Ajay Shah

Ajay Shah

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of SMART Global Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Ajay Shah joined Silver Lake, a global investment firm, in 2007, and is the co-founder and Managing Partner of the firm’s middle market strategy, Silver Lake Sumeru. Since 2014, Mr. Shah has also served as a Senior Operating Partner of Sumeru Equity Partners, a middle-market private equity firm. Previously, he founded Shah Capital Partners, a private equity firm. In addition, Mr. Shah serves as Chairman of the Board of SMART Global Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGH) since its inception in 2011, and since 2018 he also serves as its CEO.

Mr. Shah co-founded SMART Modular in 1989 and served as Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer through SMART Modular’s initial public offering in 1995 and until 1999, when it was acquired by Solectron for over $2 Billion. Mr. Shah currently serves on the board of directors of a number of private technology companies including Locaweb and Velocity Technology Solutions, Inc. Mr. Shah previously served on the board of directors of Magellan Navigation, Inc., AVI-SPL, Inc., CMAC MicroTechnology, Flex, Ingenient Technologies Inc., Northern California Public Broadcasting, Power-One, Inc., PulseCore Semiconductor, Spansion Inc. and TES Electronic Solutions. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, serves on the boards of National Audubon Society and The Indian School of Business, India and is a Trustee of the American India Foundation. Mr. Shah has a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Baroda, India and an M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University.