Our Global Business Consultants

 

Senior Advisor: Arvind Agarwal
Chemical Industry
Arvind AgarwalArvind has over 30 years of Chemical Industry experience including two decades as the head of two separate “Synthetic Chemical” companies. He also has over 25 years of experience in Indian financial markets.Arvind has a Masters in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and another Masters in Chemistry from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Senior Advisor: Dr. Avinash Agrawal

Software Development
Avinash AgrawalOver a 14-year career at Sun Microsystems, Dr. Avinash Agrawal’s responsibilities spanned global engineering, business services , data center management software and more. Avinash founded and served as the Managing Director for Sun Microsystems’s India Engineering Center in Bangalore. Since he opened the IEC in 1999, the facility contributed more than 160 patent disclosures and eight major product releases to the Sun portfolio. Avinash led the transition of multiple large products to the India Engineering Center, and its evolution into Sun’s top international engineering facility, by designing the IEC infrastructure and business model, and recruiting the very best local talent.Earlier in his career, Avinash held technical and management roles at Teknekron Communication Systems and at Tymshare. He also founded Jupiter 2x(Learning). Avinash holds a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has taught Strategic Offshoring at Stanford University. Avinash advises Amritt clients about global engineering issues.

Senior Advisor: Debu Bhatnagar

Consumer Goods
Debu BhatnagarDebu has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur followed by an MBA in Marketing from IIM Kolkata. He gained his initial experience at Hindustan Unilever where he spent 14 years in Sales and Marketing. After Unilever, Debu moved on to CEO roles in Benckiser, RPG Group and ICI Paints. Debu then spent 7 years with Hemas, Sri Lanka as Managing Director for their FMCG Business. After returning to India, Debu was the Managing Director for Bajaj Corp.

Senior Advisor: Dinesh Lal

India Operations
Dinesh Lal - Amritt, IncDinesh Lal is a mechanical engineer with bachelor’s and master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has over 30 years industry experience with top Indian engineering companies including Larsen & Toubro as well as leading American companies including Eaton and Kohler. He held leadership positions with each of these companies.  For Kohler, he established their presence in India and built up their operations.Dinesh leads our India consultants, who provide in-country guidance to Amritt clients visiting India. Amritt’s India business experts can interview executive candidate hires, pre-qualify business potential business partners, perform due diligence on merger and acquisition targets and other perform other top level guidance. Dinesh is based in India and travels to the United States frequently.

Senior Advisor: Rajnish Rohatgi

Medical Device Practice
Rajnish Rohatgi - Amritt, IncAfter completing his education – B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1984) and PGDBM from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (1986) – Rajnish has accumulated over 27 years of rich and diverse experience in Sales, Marketing and as BU / Profit center head, across diverse industries of Consumer products (Unilever, Bestfoods India Ltd.), Hospital service providers (Max Healthcare India), Marketing services (Solutions Integrated Marketing Services Pvt. Ltd – SIMS) and medical devices (Becton Dickinson, India).

Senior Advisor: Indra Shekhar Chaturvedi

Indian Defense Sector
Retired Major General Indra Shekhar Chaturvedi’s most recent role was spearheading the acquisitions of weapons and equipment for the Indian Army in the Acquisition Wing of India’s Ministry of Defence. He significantly contributed to the formulation of the policies and procedures for Indian Defence Procurement and in negotiating various aspects of global and domestic defence acquisition schemes. He has also been quoted for his article on India’s defense acquisition system.His last border posting was as a Brigadier in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan on the Pakistan border where he commanded an artillery brigade of a strike formation in 2002-2003. In a later role, he led manpower planning for the 1.3 million strong all-volunteer Army, including managing hiring targets, cadre managemnt, and manpower development.General Chaturvedi, is a 1971 graduate of India’s National Defence Academy in Pune.  Later in his career he graduated from the National Defence College in New Delhi from a special course designed to equip top select officers to take on the most senior military leadership roles in India. For his leadership and training skills in the classroom and the field, General Chaturvedi has long been recognized by the All India Management Association.

Senior Advisor: John Tripplett

Architecture and Construction 
Moving to India in 2001, John was country manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff and helped build the Delhi commuter train system. Among his responsibilities for seven years in New Delhi was overall management and supervision of the architectural design of stations, track, parking facilities, transit centers and systems( including traction power, communications, and fare collection). An engineer by education, John advises Amritt clients in engineering and construction industries and related fields.

Senior Director: Dave Pross
David ProssDave Pross is an international business development specialist with experience in consumer products and publishing.  After working as the editor of Middle East Business magazine, Dave joined PepsiCo, where he worked for Pepsi-Cola USA in the mergers and acquisitions group and then for Pepsi-Cola International, where he had planning responsibility for the Middle Eastern markets and Pepsi’s Indian joint venture, based in New Delhi.Dave was also a consultant to Pepsi in Bulgaria, Romania and Russia and then to Eastman Chemicals for a project in Belarus and to Constar for a packaging project in Brazil.  He joined RJ Reynolds International, based in Geneva, as a director of business development for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.  He led the market entry initiative for the Indian market.  He served as general manager in India and the joint venture’s managing director.When he returned to the US, Dave joined a Connecticut-based media company, where he has business development and sales responsibilities.  He also co-founded Prospect Global Markets, a company that offers a database of foreign direct investment in India and M&A activity in the Indian energy sectors.Dave earned his BA in Political Science/International Relations from the College of Wooster, an MA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan and his MBA in Finance/International Business from New York University.  He also attended the American University of Beirut.He lived in Lahore, Cairo, Beirut, New Delhi and Geneva and now lives in Connecticut.

Senior Advisor: Kiran Dixit
Nuclear Engineering and PSUs
Amritt_Consultant_Kiran_DixitKiran Dixit retired from India’s Nuclear Power Corporation after an illustrious 40 year career where he was ultimately the Executive Director responsible for Engineering, Procurement and Project Construction. Under his leadership the company initiated four heavy water reactors of 700 megawatt capacity. A 1972 Mechanical Engineering graduate of IIT Bombay, Dixit oversaw procurement of components, systems and EPC packages for Nuclear Island, Turbine Island and Balance of Plant. Working closely with industry, he and his team developed and deployed a wide range of nuclear components. These included large and heavy, but delicate reactor vessels; precision machined components of sophisticated reactivity and shut down mechanisms..

Senior Advisor: Sunny Kalara
Business Law, Asset Protection and Intellectual Property
Amritt_Consultant_Sunny_KalaraSunny Kalara advises Amritt clients on International business, Wealth and Asset protection and Intellectual Property law. Sunny has expertise in complex cross border business transactions, entity structuring, technology transfer and international asset protection. He has worked with companies from Fortune 500 to start-ups, on a variety of matters including structuring financing agreements, buy-sell contracts, IP harvesting, corporate governance, and employment law.
Sunny’s legal experience spans large law firms such as O’Melveny and Myers where his practice was focused on IP counseling, business litigation and technology transactions. Prior to that, Sunny served as the General Counsel to Dreamtime Holdings where he forged a groundbreaking agreement to commercialize NASA’s IP assets, and co-founded a satellite company, Zenncomm communications. Sunny has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Rochester, and a JD from University of Houston. He is a frequent speaker and media commentator on legal and business issues.

Senior Advisor: Rajinder K. Mohan
India Defense Sector
Rajinder K. MohanAs an Air Vice Marshal for the Indian Air Force, Rajinder K. Mohan’s final assignment was “Air Officer in charge Logistics” (AOL); the AOL is the top executive responsible for the supply chain of materials and spares. This includes forecasting, provisioning, procurement from global sources, receipt in India, warehousing and storage. The AOL is also responsible for distribution and supply to various field Units spread across the country both during peace and wartime. Mohan served in uniform for 36 years and was decorated with the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Senior Advisor: Rodney Shean

Gaming Industry – Development and Quality Assurance
Rodney SheanRodney Shean served as the Vice President of Support Services for a large global Video Games Publisher, in his last corporate role. He was responsible for overseeing a headcount of hundreds and spanning all Internal and External support, documentation, sound and video, and quality assurance and in this role, he often hired business consultants and experts from the outside. Rod now brings his corporate perspective to the rest of our team of India consultants.Earlier in his career, Rod worked as a professional teacher and instructor for over 5 years teaching for both the US Air Force and private computer companies. He has been a project manager and consultant for several software and hardware projects supporting local and international groups. Rod is based in Tennessee.

Senior Advisor: Russ Turner

Aerospace and  Defense
Russ TurnerIn his most recent corporate position, Russ Turner was the President of the Honeywell Engines, Systems, and Services business and the Honeywell Air Transport and Regional business. Before joining Honeywell, Turner was the president and CEO of United Space Alliance (USA) where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Space Shuttle and elements of the International Space Station, under the Space Flight Operations Contract.Earlier in his career he held senior positions at Rocketdyne and as vice president and general manager of Reusable Space Systems for The Boeing Company in Downey, California. Russ advises Amritt’s clients in the aerospace, defense, and civil aviation business.

Senior Advisor: Supriya Pande

Project Management
Supriya PandeSupriya Pande, spent four years as a manager at Microsoft Corporation handling complex web sites, content and related media in her last corporate role. She previously worked in technology and media management positions at AT&T and at Ziff Davis. Other India business experts often turn to Supriya for her cross-cultural tact and expertise in ferreting out the communication challenges between India and West.

Senior Managing Partner: Smita Goel Bagla

Business Excellence and Innovation
Amritt_consultant_Smita_GoelSmita Goel has over 20 years of experience in Healthcare, Entertainment, Information Technology and Service industries. Smita’s work experience includes well known companies such as Kaiser Permanente’, Amgen, UnitedHealth Group, UCLA Medical Center, as well as Alpha Therapeutics, Retix and Amber.  Smita Goel is a serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive in organizational change management, gamification, process re-engineering, prescriptive data analytics and strategic guidance. She has successfully managed multimillion dollar initiatives global offshore development through cross cultural barriers across multiple cultures including India, China, Ireland, Germany, Latvia, and Switzerland. Smita has Masters in Computer Science from Indian Institutes of Technology, India. Smita’s papers on 3-D modeling and Image processing have appeared in IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications and in the World Symposium of AI and Pathology. She is a seasoned cross cultural expert and serves on the boards of multiple technology and community organizations. In 2013, the South Asia Business Alliance Network, bestowed the Annual Woman Entrepreneur Award on her.

Senior Advisor: Purnima Hindia

India Operations
Amritt_Consultant_Purnima_HindiPurnima has a Master’s Degree in Education. She has vast experience in teaching and remediation. She set up a school for children with learning differences in Mumbai and was its administrator for four years.  In addition to English, Purnima speaks Hindi, Gujarati, French, Tamil, Kannada and Kacchi. From Bangalore, Purnima worked with a number of companies in the U.S. that wanted sales, operations and HR interfaces in India. Working with Amritt since 2007, Purnima has assisted in numerous roles for dozens of Amritt’s clients ranging from visiting nuclear power plants in Gujarat, to networking her way to top Indian executives. A U.S. citizen, Purnima divides her time between India and America.

Senior Advisor: Amita Suhrid-Cherewick

Corporate Training and Education
Amitt_Consultant_Amita_Suhrid_CherewickAmita has over 20 years of leadership experience in higher education, training, and corporate education. Most recently she created and ran the College of Continuing Education for DeVry University as innovation center to pilot cutting edge educational technologies and methodology to stay competitive and penetrate new markets.  She initiated strategic educational alliances and partnerships with companies such as Pearson, Intel, Cisco, EMC and IBM. Amita provided leadership for corporate articulation and training for companies that included McDonalds, Sprint, HP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, FedEx, Farmers Insurance, U-Haul, and Aetna.  In her previous role as National Associate Dean of Assessment she served as corporate liaison and created a culture of data-driven decisions and continuous quality improvement at 90 locations across the United States.  As the National Associate Dean for College of Engineering and Information Sciences, she provided leadership for products that generated $200 million in revenue in Information Systems, Information Security, Networks and Communications, Databases, Wireless, Health Information Technology, Game and Simulation, and Web Graphics Design. She holds an M.S. in Mathematics degree from IIT, Kanpur. She also holds an MBA and MA in Economics.

Senior Advisor: Ujj Nath
Mergers & Acquisitions

Ujj NathUjj Nath is the Managing Director at Amritt Capital LLC., which is an M&A consulting firm that specializes in cross – border transactions with India and the USA.  He is currently on the board of USourceIT, FreshiFlix, TruAlign LLC. Ujj has 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive, largely garnered as the President, CEO and Co-Founder of Syncata Corporation, a business consulting, and demand and supply chain management solutions firm with a 15-year track record serving the automotive industry. As part of the growth of the company Ujj raised significant growth capital from JP Morgan Chase Capital and ABS Capital.   Ujj also successfully negotiated the sale of his company to ProQuest a public company (NYSE: PQE) in 2004, which was then acquired by Snap-On Tools (NYSE:SNA) in 2005.At Snap-On, Ujj was the Regional Vice President with Snap-on Business Solutions in their Global Accounts organization and headed the Professional Services Organization for Snap-on Business Solutions. Prior to co-founding Syncata, Ujj worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert as an associate where he specialized in quantitative modeling and research for the corporate finance and logistics department.  Ujj has a Masters in Business Administration from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Metallurgy from the Institute of Technology B.H.U. in Varanasi, India.

Senior Advisor: Umesh

Communications Industry
Photo coming soonUmesh has more than 35 years of professional experience having worked for Indian blue-chip and multinational corporations, ranging from Larsen & Toubro Limited to Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services. Right through his career Umesh has led the creation and management of infrastructure, ranging from building sophisticated clean room facilities for manufacturing hard disk drives through building both inside plant and outside plant for the largest Telcos in India, to building and managing cloud infrastructure services as a senior IT infrastructure services professional. In the communications industry vertical, Umesh has handled numerous key business processes starting with alliance development and formation of a joint venture company for setting up a Telco, setting up of a manufacturing facility, network design, engineering and deployment (MPLS), solutioning and presales. Besides the above Umesh has also been a part of the leadership team of one of the largest global IT services companies. In this role his responsibility included the creation of a cloud infrastructure services portfolio encompassing consulting, design & build services to cloud infrastructure provisioning and other value added services. Umesh has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
 

Managing Director: Gunjan Bagla

Gunjan BaglaGunjan Bagla has 25 years of global sourcing and marketing experience. He has held senior positions in global technology sales and marketing. Mr. Bagla has managed teams sourcing products from China, India, Japan, and the rest of Asia. He began his career as an engineer for Larsen & Toubro Bangalore, a prominent Indian industrial firm. Mr. Bagla came to the U.S. and later worked as Director of Program Management for Tandon Computer.Based in California, he is the author of the acclaimed title “Doing Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from tomorrow’s most exciting Market” published in July 2008 by Warner/Hachette Books. More about our Managing Director, Gunjan Bagla.
 

Senior Advisor: Late Dr. Atul Goel
Research and Development

Atul GoelAtul has served for over 25 years as a Senior Director in R&D and Manufacturing, and in various other senior positions in marketing and sales at Hewlett Packard Company and Agilent Technologies’ semiconductor and instrument groups. He was the founder and president of Colorado Superconductor, and served with Tinicum, LLC’s investment banking division. Atul is authored several papers and has over thirty patents in camera chips, photolithography, semiconductor test, sensors and transducers, liquid metal switches, and molecular biology devices. After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Dr. Goel received MS and PhD degrees from Yale University in Biochemistry and Applied Physics.Over the last decade, Atul has pioneered and led a process to streamline and accelerate technology and product development at HP and Agilent through third party collaborations and technology sourcing. He has established and managed large product development and manufacturing organizations in the US, Germany, Japan, China and India. Atul serves on the advisory boards of several technology companies in the biomedical and energy industries, and the Association of Yale Alumni Board of Governors. He is an executive advisor to the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.
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