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Bruce McWilliams

Bruce McWilliams is Chief Executive Officer of Bossa Nova Robotics. Bruce has more than 25 years of executive and technical management experience in the semiconductor and electronics industry. Prior to his current leadership role at Bossa Nova Robotics, he was Chief Executive Officer of Intermolecular, Inc. and SuVolta, Inc. He served as Chairman of Tessera Technologies, Inc. and was its Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2008. During his tenure, the company achieved compounded revenue and operating profit growth exceeding 50% annually which led to Tessera being cited by Business Week Magazine as the Second Hottest Growing Company in America in 2006. In 2005, Bruce received Ernst & Young's Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year award. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Martin Hitch

Martin Hitch is Chief Business Officer of Bossa Nova Robotics. He is responsible for Bossa Nova’s global business partnerships, having previously led the company as CEO for more than eight years. As CEO, he established Bossa Nova as a technology innovator, developing the first cloud connected robot for kids and securing global distribution partnerships. In 2012, Martin oversaw Bossa Nova’s pivot from consumer products to service robots, establishing a new category of automation for the global retail industry. Martin first became fascinated by robotics at Ugobe - as VP of sales and business development, he led the worldwide launch of Pleo, a ground-breaking personal robot. Martin spent ten years in executive roles at Mattel (UK), Hasbro, and MGA Entertainment, and won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award (Western PA, VA) in 2011.

Sarjoun Skaff

Sarjoun Skaff is Chief Technology Officer of Bossa Nova Robotics. He is responsible for the development and evolution of Bossa Nova technology, from long-term robot autonomy to data analytics and AI. He is a robotics entrepreneur with the vision to bring robots to people’s lives. He co-founded Bossa Nova Robotics in 2005 and has over 18 years of hands-on experience in robotics, including three years building advanced toys robots at scale. Sarjoun holds a PhD and a Masters in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. He has received numerous awards including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Western Pennsylvania (2011), the FEA Distinguished Young Alumni (2011) and the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Top 50 in Tech (2009).

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CEO - Bruce McWilliams

Bruce McWilliams is Chief Executive Officer of Bossa Nova Robotics. Bruce has more than 25 years of executive and technical management experience in the semiconductor and electronics industry. Prior to his current leadership role at Bossa Nova Robotics, he was Chief Executive Officer of Intermolecular, Inc. and SuVolta, Inc. He served as Chairman of Tessera Technologies, Inc. and was its Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2008. During his tenure, the company achieved compounded revenue and operating profit growth exceeding 50% annually which led to Tessera being cited by Business Week Magazine as the Second Hottest Growing Company in America in 2006.

In 2005, Bruce received Ernst & Young's Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year award. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.

CBO - Martin Hitch

Martin Hitch is the Chief Business Officer (CBO) and Co-Founder at Bossa Nova. As CBO, Martin is responsible for Bossa Nova’s future growth including global business partnerships, its customers and go-to-market strategies. 

Previously, Martin served as Bossa Nova’s CEO for over eight years establishing the company as a technology innovator through the development of fast-running robots for kids and the first cloud-connected kids’ robots. In 2012, Martin oversaw Bossa Nova’s pivot from consumer products to service robots, establishing a new category of automation for the retail industry and as the cutting-edge global retail service and data provider. 

Prior to Bossa Nova, Martin was VP of sales and business development at Ugobe, the makers of Pleo, a ground-breaking personal robot. Pleo was successfully launched in more than a dozen countries. Martin has spent ten years in executive roles in the children’s entertainment industry with Mattel (UK), Hasbro and MGA entertainment where he worked on international distribution partnerships and as a supplier to the big box retailers that Bossa Nova now serves. 

Martin won Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award (Western PA, VA) in 2011.

CTO - Sarjoun Skaff

Sarjoun is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Bossa Nova Robotics. He is responsible for the development of Bossa Nova technology, from long-term robot autonomy to data analytics and AI. He has spent the last twenty years bringing robots to people's lives, from commercializing half a million robotic toys to deploying robots that navigate retails aisles alongside shoppers. He loves building technology that helps people in their daily lives, and is currently developing data and automation tools needed by the retail world to reinvent itself.

Sarjoun holds a PhD and a Masters in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. He holds multiple patents and has received awards including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Western Pennsylvania (2011), the FEA Distinguished Young Alumni (2011) and the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Top 50 in Tech (2009).