President & CEO
Govi Rao is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Noveda Technologies. With more than 15 years of global experience across several industries, he is a passionate champion of sustainability. He was instrumental in envisioning and establishing Lightning Science as an innovative pace setter in the emerging LED space.
Before joining Noveda in 2010, Govi was the Vice President and General Manager of the Phillips Solid State Lighting Business, and spent over a decade with specialty chemicals leader Rohm and Haas Company in various leadership roles.
He has served as a Partner in Pegasus Sustainable Century Merchant Bank, leading the energy efficiency practice. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lighting Science Group Corporation, and the Chairman and founding partner of Sunray Scientific. He is a pioneer in the field of green chemistry for sustainable electronics related to conductive adhesive systems.
Govi received his Bachelor’s Degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad and his MS from Villanova.
He is an advisor to the US-China Center for Sustainability and a founding member of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh-Dickinson University. He also serves on the board of the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST) and is a board member of the New Jersey Technology Council.