Raj Vattikuti is a philanthropist and serial entrepreneur who has founded a string of successful enterprises including Altimetrik, Covansys, Synova, Vattikuti Ventures, Vattikuti Technologies, and Davinta Technologies. Raj believes enterprises make a difference not only by leveraging or introducing new technologies but also by attracting, assessing, and transforming talent within their organizations.
Raj formed Altimetrik in 2012 with a vision to create a global company that accelerates digital transformation for the most influential companies in the world. Altimetrik takes a holistic approach for its clients that leverages technology, data, and cultural transformation. While technology makes digital transformation possible, Raj believes it is people that create true transformation.
Through his different ventures, Raj has supported leading global players in healthcare, manufacturing, automotive, retail, travel & hospitality, and financial services.
In 1997, Raj founded a non-profit corporation—the Vattikuti Foundation—which serves communities in Michigan and India. In Michigan, the Foundation established the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Health in Detroit and the Vattikuti Digital Breast Diagnostic Center at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak. In India, the Vattikuti Foundation focuses on developing the infrastructure to connect and coordinate with people in poverty through the Poverty Alleviation Program. The Foundation also works with other causes around the globe. These initiatives strive to improve the lives of those they serve today and into the future.
Raj is a graduate of the College of Engineering, Guindy with a degree in electrical engineering. He holds a post-graduate degree in electrical and computer engineering from Wayne State University. He was conferred an honorary doctorate of business administration by Bryant University. In 2001, he was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the IT industry by Dykema Gossett at the third annual Michigan IT Summit. He is also the recipient of TiE Detroit 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship in 2002, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Raj Sundaresan is a seasoned technology and business leader with extensive experience in cultivating successful product development teams around the globe. At Altimetrik, Raj is responsible for leading and implementing the company’s growth strategy. He is focused on scaling offerings in a fast-changing technological landscape, strengthening the company’s focus on customer-centricity and building an employee-driven, open culture of innovation to foster talent.
Prior to Altimetrik, Raj held leading roles with technology teams at Visa, eBay and PayPal. At PayPal, he successfully scaled global product development teams and established development centers in India and Singapore. At eBay, Raj helped fuel business growth by rapidly expanding merchant services as well as mobile, credit and payment capabilities. At Visa, Raj headed Digital and Mobile Product Development and oversaw the launch of widely acclaimed products such as Visa Checkout, Visa Token Service, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay, and other mobile enablement platforms.
Hailing from Bangalore, Raj is a computer science engineering graduate from Bangalore University and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Notre Dame de Namur University.
Outside of work, Raj loves a good barbecue with his friends and family and follows the Electro music scene.
Jeffrey Fleischman is an accomplished senior executive with over 35 years of success in the financial services, banking, insurance and e-commerce industries. At Altimetrik, Jeff heads the company’s brand, marketing, public relations and communications functions.
Most recently, Jeff was Chief Marketing & Digital Officer for Penn Mutual where he led the company’s marketing and digital functions, implemented omni-channel, lead-generation campaigns and established new marketing technology platforms. He has held leadership positions at a variety of companies including Blue Panda Interactive, TIAA-CREF, Citi, Monster Worldwide, American Express and Chase Bank.
Jeff has a passion for crafting and implementing innovative, customer-centric business strategies that increasingly rely on the confluence of data, technology and design. His areas of expertise include omni-channel marketing, lead generation, data analytics, product management, corporate communications, social media, e-commerce, customer retention and business transformation.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Syracuse University and an MBA in finance, investments & banking from Hofstra University. He has held board positions with Zenmonics Inc., Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Telera and IEP Youth Services.
His interests include fishing, hiking, spending time outdoors and listening to music.
Anil Somani is a senior technology and business executive with extensive leadership experience managing large, cross-functional strategies that have defined novel growth strategies through innovative technologies and customer-centric solutions. At Altimetrik, Anil is responsible for expanding existing customer relationships and exploring new partnerships in the US West region. His focus is to drive digital and talent transformation both internally and externally for our customers.
Prior to Altimetrik, Anil was in charge of Digital and Mobile Product Development at Visa where he was instrumental in leading the development of Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Visa Checkout, tokenization and Visa Direct. He initiated and successfully led various engagement, transformation and innovation initiatives and secured patents in the application of Blockchain technologies to financial services.
Anil started his career as a Software Engineer in semiconductor design software. True to his Silicon Valley roots, he worked at several start-ups, moving on to his own venture providing turnkey projects for companies such as HP, Fujitsu and Siemens.
Anil earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science from Santa Clara University.
In his free time, Anil enjoys hiking, mentoring young students and playing with his dog.
Uday Deo is a seasoned business executive with an extensive experience in technology services. As an effective execution driver, he has spearheaded business growth strategies, engaged with customers to solve key challenges, and has consistently delivered results. At Altimetrik, Uday is responsible for expanding client relationships and developing new business opportunities in the US Central region. His focus will be on digital transformation and utilizing his experience to create high growth opportunities for the company’s clients.
Prior to Altimetrik, Uday spent 15 years in Product Development and IT Services at EPAM and GlobalLogic. At EPAM, Uday was head of Midwest region and led significant growth for 4 years with CPG, Retail, Supply Chain and ISV customers. As a part of M&A team, he performed evaluation, due diligence as well as integration. Uday was integral part of GlobalLogic’s growth story over 10 years and led the Communications Business unit resulting in high growth for telecommunication service providers and telecommunication ISVs.
Uday graduated from BITS, Pilani in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Beyond his work, Uday is avid Chicago sports fan, enjoys hiking and cooking.
Farooqui is a senior business executive with technical and business management experience for large enterprise customers across technical and industry domains. As an effective leader, he develops strategic relationships with client executives, partners, intermediaries to solve key challenges, and has consistently delivered results.
At Altimetrik, Farooqui is responsible for expanding client relationships and developing new business opportunities in the US East region. His focus will be on digital business and utilizing his experience to create high growth opportunities for the company’s clients. Farooqui has been engaging with customers and helping in modernization of larger platforms by bringing the Domain Driven Design and API first architecture.
Prior to Altimetrik, Farooqui spent 15 years in Product Development and IT Services at Cognizant. During the journey at Cognizant Farooqui played leadership various roles in Financial Service, CPG, and Manufacturing domains focused on enabling digital business for the clients. During his tenure in Manufacturing Business Unit, Farooqui was instrumental in contributing to the growth of automotive portfolio.
Farooqui earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications and master’s in Information Systems from Osmania University.
Beyond work, Farooqui enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with small organizations help build a better community.
Ranga Kanapathy is a global IT leader with more than two decades of experience in technology, product, business and leadership roles—predominantly focusing on vision, strategy, innovation, delivery and operational excellence. At Altimetrik, Ranga is focused on engineering rigor and delivery excellence across the organization.
Prior to joining Altimetrik, Ranga was the India Head for VISA Data Labs where he created a successful operating model enabling various cross-functional teams to work on machine learning, data analytics, BI, data app dev, ETL, operations and program management. Earlier, Ranga was with PayPal where he held leadership positions in technology development and acceleration. He was part of the core team setting up the PayPal India Development Centre. Prior to PayPal, Ranga spent over a decade as a Director at Covansys.
An entrepreneur by heart and practice, Ranga co-founded two start-ups in India that provided technology products and solutions to large enterprises. He serves on the board of directors and mentors various start-ups in India.
Ranga received a postgraduate degree in computer applications from Anna University and an MBA in information management from Uptron ACL.
Outside of work, Ranga’s interests include adventure sports, long-distance running, cricket (he represented his state team in U-16s) and playing percussion instruments.
Manuel Vidal came to Altimetrik with over 20 years’ experience in technology. He is the Head of the Altimetrik Uruguay Delivery Center, responsible for general management of the Uruguay offices. Manuel provides technical expertise in cloud computing, mobile technologies, scrum teams, talent management, finance and business. He plays a key role in directing and managing the delivery center in South America.
Prior to joining Altimetrik, Manuel was an international consultant specializing in e-Government across Latin America—including Argentina, Paraguay, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama—and working in software engineering for banking and financial services.
Manuel is a graduate in computer science engineering from UDELAR in Montevideo and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Outside of work he enjoys playing squash, sci-fi series, geeky board games and traveling. He is married to Andrea and is the father of Rodrigo, Julieta and Sebastian.
Jarek Wawro is the head of the Altimetrik’s Poland Engineering and Development Center and focuses on expanding the company’s European client support. Jarek provides expertise in SaaS and PaaS products, machine learning, product management, delivery, and people operations.
Jarek is a seasoned IT Executive with over 17 years of professional experience scaling technology solutions for organizations across industries ranging from healthcare, gaming and entertainment to e-commerce and finance.
Prior to joining Altimetrik, Jarek served as Director of Technology of GE Healthcare and GE Digital. At GE, Jarek led a services organization responsible for the global delivery and deployment of sensitive applications supporting millions of GEHC products in the highly regulated healthcare market. He co-authored key initiatives in digital transformation – including Lean Startup agility and operational excellence – and built strategy for pragmatic DevOps and Machine Learning.
Jarek is a graduate in Computer Science from the University of Technology in Kielce, and a certified PSM (Professional Scrum Master) and PSPO (Professional Scrum Product Owner)..
In his spare time, Jarek loves exploring ephemeral programming languages and entertaining his creativity in music production, screenwriting, and filmmaking.
Omar Arana is the Engineering and Technology Center Head of Mexico. Omar has extensive experience leading cross-functional and management teams in global IT organizations such as IBM, HP, Intel, Bank of America, and EPAM. He is a seasoned leader focused on business growth as well as people and delivery management. At Altimetrik, Omar is responsible for expanding client relationships and developing new business opportunities across Mexico. His focus will be on digital business enablement for clients as they scale digitalization to accelerate revenue growth without disruption to their ongoing business operations.
Prior to joining Altimetrik, Omar was Practice/Delivery Head for EPAM Systems, where he created the strategy for organic and accelerated growth that enabled the organization to grow from a few dozen to a few hundred employees. Omar has played multiple roles during his career of over two decades, ranging from consultant, SDET, R&D Software Developer, Project Manager, Delivery Supervisor, and Solutioning. He has extensive experience designing and implementing engagement models focused on people growth and customer satisfaction. This provides him with the right balance to excel in delivery and build high-performance engineering teams.
Omar is a graduate from ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores Monterrey), and he holds a major in Electronic Systems Engineering and a PMP certification.
On the personal side, he and his family have a passion for sports. He enjoys outdoor sports such as mountain biking with his son and close friends, running, soccer, working out, and playing chess.
Bheem Adavikolanu is a seasoned business executive with close to three decades of experience in IT services and consulting. A passionate believer of customer centricity and collaborative culture, Bheem has been working closely with European customers across a wide range of industries over the last 25 years. At Altimetrik, Bheem would be responsible for building Altimetrik’s presence in Europe and focus on client success through Digital Outcome delivery.
Prior to Altimetrik, Bheem was heading Birlasoft’s European business over the last five years. The company’s European business, under Bheem’s leadership, grew from a nascent stage to over 13% of the company’s revenues by FY 2021. Birlasoft was rated as the fastest growing Indian company in the UK by Grant Thornton and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for FY21. Prior to Birlasoft, Bheem was with Wipro for almost two decades in multiple leadership roles across Utilities, Pharma Lifesciences, and Manufacturing sectors.
Bheem holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication engineering from JNTU Hyderabad and Advanced Diploma in Programme Management from Stanford University. He has completed an Executive Course in Client Engagement from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennysylvania and is also a certified sales messaging coach. In his spare time Bheem enjoys documentaries and is an avid photography enthusiast.
|Adaptive Clinical Trial Designs: Modify trials based on interim results for faster identification of effective drugs.
|Identify effective drugs faster with data analytics and machine learning algorithms to analyze interim trial results and modify.
|Real-World Evidence (RWE) Integration: Supplement trial data with real-world insights for drug effectiveness and safety.
|Supplement trial data with real-world insights for drug effectiveness and safety.
|Biomarker Identification and Validation: Validate biomarkers predicting treatment response for targeted therapies.
|Utilize bioinformatics and computational biology to validate biomarkers predicting treatment response for targeted therapies.
|Collaborative Clinical Research Networks: Establish networks for better patient recruitment and data sharing.
|Leverage cloud-based platforms and collaborative software to establish networks for better patient recruitment and data sharing.
|Master Protocols and Basket Trials: Evaluate multiple drugs in one trial for efficient drug development.
|Implement electronic data capture systems and digital platforms to efficiently manage and evaluate multiple drugs or drug combinations within a single trial, enabling more streamlined drug development
|Remote and Decentralized Trials: Embrace virtual trials for broader patient participation.
|Embrace telemedicine, virtual monitoring, and digital health tools to conduct remote and decentralized trials, allowing patients to participate from home and reducing the need for frequent in-person visits
|Patient-Centric Trials: Design trials with patient needs in mind for better recruitment and retention.
|Develop patient-centric mobile apps and web portals that provide trial information, virtual support groups, and patient-reported outcome tracking to enhance patient engagement, recruitment, and retention
|Regulatory Engagement and Expedited Review Pathways: Engage regulators early for faster approvals.
|Utilize digital communication tools to engage regulatory agencies early in the drug development process, enabling faster feedback and exploration of expedited review pathways for accelerated approvals
|Companion Diagnostics Development: Develop diagnostics for targeted recruitment and personalized treatment.
|Implement bioinformatics and genomics technologies to develop companion diagnostics that can identify patient subpopulations likely to benefit from the drug, aiding in targeted recruitment and personalized treatment
|Data Standardization and Interoperability: Ensure seamless data exchange among research sites.
|Utilize interoperable electronic health record systems and health data standards to ensure seamless data exchange among different research sites, promoting efficient data aggregation and analysis
|Use of AI and Predictive Analytics: Apply AI for drug candidate identification and data analysis.
|Leverage AI algorithms and predictive analytics to analyze large datasets, identify potential drug candidates, optimize trial designs, and predict treatment outcomes, accelerating the drug development process
|R&D Investments: Improve the drug or expand indications
|Utilize computational modelling and simulation techniques to accelerate drug discovery and optimize drug development processes