Padman Ramankutty is a globally recognized expert in leveraging enterprise technology to enhance business performance. With over 25 years of experience in enterprise software and supply chain management (SCM), he has built a reputation as a creative problem solver and trusted advisor to large companies transitioning to globalized supply chain models. Padman’s strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit have enabled him to harness innovative technology to drive high performance business outcomes. His domain expertise spans enterprise IT trends, and he has a proven track record of using packaged applications to solve complex problems. Having founded and exited two companies and played key roles in various startups, Padman brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Firstshift. Notable achievements include his work at Accenture, Intrigo Systems, Mylan Labs, Nike, and Chevron North America Exploration and Production. Padman also played a significant role in expanding SAP’s presence in the semiconductor industry and co-founded Bristlecone, a leading global consulting firm in supply chain solutions.
As the CEO of Firstshift, Hari Menon drives the company’s strategic vision, product priorities, and go-to-market and growth initiatives. With a successful track record as an accomplished software entrepreneur and supply chain expert, Hari has dedicated the past decade to building AI-based B2B software companies that drive innovation and deliver significant business value. Notably, he founded Timeli AI, an industrial software company acquired by Symphony AI, and co-founded JIFFY.ai, a venture-backed business process automation solution provider. Hari also served as CEO of Serus Inc, a SaaS supply chain software company acquired by E2Open, and held leadership roles in product management and consulting at Aspect Development (i2 Technologies) and Accenture (Andersen Consulting) respectively. With his deep expertise and visionary leadership, Hari continues to shape the future of supply chain technology and drive Firstshift’s success.
CP Agrawal leads the charge in leveraging technology to deliver Firstshift’s innovative cloud solution to automate and accelerate supply chain performance. With a wealth of experience in the software industry, CP has held pivotal roles at various companies. As the former CTO of Steelwedge Software, a prominent demand planning and S&OP software provider, he played a key role in its successful acquisition by E2Open. CP also served as the CTO of Levadata, where he not only helped build a high-performing team but also contributed to securing Series A funding for the procurement software provider. Prior to his ventures in the supply chain software industry, CP showcased his entrepreneurial spirit as the founder of Autostory, a company focused on bringing DMV services online, and Xign, a fintech platform offering payment and invoicing solutions, which was later acquired by JP Morgan Chase. With a background in large-scale simulations of physical phenomena, particularly in areas like car crash and car dynamics, conducted on supercomputers, CP brings a unique blend of technical expertise and entrepreneurial acumen to his role at Firstshift.
Sudhakaran Nair is an accomplished executive leader responsible for spearheading the innovation, architecture, design, development, and delivery of the Firstshift SaaS solution platform aimed at automating supply chain planning and enhancing visibility. With a global scope, Sudhakaran oversees distributed data science and engineering teams, ensuring seamless collaboration and driving the advancement of cutting-edge technologies to revolutionize supply chain operations. Sudhakaran’s visionary leadership and expertise in harnessing data and technology have resulted in transformative solutions that optimize efficiency and provide valuable insights for businesses worldwide.