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CriticalRiver Advisory Board

Anji Maram

Founder & CEO

An engineer at heart, Anji has deep experience of 15+ years in the technology and management space with a career spanning key leadership role in several companies including Oracle. Anji was...

Anji Maram

Founder & CEO

An engineer at heart, Anji has deep experience of 15+ years in the technology and management space with a career spanning key leadership role in several companies including Oracle. Anji was part of the original team that created the Oracle Software that millions use even today. He has a strong interest in and commitment to giving back to society, to the people he grew up with, and is keen on making a difference to the underprivileged. Empathy comes naturally to Anji—he describes himself as Chief Empathy Officer—it is a quality he prizes in every member of the growing CriticalRiver family.

Based in San Jose, USA, Anji is an alumnus of UCLA, University of Louisiana, and BITS Pilani, India. He has an MBA in International Business.

Chandra Chandragiri

Co-Founder and CFO

Chandra, Co-Founder of CriticalRiver, is a life-long learner—as his eclectic educational background reflects, with degrees from Stanford University, UCLA, SDAB, University of California,...

Chandra Chandragiri

Co-Founder and CFO

Chandra, Co-Founder of CriticalRiver, is a life-long learner—as his eclectic educational background reflects, with degrees from Stanford University, UCLA, SDAB, University of California, University of Louisiana, and BITS Pilani, and several MBAs specializing in various aspects of entrepreneurship. Chandra, who is yet to meet a problem he cannot solve, has been a key driver for the company’s strong presence in the Oracle HCM field, and lasting customer relationships. He was Principal at IHireRite Inc. which was later acquired by CriticalRiver.

Chandra works out of San Jose, USA.

Venkata Ramana

Partner & Managing Director, MENA Region

Venkata is CriticalRiver’s go-to man for all things tech. He loves coding and even today, tends to be hands-on with delivery whenever possible. He was a key player in the architecting and...

Venkata Ramana

Partner & Managing Director, MENA Region

Venkata is CriticalRiver’s go-to man for all things tech. He loves coding and even today, tends to be hands-on with delivery whenever possible. He was a key player in the architecting and delivery of large mission-critical enterprise systems across Singapore and the UAE before starting his own venture in Hyderabad, India. The company later merged with CriticalRiver, and Venkat took over as Head of the EMEA region.
An engineer by calling with a keen understanding of customer requirements.

Co-located in Dubai and Hyderabad, Venkata is a BITS Pilani and Nanyang alumnus

Enayathulla Shaik

Partner & Managing Director, Europe and APAC Region

Enay, as we call him, heads the India and APAC regions operations, driving business growth from these regions. He also leads the development and sales of our product Prokraya, a spend...

Enayathulla Shaik

Partner & Managing Director, Europe and APAC Region

Enay, as we call him, heads the India and APAC regions operations, driving business growth from these regions. He also leads the development and sales of our product Prokraya, a spend management SaaS software. A true believer in technology, Enay is best known for his credo: “Tech is the Future; the Future is Tech.”

Based in Hyderabad, India, Enay is a BITS Pilani alumnus.

Scott Birdsong

VP - Head of Utilities Practice

Scott leads delivery of global Oracle Utilities solutions, and is responsible for key account relationships, building sales and delivery teams, designing, and managing utilities transformation,...

Scott Birdsong

VP - Head of Utilities Practice

Scott leads delivery of global Oracle Utilities solutions, and is responsible for key account relationships, building sales and delivery teams, designing, and managing utilities transformation, and leading Oracle Utilities practices.

Across his 22-year career, Scott has held progressive IT and management consulting positions in utilities with giants such as Accenture, IBM, Capgemini, Black & Veatch, and Infosys. He has also served two terms as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for OAUG’s Energy & Utilities SIG.

Scott has an honors degree in Economics from the University of Houston. He works out of Dallas and San Francisco.

Ajay Pandey

SVP - Head of Global Delivery & Professional Services

Ajay heads CriticalRiver’s global delivery services and is responsible for Salesforce and Oracle practices. He focuses on SaaS (CRM, ERP, HCM, SCM), PaaS/IaaS (Lift and Shift), Business...

Ajay Pandey

SVP - Head of Global Delivery & Professional Services

Ajay heads CriticalRiver’s global delivery services and is responsible for Salesforce and Oracle practices.
He focuses on SaaS (CRM, ERP, HCM, SCM), PaaS/IaaS (Lift and Shift), Business Intelligence and Integration, apart from global sales and delivery efforts. Earlier, Ajay has led delivery services at Infor, Thomson Reuters, eVerge Group, and PwC in executive roles.

Based out of Dallas, Texas, he holds Bachelor of Technology and MBA degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Lavanya Kothapalli

VP – Sales (APAC/Australia)

Lavanya brings 16+ years of experience across industry verticals. She has played a vital role in the successful implementation of business processes automation applications such as SAP, Oracle,...

Lavanya Kothapalli

VP – Sales (APAC/Australia)

Lavanya brings 16+ years of experience across industry verticals. She has played a vital role in the successful implementation of business processes automation applications such as SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, and digital solutions.

Lavanya is based out of Hyderabad, India.

Jason Kleiman

SVP – Sales

Jason has worked in numerous enterprises in a senior leadership role in Sales, Business Development, and Consulting. He is professionally trained to execute-to-drive business value. Jason has...

Jason Kleiman

SVP – Sales

Jason has worked in numerous enterprises in a senior leadership role in Sales, Business Development, and Consulting. He is professionally trained to execute-to-drive business value.
Jason has extensive experience of 20+ years helping companies build GTM strategies for SaaS, On-Premises, M&A, and driving growth. He specializes in building an effective sales pipeline in Oracle and other ERP software.

At CriticalRiver, Jason leads a strong team of sales professionals formulating GTM strategies, driving and executing ERP sales in practices such as Oracle, Salesforce, NetSuite, and Enterprise Applications, and has helped accelerate growth.

Jason holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and works out of Dallas and San Francisco.

Arundhati Ashoka

Global HR (People Engagement)

Arundhati brings vast experience in people management having held critical HR roles in companies such as Cortina and Cerium Systems. She specializes in Employee Relationship Management. Her...

Arundhati Ashoka

Global HR (People Engagement)

Arundhati brings vast experience in people management having held critical HR roles in companies such as Cortina and Cerium Systems. She specializes in Employee Relationship Management. Her focus is smooth onboarding of employees and ensuring a supportive, positive work environment with zero conflict.

She is based in San Francisco, California.

Jagruthi Byraju

Global HR (Operations)

Jagruthi brings over five years of experience and is the go-to person for hiring, immigration, negotiation, training, mentoring, and other HR activities promoting a vibrant work environment and...

Jagruthi Byraju

Global HR (Operations)

Jagruthi brings over five years of experience and is the go-to person for hiring, immigration, negotiation, training, mentoring, and other HR activities promoting a vibrant work environment and culture.

She is based in Milpitas, California, and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Technology from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

Venkat Gopalakrishnan

Sr. Advisory Board Member

As Advisory Board Member at CriticalRiver, Venkat brings 25+ years of IT experience with expertise in hyper-growth companies. At present, he serves as the Chief Information Officer at Ichor...

Venkat Gopalakrishnan

Sr. Advisory Board Member

As Advisory Board Member at CriticalRiver, Venkat brings 25+ years of IT experience with expertise in hyper-growth companies. At present, he serves as the Chief Information Officer at Ichor Systems Inc. He has previously held leadership positions at Neo Photonics Corp, JDS Uniphase Corp., and Oracle Corp.

Venkat’s experience spans global service delivery, applications development, support, IT security, strategy, and transformation, with a proven track record in each area. He has been a featured speaker on subjects such as technology, cloud, and IT transformation.

Venkat is based in San Ramon, California, and holds a BS in Engineering from PSG College of Technology, India.

Tony Sorensen

Sr. Advisory Board Member

Tony serves as the Vice President and Head of IT at Five9. He has previously held leadership positions at AT&T, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Tiburon, and Wind River Systems. Tony has...

Tony Sorensen

Sr. Advisory Board Member

Tony serves as the Vice President and Head of IT at Five9. He has previously held leadership positions at AT&T, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Tiburon, and Wind River Systems.

Tony has more than 20 years of experience in business and IT transformation, and a reputation for building and leading high-performance global, cross-functional teams in highly matrixed organizations. He is skilled at developing and delivering strategic solutions to further key business objectives.

Tony is based in Pleasanton, California. He holds a BBA from Simpson and an MBA in Computer Information Systems from California State University – Hayward.

Ghanim Eid Ghanim

Sr. Advisory Board Member

Ghanim is an innovative and results-driven leader focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environments that demand continuous improvement. He specializes in driving...

Ghanim Eid Ghanim

Sr. Advisory Board Member

Ghanim is an innovative and results-driven leader focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environments that demand continuous improvement. He specializes in driving projects and customer service improvements while building partnerships with key business decision-makers. Ghanim enjoys building and motivating cross-functional teams to exceed expectations.

At present, Ghanim is Board Member and Acting CEO at the B7 Group of Companies in the UAE. He has held several other high-impact positions dealing with strategic planning, megaprojects, customer relationship management, commercial excellence, innovation, and digital technology.

Ghanim is based in the UAE.

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