Baanto Appoints Former NextWindow CEO Al Monro to Board

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO – Baanto International Ltd., the company behind the innovative ShadowSenseTM touch technology, announced today that touchscreen industry veteran and former CEO of NextWindow, Al Monro, has been appointed to the Board of Directors.

Al Monro joins the Board of Directors effective immediately. He brings with him an immense amount of knowledge from his tenure as CEO of optical touchscreen company NextWindow. During his career with NextWindow, Al grew the business from 2 employees and no revenue to in excess of 140 staff and US$46M in sales, making them one of the biggest players in the industry. NextWindow was acquired by interactive whiteboard developer SMART Technologies in 2010. Al’s industry knowledge and strategic expertise will be invaluable to the continued success of Baanto.

“We welcome Al to the board,” said Avanindra Utukuri, CTO and Executive Chairman of Baanto. “Al brings with him a wealth of knowledge and will be able to provide us with additional insight into the touch technology business, specifically in the area of sales and marketing. His experience in growing NextWindow from a startup to one of the most well-known and influential touch companies in the world makes him a vital addition to our team.”

“I am very excited for this opportunity to be part of the growing team at Baanto,” said Al. “Baanto is an exciting company with disruptive new technology that addresses many markets across a range of sizes. Their unique ShadowSense technology is well positioned to address emerging requirements for conference and board room applications. Baanto has a fantastic team and a network of global partners that I look forward to working with. Touch is a great industry with rapid growth opportunities and together, we can extend Baanto’s leadership role even further.”

Since leaving SMART Technologies in late 2011, Al has been working with expansion-stage technology companies as an advisor or director, and helping them to put strategies in place to grow globally. Prior to NextWindow, Al spent 18 years with IBM in New Zealand and Asia in a number of sales, marketing, business management and leadership roles.

About Baanto

Baanto International Ltd. is a leading developer of innovative, high performance, and cost effective touch sensing solutions. Baanto is developing products incorporating both active and passive implementations of its technologies for touchscreens and interactive white boards in sizes ranging from 8 inches to over 267 inches. Baanto has both direct and partner presence in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, enabling it to provide its customers with proven technical and sales support worldwide.

Baanto™ and ShadowSense™ are trademarks of Baanto International Limited.

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