Sanjeev Kathpalia, CEO and Managing Director, is a seasoned senior executive with over 35 years of experience in global leadership roles in investment banking, manufacturing, and business development. Prior to Mindteck, Sanjeev served as a Senior Advisor for the Republic of Turkey. He was also the Chairman of PDF Corporate Finance, a leading Istanbul-based middle market mergers and acquisitions boutique, and CEO of TAIB YatirimBank, the first foreign-owned investment bank in Turkey. Sanjeev holds an MBA from IIM Calcutta, and a Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT Delhi.
Meenaz Dhanani, a Non-Executive Director of Mindteck (India) Limited, serves as Director of US Operations and President of Mindteck, Inc. He 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, 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.
Anand Balakrishnan, Chief Operating Officer, is a highly accomplished financial management and accounting executive with over two decades of experience at leading organizations, such as PwC, KPMG, and Jardine Lloyd Thomson. He was previously Mindteck’s Chief Financial Officer from September 2014 to July 2017. Prior to re-joining Mindteck, Anand held the position of Controller for South Asia at GE Healthcare. 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.
Santhosh S. Nagaraj is a dynamic sales professional with over two decades of global IT experience at leading organizations such as Cognizant, HCL Technologies, and Trianz. He has worked across a range of industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, Hitech and BFSI. Prior to joining Mindteck, Santhosh served as Vice President at Trianz in Santa Clara where he managed the Growth Clients Group. At Mindteck, Santhosh is responsible for overseeing the company’s Managed Services business, including technologies such as Cloud, Analytics and AI/ML. Santhosh earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University and holds a Diploma in Export and Import Management from the India International Trade Center.
Arup Banerjee is Senior Vice President for business in Europe, UK, APAC, India and the Middle East. He has over 30 years of extensive experience in R&D, engineering and IT services in the telecommunications, healthcare, life sciences, and semiconductor industries. Prior to joining Mindteck, 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 and Business Intelligence 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 the field of AI and Machine Learning.
Pradeep K serves as General Manager – Human Resources. His role encompasses the global HR function, including talent acquisition, performance management, compensation & benefits, learning & development, and HR operations. Pradeep has over 20 years of experience, including roles at CGI, CSC, RelQ, and Idexcel Technologies. He 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. He is a charter member of Toastmasters International.
Karen Stark is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. In her current role, she oversees corporate communications, brand management, marketing, and US corporate social responsibility initiatives. 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 Zip-Loc. She holds a B.A. from Bennington College.
Shivarama Adiga is Vice President-Legal and Company Secretary. He is a results-oriented professional with more than 27 years of cross-functional experience in company secretarial, financial and legal functions. Prior to joining Mindteck, Shivarama 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. Additionally, Shivarama is an associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries, New Delhi, and served in the Indian Air Force as a senior non-commissioned officer for 15 years.
Surjit Lahiri is Vice President of Technology and the subject matter expert for the semiconductor industry. Other focus areas include IoT, AI, Machine Learning, as well as real time indoor positioning systems. Prior to joining Mindteck, Surjit held senior positions with Novellus (now Lam Research) and Siemens where he was responsible for major national and international projects in the area of cyber-physical systems in the industrial manufacturing space. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Industrial Electronics from the Bharati Vidyapith College of Engineering at the University of Poona.