Axelera AI Appoints Silicon Valley Veteran Jonathan Ballon As Independent Non-Executive Director

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands–(BUSINESS WIRE)–European AI startup Axelera AI named tech veteran Jonathan Ballon to its non-executive board. Ballon joins the only Dutch start-up designing the world’s most powerful and advanced solutions for cutting-edge AI.

“Jonathan has spent 25 years in leadership positions at some of the world’s most recognized companies, such as Cisco Systems, General Electric and Intel, and has also brought that experience to several startups,” said Fabrizio del Maffeo, CEO and co-founder of Axelera. AI. “We are extremely honored to have his hands-on leadership expertise on our Board of Directors and look forward to his contribution to our company.”

“Axelera AI has a differentiated core technology geared towards a huge addressable global market opportunity, powered by a deeply experienced team that understands how to bring complex products to market through a global ecosystem. I have been impressed by the pace of their focused execution, the strong engagement of their investors and the incredible pool of talent they have attracted since the company’s inception. It is a privilege to be invited to join this journey and work alongside Fabrizio and the other board members,” said Jonathan Ballon.

Jonathan has served on the board of several successful deep tech companies, including Aspinity, ClearML and Alert 360, and has advised several billion dollar companies. He served as General Manager and Vice President of the IoT business unit at Intel, where he established Intel’s Edge Computing business unit. Under his leadership, Intel IOTG launched Intel OpenVINO, Intel’s suite of tools for high-performance deep learning. At Cisco, Jonathan designed and led strategy, planning, and business development for its $10 billion services and solutions division. He is a regular keynote speaker at major industry events and a contributor to trade publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Economic Times, Newsweek, Business Week, Venture Beat, Tech Crunch, CRN and Fast Company.

About Axelera AI

Axelera AI designs the world’s most powerful and advanced edge AI solutions. Its revolutionary hardware and software product will concentrate the AI ​​computing power of an entire server into a single chip at a fraction of the power consumption and price of today’s AI hardware. Based in the AI ​​Innovation Center of the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, Axelera AI has R&D offices in Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. Its team of AI software and hardware experts are drawn from top AI companies and Fortune 500 companies. For more information on Axelera AI, please visit

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