Management – India
- Kamal K. Singh
Chairman & Managing Director
As Chairman and CEO, Kamal K. Singh has spent the last four decades creating the Rolta group of companies as a multi-faceted organization with a strong base of fundamentals and a wealth of Intellectual Property. He is also Founder Promoter of the Group with Rolta India Ltd., the flagship company of the group, which is listed on the BSE, NSE, LSE and Singapore Stock Exchanges.
An Engineering Graduate with a Masters in Business Administration, Kamal is an Executive Committee Member of FICCI, ASSOCHAM and several other prominent trade organizations of India. He is the President of the “Association of Geospatial Industries”, a member of the Board of Governors of IIT Indore and NITIE, and the Honorary Consul-General of Ukraine in Mumbai for the territory of certain Indian States. He has also served as a Govt. of India nominee Director on the Board of one of India’s largest banks – Punjab National Bank.
Over the years, Kamal has been the recipient of various industry honours, including the “The Best IT Man of the Year 2005” award by the Foundation of Indian Industry & Economists, the “Oceantex 2006 Leadership & Excellence” award for Technology Service Provider, the “Amity Leadership 2007” award, the “Glory of India” award by the Institute of Economic Studies and the “2007 IMM Award for Excellence as Top CEO” by the Institute of Marketing Management. He has also been bestowed with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Honorable Vice President of India, at Map World 2009. Recently he was conferred with the Geospatial World Leadership Award for Entrepreneurship at the Geospatial World Forum 2012 by the Honorable former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
- Dr. Sohrab Bhot
Big Data Analytics
Dr. Sohrab Bhot is the Executive Director – Big Data Analytics and is responsible for Enterprise Applications & Business Operations in Enterprise IT Solutions. He is responsible for Marketing, Alliances, Operations and Quality. He has over 28 years of experience and has been with Rolta for 22 years. Over these years he has held many positions which included Research & Development, establishing Rolta’s Internet Services Business, Software Development and Global Delivery, Sales and Pre-Sales, Corporate IT, Quality amongst others.
He holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD degrees in Electronics from Victoria University of Manchester (UK).
- Laxmidhar V Gaopande
Technical Director & CTO
Defense & Security
Laxmidhar V Gaopande joined Rolta as Director Operations for EITS in June 2008. He has successfully handled multiple responsibilities like product development, consulting, global delivery and new initiatives in Rolta over last 5 years. He also initiated Rolta Innovation Forum at Rolta. He now handles Defense, Safety & Security Solutions and User Experience (UX) areas at Rolta. These involves Defense products and solutions covering all Remote Sensing and Imaging product and Solutions and Rolta Safety and Security Solutions involving CAD systems like Rolta GeoCAD and Rolta Command and Control (C2) for homeland security, coastal security, critical infrastructure and border security.
Laxmidhar has overall 28+ years of rich experience with various Global companies and MNCs in India, USA and UK like Tatas, NYBC New York, Computer Vision R & D India Ltd., and UK, KPIT Cummins, Geometric, NeilSoft, CalSoft, Syntel etc. and has been involved in product strategy, product development, consulting, setting up multiple offshore development centers (ODCs) and global delivery models for fortune 500 companies. He has been part of executive management teams in various companies.
Prior to joining Rolta, Laxmidhar was the Vice President & Chief IP Officer (CIPO) with Syntel, where he was involved in large state of art product development in Healthcare with multi-locational team across USA and India. Prior to joining Syntel he was Vice President Operations with CalSoft Inc. Pune looking after VMWare ODC, Business Development, Strategy, HR and Operations. He also setup ODC for IMLogic in Pune which was later acquired by Microsoft.
Laxmidhar holds Bachelor of Engineering from Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering (VRCE) Nagpur, Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Chennai and Industrial Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. He is a recipient of various scholarships and prestigious Dr.Vaidyanathan Memorial Award at IIT Chennai for his academic excellence.
Laxmidhar has attended many national and international conferences, CEO and CIO summits, NASSCOM Product summits and has published multiple papers in national and international conferences.
He also holds the honor of being invited as Visiting Professor of IT for Global MBA students in Middle East in early 2008.
- Lt. Gen. KT Parnaik, (Retd)
Joint Managing Director
Defense & Security & Member of the Board
Lt. Gen. KT Parnaik, (Retd) is the Joint Managing Director for Defense & Security & Member of the Board. He has been one of the most respected and dignified generals of the Indian Army with over 41 years of experience and domain knowledge, especially in the areas of modernization and transformation.
Prior to joining Rolta, Lt Gen KT Parnaik, (Retd) held several leadership positions in field operations and prestigious staff appointments. He commanded the 2 Rajputana Rifles in Rajasthan Sector (Udaipur) and Jammu and Kashmir, an Infantry Brigade during Operation Parakram on the Line of Control, and a Mountain Division in Sikkim. Before his tenure as Director-General of Perspective Planning, the General Officer commanded the Indian Military Training Team (IMTRAT) in Bhutan and a corps in the North-East. He has also held various instructional appointments at the Indian Military Academy, IMTRAT and Army War College, Mhow. The General held the most prestigious appointment as the Army Commander of the highly active Northern Command, a 450,000 strong force dealing with military operations and logistics along 3,500 kms. of most sensitive borders.
- Vinay K. Sawarkar
Senior Vice President
Vinay has 28+ years of varied experience with more than 23 years with Rolta.
Over the years here, he successfully held numerous responsibilities in Rolta. He established and managed the global practice of Network Management / e-Security Business in partnership with CA (Computer Associates). Vinay also managed the software development center and corporate IT as well as set up the Rolta Academy to act as a catalyst to provide intensive training on state-of-the-art technology, software tools and relevant domain expertise in a very formal and structured manner. The Oracle E-Business Suite R12 was deployed globally under him, as were set up various quality systems such as ISO 27001 for IT security, ISO 20000 for IT services, and CMMi L5 assessment for Software Maturity.
Prior to joining Rolta, Vinay has worked with CAD / CAM Division of Godrej and Boyce Mfg Co. and Research and Development Group of Semiconductor Complex, Chandigarh.
Vinay holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Government Engineering College, Jabalpur and Master of Technology from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He is also a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Vinay, in his current role, provides strategic leadership in Human Resources.
- S.K. Shirguppi
Senior Vice President
Engineering & Geospatial Business
Mr. S K Shirguppi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Karnataka University. He has an Overall industry experience of over 25 Years with strong technical credentials. For over 10 years he has been leading a large Global Engineering and Geospatial services delivery operations with a pool of over 800+ multi-discipline engineering resources at Rolta India Limited.
Mr. Shirguppi is a highly accomplished, innovative, seasoned, results-oriented Senior Management professional with a successful background in design and engineering, project management, product sales, business development, marketing, planning, and financial management.
Currently, Mr. Shirguppi is designated as Senior Vice President and Head of Engineering & GeoSpatial Business Group at Rolta and is responsible for Sales, Marketing, Project Management and Business Operations including P & L responsibility. He has a rich experience of handling customers and has spearheaded business opportunities for Rolta in the Power and Nuclear Industries apart from its normal business lines such as Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Refinery and Process Industries.
- Ashok Gakhar
Defense & Security
Ashok Gakhar is Executive Director responsible for the Indian Defense & Security business of the company. He has over 40 years of experience including 36 years in Army uniform where he served in the Corps of Signals, the Telecommunications and Information Technology arm of the Indian Army. While in Army service he was responsible for the induction of technology for various C4ISR programs for making the Army Network Centric. In the Company he has held leading positions in the domains of Communications; Command & Control (C2); Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR); Optronics; Homeland Security (HLS) and Maritime Safety & Security (MSS).
He is a Postgraduate in Computer Science and a Graduate in Communications & Electronics.