Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ms. Neeta S. Revankar | Whole-time Director and CFO

Ms. Neeta S Revankar (DIN 00145580) is a Whole-time Director and CFO of the Company, was born on September 10, 1966. She has been with Sasken since April 1995 and is one of the many Sasken leaders who have grown through the ranks. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary and participated in the Program for Global Leadership (PGL) in 2001 and Advanced Management Program (AMP) in 2007 of the Harvard Business School. She has established herself as a CFO not just in Sasken but also has won commendations from external accredited CFO forums. In recognition of her contribution towards enhancing the strategic scope of the finance function and the excellence exemplified by her in the domain, she was conferred the India CFO Award 2005 for ‘Excellence in Finance in SME’ by IMA India. As CFO she has helped Sasken establish strong financial discipline, corporate governance & ethical business practices. Her Directorship and Membership of the Committees in other Companies are as below:

  • Sasken Network Engineering Ltd — India
  • Sasken Finland Oy — Finland
  • Sasken Communication Technologies Mexico SA De CV — Mexico
  • Sasken Inc. — USA
Dr. G. Venkatesh | Director

Dr. G. Venkatesh (DIN 00092085) is a Director of the Company, was born on June 4, 1961. He has been with Sasken since 1995. He started as a researcher at India’s premier research institute TIFR, Bombay, then moved to the Computer Science department of IIT Bombay where he spent 8 years teaching and researching in the areas of temporal logic, functional/logic programming, and applications of logic and languages to VLSI design, which resulted in about 50 papers in international conferences and journals in these areas. He made his transition to the industry in 1990 when Sasken was in its start up phase and moved full time to Sasken as Technology head in 1995. He has played various managerial roles at Sasken and is currently a board member. He also participates in teaching and research at IIM Bangalore, where his interests revolve around applying game theory to strategic thinking, specifically in the telecom and semiconductor industries and in IT outsourcing. He is a graduate in Electronics from IIT Madras, a Ph.D in Computer Science from TIFR, Bombay, and is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers. Other positions held by him are Governing Council member Centre for Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT), IIT Madras; Governing Council member of the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS); Steering Committee Chair for the Communication Systems and Networks conferences (ComsNets); Member, Sectional Committee VI, INAE; Member NASSCOM Embedded Systems SIG; Jury member for the NASSCOM Innovation Awards; Member ISA Core Committee. His Directorship and Membership of the Committees in other Companies are as below:

  • 3D Solid Compression Pvt. Ltd. – Advisory Board Member — India
  • ConnectM Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (Compensation Committee (Member)) — India
  • Sasken Network Engineering Ltd. — India
  • Sasken Finland Oy — Finland
  • Sasken Communication Technologies Mexico SA De CV — Mexico
  • Mylspot Education Services Private Limited
  • Sasken Inc. –USA
  • Uniphore Software Systems Private Limited
  • Fulcrum Education Private Limited.
Mr. Sunirmal Talukdar | Director

Mr. Sunirmal Talukdar (DIN: 00920608) an Independent Director, was born on December 6, 1951, was co-opted at the Board Meeting held on February 16, 2016 and appointed on July 20, 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant and has over 3 decades of rich & comprehensive experience backed by benchmark competence in the areas of Strategic & Tactical Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Project Evaluation & Financing, Equity & Debt Syndication, Internal Control/Audit Compliance, Treasury & Risk Management, Public Reporting & Regulatory Compliance, IT Integration with Business, Budgeting & MIS, Direct, Indirect & International Taxation, Business Process Re-engineering, Secretarial / Legal Affairs, Organisational Restructuring, etc. He retired as Group Executive President and Chief Financial Officer of M/s. Hindalco Industries Ltd. in 2012. His Directorship and Membership of the Committees in other Companies are:

  • Titagarh Wagons Limited (Member of Audit Committee)
  • India Carbon Limited (Chairman of Audit Committee & Chairman of Risk Management Committee)
  • Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited (Chairman of Audit Committee & Chairman of Nomination & Remuneration Committee)
  • Innvol Medical India Limited
  • Titagarh Agrico Private Limited
  • Titagarh Capital Private Limited
  • Aris Capital Private Limited
  • Titagarh Singapore Pte. Limited
Mr. Sanjay M. Shah | Director

Mr. Sanjay M. Shah (DIN: 00375679) an Independent Director, was born on August 30, 1963. He was originally appointed on June 10, 2005 and last re-appointed on July 23, 2012.

He did his Bachelor of Technology in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985 and Masters in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, USA in 1988.

He provides the vision, strategic direction and execution for Invensys Skelta. He brings to the company over 23 years of management and product development experience under multiple platforms and computing environments.

He has played pivotal roles in steering startups from early growth to expansion. Prior to Skelta, he served as Managing Director of Everest Software. He co-founded Everest in 1994 with a vision of developing an integrated ERP software solution for small businesses and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the global market. He helped raise multiple rounds of venture financing to help fund strategic initiatives and fuel the company’s growth between 1999 and 2004.

Before Everest, he was a founding partner of Accel Inc., a $35 million “white box” PC retailer in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. He has also held positions with Mentor Graphics and Tektronix during his 12 year stint in the USA.

  • He is a member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), YPO (Young President’s Organization), NASSCOM and several other industry committees and chambers of commerce in India and the USA.
  • He has been awarded Red Herring – Top 100 – Asia Winner in 2005, Nasscom Product Innovation Award in 2006, Deloitte Technology Fast 50 – India in 2006, Red Herring 100 Asia Winner in 2009, Top 20 “Promising Cool Enterprise Products” by the SmartTechie in 2010, Red Herring 100 Global award in 2011 and Distinguished Honoree medal in Best New Product of the Year in ‘The 2011 International Business Awards’ in 2011.
Mr. Pranabh D. Mody | Director

Mr. Pranabh D. Mody (DIN: 00035505) born on December 9, 1963 was originally appointed on July 29, 1991 and he was last re-appointed on July 20, 2016. He is a Non-Executive Director since April, 2005 and also one of the Promoters of the Company. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy in 1984 from Bombay College of Pharmacy, a pioneer institute of pharmacy in Mumbai. He also obtained his Masters in Business Administration from Oakland University, USA in 1986. He completed an Executive Education Program from Harvard University in USA in 1995. He has to his credit around 28 years of experience of which, 19 years has been in the pharmaceutical industry with J. B. Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (JBCPL), Mumbai. He is the President and Whole Time Director (Operations) of JBCPL. He is responsible for overall company performance and has significantly contributed to the overall management of the JBCPL’s businesses, evolvement and implementation of corporate strategies, IT systems, systems and controls, etc.

  • He is a director in Ifiunik Pharmaceuticals Ltd., J. B. Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Unique Pharmaceutical Labs. Ltd., Dinesh Mody Securities Pvt. Ltd., Kumud Mody Securities Pvt. Ltd. and Synit drugs Pvt. Ltd.
  • He is a member of Audit Committee in the Company.
Prof J. Ramachandran | Director

Professor J. Ramachandran (DIN: 00004593) an Independent Director, was born on June 1, 1957. He was originally appointed on June 15, 2000 and last re-appointed on July 22, 2011.

He is a qualified Chartered and Cost Accountant and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad. He has been a Visiting Professor at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA and the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA. He is Professor of Strategy and International Business at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He also served as a member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He primarily studies the growth and governance challenges of business groups, multinational corporations and creative firms.

He was recently honored as the first Bain Fellow in India and academic recognition for his work includes IMD FDC Award for Best Paper in Strategy / IB Theory from the Academy of Management, USA; Tata Steel-IIMB award for best case on Corporate Social Responsibility; Best paper citations from the Strategic Management Society, USA and the Academy of Management, USA; Best case awards from the European Foundation for Management Development [EFMD]; Association of Indian Management Schools [AIMS] and the Central and East European Management Development Association [CEEMAN] and Best teacher award at IIM Bangalore.

  • He is a director in Allcargo Logistics Ltd., Reliance Communications Ltd., Reliance Infratel Ltd., Aditya Auto Products & Engineering (I) Pvt. Ltd., Ecuhold NV and Aquarius Investment Advisors India Pvt. Ltd.
  • He is a Chairman of Board of Directors in Redington India Ltd.
  • He is a member of Audit Committee in the Company and in Redington India Ltd., Reliance Communications Ltd. and Reliance Infratel Ltd.
  • He is a Chairman of Share Transfer and Investor Grievance Committee in the Company and in Redington India Ltd.
  • He is a member of Share Transfer and Investor Grievance Committee in Reliance Communications Ltd.
  • He is a Vice Chairman of Board of Directors in Polaris Consulting & Services Limited.
Mr. Jyotindra B. Mody | Director

Mr. Jyotindra B. Mody (DIN: 00034851) is a Non-Executive Director since October 1999 and also one of the Promoters of the Company. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of J.B. Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. since incorporation in 1976. His experience in Management is for more than five decades. He was Vice Chairman of CHEMEXCIL (Basic Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics Export Promotion Council) from 1988 to 1993 and Chairman for two years from September 1994 to September 1996. He is one of the Founder Members of Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association (IDMA) and was its President for 2 years from 1983 to 1985. He has been associated with the pharmaceutical industry when it was in its infancy stage. His knowledge on the development of the drug industry and the turmoil it has gone through due to various price controls, development of the industry with the introduction of the process patent from 1970s and its functioning and growth prospects is immense. He is today looked upon as a Doyen of the pharmaceutical industry and is consulted on the various important matters affecting the industry, not only by the fellow members, but also by the Government of India. He was associated as a member of the National Development Council for Drugs & Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Industrial Approvals and Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers. He was one of the members of the working group for Industrial Approvals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers. He was also associated with Import Export Committee – 7th Five Year Plan. His Directorship and Membership of the Committees in other Companies are:

  • Ifiunik Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
  • J B Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Shareholders/Investor Grievance Committee (Member))
  • J B Life Science Overseas Ltd.
  • Synit Drugs Pvt. Ltd.
  • Unique Pharmaceutical Labs. Ltd.
Mr. Bharat V. Patel | Director

Mr. Bharat V. Patel (DIN: 00060998) an Independent Director, was born on September 25, 1944, was originally appointed on July 16, 2009 and last re-appointed on July 22, 2011. He holds MA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, USA and MBA in Marketing from the University of Michigan, USA. He is the former Chairman of Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Ltd., and presently in the Executive Committee or Boards of Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA), World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) and Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC). He has over 40 years of varied experience in the field of advertising, marketing, sales, exports and operations.

  • He is a director in Birla Sun Life Asset Management Co. Ltd. (Mutual Fund), Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd and Pantaloons Fashion & Retail Ltd
Mr. Bansi S. Mehta | Director

Mr. Bansi S. Mehta (DIN: 00035019) an Independent Director, was born on September 19, 1935. He was originally appointed on February 1, 2001 and last re-appointed on July 22, 2011. He is a graduate in commerce and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is an accountant holding a certificate of practice dealing with taxation, accountancy and valuation of mergers and acquisitions.

  • He is a director in Atul Ltd., Century Enka Ltd., Gillette India Ltd. , Housing Development Fin. Corpn. Ltd., IL&FS Investment Managers Ltd., NSDL e-Governance Infrastrucutre Ltd., Pidilite Industries Ltd., Proctor and Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Ltd., and SBI Capital Markets Ltd.
  • He is a Chairman of Audit Committee in the Company and in Pidilite Industries Ltd. and IL&FS Investment Managers Ltd.
  • He is member of Audit Committee in Housing Development Finance Corpn. Ltd., Atul Ltd., Century Enka Ltd., Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Ltd., Gillette India Ltd., and NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd.
  • He is an Alternate Director in ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (India)Private Limited
Mr. Rajiv C. Mody | Chairman, Managing Director and CEO

Mr. Rajiv C Mody (DIN 00092037) is the Chairman, Managing Director, CEO and one of the founders of the Company, was born on April 6, 1958. Founded Sasken in 1989 at San Jose along with two other co-founders. The company was set up in the classical tradition of Silicon Valley startups, in a garage in Fremont, California.

He qualified in Electrical Engineering degree from M.S. University, Baroda and Masters Degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic Institute of New York. He worked for Advanced Micro Devices, Seattle Tech Inc., and VLSI Technology Inc. in USA. At VLSI, he was responsible for the design, development and integration of physical design tools for Gate-Array and Standard Cell Design Styles. He has co-authored a patent in the area of physical design and published a paper at the ICCAD conference. He has been with Sasken since inception. He has over 24 years of experience in the technology business.

His Directorship and Membership of the Committees in other Companies are as below:

  • ConnectM Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (Audit Committee (Member) )– India
  • J B Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. — India
  • Sasken Network Engineering Ltd. — India
  • Centum Electronics Ltd. — India
  • Sasken Communication Technologies (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. — China
  • Sasken Finland Oy — Finland
  • Sasken Communication Technologies Mexico SA De CV — Mexico
  • Silicon Automation System Inc. USA — USA
  • Sasken Inc. — USA
  • Saankhya Labs Pvt Ltd