Strategic Partners | Team

   Ramdas Menon obtained a B.E. in chemical engineering from Jadavpur University in 1988, and followed it up with an M. Tech. in the same discipline from IIT Madras in 1990. He has twenty years of work experience in engineering project management, process modeling and pilot plant studies, HR and Six Sigma. He is a certified Black Belt from the American Society for Quality, and has trained about 300 people in the Six Sigma methodologies in GE, TVS Electronics and Pfizer over a seven year period. In Pfizer, the projects mentored by him in the Worldwide Technology group resulted in a cost avoidance-cum-savings of $ 3 MM in the years 2007 and 2008. A Green Belt project done by him and his team on technology transfer was held up as a paradigm for MBB training in GE. His training sessions are very popular, and he was the best faculty in the John F Welch Technology Center, Bangalore in the year 2003.

His forte lies in explaining the relevance and power of statistical concepts in a lucid manner, and in encouraging the participants to make the connection from PowerPoint to real life.

Besides Six Sigma and Lean, he has also conducted other focused training programs on Creativity, Lateral Thinking, Risk Analysis (using Crystal Ball tools) and Negotiation.

   Subramaniam "Gopi" Gopalan is our advisor and mentor. He has been working outside India for more than three decades with renowned multinationals in senior management positions. He received his MBA in Operations Management and Business Strategy from the University of Detroit in Michigan. He is also a Certified Quality Engineer and a Certified Manufacturing Engineer.

Gopi is one of the first set of Master Black Belts from General Electric when they started the implementation of the Six Sigma methodologies. He has conducted hundreds of workshops for all levels of management at GE, and also to their distributors and suppliers. Gopi has played a key role in starting Joint Ventures in China, Korea, and India. He has implemented major business strategies using Six Sigma tools and Change Management techniques.

Gopi has conducted hundreds of workshops in different key topics in US and Asia. Six-Sigma, Purchasing Management, Advanced Sourcing Techniques, Negotiations, Work Planning, Motivation, Time Management, Change Management, Business Strategy for Working in China are some of his areas of expertise.

As a Consultant for GE India, Gopi has worked with Senior Managers of TVSE, TVS Tyres, Tata Steel, Bharati Telecom, ICICI, and a few other Indian corporations in changing some of their business practices using Six Sigma concepts. Gopi is currently on the Board of Uniken Inc (an internet security company), Classicswear (world class apparel makers for College sports and Corporations) and Team Progress Inc (consulting company). As the Director of Team Progress Inc, USA, Gopi works closely with Zellweger Associates, Switzerland and Nelson Motivation, USA.

   Dr. Lakshmi Vaideeswaran has joined us from Dow Chemicals Ltd., Chennai where she was Global Technology Leader. She obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Manchester, UK in 2001. She has solid expertise in chemical process design, modeling and optimization. She earned her spurs in chemical engineering at Engineers India Ltd where spent the first twelve years of her career. She was a part of the team there which developed indigenous aromatics exraction technologies. She also has strong experience in the design and optimization of distillation columns, and is an expert in the usage of various chemical engineering simulation softwares such as ASPEN and HYSIS.

She subsequently worked at GE's Welch Technology Center in Bangalore where she led an expert systems based approach to preventive plant maintenance in order to increase stability and decrease costs. She was also involved in energy optimization studies. From GE she moved to Dow Chemicals, Chennai as the Global Technology Leader where she was responsible for Reaction Engineering, Fluid Flow and Mixing. Surge studies, dynamic modelingpipe design and development of standard were some of her responsibilities.

   Ms. Krithika Govindarajan is a Six Sigma professional with ITES & Telecom industry experience. She is Project Management Professional Certified (PMP) & joins us from Idea Cellular. She obtained her MCA from IGNOU in 2002, and was a college topper during all three years of her B.Sc. Computer Science days at Indira Gandhi College, Secunderabad; she was also the President of college. At Idea Cellular Ltd, she was a Six Sigma Black Belt driving process improvement using Lean methods. As Service Excellence Head, she was responsible for process and call audits, and earned plaudits for the successful implementation of the high impact CRM project 'CRYSTAL' across Tamil Nadu. This involved planning, training of 200+ end users, dry-run, pilot and go live across locations in Tamil Nadu.

Earlier, during her 3-yr stint at Satyam BPO, she did a Six Sigma project on designing a methodology for Visual Effects (VFX) which earned Six Sigma Excellence award at the International Quality and Productivity Council (IQPC) Asia Pacific meet in 2008.

She started her career with a six-year stint in GE Capital, Hyderabad (now Genpact) where she worked initially in operations, and subsequently in quality. Her work involved inter alia onsite systems management and trouble shooting as well as implementing the ITIL framework. As part of quality, she executed Six Sigma projects on inventory and asset management. She was an SOX auditor, and also drove Six Sigma projects on improving productivity and yield.

   Raj Thyagarajan has thirty-five plus years of experience in industry, of which 10 yr were in Canada. He has worked with companies such as Nortel, Xerox, GE, BEL, SCIL and RPG Enterprises Ltd. He started as an engineer in Production, Quality, Product Development, etc. before moving on to managerial and leadership roles in Quality, Plant Operations, Sales and Services. He also specializes in the area of Business Excellence/Leadership through Quality, and was the Six Sigma consultant from 1997 to 2002 with GE Operations in India. His responsibilities at GE included rolling out Design for Six Sigma at GE Global R&D center at Bangalore.

Raj has also worked with clients such as Samtel Group, TVS Electronics and GE India. Raj has been a frequent speaker and has conducted workshops for Business Leaders in Forums such as CII, ASSOCHEM, Chemical Engineering Association of Mumbai, Indian Merchants Chamber, Mumbai etc. He was an active member in Indian Merchants Chamberís Technology & Quality Improvement Committee for 3 years and was a member of the Committee that initiated and launched Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality Award in 1996. He was also the Senior Examiner in the first year of its execution in 1997.

Raj holds a Masterís Degree in Physics with specialization in Wireless & Electronics from Madras University. He also holds a Digital Computer Technology Diploma from Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada. In addition, he has many certificates of Management Development Programmes conducted at Xerox and at GE-Crotonville.