Melonee Wise is the CEO of Fetch Robotics. Melonee was the second employee at Willow Garage, a research and development laboratory extremely influential in the advancement of robotics. While there, she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware and software, including ROS, the PR2, and TurtleBot. Melonee was a 2015 recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 award for technology innovators under the age of 35 and has been named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence and 40 Under 40 lists. In 2017, Business Insider named her as one of eight CEOs changing the way we work. Under her leadership, Fetch Robotics won the MODEX Innovation Award for the materials handling industry, as well as being named to RBR 50, a listing of the 50 most innovative robotics companies in the world.
The Fetch Robotics Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Carl Showalter is Chief Operating Officer at Fetch Robotics where he oversees all of the company’s business operations. Prior to Fetch Robotics, Carl spent 14 years as a venture capitalist. He was Founder and General Partner at Opus Capital and previously a General Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. Prior to that, Carl served as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Juniper Networks where he built and led a global marketing and product management organization. Before his time at Juniper Networks, Carl served as Vice President of Dial and Broadband Services for UUNET where he oversaw a 300-person division generating more than $1 billion in revenue.
Chief of Staff
Dave Robson is Chief of Staff at Fetch Robotics where he provides oversight and guidance on projects of high importance, while organizing and prioritizing critical issues for the company’s executives in order to facilitate efficient decision-making. Prior to Fetch Robotics, he held a similar role at Savioke where he supported the company’s CEO in all aspects of running an early-stage startup which developed autonomous robotic products for the services industry. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Staff for Willow Garage where he supported the company’s CEO in all aspects of running a 60-person leading edge robotics research and development company, with a specialty in coordinating partnerships between external mechanical engineers and industrial design firms.
Vice President of Engineering
Gurmeet Lamba is the Vice President of Engineering at Fetch Robotics, overseeing product development of all Fetch robots. Previously Gurmeet was the COO/GM at Sentient Technologies where he was responsible for pioneering Artificial Intelligence enabled products leveraging Evolutionary Algorithms. Gurmeet’s career spans executive leadership roles leading pre-revenue to $1B+ portfolios in SaaS eCommerce/Digital Marketing, Application Performance Management & Unified Communications, at companies including Riverbed, Opnet, Clarus Systems, Avaya. Gurmeet is a recipient of the Bell Labs Presidents award, and is also an avid potter and board member at the Palo Alto Art Center.
Vice President of Marketing
Barry Phillips is Vice President of Marketing at Fetch Robotics where oversees global Marketing and Business Development. Barry joins Fetch Robotics after being the CMO of Maxta, Panzura, Egnyte and Wanova (acquired by VMware), where he led Marketing, Sales, and Business Development. Barry came to Wanova from Citrix Systems, where he was the Group Vice President and General Manager of the Delivery Center Product Group. Barry joined Citrix through the acquisition of Net6. He began his career in United States Naval Aviation where he logged over 1,000 hours in a P-3C Orion. Barry holds a Bachelors of Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters of Computer Science from UCLA.
Vice President of Operations
David Fortes is Vice President of Operations at Fetch Robotics where he oversees indirect procurement, supply chain management, manufacturing operations, logistics, warranty operations, and cost management. David has more than 20 years of experience developing strong operations teams driving unique value chain networks. Prior to Fetch Robotics, David spent 7 years at Intel, as Director of Manufacturing Operations, leading global product operations of network security software & hardware products and developing supply chain risk management strategies. Prior to that, David spent 10 years at Jabil Circuits and served as a Business Unit Manager, responsible for P&L end to end business operations of global customer relationships ranging from startup to Fortune 500 companies.
Vice President of Sales
Kurt Nantkes is Vice President of Sales at Fetch Robotics where he oversees global sales efforts for the company. Prior to joining Fetch Robotics, Kurt was Senior Vice President at Zonar Systems where he managed the global direct and channel sales strategy along with each of the company’s revenue-generating product lines. Kurt was one of the first 20 employees at Zonar and during his time with the company, grew his sales team to over 100 members. He possesses vast experience in hardware-enabled SaaS business modeling — a core component of Fetch Robotics’ offerings.
Vice President of Support & Services
Diptish Datta is Vice President of Support and Services at Fetch Robotics where he oversees global customer support and services. Diptish has more than 25 years of experience building and leading support and service operations. Prior to Fetch Robotics, Diptish spent 6 years at Panzura, a cloud storage company, leading worldwide support and application strategy. Prior to that, Diptish built out support operations for several enterprise storage and log analytics companies including a 10 year stint at NetApp, a leader in the network attached storage industry, where he led service and support automation operations.