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Leadership Team

Venkat N. Rajan, Ph.D. – President and CEO

Venkat Rajan has over 20 years of experience in analytics and optimization. He has strong expertise in helping companies develop and execute transformation programs by changing traditional business processes into high-impact analytic processes. Venkat has worked with Fortune 2000 companies across various industries, but has a specific focus around Industrial Manufacturing and Consumer Electronics. Venkat previously worked for i2, IBM and Symphony Teleca. He built Symphony Analytics, a division for Symphony Teleca, and grew it to one of the largest pure-play entities in the industry. Venkat has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, M.S in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. Venkat loves hiking and travel. He has lived, worked and traveled extensively in Europe, Japan and China.


Sam Vahie, Ph.D. – Managing Partner and Solutions Leader

Sam Vahie is a senior business and technology executive with wide-ranging experience in strategy, enterprise transformation, analytics, operations and technology. As a successful consultant for several multi-national fortune 500 companies over the last twenty years, he has taken concepts from ideation to execution and adoption while building rewarding relationships with clients. Sam has always been a determined advocate for high quality and high value solutions, and someone who inspires creative thinking through his tireless energy to improve status-quo. He has worked in senior management positions at Wilson Perumal, Alvarez and Marsal, Infosys, Symphony IRI and i2. This has accorded him the opportunity to work across multiple industries in leadership roles. At IRI, he led the first client rollout of Symphony IRI’s Liquid Data solution at a Fortune 500 company across multiple business division and functional groups. At i2, he delivered end-to-end solutions to some of their largest clients in the CPG and Telecom space driving over $500M in audited savings for his clients. Over the years, Sam has consistently exceeded customer expectations and has been honored by numerous awards for his leadership abilities, people management skills and an exceptional execution record. Often described as a personable leader with exceptional analytical skills, Sam has earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering & Artificial Intelligence from the University of Arizona and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Information Systems from Belmont Abbey College (NC).


Ramesh Kumar - Managing Partner, Delivery & Operations Leader

Ramesh Kumar has over 22 years of experience and expertise in consulting, analytics and business intelligence serving international clients. He has been serving enterprises, building custom solutions using analytics and technology to address business needs in Retail, CPG, Healthcare, Banking and Infomediaries for over 10+ years. Ramesh Kumar comes with strong expertise in analytics and technology transformation, full cycle analytic services including setting up offshore centers.
Ramesh has MCA (Master of Computer Applications) and an eMBA. Ramesh is an Audiophile and loves music.


Subramanian Natarajan (Subbu) - Managing Partner, Technology & Engineering Leader

Subramanian Natarajan (Subbu) has over 20 years of expertise in the areas of software product development and analytics product/solution development. Subbu has over a decade of expertise in building & leading both business analytics product & solutions development supporting all phases of core software design, development & implementation life cycle supporting both ISVs and enterprises, leading a core development team of over 200+ engineers. Subbu comes with core technology development experience in leading and building core analytics platforms for companies like Aspect Development, i2 Technologies, Symphony RPM, Symphony IRI (Liquid Data), Symphony Advanced Media and many others.
Subbu has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is an avid aquarist and an loves biking and music.


Adi Asavaid - Partner, Healthcare and Life Sciences Leader

Adi Asavaid has over 35 years of experience in the area of Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Analytics. He has worked with many multinational companies helping them in their development and implementation of high value add Business Intelligence and Data Analytics applications. His specific focus is with Life Sciences, Health Care, Retail and CPG manufacturing industries specifically in the areas of demand generation. Adi has previously worked at Symphony Health Solutions, IRI, Symphony IRI, G.D. Searle, Opera Solutions, and QlikTech in the capacity as the head of consulting services leading the development and deployment of large scale value add BI and Data Analytical solutions. Adi has an MBA from Kellogg’s School of Management and B. Tech in Aeronautical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Adi has lived and worked and travel extensively in various countries in Latin America, Europe and Japan. Adi loves to travel in his spare time.


Stan Beal - Partner, Solutions

Stan Beal started his business career as a supply chain practitioner, serving as a material manager in both discrete and process industries before moving from the user side to the vendor side of business applications 30 years ago.  Stan has worked for a variety of larger (industry leaders) & smaller (including early stage) software companies, in a variety of prospect & customer facing roles holding positions in pre-sales, sales, sales management, marketing & company strategy.  During that time, he has worked with clients across multiple verticals in virtually every are of the supply chain and some work in sales & marketing.  Stan has a BA (Economics major) from The College of Wooster.  He enjoys all sports and even tries to participate in some of them.


Lakshminarayana Chari - Director, Data and Visualization Technologies

Lakshminarayana Chari has over 13 years of experience in Business Intelligence and Analytic Solutions design & implementation. Chari also has over a decade of experience in core analytics product development. Chari has implemented Brand Advantage Analytic solution for top CPG clients in the US on Symphony IRI Liquid Data platform. He has also played a key role in designing and implementing technology solution for media measurement solution for Symphony Advanced Media (Symphony Advanced Media). Chari has MCA (Master of Computer Applications) from National Institute of Technology (NITK), Surathkal. His interests are current affairs and financial markets.


Utpal Patel - Partner, Supply Chain Management

Utpal Patel has 18+ years of experience in business consulting and optimization across Hi-Tech, Retail, Oil & Gas, Public Sector and Industrial verticals. He has strong expertise in conceptualizing, designing and operationalizing innovative integrated planning, execution and visibility solutions for very large and complex supply chain distribution problems that involve Order Management, Logistics Management, Performance Management, Data Management, Workflow Management and end-to-end Supply Chain Visibility and Execution. He also has Executive Experience in building organizations from scratch and defining Go-To market strategies for new ideas and products. His current passion is to transform businesses by helping them act on data-driven insights. He has played Strategic Advisory Role to Fortune 500 companies like IBM, Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, Shell, Mahindra Group in their Supply Chain Transformation initiatives during and after his tenure at i2. He holds M.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Arizona, Tucson and B.E in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from S.G.S.I.T.S, India. He takes deep and active interest in mass NGO activities focused on humanity.


Jeff Wellen - Partner, Retail and Brands Industry Leader

Jeff Wellen has over 30 years of strategic, operational and consulting experience in the consumer products and retail industries including senior leadership positions at Michaels, Fossil and Tuesday Morning. In addition he has held miscellaneous positions at CSC, EDS, Haggar Clothing Company and Gimbels Department Stores.  He is a focused and disciplined leader that excels at building infrastructure, improving cross functional processes and driving the necessary organizational change to produce strategic and operational results.  His industry experience includes establishing organization's strategic direction, identifying areas for growth and prioritized investment spend, managing multi-project IT implementations, running an entire supply chain by developing end to end supply chain standards and processes from suppliers to consumer (purchase order to POS), assisting in company turnarounds by establishing initial and ongoing priorities and implementing change management techniques throughout turnaround process, managing the planning, allocating, replenishing and physical movement of $1.1B dollars in inventory receipts and 175,000 SKU’s and running a program management office that prioritized and implemented $250 to $350 million in capital investments.  His international experience includes Europe, Mexico, Hong Kong, China, and Sri Lanka.  Jeff enjoys golf and basketball, traveling with his wife and son and reading a good action thriller. He graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors with a BBA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.


Russell Douglas - Partner, IT Services

Russell Douglas has over 30 years of IT experience in IT strategy and planning, organizational realignment, enterprise architecture, system integration, infrastructure and operations, data architecture, and business intelligence. Currently, Russell is using his expertise to help companies transform themselves into digital enterprises. Russell previously worked at Pariveda, Aviall Services Inc. (a Boeing company), BroadVision, CA, Sprint and Northrop Grumman, in a variety of roles, including Chief Architect for Aviall/Boeing integration projects. Russell has initiated, built, or enhanced consulting practices, IT departments, and modernized technologies. Russell has worked in a broad range of fortune 1000 companies across several industries including Aerospace, Defense, Retail, Telecommunications, Energy, Financial Services, Distribution, and Manufacturing. Russell earned a BS from the University of Texas - Arlington majoring in Information Systems with a minor in Economics. In his free time, Russell is an avid fitness enthusiast, reader and on occasion shoots skeet. He also enjoys spending time with wife Gina and his family.


Vipul Tiwari - Partner, Digital Strategy and Client Services

Vipul Tiwari has over 16 years of Management Consulting and Cross-Industry experience specializing in Corporate Strategy and Digital Tx   echnology solutions. He has lead digital transformation programs for Fortune 500 clients while managing client success and delivering advisory services to C-suite executives. Vipul has held leadership roles in traditional consulting engagements, as well as interim management roles including diverse experience at both public and private-equity owned firms. He has worked with clients across various industries, including Telecom, High-Tech, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial, Retail, Aviation, Manufacturing, Energy, Advertising, Aerospace/Defense and the US Army. In the past he has managed global cross-functional teams across US, Canada, India, China and Philippines. Vipul has a bachelor’s in computer engineering degree from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.  He has executive certifications from Harvard and INSEAD focused on Digital Strategy solutions. He also serves as a founding member of Living Hopes, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization based in the US and India.