Board of Directors

  • Mr. Rajiv C. Mody | Chairman, Managing Director

    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, Chairmanship and Membership of the Committees in other companies (as disclosed) are as below:

    Name of the company Position Name of the Committee Committee Chairmanship / Membership
    Centum Electronics Ltd. Director Nomination & Remuneration Committee Member
    Sasken Finland Oy Finland Director
    Sasken Inc. USA Director
    Sasken Communication Technologies Mexico SA De CV Director
    Taco Sasken Automotive Electronics Limited (Under Liquidation) Director
  • Mr. Bharat V. Patel | Independent 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.

    His Directorship, Chairmanship and Membership of the Committees in other companies (as disclosed) are as below:

    Name of the company Position Name of the Committee Committee Chairmanship / Membership
    The Indian Society of Advertisers Director •Audit Committee Chairman
  • Mr. Pranabh D. Mody | Director

    Mr. Pranabh D. Mody (DIN: 00035505) born on December 9, 1963 was originally appointed on July 29, 1991 and was last re-appointed on July 29, 2020. He is a Non-Executive Director since 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 34 years of experience, of which 29 years has been in the pharmaceutical industry with J. B. Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Limited (JBCPL), Mumbai. He was President and Whole Time Director (Operations) of JBCPL until November 10, 2020 responsible for overall company performance and has significantly contributed to the overall management of the JBCPL’s businesses across different areas, like marketing, sales, and operations. He is a director in Ifiunik Pharmaceuticals Limited and Synit Drugs Private Limited.

    His Directorship in other companies (as disclosed) is as below:

    Name of the company Position Name of the Committee Committee Chairmanship / Membership
    Eragon Ventures Limited Director
    Synit Drugs Private Limited Director
    Atma Leather Private Limited Director
    SJPM Enterprise Private Limited Director
  • Mr. Sanjay M. Shah | Independent 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 in other companies (as disclosed) are as below:

    Name of the company Position Name of the Committee Committee Chairmanship / Membership
    Instavans Logistics Private Limited Director
    Curatech Private Limited Director
    YPO Gold Bangalore Chapter Director
  • Mr. Som Mittal | Independent Director

    Mr. Som Mittal (DIN: 00074842) born on February 7, 1952, is past Chairman and President of NASSCOM, India’s premier trade body for the IT and outsourcing industry. His knowledge of the Indian technology ecosystem combined with a nuanced understanding of trade and policy imperatives across key global geographies make him a leading voice in the industry.

    Mr. Mittal has held multiple leadership roles at some of the leading technology, engineering, and manufacturing companies in India, such as Wipro, HP, L&T, Denso, and Escorts. He has also held advisory roles in many Government initiatives, including the National e-Governance Plan, National Digital Literacy Mission, and Sector Skills Council. Mr. Mittal has received several recognitions for his contributions to industry in India and abroad and has been honoured as a Fellow of the Computer Society of India.

    Mr. Mittal holds a B. Tech from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He is closely associated with a number of industry bodies and not-for-profit organizations, including educational institutions, as an expert and mentor and chairs the board of directors at the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People. He is also on Board of GMR Varalakshmi Foundation and Trustee of Axis Bank Foundation.Mr. Mittal holds a B. Tech from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He is closely associated with a number of industry bodies and not-for-profit organizations, including educational institutions, as an expert and mentor and chairs the board of directors at the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People. He is also on Board of GMR Varalakshmi Foundation and Trustee of Axis Bank Foundation.

    His Directorship in other companies (as disclosed) are as below:

    Name of the company Position Name of the Committee Committee Chairmanship / Membership
    Sheela Foam Limited Director
    Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited Director
    Tata SIA Airlines Limited Director
    Vodafone India Services Private Limited Director
    GMR Varalakshmi Foundation Director
    EXL Service Holdings, Inc. (USA) Director
  • Mr. Sunirmal Talukdar | Independent 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, Chairmanship and Membership of the Committees in other companies (as disclosed) are as below:

    Name of the company Position Name of the Committee Committee Chairmanship / Membership
    India Carbon Limited Director • Audit Committee Chairman
    Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited Director • Audit Committee
    • Nomination and Remuneration Committee
    • Stakeholders Relationship Committee
    • Risk Management Committee
    Chairman
    Chairman
    Member
    Chairman
    Innvol Medical India Limited Director
    Aris Capital Private Limited Director • Audit Committee Member
    Avia Insurance Brokers Private Limited Director
    Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited Director • Audit committee
    • Risk Management and Sustainability Committee
    • Nomination Remuneration Committee
    Chairman
    Chairman
    Member
    Titagarh Wagons Limited Director • Audit committee
    • Nomination Remuneration Committee
    • Finance Project Committee
    • Risk Management Committee
    Member
    Member
    Chairman
    Member
    Titagarh Bridges and International Private Limited Director • Audit committee
    • Nomination Remuneration Committee
    Member
    Chairman
    Indivinity Clothing Retail Pvt Ltd. Director • Audit committee
    • Nomination Remuneration Committee
    Chairman
    Member
  • Dr. G Venkatesh | Director

    Dr G. Venkatesh (DIN 00092085) born on June 4, 1961 is a Non-Executive Director of the Company effective April 21, 2022. 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 in other companies (as disclosed) are as below:

    Name of the company Position Name of the Committee Committee Chairmanship / Membership
    Mylspot Education Services Private Ltd. Director
    Fulcrum Education Private Ltd. Director
    IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation Director
    Taco Sasken Automotive Electronics Limited (Under Liquidation) Director
    Agami Fintech Solutions Private Limited Director
  • Ms. Madhu Khatri | Independent Director

    Ms. Madhu Khatri (DIN 00480442) is an in Independent Director of the Company, born on July 13, 1963. She is a seasoned C- Suite executive with over 30 years of global experience working with multinational companies as a trusted advisor to corporate leaders on risk mitigation, compliance, reputation management, business strategy, mergers & acquisitions and complex legal & policy issues. In the course of these 30 years, she has been the General Counsel of Microsoft India and the General Counsel of Wipro. Her experience includes being legal counsel at GE Health Care South Asia, advisory work at PWC & Arthur Andersen and extensive litigation experience in tax courts and the Supreme Court of India.

    She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College with a B.A in Political Science (Hons), a Bachelors in law (LL.B) from Delhi University and a Masters in Law ( LL.M) from Columbia University.

    Name of the company Position Name of the Committee Committee Chairmanship / Membership
    Junior Achievement India Services Additional Director

Committees of the Board

Audit Committee

  • Mr. Sunirmal Talukdar | Chairman
  • Mr. Bharat V. Patel | Member
  • Mr. Pranabh D. Mody | Member

Nomination & Remuneration Committee

  • Mr. Bharat V. Patel | Chairman
  • Mr. Pranabh D. Mody | Member
  • Mr. Sunirmal Talukdar | Member

Stakeholders Relationship Committee

  • Mr. Sanjay M Shah | Chairman
  • Mr. Rajiv C. Mody | Member
  • Dr. G. Venkatesh | Member

Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

  • Mr. Rajiv C. Mody | Chairman
  • Mr. Sanjay M. Shah | Member
  • Mr. Pranabh D. Mody | Member

Risk Management Committee

  • Mr. Pranabh D. Mody | Chairman
  • Dr. G. Venkatesh | Member
  • Ms. Madhu Khatri | Member