Executive Leadership

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is a success!” - Henry Ford
  • Vidur V. BhogilalChairman
  • Vijay IyerChief Executive Officer
  • Raja NagarajanChief Strategy Officer
  • Amit BabariaCo-Founder & President - Americas

Vidur V. Bhogilal

Chairman

Vidur Bhogilal is a chairman of CIGNEX Datamatics and Chief Financial Officer of Datamatics Group of Companies. Vidur leads the finance, legal and secretarial, administration and taxation teams at Datamatics Global Services. He plays a critical role in creating sustainable value for the organization through successful mergers, acquisitions, and joint venture partnerships. He has been focusing on growth and profitability initiatives through planning, monitoring, and course-correcting.

Vidur played a pivotal role in the amalgamation of the IT services and BPO divisions of the Datamatics Group.

Before joining Datamatics, Vidur worked for international organizations such as JP Morgan Stanley and Arthur Anderson, amongst others. Vidur received his B.Com. from Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai and an LL.B from Government Law College, Mumbai. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ACA) and the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India (AICWA). He also holds a degree of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Delaware.

Vijay Iyer

Chief Executive Officer

As a CEO, Vijay brings over 24 years of proven leadership and global industry experience in creating, growing & stabilizing new lines of business in industry verticals as well as in enterprise applications & transformation services. His areas of specialization include sales, marketing, business process outsourcing, IT transformation, change management, IT strategy formulation, and enterprise applications implementations.

His achievements as a business leader include transformation of business units to revenue centers worth hundreds of millions of dollars, large contract negotiations, advancing ideas from thought to execution stage leading to greater business success, identifying new areas & processes, taking them to market on a large scale, and creation of global positioning strategies for IT service offerings.

Prior to joining CIGNEX Datamatics, Vijay has served as SVP & Global Head at HCL America Inc, USA where he headed consumer goods, distribution, QSR/FSR, retail & e-Commerce verticals, in addition to managing the marketing of Global Applications Outsourcing. Prior to 2000, Vijay was the Head of Information Systems at SRF Limited where he managed the entire IT landscape of the company which included a large multi-geography ERP implementation.

Vijay holds a Master’s degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS), Pilani, completed Executive Education on Delivering Information Systems from Harvard Business School & School Certificate from University of Cambridge, UK.

Raja Nagarajan

Chief Strategy Officer

Raja brings over 25 years of industry experience and proven strategic leadership to define and oversee the business strategy for the company. Prior to CIGNEX Datamatics, Raja served as Senior VP, Global Operations of Ness Software Product LabsSM, a USD 100 Million+ Business Division of Ness Technologies, Inc. since 2008. Raja held positions including SVP & GM and SVP - Strategic Accounts prior to taking over as the Senior VP, Global Operations role.

Prior to senior executive roles with Ness, Raja co-founded the Managed Labs division of Apar Infotech and held roles including VP, Senior Director, and Director. He was instrumental in growing the business from inception through Apar’s acquisition by Ness Technologies. Beginning his career with SPA Computers and Ramco Systems in India, Raja took charge as the Center Manager - Professional Services for Hewlett Packard India before joining Apar. Raja holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Gulbarga University.

Amit Babaria

Co-Founder & President - Americas

Amit Babaria is a Co-Founder and heads CIGNEX Datamatics for the Americas region. While providing direction to the company, he is also responsible for overall sales and partner relationships. With over 17 years of total sales experience, Amit has done an outstanding job in growing sales revenue consistently year over year since the company's inception. Amit received the ‘Most Outstanding Achievement’ award by the parent company Datamatics for the year 2011-2012.

Prior to co-founding CIGNEX Datamatics Amit worked in the sales organization of a professional services firm in the Silicon Valley - where he excelled with over 300% sales growth during each of the years he worked there. Amit was awarded the first 'Star of the Year' award in the history of the company for his accomplishments. Amit started his career in India as one of the youngest minds to manage a largest ever National Readership Survey in the world.

Amit holds a master's degree in marketing management from JBIMS, Mumbai and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from VJTI, Mumbai.

  • Munwar ShariffCo-Founder & CTO
  • Harish RamachandranCo-Founder & VP - Strategic Business
  • Shashi BhargavaGlobal Head – Delivery
  • Rajesh DevidasaniCFO & EVP - Operations

Munwar Shariff

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

As a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Munwar brings over 20 years of industry experience and proven technical leadership. He oversees the enterprise architecture solution team and provides strategic planning to achieve business goals by identifying and prioritizing technology based services and solutions. Defining initiatives and setting timetables for the evaluation, development, and deployment of pioneering technologies are his areas of expertise.

Munwar is an entrepreneur, Open Source technologist, and author of five technical books – Plone Live, Implementing Alfresco, Alfresco 3 WCM, Alfresco 3 ECM and Alfresco 4 ECM Implementation. He contributes to the Open Source community by journaling submissions on Open Source CMS and has been a featured speaker at AIIM USA, JBoss World, DAM Conference, Plone Conference, Linux World, Gilbane, CTC, Yahoo OSCMS, Saudi Government, and CA World.

Munwar has served on board at the Plone Foundation and is currently a board member at CIGNEX Datamatics.

Harish Ramachandran

Co-Founder & VP - Strategic Business

Harish Ramachandran is a Co-Founder and the Global Head of Pre-sales. He manages and guides the worldwide pre-sales team to produce high quality solution-focused proposals that meet customer requirements and drive new opportunities. Pre-sales is Harish’s passion and forte – his unique combination of business and technical skills help to quickly align with client expectations and ensure that CIGNEX Datamatics delivers the appropriate solution architecture in a given situation.

Harish has been instrumental in his leadership with CIGNEX Datamatics in the areas of Delivery, Pre-sales, Partnerships / Alliances, and Marketing, as well as contributing to raise Series-A funding and in mergers and acquisitions activity.

Prior to co-founding CIGNEX Datamatics Harish served as technical lead and program manager at Cisco systems and Click Commerce. Harish has over 18 years of experience in solutions consulting, project delivery, and product development largely in the Financial Services industry.

Harish holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Bangalore University, India.

Shashi Bhargava

Global Head – Delivery

Shashi Bhargava has over 26 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. He has also been responsible for setting up multiple “Center of Excellence” to successfully drive revenue and business growth.

Prior to joining CIGNEX Datamatics, he was Chief Delivery Officer & Senior Vice President at Financial Technologies (India) Limited, where he managed complete Brokerage Solution Suite of 40+ products including real time mission critical trading products like Institutionalized Workflow and Business Intelligence solution throughout the Financial Technologies Group to improve overall efficiency and productivity of the organization. He also served as Vice President at Ness Technologies and Nexgenix after serving for 10 years at TCS

Shashi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi, India.

Rajesh Devidasani

Chief Financial Officer & EVP - Operations

Rajesh is a Corporate Finance Executive with over 20 years of experience. He has a proven track record as a business and financial controller for private, funded, and publicly traded multinationals. He is an excellent leader with a record of improving financial performance, increasing productivity, and enhancing internal controls.

He was a Business Controller for Ness Global Services, Inc. and headed its finance operations for North America. Prior to being involved in the acquisition of Apar by Ness Global Services, Inc. he was the Business Controller and headed the financial operations for North America and worldwide consolidation. During this time he was instrumental in the acquisition and consolidation of financial operations of Apar into Ness, was part of the Core Team involved in the IPO process, assumed the position of Controller for North America operations, and headed the Sarbanes Oxley compliance for Ness USA, Inc.

He also served as Manager of Commercial and Finance and then as a Business Controller with Siemens Ltd. in India. He has extensive experience in international accounting, foreign trade and export regulations, GAAP accounting, business process re-engineering (BPR), and ERP implementations. He has led teams for BPR exercises in various divisions of Siemens Ltd., India.

Rajesh holds a master's degree in financial management and a bachelor’s degree in commerce with a major in accounting and economics.

  • Vikram SamantEVP - Solutions & Presales

Vikram Samant

EVP - Solutions & Presales

Vikram brings over 24 years of industry experience in manufacturing and global IT services across multiple verticals & technologies. With several years of experience across sales, consulting & delivery, Vikram’s expertise is in building customer centric solutions. At CIGNEX Datamatics, Vikram holds global responsibility for enhancing and defining solutions based go to market strategy enabling CIGNEX Datamatics to become One Stop Open Source service provider.

Prior to joining CIGNEX Datamatics, Vikram held key positions at HCL, IBM and NTT Data, the most recent of which was VP Application Outsourcing at HCL.

Vikram’s accomplishments include defining & leading HCL’s radical approach for applications management services across technologies and verticals, earning membership to IBM’s Global 100% Club, leading sales & delivery for NTT Data’s (Intelligroup) strategic accounts, growing revenue and margins by several multiples and building cross-border partnerships.

Vikram started his career with Thermax Babcock & Wilcox where he held leadership positions in manufacturing, process re-engineering and field services. Post this, Vikram at Tata Technologies led the first (SAP) India country version deployment for an emerging wireless telecom company. His mantra is “Business Process First, Technology Second”.

Vikram holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from University of Pune.