comes to AEye with over 30 years of financial experience, completing over $20 billion in financing and M&A transactions. He has held CFO roles at Velodyne Lidar, Cepton Technologies, and VeriSilicon (SHA:688521). Earlier roles include VP positions at Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), LSI Corporation (acquired by Avago/Broadcom for $6.6 billion) and GetThere (acquired by Sabre for $757 million). Prior to that, Bob held several roles in finance at Hewlett-Packard. He started his career in banking with Security Pacific National Bank. Bob holds a B.S. in Business from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Luis Dussan
Founder, CTO and Director
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Luis Dussan is a 20+ year veteran of the aerospace and defense industry. During his career at Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, Dussan’s research and development interests included smart and innovative sensor solutions for applications involving Information, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), Targeting, Fire Control, LADAR/LIDAR and Autonomy. He started his career at NASA working for the Jet Propulsion Lab in the Deep Space Network that communicated with NASA planetary and deep space probes. He then spent the bulk of his career at Lockheed Martin in their Missiles and Fire Control Division working in the Advanced Concepts group and developing state-of-the-art ISR and Targeting systems, such as the well-known LM Advanced Targeting Pod found in virtually every major US airborne military asset. After LM, Dussan went to Northrop Grumman Laser Systems and took the post of Chief Technologist where he was responsible for managing that division’s Electro-Optical Sensors R&D. Dussan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, an MS in Quantum Optics and an MS in Optics & Photonics. He put his PhD in Computational Physics on hold to start AEye.

Andrew Hughes
General Counsel

Andrew brings decades of leadership experience negotiating technology-related transactions at high-growth companies. He has served at several Fortune 1000 companies, where he was responsible for negotiating domestic and international transactions, mitigating risk and legal exposure, and ensuring public company compliance. Most recently, he served as Vice President and General Counsel (US) at Renesas Electronics Corp., an automotive and industrial technology company with annual revenues of $6.7B in 2020. Prior to that, Andrew held General Counsel roles at a number of technology-driven companies including Intersil Corp., Ikanos Communications, Bell Microproducts, Inc., and LSI Logic Corporation. Andrew holds a BA in Sociology from UCLA and an MBA and JD from Santa Clara University.

T.R. Ramachandran
COO
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T.R. Ramachandran brings over 23 years of experience in the technology industry to AEye, including global product launches and related marketing activities. Prior to AEye, he led marketing and product management at LiDAR companies Cepton and Velodyne. His deep experience in the LiDAR industry extends across several key markets, such as autonomous vehicles (AV), advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and security. Among his prior roles, he also served as a Vice President at LSI Corp. and helped pave the way for its acquisition by Broadcom (Avago) in 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Southern California, with a focus on InGaAs optoelectronics, as well as scanning probe-based imaging and nanotechnology.