Our Team

XiO’s experienced staff is committed to delivering practical, effective solutions to the issues facing the water industry today.



Paul Sagues, P.E., Co-Founder and Executive Chairman

Paul is a seasoned veteran with a distinguished career in the process control business. Paul is a co-founder of Berkeley Process Control, a company that generated more than $250 million in sales in the high precision motion and machine control business. Paul co-authored the textbook Microprocessors for Measurement and Control (Osborne/McGraw-Hill) with Professor David M. Auslander of the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Sagues has more than one hundred patents in the field of microprocessor-based control systems. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Sagues is a Registered Professional Engineer in California.


Mauritz Botha, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Mauritz was the co-founder and CTO of Lontech and Sperolon, where he was the architect for intelligent residential demand-side systems and the SL2000 environmental sensing system that is widely deployed in mines in South Africa. Mauritz worked as a product manager for Coactive Networks where he was part of the team that oversaw the move to large scale production of home gateway systems for a large Swedish utility. He was the co-founder and CTO of IMSI-Design where he was responsible for the TurboCAD range of products and helped establish TurboCAD as the dominant CAD application in retail in the US. Mauritz was Chairman of the Board of the Open Design Alliance, an entity providing libraries for open exchange of geometry between various popular CAD platforms. He holds a Bachelor in Electronic Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, Hons. Bachelor of Computer Engineering from the University of Pretoria and a Masters of Electrical Engineering (cum laude) from the University of Potchefstroom. He also holds a patent on a machine vision system for industrial control and a number of patents pending associated with his work at XiO.


Malcolm Thompson, Chief Executive Officer

Mal brings a diverse set of skills to bear at XiO. After graduating from Harvard Business School, he spent the next dozen years working in finance as both an investment banker at Harris Williams and Co. and MHT Partners, and a principal investor at La Jolla Cove Investors. Mal worked across a wide range of industries in those roles, with particular focus on business and information systems, consumer products, materials and mining, and biotechnology. Prior to business school, Mal spent nine years in the Army as an Airborne Infantry officer and Green Beret, with multiple combat tours overseas. A graduate of the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in Engineering Physics, he lives in Marin with his wife, two daughters, and son. In his free time, Mal can be found watching New England’s sports teams, reading (mostly history), picking up after children, or exercising.


Kevin Liscovitz, Chief Operating Officer

Kevin joined XiO in 2015 to expand and streamline the design and delivery of reliable Cloud SCADA® Control Systems. Prior to joining XiO, Kevin served as a Captain in the U.S. Army where he held various leadership positions in the 82nd Airborne Division and was a graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School. Kevin holds a BS in Industrial Technology from Eastern Illinois University.


Peter Moy, VP of Engineering

Peter is an accomplished automation and control system expert. He was Director of Engineering at Berkeley Process Control (BPC), where he was responsible for managing software, electronics, mechanical design, product development, and systems engineering. Peter was involved in the development of several generations of the multi-axis servo motor machine controller that was the central element of BPC’s products. He oversaw system development for projects in automated welding, semiconductor wafer handling, nuclear vessel inspection, and nuclear-spent fuel canister welding. Peter led the development of Soft-I/O, an innovative product that implements configurable I/O and is at the core of XiO’s offering. Peter has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


Mark Puckett, VP of Product Development

Mark is an experienced water system product and project manager who brings his more than ten years of experience to head up the rapidly growing XiO production operation surrounding both the innovative Soft-I/O technology and the unique XiO Cloud SCADA® control system. Mark began his career in software systems but then moved into the irrigation business, commercial, municipal and agricultural, spending nearly ten years serving the delivery of water to the customer. Now, Mark turns his focus to serving the water production side of the equation. Mark is overseeing the scaling of XiO’s business that is ramping at an explosive rate. Mark earned a B.A. from Harvard University.



David M. Auslander

David M. Auslander is Professor of the Graduate School, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of California, Berkeley. He has also served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the College of Engineering. His research and teaching interests include mechatronics and real-time software, bioengineering, and mechanical control. Current projects in these areas are building energy control, a design methodology for real-time control software for mechanical systems, satellite attitude control, simulation methods for constrained mechanical systems, and engineering curriculum development. He consults in industrial servo control systems and other control and computer applications. He is a co-founder and senior technical consultant to Berkeley Process Control, Inc. (now a part of Moog, Inc.), a company specializing in industrial machine control. His undergraduate studies were at the Cooper Union and his graduate studies were at MIT, both in Mechanical Engineering. David is currently a fellow of the ASME, and has a longstanding association with the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME including past service as its chair and as the editor of the Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control.

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James A. Chiddix

Mr. Chiddix is a 39-year veteran of the cable television and technology industries. He is also on the boards of ARRIS Group, Inc., a communications equipment company; Virgin Media Inc., a cable TV, broadband and fixed and wireless service provider in the United Kingdom; Dycom Industries, Inc., a provider of construction and engineering services to the telecom and cable industries, and Symmetricom, Inc., a precision timing equipment company.

Mr. Chiddix was CEO and Chairman at OpenTV Corp., a developer of cable and satellite set-top box software, between March 2004 and March 2007, and remained on its board through November 2009. Prior to OpenTV, Mr. Chiddix was President of Time Warner Inc.’s Interactive Television Division, developing server-based DVR services, and for the 15 preceding years was Chief Technology Officer at Time Warner Cable overseeing R&D, engineering and construction activities. He and his team pioneered the use of optical fiber technologies in cable TV systems, a transforming change that enabled two-way and streaming services, including video-on-demand and high-speed Internet access through cable modems. Early in his career, Jim co-founded CRC Electronics, a start-up that manufactured videotape automation systems for program origination, time-shifting, and commercial insertion. That company was sold to Texscan in 1982; its technology dominated the market for tape-based local ad insertion for US cable companies until the advent of server-based solutions in the late nineties. Jim’s interest in electronics and technology began with amateur radio and continued at Cornell University, where he studied electrical engineering. During his military service, he attended and then taught at the U.S. Army Air Defense Command School at Fort Bliss, Texas. Jim was inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers in 1991 and the Cable Hall of Fame in 2007

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Jorge A. del Calvo

Jorge A. del Calvo is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. He represents public and private technology companies in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, and joint ventures, investment banks in equity, debt, and other transactions, and venture and private equity funds in their formation and investments. Mr. del Calvo’s clients range in size from unfunded start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Jorge del Calvo is one of the most prolific and experienced IPO attorneys in the country. He has consistently ranked as one of the top attorneys in the country in representing issuers in completed technology IPOs. He has also broken ground for new industries in the public market, having represented the “First Internet IPO” (Netcom On-Line Communications Service, Inc.), and the “First Solar IPO” (SunPower Corporation) in their Initial Public Offerings. Fifteen of the companies Mr. del Calvo has represented achieved market valuations in excess of $1B.

During his career, Mr. del Calvo has handled over one hundred merger and acquisition transactions, including the representation of Atheros in its $3.6 billion acquisition by Qualcomm, WebEx in its $3.2 billion acquisition by Cisco, Nicira in its $1.26 billion acquisition by VMWare, and PLX Technology in its $298 Million sale to Avago Technologies. He also has extensive experience in counseling public companies and their boards with respect to hostile takeovers, proxy contests, special investigations and corporate governance issues.

Mr. del Calvo is a Coordinating Editor of the Venture Capital and Public Offering Negotiation, a two-volume treatise for lawyers. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford Law School where he has taught several corporate law courses and was a panelist on several Continuing Education for the Bar (CEB) courses.

Mr. del Calvo is a charter member of the Silicon Valley chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Asian American Multicultural Association (AAMA), and HispanicNet. He has been a speaker at various conferences sponsored by TiE, AAMA, HispanicNet, and other industry organizations.

Mr. del Calvo has previously served on the boards of Berkeley Process Control, Inc., Columb, Inc., Riverstone Networks (RSTN), Procket Networks, Deepa Textiles, Xambala, the Vinters Alliance LLP and New Path, LLC. He also served on the Board of several non-profit entities, including Job Train Inc. and the Center for Vietnamese Refugee Resettlement. He is also a member of the Equity Capital Foundation Task Force, a group of professionals from America’s Startup and small-capitalization ecosystem that was founded in June 2013, in part, to develop recommendations for policymakers to help companies gain greater access to capital.


Paul Sagues, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman

Paul Sagues is a seasoned veteran with a distinguished career in the process control business and the co-founder and chairman of XiO, Inc. Paul is a co-founder of Berkeley Process Control, a company that generated more than $250 million in sales in the high precision motion and machine control business and was acquired by Moog, Inc in 2008. Paul co-authored the textbook Microprocessors for Measurement and Control (Osborne/McGraw-Hill) with Professor David M. Auslander of the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Sagues has more than one hundred patents in the field of microprocessor-based control systems. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


Maria S. Jelescu Dreyfus

Maria is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ardinall Investment Management, an investment firm focused on energy infrastructure that she started in 2017.

Prior to Ardinall Investment Management, Ms. Dreyfus spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs, where she most recently served as a Portfolio Manager and Managing Director in the Goldman Sachs Investment Partners (GSIP) Group.

She currently serves as a director on the board of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE: MIC), on the board of CDPQ (one of Canada’s largest pension plans), and on the advisory board of Eni Next (Eni SpA’s corporate venture arm).

She also sits on the advisory board of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and serves as co-chair of their Women in Energy program.

Additionally, Ms. Dreyfus is a member of the MIT Corporation’s Development Committee and sits on the MIT Economics Department’s Visiting Committee.

Ms. Dreyfus also serves as a member of the New York State Secure Choice Savings Program Board. Her current and past non-profit board memberships include New America Alliance, Breakthrough New York, and Girls Inc. of NYC. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York and a member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle.

Ms. Dreyfus has held her CFA since 2004, and holds a dual degree in economics and management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Maria resides in New York City with her husband and three children.