Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board and Director
Victor Huang is Airship AI’s Chief Executive Officer (since April 2007) and Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Huang was Airship AI’s very first employee, joining in 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. He brings experience as an investor, executive, and is one of Airship AI’s largest shareholders.
Before joining Airship AI, Mr. Huang was an independent trader. He also spent time working at Smith Barney as a financial consultant.
Mr. Huang attended the University of Washington, where he studied business administration.
Chief Operating Officer, Secretary, Treasurer and Director
Derek Xu is an Airship AI co-founder. He has served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer (since March 2022), and is on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Xu has also spent time as Airship AI’s Chief Technology Officer. He brings experience as an investor, director, COO, and is one of Airship AI’s largest shareholders.
Before co-founding Airship AI in 2003, Mr. Xu co-founded a Web service company, providing eCommerce solutions for small businesses. He has also held leadership positions at various tech companies, helping launch web-based products for financial institutions.
Mr. Xu holds a Ph. D. in Geophysics from the University of Washington.
Peeyush Ranjan has served as a member of Airship AI’s Board of Directors since November 2021. From 2017 to present and from 2006-2015, Mr. Ranjan has served as VP, Director or Manager of Engineering at Google, a technology services firm. From 2015 to 2016, he was CTO of Flipkart, an e-commerce services company based in India, and a VP of Engineering at Airbnb. Previously, he was part of engineering teams at Consera Technologies, Hewlett Packard, Infospace, Inc. and Microsoft. He holds a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science from IIT Kharagpur, an M.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University and an M.B.A. in Technology Management from University of Washington. Mr. Ranjan is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors based on his extensive technology experience.
Louis Lebedin has over 25 years of banking experience with a proven track record of building and leading a world class business. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Lebedin served as an advisor to Unio Capital LLC, an asset management firm, responsible for product development. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Lebedin was global head of JP Morgan’s prime brokerage business, a leading provider of clearing and financing services for equity and fixed income hedge funds. He was responsible for defining and executing the strategy for the business, to expand its market share while continuing to meet the evolving needs of its hedge fund clients. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Lebedin served on JP Morgan Clearing Corp.’s Operations Committee and the Equities Division’s Executive Committee. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Lebedin was the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Bear Stearns’s Global Clearing Services division. Mr. Lebedin joined the Clearance Division in 1988 assuming the role of controller before being promoted to chief financial officer in 1996. From 1980 to 1987, he worked at Coopers & Lybrand, rising to the level of audit manager specializing in financial services. Mr. Lebedin holds a B.S. in accounting from Syracuse University, and he earned his CPA license in 1982.
Amit Mital has over two decades of experience in the tech field and currently serves as CEO and founder of Kernel Labs, which focuses on machine learning, virtual reality and cybersecurity, a position he also held from 2018 to 2021. From 2021 to 2022, Mr. Mital was on the National Security Council (NSC) as the senior director for cybersecurity strategy and policy and also served in the White House as a special assistant to the President. Before Kernel Labs, Mr. Mital was chief technology officer at Symantec Corporation, where he oversaw technology strategy for the cybersecurity company from 2013-2015. While at Kernel Labs, Mr. Mital was also co-founder and chairman of the blockchain-based distributed identification platform Trusted Key, which was later acquired by Workday. Mr. Mital’s longest-tenured job came at Microsoft, where he worked as a corporate vice president for 20 years, and as a general manager concurrently for seven years. Mr. Mital holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Dartmouth College. Mr. Mital is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors based on his executive leadership experience in the technology industry and his senior leadership experience in United States Government, as well as being a cybersecurity industry veteran.