Executives
Gopal D. Krishna
Founder, President and CEO
Gopal, a lifelong entrepreneur, is the backbone of the Drivestream team responsible for its creation and growth, conceiving innovative ideas and leading the company from a startup to a mature organization. He led the Drivestream business by defining strategic direction and offerings, formulating and executing growth plans, managing the company's investments, guiding profitability, overseeing sales, marketing and service delivery.

Gopal’s primary focus now is formulating and executing market-focused acquisitive and organic growth strategies; integrating business through joint ventures, alliances and acquisitions. Drivestream’s recent phenomenal growth is attributed to Gopal’s sound business acumen and timely business judgment for pioneering new and innovative solutions that effectively meet the consulting industry demands, uniquely differentiating Drivestream in a competitive market. Since Drivestream’s inception, Gopal has been, and remains, the visionary leader and driving force positioning Drivestream for exponential growth.
 
Ragu Damodar
Chief Operating Officer
As COO and head of the Strategic Staffing division at Drivestream Ragu leads the operational and policy related responsibilities of the company that include setting up corporate performance targets, translating corporate vision, strategy and performance targets into business unit plans, managing operations of the company in ways consistent with strategic goals and performance targets, implementing policies, directives, and procedures. Ragu also participates in shaping the company’s long-term aspirations and overall strategy to ensure that the organization anticipates and responds to changing business conditions. He establishes organizational structure and operating systems to ensure achievement of strategic objectives. He manages the finance, HR and talent acquisition teams. Ragu also spearheads the strategic staffing division and is instrumental in propelling business growth of the service line in the last few years.

Prior to Drivestream, Ragu spent several years at KPMG, PWC Consulting and IBM Global services delivering management consulting services to Fortune 100 companies around the world. Ragu holds a MBA from Newport University, California.
 
Ravi Natarajan
Executive Vice President & Managing Partner
Data Warehousing/BI Practice
Ravi, a self-proclaimed researcher and academic with heavy industry experience, is the quintessential architect. He is constantly on the lookout for new ideas and technologies.

In his current role he is focusing on setting the direction for the Data Warehousing/BI Practice. He is responsible for defining and executing the go-to-market strategy for the practice in addition to overseeing client services and delivery. He is well known and respected in the industry as a leading practitioner and thought leader in the area of Data Warehousing and Data Integration.

Prior to the merger with Drivestream, Ravi along with Bryan Sharif founded Stratum, an Information Management company. He played a pivotal role in the success and growth of Stratum. He focused on corporate strategy, partnerships, marketing and delivery. During this period he was also engaged as a consultant in leadership roles managing large development teams at several Enterprise Data Warehouse implementations in Fortune 100 companies.

Ravi has completed his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India and is a Transportation Engineering graduate from the University of Maryland at College Park.
 
Jacob C. Thomas
Executive Vice President & Managing Partner
Enterprise Applications Practice
As Executive Vice President & Managing Partner of the Enterprise Applications Practice, Jacob is responsible for overseeing client service delivery and practice development activities. He is also responsible for executing Drivestream's corporate strategy to realize its vision, by developing and establishing organization wide initiatives aligned with the vision. Recognized as an industry thought leader, Jacob brings a unique blend of strategy and business leadership experience coupled with hands-on implementation expertise. In this regard, Jacob is responsible for evangelizing and spearheading Drivestream’s next generation delivery model, UC@F (Unlimited Consulting @ Fixed Price).

Jacob was an Associate Partner at IBM, Human Capital Management Practice leading practice developmentas well as implementation of complex global projects. Jacob has an extensive track record of successes in visioning, strategy, leadership, team development,
sales, customer relationship management, negotiations, project management, andimplementation of large, multi-million dollar complex global PeopleSoft and IT projects. Prior to IBM, Jacob was Global Managing Director at Unisys where he held several leadership positions leading Unisys global outsourcing efforts. He traveled the globe serving as business advisor in several high profile rolesfor global corporations establishing IT vision and driving strategy, demonstrating the executive art and science of building high performance teams to achieve results. Prior to Unisys, Jacob was a PeopleSoft practitioner and advanced to a practice director role at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Jacob is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Maryland.
 
Bryan Sharif
Executive Vice President & Managing Partner
Data Warehousing/BI Practice
Bryan has been an entrepreneur for almost his entire professional life. He has been consistently focused on providing exceptional value to clients, insuring on-time delivery of projects, and building a formidable organization partnering with major corporations. His primary focus at Drivestream is to build an industry leading delivery process for large data warehousing projects.

Prior to Drivestream, Bryan was the president of Stratum Inc., a company that he co-founded and eventually merged with Drivestream Inc. in June of 2010, specializing in large data warehousing, data architecture, and data integration. Before Stratum, Bryan co-founded Brahma Solutions, Inc., a company specializing in data warehousing and delivery, and founded Nittany Embroidery & Digitizing, a company that specialized in licensed apparel and logos.

Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Penn State University.
 
Jason Lindenberg
Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information officer, Jason is responsible for all internal systems, process improvement as well as the oversight of strategic initiatives. He is closely aligned with the other executives in Drivestream corporate and each of the business units to drive continual improvement through new systems, process improvement, change management and education.

Prior to his CIO role, Jason was a thought leader in Drivestream's Information Management Practice. Prior to Drivestream, he spent several years at James Martin & Company/Headstrong, KPMG/BearingPoint and The Home Depot. During his consulting career he spent significant time providing management consulting and business intelligence services to Fortune 100 companies around the world. He has been repeatedly successful in leading both functional and technical teams through all stages of the systems development lifecycle for medium and large scale initiatives. One of the keys to his success is his unique ability to communicate and interface between all levels and departments within an organization. Multiple global initiatives have enhanced his ability to manage diverse teams and understand/overcome challenges associated with cultural differences and language barriers.
 
G. Karthikeyan
EVP & Executive Director - India Operations
Karthikeyan, more familiar to everyone as GK, heads the India operations of Drivestream since its inception. With over 30 years of experience in management and marketing, his primary responsibility is to formulate strategies and manage Drivestream's India operations successfully. In this role, GK provides the executive leadership to the entire team in India and is responsible for the operations and successful functioning of the Delivery Organization, HR, Finance and Business Development initiatives within India. As Executive Director, GK guides and oversees the team of consultants and managers to ensure compliance and conformity of all regulatory aspects of the company besides overseeing the day-to-day operations. He takes special care and pride in mentoring the next level of managers and other key talents of the organization.

GK is renowned for his reputation of being a strong team player and a meticulous strategy implementer. He has attained several credits and achieved recognition throughout his career. Prior to joining Drivestream India, he was General Manager-Sales with a well accomplished professional track of successfully leading large teams of sales executives, managers and vendors. His flair in Human Resources management and his adroit analytical abilities provide an added advantage in the areas of Operations in India.

GK serves as the domain expert for Pulze - Drivestream’s Sales Force Automation product for the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Karthikeyan holds a Bachelor's degree in Science from University of Madras, India.
 
Jay Chatterjee
Senior Vice President and Partner
As a Senior Vice President and Partner at Drivestream, Jay's primary responsibilities include managing Drivestream's ERP Practice. Jay is responsible for planning and executing on ways to improve on existing internal processes and continue to create efficiencies in addition to business development and client relationships. Jay plays the role of a Delivery Executive at strategic clients in addition to managing the relationship.

With more than 18 years experience, Jay has a long track record of successfully managing global cross-functional teams and delivering large-scale, multi-million dollar projects for Global 100 companies. Prior to joining Drivestream Jay worked in the large market Financial Services Sector of Global Business Services (GBS) Group of IBM Global Services (IGS). During his 7 year tenure with IBM he was a member of the leadership team within his practice area, and belonged to the North America IBM GBS Subject Matter Expert (SME) group for ERP Solutions. Prior to joining IBM, Jay managed a global ERP implementation at PMI Mortgage Insurance, Inc. Jay also spent 4 years with PeopleSoft in Pleasanton, CA and worked in the IT department implementing the first generation PeopleSoft 8.0 products internally for PeopleSoft.
 
 
Enterprise Applications Practice
       
Rajeev Ponnusamy
Vice President &
Associate Partner
       
         
Solutions Delivery Team
     
Laks Chakravarthy
Senior Director
Susan Malones
Senior Director
     
         
Sales and Operations Team
     
Dorsey Wittig
Chief Financial Officer
Kim Coughlin
Head of Human Resources
     
         
Marketing and Strategic Alliances
     
Fal Sarkar
Vice President Marketing
and Strategic Alliances