SVP and Chief Revenue Officer
Kaivan Karimi currently serves as mimik’s SVP and Chief Revenue Officer, where he is responsible for revenue, Go-To-Market, product management, and commercial aspects of the business. Kaivan brings to mimik over 24 years of operational & business leadership experience in the SW, systems, and semiconductor industries, half in telecom and half in automotive & industrial markets. He has advised multiple startups in the IoT space, has grown IoT businesses at Fortune 500 companies, and is an expert in growth through partnerships and business model transformation.
Before mimik, he served as SVP & Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS). He was responsible for driving the growth of embedded SW and cybersecurity & OTA SaaS solutions for mission-critical applications in automotive, medical, and industrial markets. His responsibilities included sales, GTM, Field engineering, and business management. He redefined the GTM strategy, revamped the sales team, introduced new business processes resulting in growing revenue by ~300% in 5 years, at ~3X SAM growth rate. He also grew design wins by 290%, added 60%+ market share in the EV market, signed direct (tier-1) supply contracts with 10s of OEMs globally, and generated $100s of Millions in the backlog for future years.
Before BlackBerry, he was the VP, GM of wireless MCUs & IoT business at Atmel, where he transformed the business from IC to a module solution business, growing revenue at 4X the SAM growth rate and improving gross margin by over 35%. Earlier, he served in various leadership roles at Freescale Semiconductor and Cadence Design Systems.
Kaivan holds graduate degrees in engineering (MSEE) and business (MBA).