Our Executive Team

Geolocation Pioneers

Backed by an experienced management team that has built and operated multiple national wireless systems, NextNav is revolutionizing urban and indoor positioning for public safety and commercial applications.

  • Ganesh Pattabiraman

    Ganesh Pattabiraman

    As the Co-Founder and CEO of NextNav, Ganesh is leading the mission to enable the future of geolocation. He is passionate about bringing scale to technologies. Over his twenty+ year career, spanning companies such as Qualcomm, he has led various initiatives in launching terrestrial, satellite based (GPS and LEO), proximity-based location systems into mass market devices – including GPS and sensor based technologies.

    Ganesh has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.

  • Arun Raghupathy

    As Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Arun Raghupathy heads Engineering at NextNav spanning Systems Algorithms, Hardware, Firmware and Software domains. Before co-founding NextNav, he spent more than 10 years as a technology leader developing innovative ideas and maturing them into commercial products at multiple technology companies. At Qualcomm, he was involved in development of technology for cellular modems including key contributions to transmitter design and to the design of the first CDMA direct conversion receiver chipset. At Texas Instruments, he led the GPS systems team and, as system architect, developed innovative GPS measurement and positioning techniques applied to multiple generations of smartphone multi-radio chipsets. At NextNav, he has been a key contributor to the critical IP and the architect for system/HW/SW design for the TerraPoiNT and Pinnacle services. He has more than more than 50 issued patents.

    He has a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1999 and an M.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park 1996. with specialization in signal processing and communications. Prior to that he obtained a Bachelors of Technology in Electronics Engineering and Communications degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1993.

  • Christian Gates

    Christian Gates

    Christian Gates, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development, leads the business development team, manages the company’s corporate partnerships, and contributes to its policy outreach efforts. Prior to NextNav, he was VP of Strategy at SkyTerra. Mr. Gates’ background includes a range of telecommunications and technology ventures, after starting his career in finance. Mr. Gates is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

  • David Knutson

    David Knutson, SVP of Network Operations and Deployment, is responsible for manufacturing, designing, building and operating the NextNav network. Prior to joining NextNav in 2011, David worked for multiple startups. At American Personal Communications/Sprint Spectrum, he helped launch the first PCS network in the United States. At Telecorp PCS (AT&T Wireless’ largest affiliate), he was the head of Engineering and Operations from inception until its sale to AT&T in 2001. At Cyren Call Communications, he helped pave the way for what is now FirstNet. David also held roles as SVP Outsourcing, EVP Sales and Business Development and COO for a global $250 million revenue services business unit of Wireless Facilities Inc (WFI) focusing on wireless network design and deployment for major carriers around the world.

  • Ashish Fanse

    Ashish Fanse

    Ashish Fanse, Head of Finance, has over 20 years of experience in finance, strategy, and operations with his most recent role as SVP of Finance and Administration at Proteus Digital Health. At Proteus, Ashish helped scale the company from 100 employees to ~300 employees, managed investor relationships, and partnered with the Board & Executive team to help launch the first-ever Digital Medicine platform. Ashish has an MBA from University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in electrical engineering from UCLA.

  • Dan Hight

    Dan Hight

    Dan Hight, VP/GM for Data Partnerships, leads efforts to build sustainable partnerships, leveraging NextNav’s next generation location infrastructure and service for consumer applications, gaming, and other AdTech/MarTech solutions. Prior to NextNav, Dan Hight was an executive at mobile location platform GroundTruth and advisor to media companies, technology platforms and associations. A location media veteran, Hight has created strategic partnerships for the past 20 years.

  • Rob Rovetta

    Rob Rovetta

    Rob Rovetta, Vice President of Program Management, has been driving programs to bring  innovative products and complex system solutions to the location and wireless markets for over 30 years.  Being an integral part of management at three different startups (NextNav, SnapTrack, and Quantance), and also thriving at several large corporations (Qualcomm, Trimble Navigation, Magellan, ROLM, and TRW), Rob has assembled and led teams of diverse skills, sizes, and capabilities to successfully execute both internal projects and customer programs related to commercial, mass-market consumer, and public safety use of location and wireless products and systems.  Rob has a BS in Engineering from the  University of California at Davis.

  • Deepak Joseph

    Deepak Joseph

    Deepak Joseph, Vice President of Product Management, leads the effort to deliver vertical location at scale through NextNav Pinnacle.  Prior to joining NextNav, Deepak was at Sprint/Nextel, where he was responsible for the 4G / WiMAX Device and Chipset Ecosystem Program.  He also managed semiconductor/ASIC products for computing, networking and wireless applications at several companies.  Deepak has an MBA in Global Finance from University of Maryland and an MS in Computer Engineering from George Mason University.

  • Ashutosh Pande

    Ashutosh Pande

    Ashutosh Pande, Vice President and General Manager of TerraPoinT Services, has unique industry experience in taking bleeding edge B2B and B2B2C products to market. A specialist in market creation for new technology, Ashutosh pioneered the integration of GPS with cellular phones as early as the mid-1990s and went on to establish SiRF as solution for GPS in mobile phones. He holds over 60 applied and issued patents in area of mobile telephony, positioning technology, and mobile payments. He has a Masters in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta and bachelors from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra.

  • Ben Ball

    Ben Ball

    Ben Ball, Head of Marketing, is responsible for establishing and developing NextNav’s brand as it brings a new generation of geolocation products to market. Prior to NextNav, Ben led the marketing content team at BlueCat and ran product marketing for the government vertical at Crossmatch (now part of HID Global). Ben started his career in the US government, where he was a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State and a Senior Policy Advisor with the Department of Homeland Security. Ben has a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is a graduate of Pitzer College.

  • Jaya Maharajah

    Jaya Maharajah, Director of Human Resources, is responsible for talent acquisition, culture, and employee development.  Prior to NextNav, Jaya led talent acquisition, US immigration, global relocation, and benefits for Knowles Intelligent Audio.  Before Knowles, she spent most of her HR career at Cisco Systems, where she worked on multiple HR teams.  Jaya has a strategic HR leadership certification from Cornell and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo.  She is trilingual.