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A Technology professional with 30+ years of experience  and a strong background in IT Strategy, Product Development and Software Delivery Management.

Technology  expertise includes mobility solutions for field executives, digital services, CRM solutions, legacy migration, 24x7 production support, data centre and DR site management.

Experienced in handling large engagements for firms across the globe including NASDAQ,  Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, Kothari Pioneer Asset Management and Chola Finance.

Work experience

Independent IT Consultant ( since Sep 2016)

  • Consulting Services in Blockchain Technology 
  • Fintech Consulting Services
  • Setting up a delivery organisation for an IT startup

20082016

Senior VP & CIO

Cholamandalam Finance 
  • Head of Technology at Chola Finance, a Murugappa Group company based out of
    Chennai, India.
  • Responsible for the Technology strategy of the company. Decided on the technology standards, vendor empanelment and IT governance.
  • Implemented FinnOne ERP for customer acquisition, lending and collection.
  • Led a company-wide mobility-oriented transformation initiative that  empowers
    the 9000 plus field executives with all necessary inputs to enable instant decisioning. This initiative aims at significant improvements in customer satisfaction, while increasing employee productivity and reducing costs.
  • Implemented an enterprise wide HRMS system used by more than 12000 employees.
  • Managed the core IT team that handles application software development and implementation, hardware, communications network, data centre and information security
  • Apprised the company board of IT initiatives and milestones.

20042008

Delivery Head

HCL Technologies
  • Led the Business Unit for Investment Banking with  annual revenues in excess of USD 36M and a team strength of over 700.
  • Was also the Centre Head for Capital Markets, Chennai for both Technology and BPO
    services.
  • Successfully set up ODCs and near shore centres ground-up for many of these clients.
  • Managed Application Development and Maintenance services (ADM) for multiple front and back office applications, across different markets - New York, London. Germany, Tokyo.
  • Run a 24x7 production support centre for a suite of applications.
  • Set up an  Independent Testing services unit for multiple clients.

19982004

Practice Head

SSI Technologies
  • Led the Securities Practice that specialized in conceptualizing, building and implementing technology-intensive solutions for large stock exchanges and investment banks.
  • A key contributor in clinching the NASDAQ account and establishing IndigoMarkets – a Joint Venture between NASDAQ and SSI.
  • Established an ODC for Merrill Lynch  conforming to their global specifications in Networking, Communications and Site Infrastructure.
  • Responsible for development and implementation of TESA, a premier solution for
    stock exchange automation.
  • TESA won the ‘Best packaged software in India’ award instituted by CSI for 1998 and was rated as one of the fastest matching engines in the world by NASDAQ

19941998

Technology Head

Kothari Pioneer AMC Ltd
  • Responsible for setting up the software development centre for India’s first private
    sector mutual fund - Kothari Pioneer.
  • Part of the core team that launched several path-breaking initiatives in the Mutual Funds industry in India such as Money Market funds, Private Pension funds, cheque-writing facility,publishing daily NAV and the first Internet presence for a mutual fund.
19901994

Technical Manager

PSI Bull
  • Led the Technical Services Group, responsible for providing Pre-Sales Technical support for PSI’s banking solutions
  • Managed application development on Bull DPS 7000 mainframes, DPX/20 series of RISC machines.
19841988

Programmer - Engineer

ONGC Ltd
  • Progammer / Engineer at ONGC, Mehsana 

Education

19881990

Master of Business Administration

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
19781983

Bachelor of Engg, Mechanical

Annamalai Univesity, Chidambaram