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Apex.AI is an international developer of safety-certified base software, enabling a faster transition to software-defined vehicles and software-defined mobility. The company’s software products are based on proven open-source software, such as ROS or Eclipse iceoryx. Through a proprietary process, we add what is necessary to support commercial and safety-critical applications such as functional safety, real-time determinism and flawless performance.

The company’s headquarters is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California, with offices in Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart in Germany, Gothenburg in Sweden, Tokyo in Japan and Pangyo near Seoul in South Korea. To date, Apex.AI has raised over $75 million USD from world-class venture, financial and strategic investors including AGCOAirbus VenturesCanaanContinental AGDaimler TruckHELLA VenturesJaguar Land Rover’s InMotion VenturesLightspeedOrillionToyota VenturesVolvo Group Venture Capital and ZF.

Distinguished by our experienced and agile team, we bring in the right pedigree: Expertise in modern software engineering to build software that scales to massive systems, leading know-how in software functional safety to make software reliable, experience bringing software to market so that we know what it takes to build actual products, and twenty-plus years of experience building autonomous systems so that we can take the perspective of our customers and know their needs. 


We launched our award-winning first product Apex.Grace, formerly known as Apex.OS, after three years in 2020 and have taken it through certification in record time for launch in 2021. We have more in the pipeline to revolutionize the use of software in the automotive industry. Stay tuned. 

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Jan Becker

Jan Becker

Jan Becker is the CEO and Co-Founder of Apex.AI, Inc. 


He is also the Managing Director of Apex.AI GmbH in Germany, the chairman of the board of Apex.AI Sweden AB, a Managing Director of Apex.AI Korea Limited and a Representative Member of Apex.AI Japan GK.


Before founding Apex.AI, he was Senior Director at Faraday Future, responsible for Autonomous Driving, and Director at Robert Bosch LLC, responsible for Automated Driving in North America. 


Since 2010, Jan has been a Lecturer at Stanford University on autonomous vehicles and driver assistance. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at the University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and a member of the Stanford Racing Team for the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. 


Jan received the Software-Defined Vehicle Innovator (SDVI) of the Year award from MotorTrend in 2024 and was listed as one of the top “60 people driving the self-driving movement” by Automotive News in 2016.


Jan earned a Ph.D. in control engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

CEO and Co-Founder 

Jan Becker

Dejan Pangercic


Dejan Pangercic is CTO and Co-Founder of Apex.AI, Inc. In his role, he's leading the development of Apex.OS, our flagship product, and coordinating all development activities at the company.


Prior to founding Apex.AI, he was the Perception and Framework Lead at Faraday Future and the CTO at Deepfield Robotics, developing an autonomous asparagus harvesting robot and most recently a 4D-scanning-robot for plant emergence counting and 3D leaf area measurement. Dejan also worked as a Senior Research Engineer at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto and as a research assistant at the Technical University of Munich. He is an author of several papers and publications in the field of robotics and robotic perception and the author of two patent applications in the area of field robotics. He is also a contributor to the Point Cloud Library (PCL) and one of the early developers of ROS. Dejan is a member of the ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee. He has organized various workshops and a frequent reviewer for leading conferences.


Dejan earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Bremen, Germany, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Dejan Pangercic

CTO and Co-Founder 

Ned Sizer

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Ned Sizer is the Chief Financial Officer of Apex.AI. In his role, he oversees all activities related to the financial health of the company.


Ned has more than twenty years of senior finance experience with an industry focus on mobility and technology. His success has come in different forms and stages, from post-series B all the way through to IPO and life as a public company.


Ned’s passion for mobility started when he joined Ford Motor Company in the early 1990s and spent the next decade learning from one of the best. Since 2000, he has worked at Bay Area technology household names – Siebel, Macromedia (M&A), Omniture (IPO), Ancestry (take private), Turo (IPO), and now Apex.AI. Ned has a proven track record of successful exits and fundraising over $500M in new capital, providing lots of fresh capital for growth.

Chief Financial Officier

Ned Sizer
Paul Balciunas

Paul Balciunas

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Paul Balciunas is Chief Strategist of Apex.AI. 


Balciunas has nearly two decades of experience in finance and investment banking in the automotive industry. Paul spent a decade at Deutsche Bank, where he was involved in a number of landmark automotive transactions. Most notably, Paul acted as a lead underwriter of the initial public offering (IPO) for Tesla in 2010. Paul was also involved in the IPO of General Motors, which at the time was the largest IPO in U.S. history, and the sale of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust’s 41.5% stake in Chrysler Group to Fiat North America.


Paul has a proven track record of successfully raising capital to fund growth for technology companies. Most recently, Paul served as Chief Financial Officer for the electric vehicle company Canoo. During his time at Canoo, he raised over $1 billion in equity financing and supported the company’s transition from a private to publicly traded company listed on NASDAQ. 

Chief Strategist 

Tavis Szeto


SVP Corporate Development

Tavis Szeto is SVP Corporate Development at Apex.AI with regional responsibility for operations in APAC.

Before joining Apex.AI, as Director of the Automotive & Mobility Solutions Division in Panasonic Industrial, Tavis led an organization supporting global OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers with electric and autonomous mobility technology.

With over 20 years of marketing, technology, and business development experience across various industries, Tavis has been at the forefront of transformative technologies. Tavis served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Faraday Future, developing a pipeline of partnerships across auto OEMs, EV charging networks, advanced technology, and markets beyond the US and China. Before Faraday Future, Tavis held various leadership positions at ChargePoint, which included executing the company's early OEM partnerships with BMW, General Motors, Honda, Kia, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Tavis also held senior leadership positions at Arris (formerly Pace and 2Wire),

KLA-Tencor, and following his entrepreneurial spirit, founded and ran two of his businesses. 

Tavis has been an advisor for several stealth startups and a contributing member of various industry-standard organizations. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, experiencing great food, and keeping up with his San Francisco Bay Area sports teams.

Tavis Szeto

Stefan Duda


VP of Product

Stefan comes with 20 plus years’ experience in leading automotive software development with a focus on operating systems and middleware. His professional life is characterized by developing leading-edge technologies, transforming them into products and building effective organizations and value streams.

Before joining Apex.AI, Stefan was with Elektrobit responsible for Elektrobits global product development covering infotainment, connectivity, system test and infrastructure products.

His focus was Automotive OS including future products like Linux for safety applications, over-the-air software update and virtual test lab for ADAS. Furthermore,  he led the agile transformation of Elektrobits product development to a SAFe based workflow organization.

Stefa Duda

Nicole Pavelka


VP Brand and Marketing

Nicole Pavelka is Vice President of Brand and Marketing at Apex.AI Inc., where she is responsible for global marketing strategy and handles strategic brand management.


Before joining Apex.AI, she spent 18 years working for BMW and other Fortune 500 companies, emphasizing the automotive industry, leading her team, and experiencing both the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds. She cultivated skills in design context research, design strategy, and brand and business development.


With an extensive background in leading various sectors of the creative industry and as a certified professional coach, her passion for holistic processes, design thinking, and personal and professional development led her to use her creative mindset to apply and translate strategic thinking into executive leadership development.

Nicole Pavelka

Rabea Woerthwein-Mack


Head of Legal Operations

Rabea Woerthwein-Mack acts as Head of Legal Operations for Apex.AI providing expert and strategic advice on contracting, regulatory, compliance, risk, and other legal matters. With a global perspective through work experience in jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the US, she is managing the company’s third-party relationships with external counsel, business partners, and customers.


Prior to this role, Rabea worked in Higher Education for almost 10 years, initially as a Legal Counsel with a focus on R&D agreements in Germany, and later on in the US with a focus on operations, running the contracts and purchasing department for a large campus in San Francisco.


Rabea holds a German J.D. from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. She qualified as an attorney in the State of Rhineland-Palatinate and also holds a Master of Law (LL.M) in Public International Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Rabea Woerthwein-Mack

Anita Lim-Fritz


Anita is the Head of Global People Operations at Apex.AI. She is responsible for leading the overall strategy and execution of people team initiatives. In addition, she works to cultivate a positive workplace culture and ensures the organization is set up in a way to do its best work.


Anita brings a decade of experience in leading the people function for high-growth, venture-backed tech startups. She has a proven track record of building high-caliber teams focused on operational excellence and creating people-first cultures.

VP People 

Anita Lim-Fritz
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