Our Leaders

Thomas Weiss

Thomas Weiss

Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Thomas Weiss is CEO and founder of Authentic Vision. He brought together his passion for innovation and deep experience in cryptology and IT …

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… security management to launch Authentic Vision in 2012.

True to his original vision, the company works to develop innovative new technology and systems to stop product counterfeiting, reduce risk to consumers and protect brand owners’ revenue.

Since Authentic Vision’s founding, Thomas has grown the startup into a company that develops and offers product tagging and software solutions to secure organizations’ global supply chains and distribution channels by bridging the physical product to digital monitoring, data analysis, and customer communication capabilities. Under Thomas’ leadership, Authentic Vision has secured 29 patents and attracted a global client base.

Thomas also serves as a senior technology advisor to startups at Silicon Castles, a strategic business accelerator for startups in Europe. In this work, Thomas coaches entrepreneurs on transforming ideas into intellectual property and scalable products, while mentoring emerging leaders and teams to become top performers.

Additionally, Thomas is a visiting lecturer in internet protocols and services, cryptology and IT-security management at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

Prior to founding Authentic Vision, Thomas had worked in product management, sales and research.

Thomas earned a Master of Science in IT-management and a Master of Science in computer science from Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

Mahesh Sundaram

Mahesh Sundaram

Chief Commercial Officer

As Chief Commercial Officer for Authentic Vision, Mahesh is responsible for the commercialization of the company’s innovative technology and systems …

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… that are designed to stop product counterfeiting, reduce risk to consumers and protect brand owners’ revenue.

Mahesh’s functional responsibilities include sales, business development, marketing and customer success.

Mahesh oversees relationships with the company’s growing global base of clients using Authentic Vision’s product tagging and software solutions to secure their global supply chains and bridge their physical product to digital monitoring, data analysis and customer communication capabilities.

Mahesh is an accomplished leader with 28 years of experience across information communications technology, core technology and consumer electronics industries. Prior to joining Authentic Vision, Mahesh was Vice President of Sales and Customer support at Immersion Corporation, a leading innovator of touch feedback technology. At Immersion, he was responsible for revenue and sales for the company’s licensing business across all markets.

Mahesh also served in business development and operational leadership roles at Dolby Laboratories where he was Vice President for Asia Pacific and Director of the Consumer Electronics market segment. Additionally, he held product marketing and management positions globally at Intel Corporation.

He earned a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

SabinePongruber

Sabine Pongruber

Director, Finance

Sabine Pongruber joined Authentic Vision in June 2020 as Finance Director. In this role she is responsible for the financial duties of the company, including …

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… Accounting and financial Controlling/Reporting.

In addition her functional responsibilities include Investor Relations as well as Treasury Management.

Ivar van Dijk

Ivar van Dijk

Vice President, Product & Development

Ivar Van Dijk is a highly experienced marketing executive with extensive experience across markets including consumer electronics …

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… telecommunications, and the music industry.

Since 2014 he has been Authentic Vision’s Head of Product Management. He was Key Account Manager at RealNetworks and managed product marketing for Authentic Vision, Real Networks and Sony.

He earned a Masters in International Management from CEMS and MSc in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Thomas Bergmueller

Thomas Bergmüller

Vice President, R&D

Thomas Bergmüller is VP Research & Development for Authentic Vision. His team is a key driver in the company’s work to develop innovative new technology …

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… and secure new patents.

These efforts set the foundation for the company to create tagging and software solutions that stop product counterfeiting, reduce risk to consumers and protect brand owners’ revenue.

Thomas leads the Research and Development team in developing and overseeing the company’s security technology stack. His particular focus has been on Computer Vision and data analysis.

Additionally, Thomas manages Authentic Vision’s intellectual property. The company currently holds 37 patents.

Previously, Thomas had been a solution designer and full-stack developer for GFI Elektronik, which specializes in customized LED technology projects. In this role, he handled strategy and implementation of systems with a focus on PCB-design, firmware for micro-controllers, embedded data processing, and telemetric hardware diagnostics. His work included serving as a key developer and development lead for assignments in North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Thomas earned a Master of Science in Applied Image and Signal Processing through the international joint degree program at the University of Salzburg / Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. During his studies, he focused on Biometric Systems, especially Iris recognition, and published several papers on this topic.

Thomas is also engaged as an External Lecturer for Media Informatics at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.