Management Team

Management Team

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Board of Directors

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:

  • He is a Director of J B Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Centum Electronics Ltd.
  • He is a Director Sasken Communication Technologies (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. China, Sasken Finland Oy Finland, Sasken Communication Technologies Mexico SA De CV, Silicon Automation System Inc. USA and Sasken Inc. USA
  • He is a Chairman of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the Company.
  • He is a member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee in J B Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
  • He is a member of Risk Management Committee in the Company.
  • He is a member of Stakeholders Relationship Committee in the Company.
Ms. Neeta S. Revankar | Whole-time Director and CFO

Ms. Neeta S. Revankar (DIN: 00145580) born on September 10, 1966 has been with the Company since 1995 and was appointed as a Whole Time Director on April 22, 2010. At the AGM held on September 14, 2015, she was re-appointed as a Whole Time Director & CFO for a period of five years effective April 1, 2015 as per the terms detailed therein. She was last re-appointed on July 20, 2016.

An active member of the management committee for nearly over two decades, Neeta has been instrumental in managing key relationships with financial investors. She successfully led the company’s IPO in 2005 and has been one the key persons involved in establishing and maintaining the highest standards of transparency in financial accounting, reporting and corporate governance at Sasken. Her elevation to the board of Sasken in 2010, is a testimony to her sharp business acumen and leadership.

In addition to being the CFO, Neeta has held additional responsibilities between November 2008 and 2013. She established HR as a strong business partner by reinforcing the core pillars of trust, transparency, parity and equity.

In over two and a half decades of her career, Neeta has earned the reputation of being competent; having the courage and conviction to speak her mind, uphold unquestionable standards of integrity and the skill to influence her peers and colleagues.

She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary. Besides, she has participated in the Program for Global Leadership (PGL) in 2001, the Advanced Management Program (AMP) in 2007 and the Women on Boards program in 2016, all conducted by the Harvard Business School.

She is passionate about promoting Alternate Dispute Resolution in India, as a means to cost effective dispute resolution and reduction of the backlog in the judiciary.

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

  • She is a Director of Sasken Finland Oy Finland, Sasken Communication Technologies Mexico SA De CV Mexico and Sasken Inc. USA
  • She is a member of Risk Management Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the Company.
Mr. Bansi S. Mehta | Director

Mr. Bansidhar 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 September 22, 2014. 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., Pidilite Industries Ltd. and Proctor & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Ltd.
  • He is a Chairman of Audit Committee in the Company and in Pidilite Industries Ltd.
  • He is member of Audit Committee in Atul Ltd., Century Enka Ltd., Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Ltd. and Gillette India Ltd.
  • He is a member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee in Century Enka Ltd. and Pidilite Industries Ltd.
  • He is a member of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in Century Enka Ltd.
  • He is a member of Risk Management Committee in Pidilite Industries 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 of Aditya Birla Sun Life Asset Management Co. Ltd., Sistema Smart Technologies Limited and Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd.
  • He is a Chairman of Risk Management Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Stakeholder Relationship Committee in Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd.
  • He is a Chairman of Stakeholder Relationship Committee in Sistema Smart Technologies Limited
  • He is a member of Audit Committee in the Company, Sistema Smart Technologies Limited and Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd.
  • He is a member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee in the Company and Sistema Smart Technologies Limited
  • He is a member of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd.
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:

  • He is a Director of Ifiunik Pharmaceuticals Ltd., J B Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Unique Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd.
Prof J. Ramachandran | Director

J. Ramachandran (DIN: 00004593) is Professor of Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. His research focuses on the strategic and organizational challenges of firms spanning areas of genesis, growth and governance. His work has been published among others in the Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Global Strategy Journal.

Professor Ramachandran’s research has won multiple best paper proceedings and the IMD FDC Award from the Academy of Management, USA. His teaching cases have been recognized with the Best Case Awards from the European Foundation for Management Development, The Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia, The Central and East European Management Development Association, and The Association of Indian Management Schools; and the Tata Steel-IIMB award. Over the years, he has won multiple best teacher awards at IIM Bangalore.

Professor Ramachandran is the first Bain Fellow in India. A qualified Chartered and Cost Accountant, and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Professor Ramachandran has been a Visiting Professor at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA; and the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA.

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

  • He is a Chairman of Redington India Limited.
  • He is a Director of Reliance Communications Limited, Reliance Infratel Limited, MVP Group International Inc., Redington Mauritius Limited and Redington Gulf FZE.
  • He is a member of Audit Committee in Reliance Communications Limited and Reliance Infratel Limited.
  • He is a member of Nomination & Remuneration Committee in Reliance Communications Limited, Reliance Infratel Limited and Redington India Limited.
  • He is a member of Stakeholder Relationship Committee in Reliance Communications Limited.
  • He is a member of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in Reliance Communications Limited and Reliance Infratel Limited.
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.

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

  • He is a Director of Ifiunik Pharmaceuticals Ltd., J. B. Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Unique Pharmaceutical Labs. Ltd.
  • He is a member of Audit Committee and Nomination Remuneration Committee in the Company.
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.

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

  • He is a Director of Zapty Software Private Ltd., Curatech Private Limited and Instavans Logistics Private Ltd.
  • He is a Member of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the Company.
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:

  • He is a Director of Aris Capital Private Limited, Innvol Medical India Limited, Titagarh Capital Private Limited, Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited and India Carbon Limited.
  • He is a Chairman of Audit Committee in India Carbon Limited and Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited.
  • He is a Chairman Risk Management Committee in India Carbon Limited.
  • He is a Chairman of Nomination & Remuneration Committee in Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited.
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:

  • He is a Director of Mylspot Education Services Private Limited and Fulcrum Education Private Limited
  • He is a member of Stakeholder Relationship Committee in the Company.

Committees of the Board

  • Audit Committee

    • Mr. Bansi S. Mehta | Chairman
    • Mr. Bharat V. Patel | Member
    • Prof. J. Ramachandran | Member
    • Mr. Pranabh D. Mody | Member
    • Mr. Sunirmal Talukdar | Member
  • Nomination & Remuneration Committee

    • Prof. J. Ramachandran | Chairman
    • Mr. Bharat V. Patel | Member
    • Mr. Pranabh D. Mody | Member
  • Stakeholders Relationship Committee

    • Prof. J. Ramachandran | Chairman
    • Mr. Rajiv C. Mody | Member
    • Dr. G. Venkatesh | Member
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

    • Mr. Rajiv C. Mody | Chairman
    • Mr. Sanjay M. Shah | Member
    • Ms. Neeta S. Revankar | Member
  • Strategy, Business and Marketing Review Committee

    • Prof. J. Ramachandran | Chairman
    • Mr. Bharat V. Patel | Member
    • Mr. Pranabh D. Mody | Member
    • Mr. Sunirmal Talukdar | Member
  • Enterprise Management and Governance Leadership Team

    • Rajiv C. Mody, Chairman | Managing Director and CEO
    • Ms. Neeta S. Revankar | Whole-time Director and CFO
    • Dr. G. Venkatesh | Director