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, 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
 
  J B Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Director Nomination & Remuneration Committee Member
 
  Centum Electronics Ltd. Director    
 
  Sasken Finland Oy Finland Director    
 
  Sasken Inc. USA Director    
 
  Sasken Communication Technologies (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. China Director    
 
  Sasken Communication Technologies Mexico SA De CV Director    
         
  Silicon Automation System Inc. USA Director    
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 18, 2018.

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 in other companies (as disclosed) are as below:

  Name of the Company Position
  Sasken Finland Oy Finland Director
  Sasken Inc. USA Director
  Sasken Communication Technologies Mexico SA De CV Director
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.

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
 
  Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd. Director • Audit Committee
• Risk Management Committee
• Stakeholder Relationship Committee
• CSR Committee
Member
Member
Member
Chairman
 
  Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd. Director • Audit Committee
• Nomination & Remuneration Committee
• Stakeholder Relationship Committee
Member
Member
Chairman
 
  Aditya Birla Sun Life Asset Management Co.      
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, 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
 
  Reliance Communications Limited Director • Audit Committee
• Nomination & Remuneration Committee
• Stakeholders Relationship Committee
• CSR Committee
Member
Chairman
Member
Member
 
  Redington India Limited Chairman • Audit Committee
• Nomination & Remuneration Committee
Member
Member
 
  Aditya Auto Products & Engineering (I) Pvt. Ltd Chairman    
 
  Redington Mauritius Limited Director    
 
  Redington Gulf FZE Director    
 
  MVP Group International Inc. Director    
 
  Proconnect Supply Chain Solutions Limited Director    
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, 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
 
  J. B. Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Director Stakeholders Relationship Committee Member
 
  Ifiunik Pharmaceuticals Ltd.      
 
  Unique Pharmaceutical Labs. Ltd.      
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 in other companies (as disclosed) are as below:

  Name of the Company Position
 
  Zapty Software Private Ltd. Director
 
  Curatech Private Limited Director
 
  Instavans Logistics Private Ltd. Director
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, 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
• Risk Management Committee
Chairman
Chairman
 
  Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited Director • Audit Committee
• Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Chairman
Chairman
 
  Innvol Medical India Limited Director    
 
  Titagarh Capital Private Limited Director    
 
  Aris Capital Private Limited Director    
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 in other companies (as disclosed) are as below:

  Name of the Company Position
  Mylspot Education Services Private Ltd. Director
  Fulcrum Education Private Ltd. Director

Committees of the Board

  • Audit Committee

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