Atlanta CEO

Founding CEO Members

Krishna Arangode

CEO & Founder, Kaizen Analytix

Extensive operational experience in general management, product planning, technology solution delivery and customer relationship management. Very good knowledge and experience in executing a strategic vision – led cross-functional teams in supply chain, marketing, manufacturing and production planning groups. Experience delivering technology solutions and transforming behind advanced planning and operational business processes to increase revenues, reduce costs and improve margins. MBA in Finance, Global Business and Law from New York University with experience in Medical Devices, Consumer Goods, Retail, Automotive, Media and Travel industries. Excellent people management and team management skills with experience working in an international setting. Exceptional communication and presentation skills with ability to work across all levels of an organization.

Kelly Gay

Head of IoT Verticals Business Unit, Sierra Wireless

Achievement-oriented board director and CEO with a record of driving consistent results in both billion dollar businesses and high-growth, entrepreneurial companies. Have lead venture-backed, private-equity-backed, and public companies to successful acquisitions by top public companies.

Demonstrated success in sales and profit growth, operational excellence, financial discipline, organizational competence, capital-raising, and market strategy. Clear focus on creating high-performance organizations that envision and create successful outcomes.

Proven success in recruiting, developing, motivating, and retaining highly talented people. Intuitive ability to create an optimistic culture focused on achievement. Strong competence in analyzing markets, understanding critical business requirements, and enhancing competitiveness through improved offerings. Core strength in creating entrepreneurial strategies that have proven to fortify, drive, and grow sales and market share.

Monty Hamilton

CEO, Rural Sourcing, Inc

Mallu Huralikoppi

Founder & CEO, PrintForm

Entrepreneurial and driven Chief Executive with 20 years of leading industry expertise in founding numerous companies in domestic and international marketplaces. Facilitator and builder of successful world-class businesses ranging from Manufacturing to IT Services to Business School to 3D Printing to Angel Investments to Dental Aligners, with a specialty in both start-up and scaled growth stages. Proven fundraising and networking skills, building fruitful partnerships with hundreds of clients and delivering multimillion-dollar bottom-line growth.

Mallu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from SDM College of Engineering, Karnataka, India and has also attended the Professional Education Short Programs – Additive Manufacturing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S.A.

Adwait Joshi

CEO, DataSeers

In my 15 years of experience as a technologist and entrepreneur, I have done a variety of things. I started my first business right out of high school and was profitable in the first year. Just out of a passion I started a 501c3 which has grown to be the largest resource for Indian Music on the entire Internet. Under my leadership this organization has reached out to 170 countries and growing double digits year over year.

I have worked with many businesses to establish their product portfolio starting from Ideation, Innovation, Strategy to Implementation. My passion is to use my IT skills in creating simple solutions to solve complex problems.

My business works with large corporations analyzing their data and helping them increase their profitability by providing the C-Level executives with actionable insight.

Specialties: Data Analytics, Product Strategy & Management, Technology & Business Consulting

Roy MacLean

Senior Vice President, Sierra Wireless

I am experienced in global leadership, end-to-end customer experience, business ownership (complete P&L), product ownership, software design, support, test, product quality recoveries, and multi-site development. I focus on roles where there is opportunity for major change delivering products and services that significantly enhance the human experience.

Specialties: My specialties are customer experience, R&D, quality, and leadership.

Palaniswamy Rajan

CEO, SoftWear Automation, Inc

Palaniswamy “Raj” Rajan is currently the Chairman & CEO of Softwear Automation, Inc, an Atlanta, Ga. based company with the sole focus of developing innovative robots (sewbot®s) for the apparel manufacturing and sewn products industries by harnessing its experience and expertise in machine vision, robotics, and computing. The Sewbots® automate the transfer and sewing of fabric, eliminating the need for trained seamstresses. SoftWear technology allows for redesign of the apparel manufacturing supply chain and enables sewing to be performed locally resulting in a disruptive transformation of the industry.

He is also Managing Partner of CTW Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital fund which invests in and assists seed and early-stage entrepreneurs in all industries in Atlanta and the South Eastern United States who are engaged in disruptive innovations and technologies. CTW focuses solely on companies which are started by expert technical founders with strong domain expertise. CTW partners with technical entrepreneurs and companies in markets with large opportunities and no identifiable competitors. CTW typically supplies the first capital, often at the concept phase. CTW works as active partners with our entrepreneurs, helping with all aspects of strategy, market definition and execution

He is also the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Virima Technologies, Inc, a leading Data Center & IT Operations software developer.

A leader in the business community is also involved in several professional and community related organization. Mr. Rajan was instrumental in establishing the Atlanta CEO Council, a non-profit networking group of more than 1000 CEOs, CxOs, and investors in the Southeast. Mr. Rajan serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta CEO council from 1999 to present.

Mr. Rajan was also honored as Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40” Rising Stars in 2000.

Asif Ramji

Senior Vice President and GM, Worldpay

Jeff Schmidt

CEO, Avertium

Armistead Whitney

CEO, Apptega

Passionate CEO, Board Director and entrepreneur with success growing software, security and Internet businesses from the ground up including raising over $50M in capital and participating in several exits and an IPO. Experience in developing creative go-to-market business strategies, launching new products, implementing predictable metrics-driven sales organizations, and developing company culture. Featured on CNN, FOX News, ABC News, and in The Wall Street Journal for expertise on technology and innovation to solve complex global security problems.

I have been lucky to work with highly talented people in fast-paced environments developing market-leading brands in industries ripe for change.

Jeremy Wing

Chairman, Payscape

Jon Ziglar

CEO, ParkMobile

Experienced executive with consistent track record of driving growth, strategic re-positioning and turning around technology and technology enabled service businesses. Specific experience includes: corporate strategy, innovation, operational scalability and business transformation to drive meaningful long term growth and profitability. Significant international and M&A experience. Track record of hiring and retaining top talent with a focus on “best athlete” mentality. Leads with a collegial, driven style. Experience in all sizes of companies from start-up to multi-national corporations.


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