Our Executive Leadership LEADERSHIP TEAM Ashwin Mittal Chief Executive Officer Ashwin MittalChief Executive Officer Ashwin leads Course5. He has led and architected the growth of Course5 into the analytics and insights powerhouse it is today. His vision is to have Course5 drive the culture of decision-making based on analytics and market intelligence in today’s increasingly flat world. Ashwin has prior experience in strategy consulting in the corporate world in India and in the US. He has received several awards for individual and corporate excellence from leading global authorities and has spoken at global industry forums on driving business impact through analytics. Besides work, Ashwin is involved in various CSR activities related to children’s education and angel investing to promote entrepreneurial ideas. Ashwin is a Chartered Accountant with a Master’s degree in Commerce and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA and London Business School. Ajith Sankaran Senior Vice President – Market Intelligence Ajith SankaranSenior Vice President – Market Intelligence Ajith has over 16 years of experience in market research and business consulting, and leads Course5’s Market Intelligence Business Unit with a team of 210 market researchers and analysts. Previously, he was the Head of Software and Services Research at IDC India, and a Senior Consultant with Deloitte. Ajith has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), a certification awarded by the Institute of Management Consultants India, a member institute of International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI). Anees Merchant Senior Vice President – Digital Anees MerchantSenior Vice President – Digital Anees leads the Digital and Advanced Analytics practice and brings over 20 years of experience to Course5. He has worked with numerous global Fortune 500 clients across various industries, including Retail, Travel and Hospitality, Telecommunications, Technology, Media, and eCommerce. In his tenure, he has setup several global digital and analytics delivery hubs for clients. He has worked with clients to drive impact for their business by enabling them with innovative solutions and practices. At Course5 and in his previous organizations he has launched award-winning and industry recognized practices and solutions. He is currently focused on leveraging artificial intelligence to create disruption in the digital space. Apart from a strong digital domain and analytics background, Anees is also certified on Lean Six Sigma with an MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai. Suchitra Eswaran Senior Vice President – Life Sciences Suchitra EswaranSenior Vice President – Life Sciences Suchitra has over 15 years of experience and brings solid business acumen and consulting expertise to Course5 gained during her previous assignments at Infosys, NuWare, neoIT, and most recently Manthan Services. She has a strong background in life sciences and co-founded StrataPRO Analytics and Consulting, a consulting firm engaged in providing strategy-driven decision support to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Suchitra has a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University. Manish Mittal Senior Vice President – Business Head Manish MittalSenior Vice President – Business Head Manish has close to two decades of experience across market research and analytics. In the past decade, he has held several leadership positions with the responsibility of driving business expansion and innovative business solutions based on Artificial Intelligence and other leading technologies. Manish co-founded MarketGate Dimensions, a market research firm which was sold to Publics Groupe in 2012. He is a recognized expert in the industries of research and analytics and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as ESOMAR, TMRE, ILC, R&R, MRSI, and World Marketing Congress. He is frequently invited for guest lectures at leading management institutes in India Tamal Chowdhury Senior Vice President – Artificial Intelligence Tamal ChowdhurySenior Vice President – Artificial Intelligence Tamal Chowdhury is a distinguished AI Executive and CTO with extensive experience in AI-powered product & platform engineering, cognitive automation, data science & machine learning, digital transformation, and next-generation technology research & development. He specializes in building global innovation structures for large-scale IP generation; transforming organizations through state-of-the-art technologies; and commercializing new ideas to fuel business growth. He is a futurist and technology strategist, and is passionate about leveraging Artificial Intelligence to solve complex challenges of the real world. Tamal currently serves as SVP and Head of Artificial Intelligence and Engineering at Course5. In this role, he is responsible for defining and executing the overall AI and technology vision of the company. Previously, he served as the Senior Director and Head of India Development Center of a large technology division at Oracle, a Fortune 100 company. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Statistics, an MBA in Finance & Systems, a Master’s degree in Economics, and a Master’s degree in Business Law. Joseph Sursock Senior Vice President – Client Services (Europe) Joseph SursockSenior Vice President – Client Services (Europe) Joseph Sursock is a highly knowledgeable and progressive sales and marketing professional with over 20 years business experience. As Senior Vice President of Course5 , Joseph is responsible for strategies and growth for the company’s solutions in omnichannel marketing, customer and market intelligence, and big data analytics across Europe. As a strategic manager working with enterprise solutions in leading vertical industries, Sursock previously led multi-region business units in both software and services organizations. He has delivered complex, process-based solutions in areas such as marketing analytics; customer relationship management; ecommerce management; competitive benchmarking and analytics for Retail, eTail, Technology, and FSI; higher value process outsourcing; business systems application development; Anti Money Laundering (AML) for banking and telecommunications; and intelligence-based investigation solutions. Most recently, Joseph continues to support FTSE500 clients with their digital transformation programs. He comes with a multi-cultural background, can speak several languages and holds a Bachelor of Science from Leeds University and an MBA from Bradford University School of Management. STRATEGIC ADVISORY BOARD Dr. Kumar Mehta Chief Evangelist Dr. Kumar MehtaChief Evangelist Kumar led the early growth of Course5 as the Group CEO for over a decade, prior to taking up the advisory position of Chief Evangelist. Prior to joining Course5, Kumar worked with Microsoft for over 13 years in a variety of leadership roles in Market Research, Competitive Intelligence, Corporate Alliances, Business Management, Strategy, and Finance. As one of the earliest market researchers within the software industry, he has helped shape how research is conducted within the technology marketplace. He was one of the first individuals in the world to study the impact of the Internet on consumers and businesses and collaborated on some of the ground breaking research studies on the evolution of the Internet. Over his career span, Kumar has directed over a quarter billion dollars of market intelligence and research. He is passionate about the role market intelligence and analytics can play in shaping businesses and has spoken frequently about market research transformation at a number of events. Kumar has a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics from the University of Iowa and is based in Seattle. Mohanbir Sawhney Northwestern – Kellogg School of Management, Marketing; Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation Clinical Professor of Technology; Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation Mohanbir SawhneyNorthwestern – Kellogg School of Management, Marketing; Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation Clinical Professor of Technology; Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation Professor Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher, consultant and speaker in strategic marketing, innovation, and new media. His research and teaching interests include marketing and media in the digital world, process-centric marketing, collaborative marketing, organic growth, and network-centric innovation. He has been widely recognized as a thought leader. Business Week named him as one of the 25 most influential people in e-Business. Crain’s Chicago Business named him a member of “40 under 40”, a select group of young business leaders in the Chicago area. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum. http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/Faculty/Directory/Sawhney_Mohanbir.aspx Dan Foreman Non-Executive Director Dan ForemanNon-Executive Director Dan Foreman, market research leader and ESOMAR past president, is Course5’s Non-Executive Director and Advisory Board Member. Dan supports the company with strategy, growth, sales, and marketing. Dan is an industry veteran who has been building businesses across North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region for over 20 years. He specializes in emerging technologies and developing markets, having helped organizations grow from incubation to multi-million dollar revenues. He holds strategic advisory positions in several organizations and is the current ex officio Past President for ESOMAR. Dan was also awarded the prestigious AMA 4 Under 40 award in 2013, and most recently, the Industry Change Agent of the Year as part of the 2016 Next Gen Market Research Awards from the Next Gen Marketing Research Group and WIRe (Women in Research). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Mathematics from University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Simon Chadwick Advisor Simon Chadwick Advisor Simon has over 35 years of experience in the research industry, and has led research companies in Europe and the United States, most recently as the global CEO of NOP World. He is an acknowledged industry leader, author and conference speaker. He founded Cambiar in 2004 with the aim of providing strategic assistance to research companies as they confronted rapid and fundamental change in the industry. Simon is a Fellow of the Market Research Society. He holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, England, and has done post-graduate studies at both Columbia and Harvard business schools in Change Management and Strategic Management. Simon advises Course5 in the areas of – corporate strategy, business development, specific client engagements, and process improvement.