Baanto History

Baanto International Ltd. is a leading developer of innovative, high performance, and scalable touch solutions. With 12 patents granted and over 60 filed across 8 different patent families, Baanto ShadowSense for touchscreen applications solves many of the technical issues that plague other touch technologies.

Baanto has developed multi-touch solutions for:

  • Mid-size embedded applications ranging in size from 8” to 22”
  • Large area touchscreens for digital signage products ranging in size from 32” to 98”
  • Interactive Whiteboard solutions ranging in size from 79” to 95”
  • Ultra-large multi-user, multi-touch solutions supporting touch surfaces of up to 267”.

Baanto has a direct and partner presence in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, enabling it to provide its customers with proven technical and sales support worldwide.

Ideology

To provide the “best in class” touch solutions through innovation

People – Be the best place to work, where people are encouraged to pursue their passions

Product – Bring revolutionary touch solutions to the market and create a new way of interactive communication

Partners – Build collaborative partnerships to foster the growth of touch together

Leadership – We take pride in being leaders in the industry, pushing the limits of touch technology

Passion – We believe that what we are creating will result in better user experiences and a better world

Integrity – We are committed to acting responsibly and reasonably towards our customers, our partners and ourselves

Management

  • Avanindra Utukuri – CEO/CTO

    Avanindra Utukuri – CEO/CTOAvanindra Utukuri – CEO/CTO
    Avanindra was one of the founders of Baanto upon its formation in 2009 and is responsible for the technical direction of the Baanto product. As CEO and CTO, Avanindra is involved in design and management of projects in all areas of the business, and for the development of patented technologies. Previously, Avanindra founded Nytric Ltd in 1999 and, as CEO of that company, is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s business vision. His twelve years of extensive business and technology experience includes the development and commercialisation of high-tech products for commercial and consumer applications. Avanindra is a graduate of the Engineering Science program of the University of Toronto.

  • Dushan Batrovic – CFO

    Dushan Batrovic – CFODushan Batrovic – CFO
    Dushan has over 10 years of experience in the financial services and technology industries, having worked in equity research, merchant banking and venture capital.  Prior to joining Baanto, Dushan was a VP at Difference Capital where he evaluated investments in technology companies.  Additionally, Dushan has worked with 4Front Capital Partners, Dundee Securities and Canaccord Capital.  Dushan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering and an MBA with the University of Toronto.

  • Bhupinder Randhawa – Vice President of Intellectual Property

    Bhupinder Randhawa – Vice President of Intellectual PropertyBhupinder Randhawa – Vice President of Intellectual Property
    Bhupinder is Vice President, Intellectual Property for Baanto. Bhupinder is a patent attorney with over a decade of experience, specializing in patents and intellectual property licensing. Previously, he was an engineer in the Computers & Communications Division of CP Rail and with Alcatel Canada's automated railway systems group. He has helped both startups and established companies to build and manage their worldwide intellectual property portfolios. He works closely with the Baanto technical team to identify and protect innovative aspects of the Baanto technology and to develop licensing programs. Bhupinder has a computer engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and obtained his law degree at the University of Toronto.

  • Jeremy Stewart – Director of Business Development

    Jeremy Stewart – Director of Business DevelopmentJeremy Stewart – Director of Business Development
    Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the audio visual and interactive displays sectors, with a career spanning over 30 years. He has held ownership and senior roles, establishing start-up technology companies, heading up international sales and marketing initiatives, and running mid-size manufacturing operations. Jeremy is responsible for developing strategic alliances with key stakeholders, pursuing revenue growth with global accounts, new business opportunities with current partners, and positioning ShadowSense as the touch technology of choice for large format display vendors. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Oxford Brookes University.

  • Anthony Gussin – Director of Sales, Americas

    Anthony Gussin – Director of Sales, AmericasAnthony Gussin – Director of Sales, Americas
    Anthony brings a wealth of international experience and business success from his previous roles in Business Development, Sales and International Marketing. Anthony also heads up the Marketing and Business Development group at Nytric Ltd. He has held a variety of senior sales and marketing roles at high-technology companies that include GE and Cadence Design Systems. After immigrating to Canada from the UK, and prior to joining Nytric and Baanto, Anthony held high-level positions including: Senior VP of International Sales for MVS, a Montreal Robotics company; Director of Marketing and Business Development for Trow Consulting Engineers; and Marketing Director of US-based Orchid Automation. Anthony, educated in the UK, holds a PhD in Management and Industrial Psychology and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering.

  • Mark Underwood – Director of Sales, EMEA

    Mark Underwood – Director of Sales, EMEAMark Underwood – Director of Sales, EMEA
    Mark has over 25 years of experience in the touch screen industry, and he has held various senior management positions within both the manufacturing and reseller markets. He studied for a National Diploma in Business Studies at Cambridge College of Arts and Technologies. Mark has previously served in the EMEA region as a Sales & Business Manager for Aydin Displays, Elo Touch Systems, Braemac, and most recently, Visualplanet, where he was responsible for worldwide sales. During his career, He has been responsible for creating and sustaining sales channels, implementing business strategies for sales and marketing, and project managing several high profile interactive installations. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge of the touchscreen and displays markets, as well as a comprehensive understanding of channel management.

  • Koji Hirayama – Director of Sales, APAC

    Koji Hirayama – Director of Sales, APACKoji Hirayama – Director of Sales, APAC
    Koji has over 20 years of experience in business management, sales & marketing, networking collaboration and security solutions in Japan. He has held executive roles in various technology companies, and most recently served as Representative Director of SMART Technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Nihon University. Koji has been responsible for building and maintaining customers and sales channels as well as executing sales and business strategy for sales growth. He has been responsible for starting up an algorithm company in the United States.

Board Of Directors

  • Avanindra Utukuri

    Avanindra Utukuri
    CEO/CTO for Baanto

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  • Ian Cunningham

    Ian Cunningham
    COO for Tangerine Bank Canada

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  • Paolo Maggiotto

    Paolo Maggiotto
    VP Finance for Christie Digital

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  • Tom Astle

    Tom Astle
    CIO for Difference Capital

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Avanindra Utukuri
CEO/CTO for Baanto

Mr. Utukuri was one of the founders of Baanto upon its formation in 2009 and is responsible for the technical direction of the Baanto product. As CEO and CTO, Mr. Utukuri is involved in design and management of projects in all areas of the business, and for the development of patented technologies.

Previously, Mr. Utukuri founded Nytric Ltd in 1999 and, as CEO of that company, is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s business vision. His twelve years of extensive business and technology experience includes the development and commercialization of high-tech products for commercial and consumer applications.

Mr. Utukuri is a graduate of the Engineering Science program of the University of Toronto.

Ian Cunningham
COO for Tangerine Bank Canada

Mr. Cunningham joined the Baanto Board of Directors in 2010, and has over 28 years of experience in executive management, marketing, operations, business development and sales. Mr. Cunningham is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Tangerine Bank in Canada.

His prior experience includes Executive roles with Capital One Bank and PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Canada business.

Mr. Cunningham has a BA from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration’s Executive Program.

Paolo Maggiotto
VP Finance for Christie Digital

Mr. Maggiotto is currently the Vice President of Finance at Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc. He is responsible for the current and long-term effectiveness of the financial functions in the Canadian, European, Middle Eastern and African organizations. Mr. Maggiotto also supports the organization’s strategic business planning and mergers and acquisition work.

Before joining Christie in June 2010, Mr. Maggiotto was the vice president finance of the Canadian arm of a large, Austrian-based company. Before that, he worked at Bombardier Inc., in their aerospace division in senior-level roles in business development, accounting, finance and planning.

Mr. Maggiotto is a chartered accountant and graduated from Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) with a Bachelor in Business Management, Finance/Accounting.

Tom Astle
CIO for Difference Capital

Mr. Astle has worked in the Capital Market and Technology sectors for over 30 years with a front row seat at some of the major economic and technology cycles of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Currently, he manages the DCF CV/PE portfolio focused on late stage private technology and media investments and is active on several boards of directors.

He has over 20 years’ experience as a top ranked Wall and Bay Street sell-side analyst, covering Technology, Cleantech and even Aerospace business models. Mr. Astle has lived/worked through bubbles and crashes and even long tech winters which led to 6 years’ experience as head of a large equity research department which covered all major sectors.

Mr. Astle holds his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has an Engineering Physics degree from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng).

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