Sudhakar Ram Managing Director & Group CEO

Sudhakar Ram is responsible for consolidating growth in markets across the globe and helms initiatives in technology, applications, processes, customer deliveries and business development. His mission is to effect a marked shift in leadership, commitment, creativity and culture with a view to accelerated increase in value delivery. Sudhakar also handles the additional responsibilities of leading Mastek’s business and operations in the UK region as its Group CEO.

Sudhakar was the recipient of the CNBC Asia's ‘India Business Leader of the Year’ award in 2007. Before joining Mastek, he was the CIO of Rediffusion Dentsu Young & Rubicam. He is a silver medallist from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta. Sudhakar is also an anchor and lead contributor of The New Constructs. It is his initiative to leverage connected intelligence in realising the connected age.

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Joe Venkataraman Chairman, Mastek UK

Joe Venkataraman joined Mastek in 1990. He has 30+ years IT industry experience and holds a PhD in Operations Research and Finance, and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from India. He is an ardent admirer of tactical plays in football, and an avid Chelsea fan. He was an exceptional Carrom player in his youth, he opened and finished the board on several occasions, and represented his college at various tournaments

Joe spearheaded Mastek operations in the UK way back in the nineties. As the Chairman of Mastek UK, he holds responsibility for long-term strategy, UK P&L and ensuring the continued health and viability of the operation.

Joe has a flair for constructing win-win commercial propositions backed by operational excellence. He has been instrumental in building a strong and loyal client and partner base in the UK. Several of whom have worked with the company for over 15 years. He has held various positions across the company including Regional Head and MD of UK Operations.

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Ben Davison Joint Managing Director, Mastek UK

Ben Davison joined Mastek in 2010. He voted Mastek's most inspiring leader in 2012. He holds an MA in French and German from Cambridge University and began his management career at 18 as a manager at McDonalds, to finance his further education. He spent a year abroad teaching a new generation of French school children to speak English with a strong Yorkshire accent.

As Joint Managing Director, Ben is jointly responsible for the achievement of Mastek UK’s strategic plans. He manages the UK P&L and develops the organisation for long term, successful growth. He also spearheads the growth of several major Mastek accounts. This includes enabling customers improve the effectiveness of their programme delivery and providing them support with defining their IT strategies and roadmaps.

After completing his graduate scheme at Deloitte Consulting, Ben spent 7 years at specialist programme management consultancy, i3IT working on major transformation programmes for BT and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). During his time there, Ben held senior positions working on BT’s large programmes for the NHS, where his responsibilities ranged from technology strategy and supplier management to software development. Ben has worked as a customer of Mastek since 2002. It was the personal relationships that he built during this period and the organisational culture that convinced him to get on board.

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Prahlad Koti Joint Managing Director, Mastek UK

Prahlad Koti joined Mastek as a trainee in 1991 and worked at Mastek UK since 1995. He holds an MBA from the London Business School and B.E. (Computer Science) degree from the University of Mysore, India. A foodie, he loves cooking new dishes and inflicting them on family and friends. He enjoys playing badminton, cricket and chess.

As Joint Managing Director, Prahlad is jointly responsible for the achievement of Mastek UK’s strategic plans. He manages the UK P&L and develops the organisation for long term, successful growth. He also leads Mastek's Government and Healthcare business in the UK.

Prahlad brings all-round expertise to the company’s operations, having held various roles across the business including delivery, solutions and sales. He has over two decades of experience in delivering innovative solutions, ensuring sustainable growth and business benefit for some of Mastek's large client engagements. He is excited by the additional strategic opportunities presented by industries moving to new engagement models based on agility and business value delivery.

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Andy Hicketts Vice President, Retail

Andy Hicketts joined Mastek in 2012. He holds a Degree in Computer Science from Coventry University and a member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Information Technology professional. He enjoys London, eating out, strong coffee and family duties. He formerly played most sports, which he now enjoys viewing from his armchair.

Andy leads Mastek’s Retail business in the UK. He is responsible for driving growth across existing and new customer accounts. He has around 30 years of experience in the IT sector, of which 20 years were in Retail.

Prior to joining Mastek, Andy was Client Services Director at Paul Mason Consulting, responsible for Retail sales growth. In his past roles, he held senior IT delivery positions within the Kingfisher and Kesa Retail Groups, delivering multi-channel solutions to meet demanding business needs. He was responsible for delivering the European MIS Systems at Apple Computers and has worked in various IT roles within the Banking sector and the Lloyds Insurance Market.

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Anant Thakrar Senior Vice President, Finance

Anant Thakrar joined Mastek in 2004. He is a qualified FCMA Accountant and holds an MBA from Henley Management College. An avid cyclist, he also plays badminton and is honing his golfing skills. A family guy, he delights in looking after the kids, in short bursts though.

Anant is responsible for financial, statutory and commercial matters relating to Mastek’s UK business. He has over 20 years of wide ranging, industry experience. This includes financial management for the EMEA operations of US hi-tech companies. Anant has also managed high profile, large scale construction projects, most notably The HK airport project. He also has hands-on experience in financial management for business start-ups and SME’s.

Anant has held leadership positions in the UK and internationally across the software & IT services industries, as well as the manufacturing and construction sectors. He also serves as a member on the Board of Directors of Legal Practice Technologies (LPT) a JV between The Law Society and Mastek.

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Hiren Shah Senior Vice President, Centres of Excellence

Hiren Shah joined Mastek as a campus recruit in 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai. In his spare time, Hiren enjoys watching Bollywood films and playing chess, cricket and volley ball.

Hiren leads Mastek’s ‘Centres of Excellence,’ which is a knowledge powerhouse across varied technology areas. He established the first technology engineering practice at Mastek where he was instrumental in driving innovation. Rising through the ranks, Hiren has spearheaded several divisions over the years including the technology cell in the US and the enterprise architecture/programme management start-up.

An expert at troubleshooting several Government contracts in the UK, Hiren also scales up delivery operations in the U.S. He drives innovation across big data, IoT and analytics, implementing newer technologies to help customers gain substantial business value.

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Mastek 30 Years – a journey!

30 years ago four young friends began a journey to build an institution that would be much, much bigger.. This is the story of that institution built by 4 men (Ashank Desai, Ketan Mehta, R. Sundar and Sudhakar Ram) and over 17,000 of their dearest friends (better known as Mastekeers)