Leadership Team

Board of Directors

  • Dr. Lalit S. Kanodia | Founder and Chairman

    Dr. Lalit S. Kanodia

    Dr. Lalit S. Kanodia, the founder and Chairman of Datamatics Group of Companies is one of the pioneers in the Indian Software and Offshore Services Industry. He founded Datamatics in 1975, prior to which he was instrumental in setting up of Tata Consultancy Services in 1967.

    As Chief Mentor at Datamatics, Dr Kanodia drives all innovation, new product development and quality initiatives. His inspirational leadership has led Datamatics to be conferred with various awards over the years, including the Most Innovative Software Product Award, the International Asia Pacific Quality Award and being ranked among the top 50 best managed outsourcing vendors by 'The Black Book of Outsourcing'.

    Dr. Kanodia is the President of Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC). In the past, he has held several eminent positions with various industry associations, which include Executive Member of NASSCOM, the apex body of the IT-BPO industry in India; President of the Management Consultant's Association of India and Chairman (Western Region) of the Electronics & Computer Software. Dr. Kanodia has also been on the Board of Directors of several large conglomerates. He was also the Honorary Consul General of Chile in Mumbai, India by the Government of Chile (2002 – 2014).

    Dr. Kanodia is currently on the Executive Board of MIT (Europe, Asia and Africa).

    After obtaining degree in engineering from India’s premier technology institute, IIT, Bombay, Dr. Kanodia completed his Doctorate in Management and post-graduation in Computer Science from the MIT (USA).

  • Rahul L. Kanodia | Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Rahul L. Kanodia

    Rahul leads all strategic and corporate initiatives globally, leading to the long-term growth, profitability and industry leadership of the organization. He has over 25 years of professional experience and has held several progressively senior and leadership positions.

    He has been the Chief Architect for re-positioning and transforming Datamatics from a service led organization to a solutions organization focused on enhancing business productivity through smart automation of data driven processes. Rahul is responsible for driving the company's strategic process to identify, evaluate and integrate organic and inorganic business growth options, including mergers & acquisitions, partnerships and alliances. He has also been driving the company’s foray into new geographies.

    Under Rahul’s aegis, Datamatics has become one of the fastest growing IT/ITeS companies among all the listed outsourcing companies on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange. Recognizing his contribution, in the year 2014 he was presented with ‘CEO of the Year Award’ for his exemplary leadership amongst organizations from across 41 Asian countries.

    Rahul serves as the Chairman for the Western Region of ESC (Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council, Government of India’s largest Electronics and IT trade facilitation organization), and is a member of NASSCOM’s Regional Council.  Rahul also serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s India Business Initiative (New York), and the Client Advisory Board of Citi Commercial Bank Asia (Hong Kong).

    Rahul holds an MBA degree from Columbia University (USA), with a major in Business Strategy & Marketing and a minor in Mergers & Acquisition and Turnaround Management. He has 2 Bachelor degrees from H. R. College (India), with specialization in Finance & Accounting, and Babson College (USA), with specialization in Management Information Systems.

  • Sameer L. Kanodia | Executive Director

    Sameer L. Kanodia

    Sameer received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University, USA, with Marketing as a Major.  He was on the Dean’s List throughout the academic program, & graduated with Honors.  Sameer subsequently received his Master in Business Administration from Bryant University, USA, with Finance as a Major.

    Sameer has more than 20 years of professional experience.  He drives various strategic initiatives, expansion plans & go-to-market strategies.  He has managed several large & complex projects.  He set up & oversees the operations in Nashik & Puducherry.  Under Sameer’s able leadership, Datamatics has become the 7th largest employer in Nashik.

    Sameer has been a Member of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Bryant University, USA, since 2008.  He has been a member of the IT Committee at the Indian Merchant’s Chamber, Mumbai, since 2010.  He has been a member of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB), of Universities and Colleges, USA, since 2012.

  • R. K. Saraswat | Director

     R. K. Saraswat

    R. K. Saraswat has over 40 years of experience in Project Finance, General Administration and Advanced Accounts. He has held the positions of Director (Finance) at Datamatics Limited; President, S. M. Dyechem Limited and Senior Vice President, Grasim. At Grasim, Saraswat was part of the team that set up its Mangalore Refinery Project. He is a graduate in Commerce and a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

  • Sudhir Deshpande | Director

    Sudhir Deshpande

    Sudhir Deshpande has over 45 years of experience in engineering design. He is an established geotechnical consultant specializing in soil / rock testing techniques. He is also engaged in conservation engineering related to heritage and archaeological structures and is a winner of the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award of Merit.

    Sudhir has an M.Phil. (Mechanical Engineering) from King’s College, University of London and a Certificate of Post Graduate Study in Engineering from University of Cambridge, UK. Sudhir holds a degree in engineering (civil) from University of London.

  • Shahzaad Dalal | Director

    Shahzaad Dalal

    Shahzaad Dalal is Vice Chairman, IL&FS Investment Managers Ltd (IIML), one of India’s leading Private Equity Fund Managers with assets under management of $3.2 billion. He guides corporates through their growth plans and other strategic developments, and advises on exits through a range of methods, including IPOs and strategic sales.

    Shahzaad is a Management Graduate from the USA.

  • Ms. Asha L. Kanodia | Director

    Ms. Asha L. Kanodia

    Ms. Asha L. Kanodia is an arts graduate in Psychology from University of Mumbai. She studied Social Psychology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, (USA). She has also completed several part time courses while in England at the Stanhope Institute. Ms. Asha L. Kanodia is an Interior Designer. She has designed most of our Offices of the company. She has over 40 years of experience in Interior Designs.

  • Mr. Dilip D. Dandekar | Director

    Mr. Dilip D. Dandekar

    Mr. Dilip Dandekar holds a Government Commercial Diploma. He served as the President of the Indian Merchants' Chamber and Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (“FICCI”). Mr. Dandekar is the Chairman of Kokuyo Camlin Ltd and Camlin Fine Sciences Ltd. He is currently the Honorary Consul of Mongolia, Mumbai, Maharashtra State. He has over 42 years of experience in the field of marketing, administration and overall management of companies.

  • Vinay Aggarwal | Non Executive Independent Director

    Vinay Aggarwal

    Mr. Vinay Aggarwal has an MBA in Finance from North Eastern University, USA. After a stint with Unisys in Detroit, he became the Vice President of Tata Unisys Ltd. (1981- 89). Thereafter he was appointed as CFO of TCS (1990- 2003). Mr. Vinay Aggarwal, was the Chief Financial Officer at TCS for more than a decade, and also worked briefly as CFO of Flag Telecom, a subsidiary of Reliance Communications. He is now an Independent Consultant.

Management

  • Rahul L. Kanodia | Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Rahul L. Kanodia

    Rahul leads all strategic and corporate initiatives globally, leading to the long-term growth, profitability and industry leadership of the organization. He has over 25 years of professional experience and has held several progressively senior and leadership positions.

    He has been the Chief Architect for re-positioning and transforming Datamatics from a service led organization to a solutions organization focused on enhancing business productivity through smart automation of data driven processes. Rahul is responsible for driving the company's strategic process to identify, evaluate and integrate organic and inorganic business growth options, including mergers & acquisitions, partnerships and alliances. He has also been driving the company’s foray into new geographies.

    Under Rahul’s aegis, Datamatics has become one of the fastest growing IT/ITeS companies among all the listed outsourcing companies on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange. Recognizing his contribution, in the year 2014 he was presented with ‘CEO of the Year Award’ for his exemplary leadership amongst organizations from across 41 Asian countries.

    Rahul serves as the Chairman for the Western Region of ESC (Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council, Government of India’s largest Electronics and IT trade facilitation organization), and is a member of NASSCOM’s Regional Council.  Rahul also serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s India Business Initiative (New York), and the Client Advisory Board of Citi Commercial Bank Asia (Hong Kong).

    Rahul holds an MBA degree from Columbia University (USA), with a major in Business Strategy & Marketing and a minor in Mergers & Acquisition and Turnaround Management. He has 2 Bachelor degrees from H. R. College (India), with specialization in Finance & Accounting, and Babson College (USA), with specialization in Management Information Systems.

  • Brajesh Ugra | President

    Brajesh Ugra

    Brajesh heads the Sales & Business Development function for IT services, BPO and Engineering solutions globally.

    He has extensive experience in the sales function with the Information Technology industry. Prior to assuming his present role at Datamatics, he has held several senior positions globally, including Satyam, Infinite and Birlasoft.

    In his earlier roles, he has successfully managed multiple large client relationships and has led companies into new territories and services. He has set up global teams and processes across continents that have resulted in aggressive growth. Also, he has been responsible for multiple strategic partnerships at all levels.

    In his current role in Datamatics Brajesh is part of the Company’s leadership team and  supervises all the sales and sales operations for IT services, BPO and Engineering solutions offerings globally. Brajesh also serves on the Board of CDIS – a joint venture between Datamatics and Cybercom AB of Sweden.

  • Sandeep Arora | Head - Consulting and Advisory Practice

    Sandeep Arora

    Sandeep currently heads the Consulting & Advisory Practice. This division is focused on advising the world’s leading organizations on business and technology advancements towards traditional as well as digital transformation. Sandeep is a ‘disruptive’ thinker and brings value through transformational solutions to the fore. His area of focus has been around enhancing ‘Collaboration’ using processes, technology platforms and enterprise data as the key enablers. Sandeep is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.Sandeep is a Business manager who hails from a Strategic Planning and Advisory background with over 20 years of international experience. Prior to joining Datamatics, he worked with organizations such as Mahindra & Mahindra, Times of India and Nielsen. In his earlier role with Datamatics, Sandeep has been instrumental in the incubation and growth of Datamatics in the Research & Analytics (R&A) domain whereby 8 of the Top 10 global MR firms are clients of Datamatics today. During this tenure, he has been credited with conceiving and developing multiple smart solutions/ IPs including SENTIpede™ for social media, iCAT™ for unstructured data categorization, iMark™ for image processing and mPOWER™ for data collection using mobility.

    Sandeep regularly presents thought-leadership papers in global forums. He is also a visiting faculty to a few management schools in India. He is the National Representative of ESOMAR for India and   an elected Managing Council member of MRSI.

  • Shashi Bhargava | Global Head – Solutions Group

    Shashi Bhargava

    Shashi leads the Datamatics teams responsible for proactively identifying and defining IT solutions encompassing latest technologies in new areas for clients across verticals. He is one of the key members who works closely with the customers to help them gain business vantage and higher business growth.

    He has over 28 years of extensive experience in managing offshore centres, delivering software services to clients across the world on multiple technologies and various domains. He has successfully led organizational growth through P&L management, client engagement, pre-sales support, product design & development and building high performance teams with demonstrable productivity. Also, he has identified new areas of growth and setup multiple “Centre of Excellence” to successfully drive revenue and business.

    Shashi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT Varanasi.

  • Sanjeev Subhedar | Global Head – Engineering Solutions

    Sanjeev Subhedar

    Sanjeev heads the division responsible for providing Engineering & Embedded Solutions, Enterprise Mobility and IoT globally. Sanjeev has a passion for new and sunrise technologies like Mobility, Internet of Things, and Augmented Reality etc. He leads the development of cutting edge solutions using Mobility, IoT, and Augmented Reality for the Digital world.

    He helps Datamatics customers by conceptualizing business impacting solutions exploiting sunrise technologies in fusion with their existing ones. Sanjeev has been in the forefront for creating end-to-end solutions for customers’ most challenging and basic needs.

    He has more than 25 years of rich industry experience across multiple industries at a global level.

    Sanjeev has occupied several technology and business leadership positions throughout his professional journey. Before joining Datamatics, Sanjeev has worked for highly reputed engineering companies like Siemens, Honeywell, ABB and Larsen & Toubro.

    Sanjeev holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and also studied Management.

  • Sachin Rane | Global Delivery Head – IT Services

    Sachin Rane

    Sachin Rane leads the Global Delivery for IT Services & Solutions. During his 25+ year of professional experience, he has gained sound understanding of Six Sigma and SEI CMM frameworks as well as ITIL based Infrastructure Service delivery along with a rich Systems Integration project knowledge. 

    He has worked with client organizations across US, Europe, Australia, Middle East & India to consult/participate/review their strategic IT initiatives/plans. As a leader, he has managed large teams comprising of diverse nationalites.

    He is a Certified Scrum Master. He has also attended a program on the “Client Engagement” at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

    Prior to joining Datamatics he worked with Wipro for 21+ years.

  • Navin Gupta | Global Delivery Head – BPO Services

    Navin Gupta

    Navin is the Global Delivery Head for BPO Services. He spearheads all quality related endeavors and works towards achieving client satisfaction by ensuring all of Datamatics’ deliverables reach its clients with top grade quality. He is responsible for operational excellence, institutionalizing and building operational rhythm.

    Navin has over 26 years of experience in managing operations, software and services delivery, system analysis & design, business analysis, management consultancy, corporate planning, equity research and financial analysis. He has a rich experience of working in both IT Outsourcing and Manufacturing setups. Before joining Datamatics, Navin has worked with several reputed IT organizations, including iGate, Genpact, Birlasoft and Polaris.

    Navin holds Masters degrees in Economics and Oracle Application and a DBF from ICFAI. He is also trained in TQM and is Six Sigma Certified.

  • Alok Kumar Jha | Global Head – HR & CSR

    Alok Kumar Jha

    Alok is the Chief Human Resources Officer and leads the strategic and corporate initiatives related to Human Resources globally. In this role, he is responsible for developing HR strategies while focusing on the growth and development of people across all cadres in the organization.

    Prior to joining Datamatics, he has held several Senior HR Leadership roles including that of SAP Practice Head. His diverse industry experience comprises Manufacturing, Services, Consulting and IT sectors across the globe. He has also worked on several assignments for many Fortune 500 companies in the field of Human Resources, Management and SAP Consulting.

    Alok is actively involved in inculcating a performance driven culture. He also leads Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative organization wide and through it, aspires to make the youth employable by running several training programs.

    He is a recipient of the Indira Super Achiever Award for being one of the Best HR Professionals across industries in the year 2006.He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

  • Varad Kamini | Global Head – Marketing & Communications

    Varad Kamini

    As Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Varad Kamini is responsible for formulating and driving Marketing Communications Strategy globally, Strategic Stakeholder Engagement plans, Brand Positioning and Market Development, Corporate and Financial Communications, Influencer and Media Relations, Employee Engagement Communications, Advertising and Research.

    For her transformational work at Datamatics Varad has been felicitated by several prestigious awards globally. She has close to two decades of leadership experience across various areas in the Marketing Communication function, including Market Positioning, Brand Strategy, Traditional & Digital Marketing, Corporate Public Relations, Influencer Relations, Employee Engagement; and Strategic M&A Communications.

    Varad holds Post Graduate qualifications in Business Management and Mass Communications & Journalism along with an honours graduation in English.