President and Chief Executive Officer
Yaniv Sarig has served as a director and our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2018, is a co-founder of Mohawk Group, Inc. and has served as a director and President and Chief Executive Officer of Mohawk Group, Inc. since June 2014. Prior to co-founding Mohawk, Mr. Sarig led the Financial Services Engineering department at Coverity, a leading software startup providing code quality and security solutions for top financial institutions and hedge funds in New York including NYSE, Nasdaq, JPMC and Barclays, from April 2012 to April 2014. Before joining Coverity, Mr. Sarig held lead technical roles at Bloomberg from October 2011 to April 2012 and EPIQ Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPIQ), a legal process outsourcing company, from February 2006 to October 2011. Prior to moving to New York City, Mr. Sarig lived in Israel where he held various software engineering roles at startups from various industries including companies involved in digital printing solutions and military navigation systems. Mr. Sarig also served in the IDF Special Forces from November 1995 to November 1998, where he obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class. Mr. Sarig holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Touro College, is fluent in English, French, Hebrew and C++.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Rodriguez has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President of Finance at Mohawk Group Holdings, Inc. since September 2017. Prior to Mohawk, Mr. Rodriguez spent five years as Chief Accounting Officer and Global Controller for Piksel, Inc. and also held the role of Interim Chief Operating Officer in his last year. From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Rodriguez was with the Atari Group where he held several financial leadership roles, most notably Acting Chief Financial Officer of Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATAR) from 2007 to 2008 and Deputy CFO of Atari SA (Euronext: ATA) from 2008 to 2010.
Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. K C was head of Asia Operations for G-Lab GmbH, a Swiss consumer electronics company, from April 2014 to May 2020. Mr. K C previously held various General Manager positions at PassageMaker Solutions, a supply chain management company in Asia, from July 2007 to March 2014 and was involved in development, procurement, production management, quality control and export logistics within the supply chain for a variety of clients, including Hewlett-Packard, DELL, Harley Davidson and Home Depot. Mr. K C started his career as a product development engineer, performing embedded software programming for consumer electronics products. He then began handling and managing integrated supply chains and operations for companies operating in the Asia-Pacific region. He holds a Bachelor in Engineering with a focus in Applied Electronics Technology from Shanghai University.
Chief Legal Officer and Head of Corporate Development, North America
Joseph A. Risico has served as our General Counsel since September 2018 and has served as General Counsel for Mohawk Group, Inc since February 2018. Prior to joining Mohawk, Mr. Risico held a number of legal and business positions, most recently at AutoModality, Inc., a UAV flight control software company, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel from February 2017 to February 2018, Ecovative Design LLC, a biomaterials company, where he served as General Counsel and Head of Business Development from August 2011 to February 2017, and 3M Company, where he served as the General Counsel of 3M’s corporate ventures business from May 2010 to July 2011. Mr. Risico started his legal career as a corporate associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP from August 2001 to June 2006. Mr. Risico holds a B.A. from New York University with concentrations in accounting and economics and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Mr. Risico also holds a CPA (not active).
Chief Product Officer
Mihal Chaouat-Fix has served as our Chief Product Officer since September 2018. Prior to taking the Chief Product Officer role, since June 2014 Ms. Chaouat-Fix served as our Chief Operating Officer, where she was responsible for our day-to-day leadership and operational management. Prior to joining Mohawk, Ms. Chaouat- Fix worked in various strategic roles from April 2000 to March 2014 at Gottex Models Ltd., an international fashion swimwear company. Among her various roles spanning operations and marketing, she oversaw manufacturing, supply chain and distribution of 12 million units a year to over 40 countries world-wide.
Chief Revenue Officer
Tomer Pascal has served as our Chief Revenue Officer since September 2018 and has served as the Chief Revenue Officer for Mohawk Group, Inc since August 2017. Prior to joining Mohawk, he was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder for OMG Studios, a developer of digital media and advertising software products, from January 2015 to January 2016 and in various roles at Perion, an ad-tech company, from September 2009 to January 2015. Mr. Pascal has held a variety of co-founder and general manager roles focusing on marketing and revenue growth for companies in media and technology. He served in the Israeli military from August 1998 to October 2003 and was a company commander for certain special combat units and when he left the military in 2003 he held the rank of Captain.
Chief Technology Officer
Roi Zahut has served as our Chief Technology Officer since January 2019. Prior to joining Mohawk, he served in a number of roles, including as the CTO of the Advanced Analytics global consulting team at IBM and as the architect of IBM Metropulse, a retail & CPG analytics platform, from October 2016 to January 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Zahut lived in Israel where he held senior technical, business and data science roles in startups and consulting companies including IBM Israel from January 2015 to October 2016, Brainbow Ltd from October 2013 to January 2015 and Matrix IT Ltd, an information technology company, from October 2008 to October 2011, working across industries (CPG, industrial and defense). Mr. Zahut also served in the Israeli Air Force from September 2005 to October 2008 where he obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class. Mr. Zahut holds an MSc in Neuroscience with distinction from Bar Ilan University.
Chief Marketing Officer
Sascha Lewis joined Aterian as Chief Marketing Officer in January, 2021. Previously, he co-founded Flavorpill Media, where he served as CEO for 20 years, bringing expertise in building dynamic brands, leading inspiring teams and executing award-winning business development partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and cultural leaders. His work at Flavorpill was featured in New York Times, TODAY, GMA, CNN, GQ, Vice, the Financial Times and The Economist. When the company was acquired by Bustle Digital Group in 2018, Sascha became VP of Experiential Bustle Digital Group, working with Unilever, Nestle, Anheuser Busch and HP while increasing event revenue by 800% by producing over 60 events from 2018-2019.