Smart Wires strengthens team by appointing industry leaders to key technical management roles

Smart Wires strengthens team by appointing industry leaders to key technical management roles

May 11, 2022

Smart Wires announced the appointment of two industry leaders, further strengthening the Company’s product industrialization efforts. 

Jeremy Knepper is the new Senior Vice President of Quality and is responsible for the global quality organization. Sundar Baladhandapani joins Smart Wires as the Senior Director of Controls & Communication and will lead the development of SmartValve™ control systems firmware and software.

Jeremy Knepper brings over 20 years of experience in quality within multiple industries, including aerospace, military and defense, renewable energy, and agriculture. Most recently, Jeremy held various positions of increasing scope at Collins Aerospace, where he was responsible for integrating teams, establishing a customer satisfaction program, and elevating overall quality performance. As SVP, Quality at Smart Wires, Jeremy will be responsible for the global quality organization, including strategy, development and implementation of quality systems, policies, standards, procedures and deliverables. Jeremy reports to CEO Peter Wells and assumed this role during the first quarter of this year.

“I am excited to join Smart Wires as it’s focused on industrialization and scale,” said Jeremy. “Our future depends on our ability to continuously deliver an exceptional customer experience through the outstanding quality of our products and services.”

“Jeremy brings both a strategic focus to quality and a deep operational commitment to excellence that will help ensure that we reach our business goals,” said Smart Wires CEO Peter Wells. “It’s essential that we implement world-class quality management systems across the organization, ensuring that we deliver an exceptional customer experience in every phase of our business.”

Sundar Baladhandapani joins Smart Wires as the Senior Director of Controls & Communication. He spent more than 25 years in the embedded and IoT systems areas of various manufacturing companies, most recently as an engineering director at Aprilaire. At Smart Wires, he will lead the development of communications, software and firmware for the SmartValve control systems. Sundar reports to Chief Engineer Marie Hayden and assumed this role during the first quarter of this year.

“Over the past decade, Smart Wires has established itself as the leader in modular power flow control technology,” said Sundar. “As the company continues to industrialize and expand its product offerings, I look forward to helping deliver innovative, high-value technical solutions to meet our customers’ needs.”

“Sundar has demonstrated himself to be a superb leader in the software engineering industry, and we are delighted to welcome him to our team,” said Smart Wires Chief Engineer Marie Hayden. “He joins our team at a time when we are seeing a significant increase in the demand for our products. Sundar will play a key role in helping Smart Wires develop world-leading products and technology.”

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