Sumer Johal is a seasoned business leader with over two decades of experience in building and managing technology-based ventures with high-performance teams across multiple industries and global geographies. He has extensive experience across executive, engineering and business development functions using a data-centric, problem-solving paradigm.
Mr. Johal grew up in an agriculture family in Northern India (Punjab) and came to the United States as a teenager. He earned a BS and MS in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a minor in economics. His MS thesis work focused on real-time data analysis and computer algorithms for decision support of human / machine scheduling applications for semiconductor fabrication.
After MIT, Mr. Johal started his career in operations research and decision support at Analog Devices, a $15bn+ Fortune 100 global leader in semiconductor chip design and manufacturing. At ADI, Mr. Johal designed and implemented an industry-first, real-time factory scheduling system that improved productivity, reduced cycle time and increased throughput, thereby saving ADI over $100m annually. Mr. Johal spent the next 15 years as a technology and business executive at both private and publicly-traded companies in the United States and around the world, disrupting some of the world’s largest industries through his work in the telecom, consumer retail, financial services, semiconductor and renewable energy sectors.
In early 2013, Mr. Johal founded Agralogics – the “Internet of Food” – with the intention of making it easy for food and water enterprises around the globe to improve their efficiency and asset values via data-informed decision-making.
Mr. Johal lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and their two sons. He enjoys joining his sons in martial arts (Tae Kwon Do) and teaching Punjabi folk dance and music (Bhangra) to youth in the community. He and his family are avid foodies and well-traveled, global citizens.