Anand Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, leads the operational, financial, and strategic direction of the organization to enable predictable, profitable and sustainable growth. He serves as Mindteck’s top advocate to a wide variety of constituents across the globe, and closely coordinates with the Board of Directors.
Anand is a highly accomplished financial management and accounting executive with over two decades of experience at leading organizations, such as PwC, KPMG, Jardine Lloyd Thomson, and GE Healthcare. His tenures at Mindteck include Chief Financial Officer from September 2014 to July 2017, and more recently Chief Operating Officer since January 2019. He is an Associate Member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Bangalore University, and has also passed the CPA examination held by American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Meenaz Dhanani, a Non-Executive Director of Mindteck (India) Limited, serves as President of Mindteck, Inc. He manages the company’s operations in the US and Canada, and also oversees the region’s IT Talent business.
Meenaz is a 30-plus year investment banking veteran with deep knowledge and expertise in international credit, trade and project finance, corporate finance, real estate, private equity, and venture capital investments. Prior to joining Mindteck in 2013, Meenaz headed the investment advisory subsidiary of Bahrain-based TAIB Bank where he managed the firm’s portfolio of US real estate and technology investments. He holds a B.A. from Bernard M. Baruch College, where he majored in Finance and Investment Analysis.
Ramachandra Magadi, Chief Financial Officer, is primarily responsible for the planning, forecasting, and implementation of the company’s financial activities, including reporting, treasury, taxation and internal controls.
Ramachandra M.S. is a Chartered Accountant with over 13 years of extensive experience in finance, including corporate accounting, strategy, reporting and progressive team building. Prior to serving as Mindteck’s Financial Controller from March 2013 to September 2017, he contributed at Bosch India Limited as Corporate Internal Auditor and at Consero Global Solutions as Delivery Engagement Manager. In July 2019, he left Spera Management Pvt. Limited as a Management Consultant to become our Vice President – Finance.
Jacob Pillay, Senior Vice President – Sales, is responsible for sales excellence, client relationships and driving growth of our managed services business in the United States and Europe.
Jacob is a seasoned sales executive with over 30 years of experience in developing new markets and leading teams in cross-cultural environments. He joined Mindteck in 2000 and played a pivotal role in expanding Mindteck’s footprint within the APAC region. Previous roles include Business Development Manager at Mindware PCL Singapore, and Regional Manager at Pertech, Bangalore. Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University and is currently based in Singapore.
Harish Nair, Senior Vice President – Sales, is responsible for client relationships and overall sales performance for the APAC, India and the Middle East regions. As part of the company’s leadership team, he serves an active role in strategic planning and stewarding resources to drive growth.
Harish is a seasoned sales executive with over 20 years of experience in accelerating sales growth across geographies, including vast experience in digital transformation projects. Previously, Harish held the position of Director – Global Sales Head at UST Global. He was also Regional Vice President – Sales (IMEA) at Mindteck from September 2013 to October 2018. Early on in his career, he served as National Manager – Strategic Accounts at Telstra, Major Account Manager at Canon, Inc., and held other roles in sales, relationship management, and business strategy. Over the years, he has had multiple national and international key speaker engagements. Harish holds a master’s degree in Marketing and is an alumnus of the Indian School of Business (ISB).
Arup Banerjee, Senior Vice President – Global Delivery and Practices, is responsible for ensuring delivery excellence, building services and solutions capabilities across the organization, and expanding managed services business with existing and past clients. Prior to this role, Arup led sales for Europe, APAC and the IMEA regions. He has over 32 years of extensive experience in sales and delivery for R&D, engineering and IT services in the telecommunications, healthcare, life sciences, storage and semiconductor industries.
Before joining Mindteck in July 2011, Arup spent the bulk of his career at Wipro Technologies where he served on the company’s Leadership Team and was responsible for business development for European telecommunication clients. He also headed up the company’s Enterprise Security, Business Intelligence and Telecommunication delivery group. Arup holds a master’s degree in Computer Technologies from Jadavpur University, India, and a BE degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering from BIT Mesra, India. He is a Black Belt in Six Sigma methodologies, and his current technical work areas are in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Pradeep K, General Manager – Human Resources, is responsible for the global HR operations, including compensation and benefits, performance management, talent acquisition, learning and development, and employee engagement.
Pradeep has over 20 years of experience, including roles at CGI, CSC, RelQ, and Idexcel Technologies. He is a charter member of Toastmasters International who earned a Bachelor of Commerce, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) and Industrial Relations (IR), and a diploma in Labor Laws from the Indian Institute of Management & Technology, Chennai. He also holds a diploma in Financial Management from the All India Institute of Management Studies, Chennai.
Shivarama Adiga, Vice President -- Legal and Company Secretary, is responsible for undertaking the company’s legal matters and overseeing its transactions to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. His role also encompasses the preparation and management of documents and communications for the Board of Directors.Shivarama has more than 27 years of cross-functional experience in corporate secretarial, financial and legal functions. Prior to joining Mindteck, he held senior positions at Diligent Media Corporation Ltd., DB Corp Ltd., and Indiainfo.com Ltd. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Commerce degrees from H.M. Degree College, Kanpur, and earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the New Gujarat Law College, Ahmedabad.
Karen Stark, Senior Vice President – Marketing & Communications, leads global initiatives related to strategic marketing, brand experience, corporate communications, and sales enablement. She also serves on the board of Mindteck, Inc, and Mindteck, Canada.
Karen is a seasoned corporate and marketing communications executive with over 40 years of global industry experience. Prior to joining Mindteck, she was President and Founder of STARK, a New York-based marketing communications company established in 1989. The firm’s roster of high-profile clients included JPMorgan Chase, Bankers Trust, MetLife, The Bank of New York, IBM, as well as a global Middle East-based investment bank, and a US-based national pension fund group. Karen’s earlier advertising agency experience included roles in research, media, creative and account management; clients included Chemical Bank, Hercules/DuPont, and the Zip-Loc brand. She holds a B.A. from Bennington College.
Ratnakar Gandhe, Practice Head – Electronic Design Services and IoT Solutions, leads the team that specializes in design services for analytical, medical and industrial products as well as wireless connectivity solutions. He specializes in new product development, product re-engineering and value engineering, and also possesses rich experience in wireless and sensor-based solutions.
Ratnakar has over 30 years of qualitative, business, techno-managerial, R&D, and system delivery experience. Prior to joining Mindteck in 2013, he served at Larsen and Toubro, where he managed a 140-member delivery team comprising experts in embedded and mechanical engineering for industrial products. Earlier roles include Assistant Vice President and Head – Defense Electronics and Software Solution Services at Satyam Computer Services Ltd., and Manager at Bharat Electronics Ltd. From 1978 to 1981, he was an Engineer SB at the Space Applications Centre, a major centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Ratnakar holds an MTech degree in Integrated Electronics and Circuits from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has been an industry representative at national and international conferences in the fields of high-speed interconnects, wireless sensor network, automated vehicle guidance and IoT security solutions.
Surjit K Lahiri, Vice President — Technology, heads the Storage, Semiconductor, Cloud and Testing practices and is responsible for building innovative services and new solution capabilities in the associated verticals.
More than a decade ago, Surjit was instrumental in building the Semiconductor services vertical at Mindteck. He has over 25 years of extensive and varied experience spanning across industrial automation, cyber-physical systems, high-tech manufacturing, machine vision and the internet of things. Prior to joining Mindteck in 2005, he managed complex, real-time equipment control software projects for semiconductor capital production and R&D equipment at Novellus Systems, Inc. (now Lam Research) catering to the needs of global semiconductor wafer fabricating plant end clients. At start of his career, Surjit was groomed at Siemens, Ltd. for designing and implementing real-time industrial automation and cyber-physical solutions for Siemens’s global high-tech manufacturing clientele.Surjit earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Industrial Electronics from the University of Poona, India. His current interest areas include video analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.