Dr. Sirjang (Jugi) Lal Tandon

Founder of Tandon Corporation and Celetronix International

Dr. Tandon is a pioneer in establishing India as global hi-tech manufacturing hub, and one of India’s early exports to the Silicon Valley. In 1975, he founded the Tandon Corporation. He invented and patented the first double sided floppy disk drive, which proved to be a key factor in driving acceptance for the Personal Computer. In 1978, IBM integrated Tandon’s disk drives in the first PCs it launched. He also set up the first plant for manufacturing hard disk drivesin Singapore. This set off a trend that established that part of Singapore as the industry hub for technology manufacturing.

Tandon Corporation was later merged with chip controller company Western Digital (NYSE WDC), which continues to be a leader in the disk drive industry with annual sales of US $3.6 billion.

Dr. Tandon also founded Celetronix International, which was the largest electronic manufacturing service provider in India and Southeast Asia. Celetronix was acquired by Jabil Circuits (NYSE JBL) in January of 2006.

Prior to 1975, Dr. Tandon had worked at IBM, Memorex, and Pertec. For his achievements in technology and business, he has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Howard University.

Xavient is proud to have Dr. Tandon as one of our esteemed advisory board members.

Michael T. Dugan

President and CEO of Echostar

In November 2009, Michael Dugan was named EchoStar’s President and CEO. Dugan has served as a member of EchoStar’s board of directors since October 2007, and previously served in several executive roles at the combined company from 1990–2004 prior to EchoStar’s spinoff from DISH Network Corporation in January 2008.

Until October 2006, Dugan was DISH Network’s Chief Technology Officer, and prior to 2004 was its President and Chief Operating Officer. In that capacity, Dugan had been responsible for, among other things, all operations except legal, finance and accounting at DISH Network. Until April 2000, Dugan had been President of EchoStar Technologies Corporation. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of the Consumer Products Division of DISH Network. Dugan began his EchoStar career as Vice President of engineering in 1990 for the subsidiary that later became EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.

Dugan is credited with being the chief architect behind the technological foundation for DISH Network and EchoStar.

Mel Lavitt

Advisory Director of Xavient Information Systems

Mel Lavitt joined Xavient as an Advisory Director in June 2010. Mel’s primary focus is on investment banking and M&A opportunities. However, his professional career in investment banking includes hundreds of capital market transactions accounting for several billion dollars of equity and debt financing.

In July of 2007, Mel was Vice Chairman and Managing Director of C.E. Unterberg, Towbin, when it was acquired by Collins Stewart, LLC. Upon completion of the transaction, he formed Lavitt Group, LLC to advise private and public companies in finding and securing financing, structuring and negotiating investment terms, and advising on investor marketing strategy. In January 2009, Mel was appointed as a Senior Advisor by Needham and Company, LLC.

Mel started his career in investment banking in 1959 at Bear Stearns and then joined C.E. Unterberg, Towbin in 1962. In 1977, C.E. Unterberg, Towbin merged with L.F. Rothschild to form L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin Inc. From 1977 to 1986, Mel was a general partner and administrative managing director of that firm.

From June 1987 to August 1992, he had a financial advisory business, Lavitt Management Inc, after which he became a managing director for Unterberg, Harris, which later became C.E. Unterberg, Towbin, until purchased by Collins Stewart, LLC in 2007.

Mel’s current roles as Advisory Director to Xavient, Senior Advisor to Needham & Company LLC, member of the Board of Directors at Jabil Circuit, and member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development provide him with the opportunity to be active, knowledgeable, and up-to-date regarding current business trends.