Management Team

Hemendra Aran CEO & Founder

hemendra-aran Hemendra founded Aranca in 2003 with the vision to offer world-class custom research and high quality analytics services to global clients. He has led Aranca’s evolution from being a one-man firm in 2003 to a 500-strong global player in the custom research and analytics domain today.

An alumnus of London Business School (MBA), Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and Indian Institute of Technology (Madras), Hemendra brings in rich and extensive experience of outsourcing best practices after having worked with global corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Reebok, Thomson Electronics during his stint with Infosys.

He has authored several books on outsourcing and global financial markets, such as Outsourcing Success: The Management Imperative, and Global Financial Markets Revolution: The Future of Exchanges and Capital Markets. Hemendra regularly comments for business media, and often speaks at top-tier institutes, forums and conferences. He is also quite passionate about meaningful and soulful cinema, and has produced and released an award-winning, full length feature film.

Madhusudan Rajagopalan COO

madhusudan Madhusudan co-founded Aranca, and has enabled the organization to scale up and out to evolve as one of the key global players in the custom research and analytics domain. As its COO, Madhusudan develops and deploys client-centric strategies across the business functions of Aranca.

He focuses on consistently driving operational excellence across Aranca, delivering research solutions to global clients, and improving its top and bottomline financial performance. Madhusudan has been instrumental in expanding Aranca’s global presence, service portfolio and its capabilities to ensure seamless and delightful operational experience for clients.

An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Madhusudan began his career as a management consultant with Accenture and has served large clients across sectors in a range of strategy and business performance improvement assignments. His comments and quotes are regularly published by reputed business media channels, and he has written various opinion articles on markets and finance for global publications.

Madhusudhan is an avid runner and is a regular participant in marathon events.

Christopher Kingsman Non-Executive Director

christopher A graduate in Social and Politcal Sciences from Cambridge University in the UK, Christopher is the non-executive director at Aranca. He began his career at Fidelity International at London and has worked for both fundamentally and macro focused investment firms from 1998 to 2005. In 2001, he set up a private hedge fund which he ran until 2005. He serves for a private investment partnership in Germany.

Christopher has vast research, investment and trading experience in a wide range of areas from micro (fundamental small- and largecap stock analysis) to macro (commodity, currency and interest rate trading). His particular areas of interest are smallcap emerging growth companies and long-term commodity investments, and holds the IIMR investment management certificate.

He also serves as a Director of Greenwood Investments Ltd., IIE Immergruen Immobilien- Entwicklungs GmbH, AF Colina GmbH, Aneca Vermoegensverwaltungs GbR and Nicea gemeinnuetzige GmbH. Ealier, Christopher has been a Non-Executive Independent Director at Serabi Gold plc from December 19, 2011 to December 23, 2013, and has served as a Director of MoVa Investment Partners LLP.

Kannan Sivasubramanian Executive Vice President

kannan-siva As Aranca’s executive vice president, Kannan spearheads its research delivery, operational effectiveness, business development and growth initiatives. Kannan has about two decades of rich experience in strategy and performance improvement consulting, and managing service delivery in the outsourcing domain.

He began his career with Avalon Consulting, where he worked for 11 years and managed over 200 consulting assignments across a gamut of industries, sectors and clients. At Nirvana Business Solutions, a Bangalore-based BPO, Kannan grew the company, as its President, from a fledgling startup to a 400-man organization in a short period of three years. Before joining Aranca, he established Dedicated Service business line and othe strategic initiatives at Cable & Wireless.

Neeraj Bhardwaj Director, Business Development

neeraj-bharadwajAs an entrepreneur, Neeraj has extensive experience with global business development, general managmeent and startups in North America, Europe, India and Japan across a wide range of domains including financial services, BPO, business research and analytics, and strategic consulting. Neeraj advises and supports startups at early and growth stages of development with access to capital, sales and marketing, strategy and partnerships.

Neeraj is a core member of the senior leadership team at Aranca, and supports clients globally with market intellignece for investment and business decisions, bringing in his rich experience in capability building and business development. He helps Aranca initiate strategic partnerships with a specific focus to enter and grow new markets, and support its global sales team.

A Bachelors in Finance from the London School of Economics and an MBA from London Business School, he began his career with the Bank of England as a bank analyst working with a leading US financial services organization operating in the UK. Neeraj went onto start one of the first business process outsourcing companies, and later an outsourcing consulting firm. Most recently, he was the CEO of a leading business research provider based in the UK and India.

Ashish Sethi Global Head of Sales

ashish-sethiAshish is a specialist in envisaging, creating and growing sales ecosystem at a wide spectrum of businesses. He has a proven expertise in building teams and developing business for financial products & services, research, and consumer products both in the local and international space.

Before joining Aranca as its global head of sales, Ashish was the director for business development at CRISIL Research. Earlier, he has worked with ICICI Lombard, and UTI Mutual Fund. He has an MBA in Marketing & IT from LBSIM and a certification in Negotiation Strategies from ISB.

Mona Bose Vice President, Human Resource Management

mona-boseAs a seasoned Human Resource Management professional, Mona has led teams of young professionals in both multinationals as well as Indian entrepreneurial organizations. She was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Talented HR Professionals in India, at the 21st World HRD Congress.

At Aranca, Mona provides leadership for building a scalable HR infrastructure that supports the growth and profitability of the business. She has worked extensively in nurturing the performance and accountability culture through an integrated framework that comprises of talent management, performance management and employee engagement initiatives.

Before Aranca, Mona has worked with one of India’s leading business conglomerates, and a premier online travel portal, among others.

Ritesh Rawal Head of Finance

ritesh-rawal Recently recognized as one of India’s Top 100 CFOs, Ritesh has rich experience of managing the entire spectrum of finance and accounts, from from day-to-day challenges to strategic initiatives including Mergers & Acquisitions.

Before joining Aranca as its head of finance, Ritesh worked with Boston Analytics as its vice president, heading its finance, administration and IT functions. Earlier, he has worked with Ipsos India, responsible for all the support functions of the organization in his capacity as the CFO and a member of the Board of Directors for the company. During this tenure, he was also awarded as the Best CFO in Asia within Ipsos Group.

Sujit Janardanan  Vice President, Marketing

Sujit-JanardananSujit leads the marketing and corporate communications function at Aranca and his mandate includes building world-class marketing capabilities while growing business revenue and brand equity. Before Aranca he was with Amazon where as the Head of Marketing – India, he lead the marketing strategy and execution for Amazon Web Services’ business in the Indian sub-continent.

In the past, Sujit has held key marketing roles at 3i Infotech as part of its Global Marketing team, at McAfee where he led their enterprise marketing in India & SAARC region and at Netmagic – an NTT Communications Group Company where his role included developing strategy to build the Netmagic brand, while also leading the corporate, field marketing, corporate communications and the inside sales functions. Sujit has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Talented CMOs of India for 2013 by the CMO Council and World Brand Congress.

A Hotel Management grad from IHMCTAN, he holds a post-grad degree in management from IIM Kozhikode’s Management Education Programme (eMEP).

Shreekar Karambelkar Head - IT Infrastructure

Shreekar Karambelkar Shreekar has over two decades of vast experience in building and managing scalable and secure IT infrastructure for enterprises. His expertise in architecting and implementing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery management plans, user focused IT security framework and processes in highly regulated financial businesses has also earned him many industry recognition and awards.

He also, specializes in designing, deploying and managing leading edge, multi-platform IT infrastructure to enable smooth customer transaction experiences, while ensuring compliance with ISO standards. Before Aranca, he led the IT Infrastructure & Security mandate for Equifax Credit Information Services and Techprocess.

Sunil Karande Head - Business Automation

Sunil Karande Sunil brings with him over 15 years of experience in enterprise software application design, development and delivery. During his career he has delivered state of the art, multi-platform software applications for varied customer-centric needs by providing end-to-end solutions.

Prior to joining Aranca, he was a Solution Architect at Equifax Credit Information Services, with total ownership of designing, delivering and automating the complex business processes of the company. Before Equifax, he worked with Mastek Limited, where he was, as Technical Architect, responsible for delivering complex and critical business applications in Health care and Finance domains.

In his prior roles, Sunil has earned extensive recognition and rewards for his outstanding contributions to the organizations and for delivering highly critical applications successfully.

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