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Robin Abrams

Robin Abrams

Board Chair

Robin Abrams is the Chair of the Board for Actian Corporation, and also serves as a Director of HCL Technologies.  She was most recently interim CEO at ZiLOG. She had been the President of Palm Computing and Senior Vice President at 3Com Corporation.

Ms. Abrams was formerly the President and CEO at VeriFone. Before joining VeriFone in 1997, Abrams held a variety of senior management positions with Apple Computers. As Vice President and General Manager of the Americas, she oversaw sales and channel management for U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to that, she was the Vice President and General Manager of Apple Asia, where she was responsible for sales and marketing in the region.

Ms. Abrams spent eight years with Unisys in several senior-level positions. Her responsibilities included managing the delivery of business solutions focused on banking, airlines, government and networking. A portion of her tenure at Unisys included a five-year stint in Asia Pacific. The first twelve years of her career were in various management positions at Wells Fargo Bank (formerly known as Norwest Bank).

Ms. Abrams has served several U.S. public company boards including ZiLOG and BEA Systems (until it was acquired by Oracle) and currently serving Sierra Wireless and Openwave Systems. Ms. Abrams also serves on the Anita Borg Institute Board and several academic advisory committees.  She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska.

Rohit De Souza

CEO and President

Rohit De Souza serves as Chief Executive Officer. Rohit brings nearly 25 years of blue chip, strategic technology and change management experience to the role, having driven results at both large enterprise technology companies and smaller, early stage ventures in a global context. Prior to his appointment at Actian, Rohit held the President and acting CEO position at BeyondCore, where he refocused its go-to-market strategy and drove the acquisition of the company by Salesforce. Prior to BeyondCore, Rohit held multiple leadership positions at HP, including Vice President and General Manager for HP Software – Autonomy / IDOL and prior to that Vice President and General Manager for its Retail Publishing division, where he was responsible for the business’ exponential growth and established HP as a leader in worldwide retail photo and publishing. Rohit has held leadership roles at Siebel, Oracle, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Intel, where in each instance he contributed to the accelerated growth and market success of the firm. Rohit holds dual master’s degrees in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Madras University in India.

Prahlad Rai Bansal

Prahlad Rai Bansal

Board Member

Prahlad Rai Bansal is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at HCL Technologies and has held a number of senior roles in HCL over the past twenty-five years. Mr. Bansal is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has more than 35 years of post-qualification experience in the field of finance and accounts.

Vijay Anand Guntur

Vijay Anand Guntur

Board Member

Vijay Anand Guntur is Corporate Vice President – ERS PTS & SDES at HCL Technologies. He heads the Software and Digital Engineering delivery of ERS, and is also responsible for all of the product testing delivery in ERS. With over 27 years of experience, he is implementing strategies to accelerate HCL’s Mode 2 and 3 business initiatives and building leadership capabilities in ERS. With his technology cognizance and fine business sense, he is responsible for driving growth in ISV, Online, Telecom Service Provider, IoT and Digital Engineering areas. He also promotes initiatives like diversity and inclusion programs in HCL.

Vijay has provided leadership to the incubation of the Mode 3 strategy implementations and its growth. As part of the organization’s development, he led the effort to start-up new locations for HCL in Hyderabad, Redmond and Pune. He has headed several organization-wide initiatives like Business Process Reengineering (BPR), including the Value Creation, Rewards and Recognition, Integrated Service Delivery and Multi Service Delivery ways of working.

He joined HCL in 1989, starting in Research & Development building products, to incubating HCL Technologies in the services business and was responsible for building system software capabilities of the organization.

Prior to the current role, Vijay was in charge of incubating and building global businesses in the Media & Entertainment and Retail verticals in HCL Technologies.

Vijay has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a computer science background from BITS, Pilani.

George Kadifa

George Kadifa

Board Member

George Kadifa is a Managing Director of Sumeru Equity Partners focused on the firm’s software investments and is a member of the Investment Committee. He has three decades of operating experience in the technology sector.

Prior to co-founding Sumeru Equity Partners, George was Executive Vice President at HP, reporting to the CEO and member of Executive Committee. He was responsible for leading growth initiatives and alliance programs with key partners, service providers and the largest customers. Mr. Kadifa previously served as Executive Vice President of HP Software. He led HP’s $4-billion software business that includes IT/Cloud Operations Management, Application Delivery Management, Enterprise Security, and HP Big Data.

George previously served as Operating Partner at Silver Lake, a global technology investment firm with over $26 billion of assets under management. He was responsible for driving growth and operational improvement in a wide range of enterprises within the company portfolio of the firm’s large-cap investment fund. George has significant expertise in building and managing technology businesses. He has held various leadership positions at technology and management consulting companies such as IBM, Corio Corporation (founder), Oracle, Booz-Allen & Hamilton and Xerox.

Kalyan Kumar

Kalyan Kumar

Board Member

Kalyan Kumar is Corporate Vice President & CTO IT Services, of HCL Technologies. He leads the Global Cloud Native Services and DRYiCE products & platforms.

As a visionary, KK drives product and technology strategy across emerging technologies. He is responsible for enabling thought leadership, driving the exploration and incubation initiatives with the start-up ecosystem, and identifying new technology alliances. He drives our autonomics/AI and service-orchestration offerings across the XaaS ecosystem. The ecosystem is comprised of holistic automation capabilities, including ‘IT operations automation’, ‘cloud and DevOps automation’, and ‘cognitive process automation’. Besides, he defines cross-organization cloud strategy for business growth and cultivates the SaaS tribes across HCL.

Besides, KK continues to be an ambassador and mentor for the next-generation leaders. He is the member of the eminent Wall Street Journal CIO Network responsible for identifying key challenges in technology and new opportunities for innovation. Also, KK is the member of HCL’s ‘Talent Council’ focused on encouraging and empowering young talent. In addition, he is the honorable member of the Technology Partner Advisory Boards and has participated in Special Academic Programs at Wharton and Harvard Business School. He is a regular participant in the Singularity University Programs.

Also, KK is widely acknowledged as an eminent expert and author in the fields of Business Service Management, IT Service Management, IT Architecture and Cloud Platforms. He has co-authored six books in the space of service management and XaaS/Cloud Services.

Sanjeet Mitra

Sanjeet Mitra

Board Member

Sanjeet Mitra is a Managing Director at Sumeru Equity Partners focused on the firm’s software, cloud and hardware company investments and sits on the investment committee. Prior to co-founding Sumeru Equity Partners he was a Principal at Silver Lake Sumeru, the middle market investment strategy of Silver Lake and predecessor fund to Sumeru Equity Partners. Sanjeet has more than ten years of investing and investment banking experience.

Prior to joining Silver Lake Sumeru, Sanjeet worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in San Francisco, where he worked with clients in the industrial, TMT, and healthcare sectors.

Apparao VV

Apparao VV

Board Member

Apparao VV is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at HCL Technologies, a role in which he leads a global organization responsible for engaging, developing and transforming the company’s workforce into a competitive differentiator. His team of HR experts is re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create a workplace aligned to the needs of the digital age.

Apparao is an HCL veteran, having joined the company in 2002. Before taking over his current role, he was a Corporate Vice President in Financial Services business.

Apparao has three decades of overall industry experience covering various domains like talent management, client relationship management, industrialized delivery and strategic partnerships. He is widely admired amongst his peers for his deftness at integrating and managing diverse, multi-cultural and multi-national teams and expertise in process lifecycles and next-gen technologies.

Apparao holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee which he passed as a Gold medalist. He has also published several research papers in industry publications and holds two patents under his name.