Lions Peak specializes in products and services dedicated to improving the performance of Fabless Semiconductor Companies.

The Founding Team

Patrick Guerra

Nearly 30 years of forecasting, supply chain management, manufacturing and information technology expertise focused in semiconductor and high-tech. Pat has taken organizations from inception to maturity, leading and managing hyper growth and change. A proven track record for defining and delivering organizations and solutions that produce sustainable competitive advantage in customer satisfaction, operations execution, speed, performance and cost management.

Led major, next generation efforts in Customer Order Management, Manufacturing, Forecasting, Planning and Control, Manufacturing Process Technology, WW Distribution Operations and Global Supply Management at HP and AMD.

An early adopter of electronic commerce as VP of Supply Management at AMD, he later led Ariba’s Network Markets and Supply Alliances groups. As President and CEO of SpinCircuit his organization made inter-enterprise Design for Supply Chain a reality for the electronics industry.

The Lions Peak mission is to capitalize on this background and deliver breakthrough performance in one of the world’s most complex value-adding networks or supply chain.

A frequent speaker at supply chain forums, he is an APICS CPIM, and a member of the Institute of Supply Management and the Council of Logistics Management.

Pat has a BS in Economics and a MBA in Operations Management and Information Systems from Santa Clara University. He currently serves as an advisor to the Center for Logistics Management at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Leavey School of Business at the Santa Clara. He has recently been appointed the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SCU.

Magnus Matthiasson

Magnus brings over ten years of supply chain management and demand planning experience focused in semiconductor and high-tech, where he has applied advanced analytics, quality management, process improvement, and software solutions to deliver order of magnitude performance improvements.

Under his leadership, a supply management organization for a leading semiconductor company quadrupled its realized cost savings, a distribution operation reduced inventory by more than a third, and an outsourced relationship successfully scaled from inception to over $2 billion. Leveraging proven frameworks, processes, and analytic techniques, the results are delivered to last.

Magnus has contributed to the creation of a new software category focused on supply chain visibility and control as director of product management at seeCommerce. He advanced the application of forecasting and inventory management in the field of retail as a director of client operations at Nonstop Solutions. As a Site Manager for AMD’s supply management organization, he developed and led a strategic sourcing and commodity management organization, and was an early adapter of e-procurement solutions. He also managed the logistics operations for a European importer and distributor.

Experience spans strategic sourcing, commodity management, material control, new product introduction, forecasting, and distribution in leadership positions with AMD, Nonstop Solutions, and seeCommerce. Magnus attained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and a MBA from Arizona State University. Certified with distinction from Sigma Collage. Published white papers on supply chain performance management and supply chain data integration.

John Kanalakis

John brings over 10 years of software development experience applying emerging software technologies to create innovative solutions. John has designed and built a number of large-scale enterprise applications and XML-based distributed application frameworks. During his professional career he has worked with a range of programming platforms from Java J2EE to Microsoft's .NET Framework to produce Web applications, Web services, enterprise applications, and integration solutions.

As Director of Engineering at SpinCircuit, John was responsible for architecting, building, and delivering key products that facilitated inter-enterprise Design for Supply Chain in the electronics industry. This included collaboration tools, content management tools for electronic component information, and an online Web portal that searches electronic component data and places schematic symbols into EDA products. Recently, Director of Engineering at BetaSphere, a product lifecycle management solutions company, John was responsible for the design and development of a multi-tiered enterprise application that captures, manages, and analyzes new product requirements.

John's industry exposure includes conference presentations, multiple publications, and an upcoming book
entitled, "Developing .NET Enterprise Applications" (Apress Publishing). John has a BS in Computer Science from San Jose State University

Shantha Mohan, Ph.D.

Shantha has over 20 years of experience in Operations Management and software products design and management, focusing on mission-critical systems to support semiconductor and other high value added manufacturing. At Consilium, now an Applied Materials company, Shantha has built software solutions for planning, scheduling, dispatching, WIP control & management, tool control & management, engineering data collection, SPC, specification management, and performance reporting. In addition to managing the industry-leading product in MES (Manufacturing Execution System), WorkStream, and delivering multiple releases of the same, Shantha led the team that created the state of the art MES called FAB300 for fully-automated fabs, starting with securing funding for the R&D of this product from NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology)) to technical selection of the commercialized product by a major semiconductor company. Shantha was instrumental in the setting up of the offshore development capabilities for Consilium.

Shantha has a depth of experience consulting for the semiconductor industry. Areas of consulting include software technology selection, requirements development and management, project planning, scheduling and management, project/vendor assessment, risk management, quality management, relationship/vendor management, offshore development management, outsourced project management, and manufacturing automation software for companies such as BOPS inc. and Asyst Technologies.

Shantha has a Ph.D., and an M.S. in Operations Management from Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, and a B.E (Honors) in Electronics & Communication from University of Madras, India. Shantha has several published papers in the area of planning and dispatching. She has served as a reviewer for grant proposals for NSF (National Science Foundation).


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