We’re helping consumer packaged brands to innovate through technology

With good data and the right technology, consumer brands can transform the way value is created for customers.
We saw a need for the CPG industry to advance at the pace of digital. We knew it would take a sophisticated mix of technologies and domain expertise to build this capability. That’s why we founded Smart Connect.

Solutions that bridge physical and digital

We’re focused on creating the world’s best user experience in the retail store and beyond. To achieve this, we’ve built a platform for integrating, processing, and analyzing data on top of which we layer applications for fully interactive, data-driven augmented reality experiences.

Engeneering mindset meets domain expertise

At our headquarters in New York City and at offices around the world, we’ve assembled a team that combines domain expertise in consumer packaged goods with practical expertise in augmented reality, big data processing, user experience design, and data science.


CEO & Founder

Jeremy Cohen is a founder and CEO of Knoll Printing & Packaging, a leader in luxury packaging since 1984, with solid relationships in the cosmetics industry. Mr. Cohen recognized the game-changing evolution in technology as a pre-cursor to the next level of evolution in packaging, digitally connecting consumers directly with brands. CM Smart Connect was formed to engage the brands through ‘connected packaging for all forms of packaging, not limited to the Rigid Box category produced by Knoll.


MSc in Vision and Robotics. Darko has developed world-first AR CAD model tracking algorithm while working in Metaio GmbH (acquired by Apple Inc. in 2015). CAD tracking technology was successfully integrated in MARTA software developed with Volkswagen AG in 2013-2014. Since 2015 Darko led development of various AR software development projects, most notably Zumoko CAD tracking for HoloLens, and HoloLens Digital Workbench project developed in cooperation with Fujitsu Labs of America. Darko also led development of CMSC technology stack from ground up.

Co-founder, Sales

Gary Montalbano has over 30 years in the cosmetic industry, working at L’Oréal, Avon and Estee Lauder. As Vice President, Gary and his teams have worked with established brands such as Clinique, Lancôme, Biotherm, La Mer, Jo Malone and Bobbi Brown. In his career he has worked directly with Marketing, R&D, Product Development and supply chain. Gary graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Fairleigh Dickerson University in New Jersey.

Chief Product

An IoT expert, Erwan served as Executive VP, Bus. Dev. and GM of NFC Solutions and Smart Sensor Products at Thin Film Electronics. Prior to that, Erwan was with Veeco (formerly, Solid State Equipment Company), KLA Tencor and Credence Diagnostics Systems where he held senior business development and marketing positions. Erwan holds an MBA from Duke University and dual Masters of Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Taejon, Korea and the National Institute of Applied Sciences, Lyon, France.