Leadership Team

Arjun Rao, CEO and Founder

Arjun is the founder and CEO of ValueLabs. He started ValueLabs in 1997 with a vision to create a unique company; one with a different approach to business. He has created an entity that is focused on building true partnerships with clients and employees, growing with purpose, ethical in approach and fully aware of its social responsibilities.

Armed with the insight that clients can derive true and sustainable competitive advantage using the offshore model, our company, under the leadership of Arjun, has grown rapidly. Often quoted by Arjun, ValueLabs has only two stake-holders – clients and employees. This approach to building relationships, focusing on partnerships and a long-term outlook is part of our unique culture.

Arjun provides key strategic direction to our company and ensures, by example, that we never lose sight of our culture and values.
Arjun is actively involved in the IT industry and is a member from the private sector of the governing council of the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI). He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, an organization focused on creating better leaders through education and idea exchange. Arjun is a Director, InsightMethods, a start-up in the market research space. Until recently, he was a board member of Multimedia Technologies Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia, which is the technology company of the multi-billion Dollar Usaha Tegas Group of Malaysia.

Arjun earned an MS from Cornell University, USA, where he held the A.D. White Fellowship. He has a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India, where he graduated at the top of his class.

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Harini Rao, President and Co-founder

Harini Rao is the co-founder of ValueLabs. She brings along her experience in managing client accounts and mass media advertising. She possesses an extensive knowledge of offshore software services. She has played a vital role in leading our company from its inception stages to profitability. With sheer perseverance, strong leadership and incessant focus on delivering customer value, she has helped in establishing ValueLabs as a premier software services company.

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Ramchandran Manjeri, SVP – Sales & Marketing

Ram is Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at ValueLabs. Based out of India, Ram is responsible for growing ValueLabs business and building relationships worldwide for our services. In addition, he is also responsible for building out the Sales and Marketing infrastructure for our Products Division.

With over 20 years of experience spearheading and managing profit centers for growth, Ram brings his expertise in managing diverse functions to our company. Prior to ValueLabs, Ram headed business development at a custom software development company that grew twelve-fold in his 10-year stint with them. He started his career at Shaw Wallace & Company Limited, where he held P&L responsibility for an entire State in India. Subsequently, he moved to the IT industry, setting up a sales channel in South India for software products.

Combined with his “if-its-worth-doing-its-worth-doing-well” approach and “hands-on” management style, Ram has been able to significantly accelerate the sales and marketing initiatives at ValueLabs. Extremely focused and detail oriented, Ram uses his excellent communication skills, subtle sense of humor and friendly demeanor to great effect.

Ram is a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta, India) and has a Bachelor of Technology degree (Electrical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi, India).

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Kiran Kumar Kuchimanchi, SVP – Global Delivery

Kiran is SVP, Global Delivery at ValueLabs. Kiran is responsible for managing the entire client delivery activities at our company. In addition, Kiran drives our Telecom and Media Practices due to his deep experience in managing clients in this space. His additional focus area is to componentize the IP that we own in this space. He also champions our product suites in the mobile technology and interactive TV space.

Kiran was the second person to join our company.

With over 13 years of experience spanning client management, project delivery, program management and managing relationships, Kiran brings to the table his experience in managing some of the largest client engagements in our company.

Behind his affable exterior, Kiran possesses deep expertise in mobile related technologies and a keen analytical mind. He has helped define the culture of our company and epitomizes what we would like everyone at ValueLabs to be: always available, always happy to help and always composed. His approach to work follows the doctrine “Actions speak louder than words”.

Kiran has a Masters degree in Computer Applications.

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Aseervadam Gandham, SVP – Client Services & Products Division

Aseervadam G, better known as Ashir, is SVP, Client Services at ValueLabs. Ashir directly manages several key client relationships for our company. He is also responsible for our Products Division, which collects ideas, identifies those worth taking to the market, creates products and takes them to market. Ashir has great experience around Healthcare and Travel related services, and over the medium term, will create vertical practices around these.

Ashir also drives IT initiatives that have a direct impact on our ability to deliver as well as those that improve efficiencies in the running of the company. He manages our Quality initiatives (CMMI, ISO, BS 27001, etc.) and is the driving force behind a passion for quality throughout the organization.

Ashir is ValueLabs’ first employee.

Ashir brings with him extensive experience across domains and regions. He has the ability to cut across hierarchies and connect with people at a personal level. Extremely approachable and easy to get along with, Ashir has been able to bring out the best in every person who works with him.

His personality, his adeptness in handling and resolving difficult situations, his ability to mediate and reconcile differences, and his desire to “leave people better off for having come into contact with him” has made Ashir the de-facto ‘mentor’ at our company.

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Krishna Reddy Loka, SVP – Operations & Head, Human Resources

Krishna Reddy is responsible for operations including administration and human resources functions. He is also driving many of our strategic initiatives to help build new business areas to take ValueLabs into the next phase of growth. He is highly passionate about talent acquisition, training and development, strategic organizational development interventions.

He focuses on instilling a positive culture, trust and confidence in all at ValueLabs while ensuring that the productivity and delivery capability of his team is consistently high. With his upfront and transparent approach he is committed to preserving our culture of openness, ensuring an excellent working environment, maintaining a politics-free meritocracy based system, inculcating a focus on cost throughout the company. A hardworking and dedicated person, he is instrumental in bringing many unique ideas to make our human resources and talent acquisition practices one of the best in the industry. He provided remarkable leadership to take our employee count to 3200 plus. Krishna has received tremendous appreciation and respect from his colleagues, owing to his simplicity and friendly nature.

An MBA from IBAM (New Delhi, India), he was associated with WebMD and Citigroup prior to joining our company. He was a core member of the team that set up WebMD’s operations in India.

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Sudhir John R, VP – Global Delivery

Sudhir John is Vice President, Global Delivery at our organization. He is the head of PMO and looks into areas concerning delivery and engineering. Also, he is known for executing offshore projects with expertise and confidence.

He has been a valuable member of our organization from the past 16 years. In 1998, he started his career as a developer in ValueLabs and worked diligently to become a Project Manager in no time. With his technical expertise, people management skills and rich knowledge, he has reached the top echelons of the organization today.

He holds a B.E in Electronic & Telecommunications from IETE College, which is affiliated to Osmania University. He looks up to his seniors at ValueLabs for guidance and draws inspiration from them. In his leisure time, he loves to spend quality time with his children and indulges in shopping.

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Asit Kumar Barma, VP – Marketing

Asit K Barma is the Vice President -Marketing at ValueLabs. Prior to this he was the Global Head of Strategy and Marketing in Defiance Technologies Ltd, a Hinduja Group company. In a career spanning 26 years he played senior leadership roles in different multinational companies across diverse functions like Strategy & Marketing, International Business Development, Product Management, PR & Communication, Brand Building , Investor and Analysts relations. He successfully created many corporate brands and received recognitions from global industry analysts community.

A National Scholarship awardee , he did his B.Tech from IIT Madras and PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad. He has done Global Business Leadership Program of the Harvard and U21 University and attended professional training at XLRI-Jamshedpur, IIMC-Delhi, ASCI-Hyderabad. He is a visiting faculty to many institutes having spoken at several national and international symposiums. He is now pursuing his PhD (Management) at University of Madras and has several papers to his credit.

He is the Chairman of Publication Board of Society of Automotive Engineers, India; Convener of FICCI Manufacturing Panel,Tamil Nadu; Permanent invitee member of Manufacturing Competitiveness Council of TN State Govt; Advisor to Centre of Technology Development and Transfer, Anna University.

He is passionate about consulting on creating enterprise social network for organisations. He firmly believes every action must have a RoI.

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Sarat Babu Vatti, VP – Sales

Sarat Vatti is VP, Global Sales at ValueLabs. He is responsible for the growth of our company’s services business globally.

Prior to this, as AVP, Global Delivery, he led the company’s service operations with a focus on ensuring quality and consistency of delivery to our clients worldwide. He has played a vital role in implementing best practices across the organization and instilling a high performance culture across teams to build enduring client relationships. He also brings to the table his rich experience in handling some of our largest client engagements, in addition to managing a range of clients across domains and geographies.

Sarat joined our company in 1999. In his decade-plus tenure with the company, he has handled multiple roles and responsibilities. He has grown with the company, from a software developer to his current position. With a strong belief in management by redundancy and by empowering individuals to succeed, he has been able to scale up and serve different roles in the organization.

Sarat has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Madras University.

He is an avid believer in giving back to the society; for him, it’s not a responsibility, it’s just being human.

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Kameswara Rao Vemuri, VP – Finance

Kamesh Rao is the Vice President for the Finance & Legal department at ValueLabs. He handles various functionalities of the department which encompass corporate finance, planning & analysis, risk management, international taxation, treasury, compliance and legal.

He has been a valuable associate for 14 glorious years and has contributed tremendously towards the rapid growth of our company. In his total career span of 30 years, he has made significant achievements in the field of Financial Management and worked in numerous industries like manufacturing, BFSI and IT.

With a degree in MBA, Finance from Osmania University and Cyber Law from Nalsar Law University, he is an extremely well-read, talented and humble individual. He considers Arjun Rao, CEO and Founder, ValueLabs, as his inspiration and admires him for his commitment, dedication and leadership skills.

In his leisure time, he likes to dabble in nature & wildlife photography and enjoys travelling. He has received acceptances in several international and national photography salons.

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Kiran CVS, VP – Global Delivery

CVS is Vice President, Global Delivery at ValueLabs. He is responsible for ensuring that we exceed client expectations with best-in-class delivery of services worldwide. CVS works directly with our clients to understand their business needs and drive excellence in our services. He is in charge of our Healthcare and Mobile Practices and plays a significant role in the Consulting Division as well.

In 1999, CVS joined our company as a software engineer and has worked his way up to reach his current position. He is well versed in various domains like healthcare, retail, travel, education, e-commerce, mobile and telecom. From people management to defining business strategy for new and existing clients, he has played multiple roles successfully and has been a significant contributor to the growth of our company. He has earned the reputation of delivering perfect solutions to clients and addressing grievances effectively.

CVS holds a Masters in Computer Applications from Andhra University. He enjoys watching cricket, movies and spending time with family. He believes that there is something to learn from everyone and practices this ardently.

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Dharmendra Velivela, VP – Global Delivery

Dharmendra Velivela is the Vice President, Global Delivery at ValueLabs. He is responsible for driving our QA / Testing Practice and our Process Management Group which helps us in implementing high quality business systems in various projects to meet our clients’ expectations.

In his 14 year tenure at the organization, he has played a significant role in building the QA / Testing team. Under his leadership, the QA / Testing team has expanded from a 2 people team to a team of 900+ people. He has institutionalized some of the industry best practices for testing. Under his guidance, our testing teams have enhanced their skill sets and acquired the know-how of new testing methodologies.

Some of his key achievements include establishment of focus groups for test automation and mobile testing. As our head of testing, Dharmendra has put in place new processes through which upcoming trends / technologies in testing are adopted by teams across our company. He has successfully helped many clients in transitioning work to remote execution model. Dharmendra holds a Masters in Computer Applications from Andhra University. His interests are traveling, reading books related to philosophy, spirituality & psychology and watching movies.

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Manoj TK, Head – IT and RIM Services

Manoj is the Head of IT at ValueLabs. He is in charge of the IT infrastructure management of the company and has played a key role in setting up our world-class infra. Manoj also heads ValueLabs’ Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) Services; where we remotely manage, monitor and control IT infrastructure for clients across the globe. He is responsible for building and managing the IT team that ensures a 24x7x365 production uptime and business continuity.

Manoj joined us in April 2005. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from a premier engineering college in India and has very strong technical skills. Prior to joining our company, Manoj was part of the core team that set up the world-wide infra for the largest online gaming company in the world (listed on the London Stock Exchange).

A proactive and a fun-loving person, Manoj keeps his interest in music alive by regularly playing the tabla (an Indian percussion instrument) and the keyboard.

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Kailash Kumar Srivatsa, VP – Sales, APAC

Kailash Kumar Srivatsa is the Vice President, Sales at ValueLabs. His prime responsibilities are managing sales and business development activities and new market penetration for the Asia Pacific region. He is also responsible for client account and relationship management in the region. He handles all solution-led deals and works closely with technology partners, third-party advisors and procurement companies in the region.

He joined our company in June 2013 and has become an invaluable part of the organization over a short span of time. With an innovative approach and focused style, he understands the nuances of client’s business, portfolio and requirements to offer them apt solutions and services.

Holding 17 years of experience in the arenas of financial services, manufacturing, distribution & logistics, healthcare, e-commerce and retail, he has been a part of several multi-million, multi-year, complex outsourcing contracts combining application, infrastructure and hosting offerings. He has also done commendable work in taking new & innovative solutions to the APAC and EMEA markets.

Being highly qualified and extensively well read, he holds a post-graduate degree in Business Administration and an Advanced Diploma in Finance. He is also a Cost & Management Accountant and is a Commerce graduate. He considers his father as his role model who has inspired him to be honest, sincere and straightforward.

In his leisure time, he likes to watch cricket, reading fiction novels and boasts of a huge collection of movies.

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Radhakrishna Thatavarti, Head – Banking & Quality Assurance

Radhakrishna brings with him over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, with the initial 10 years in designing new services, demonstrating, executing, managing and delivering software testing projects across technologies and domains. Radha has hands-on experience in designing efficient test automation architecture and running application performance centers.

At our company, Radha is focused on building specialized testing services for Banking and CRM practice areas. Radha, with his previous experience in managing many engagements for large banks, brings tremendous domain and technology insights. In addition, his project management experience across various stages of SDLC and STLC has been vital in building these practice areas. Leveraging this knowledge, Radha has developed and designed a unique approach for the entire practice, leveraging robust frameworks, pre-built tools / assets and domain knowledge, enabling accelerated ROI for clients. Radha is on a mission of building a large practice for us in domains like banking, telecom, MRD, government, energy, and CRM.

Radha is client oriented and focused on delivering value for every Dollar they spend. With this objective, Radha engages subject matter experts, business analysts and product specialists in every engagement to ensure business risks are analyze and addressed proactively.

Prior to joining ValueLabs, Radha helped Maveric Systems win an array of clients, including their first client from the telecom domain. Radhakrishna’s entrepreneurial drive enabled him to set up his own successful venture, Thatavarti Technologies, which was focused on providing testing services to clients. Radhakrishna has also been associated with Virtusa, BirlaSoft and RelQ Software. Radha holds a Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) from Sir M VIT, Bangalore.

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Ajit Manjappara, VP and Regional Head – Sales (Americas)

Ajit is the Vice President and Regional Head, Sales at ValueLabs for the Americas. He is responsible for all major sales interventions and provides strategy and direction to our sales and market development efforts in the region. He supports the sales and delivery team in identifying, nurturing and managing large clients. His responsibilities also include opening up new territories and business lines for our company. He helps in building alliances with business channel partners and acts as a strong brand ambassador of our company.

Ajit has been with ValueLabs since April 2006, and has played an instrumental role in building our company’s operations in the US, Canada, India and the Middle East. He has helped us acquire and manage some of the largest clients in our current portfolio.

Over the past 22 years of his career, Ajit has worked for large established organizations as well as small start-up companies. He has been involved in sales and marketing of consumer products as well as complex technical sales and is well versed in meeting revenue objectives through direct as well as indirect channels. In his previous positions, he has been a key member of the management team involved in commercializing and transforming the internal IT function of a large multi-national bank to be a global solution provider of banking technology products. He has also played an active role in launching one of the first e-commerce financial transaction platforms in the Middle East and developing and opening up the market for Small Office – Home Office computing in India.

He holds a Masters in Marketing (MMS) from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research and is a B.A., Economics from Elphinstone College.

Ajit is an extremely dynamic and optimistic person and shows utmost commitment at work. He believes in motivating his team members by leading from the front and is always ready to help them in challenging situations. He has that rare ability to remain calm and composed even under pressure and firmly believes that ‘Anybody can succeed at anything if they love and enjoy doing what they do’. He works towards perfection and ensures his teammates achieve heights of excellence in all their endeavors. Ajit is an avid reader and also loves cycling, running and swimming in his free time.

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Sam Alva, VP – Sales (US East)

Sam Alva has over 10 years of experience in the IT services space and is responsible for our sales and business development activities in the US East Coast.

Sam brings to our company a potent combination of the understanding of the IT services, enterprise application market space, our culture and value proposition. He has international experience and exposure to domains like BFSI, 3PL Providers, Health Care, Payment Processing and eLearning. His career has spanned early stage companies and mature organizations.

He joined our company in 2005 as one of the initial members of the sales organization. He is an integral part of the team that was instrumental in the rapid growth of our company. Sam has provided an impetus to our new client acquisition effort.

Prior to joining our company, Sam worked in various sales and business development roles at Sonata Software, Tarang Technologies and USi.

Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, Pune, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) from TAPMI, Manipal, India. He lives and works out of Princeton, New Jersey.

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Sandeep Reddy, VP – Sales (US West & LATAM)

Sandeep Reddy is Vice President, Sales at ValueLabs. He is responsible for business development, account management and client relationship across West Coast in the US & Latin America markets, with a focus to build sustained long term strategic client partnerships.

With over 17 years of experience and expertise in selling Outsourced Product Development as a service, he has added several new clients with multi-million Dollar potential, to the existing portfolio, resulting in over 200% revenue growth for the region. He is specialized in selling software services to technology companies, healthcare, e-commerce providershi-tech, and media & entertainment industries, ranging from start-ups to billion Dollar corporations.

Prior to joining ValueLabs, he has built and managed client partnerships and relationships with some of the industry leaders like Google, EA, Oracle, Cisco, Magento, LinkedIn and many others.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science and possesses business skills, the much sought after blend, to suit the industry need for consultative selling.

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Raghuveer Nakka, VP – Sales (US Central)

Raghuveer Nakka is the Vice President, Sales at ValueLabs. He currently heads the sales division in the US Central region and is responsible for adding new companies from this region to our clients. With his knack for creating and maintaining excellent client relationships, he is an ambassador for our company.

With over 16 years of sales experience in the industry, Raghuveer has been instrumental in developing and implementing strategies for expanding our clientele. He has expanded the business in the US Central region at a rate of 65% YoY. He has increased the ISV customer base and driven our sales operations targeted at the healthcare players. Our client base in the healthcare segment has grown considerably in the region primarily due to his diligent efforts.

His prior work experience includes multiple responsibilities in fields like sales, marketing and operations. Being a pivotal player in the team, he has setup successful operations for his previous organization in the APAC, the Middle East and the US.

He holds an MBA with specialization in Marketing and Finance from Nagpur University. He considers his mother as an amazing visionary and his role model.

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Rama Rayalu Kotha, VP – Sales (Europe)

Rama Rayalu is the Vice President and Sales Head at ValueLabs for the Europe region. He is responsible for defining and executing the sales strategy to achieve the revenue targets aligned to our company goals. He works closely with our business unit heads to build new practices and partner networks.

He joined ValueLabs in 2004 as one of the early members of the Sales & Marketing team and has worked his way through to become the sales head of the European region. In his decade long tenure at our company, he has played a key role in building and nurturing the business development, marketing and pre-sales teams. He has played a vital role in successfully establishing our company’s sales operations in the UK and Europe regions. Prior to joining our company, he has built a dealer network that had fastest growth in coastal Andhra Pradesh.

He holds an M.A in Development Studies. His personal interests are reading, watching stand-up comedy, politics.

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