Our Executive Leadership

Leadership Team

Ashwin Mittal
Chief Executive Officer

 

Ashwin Mittal
Chief Executive Officer

Ashwin is the CEO of Course5 Intelligence. He has led and architected the growth of Course5 into the analytics, AI and insights powerhouse it is today. His vision is to have Course5 drive the culture of decision-making in the corporate world based on analytics and market intelligence through leveraging the ideal combination of human and machine intelligence.

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 child health & education and angel investing. He was one of the founder members of Mumbai Angels, which was India’s first organized group of Angel investors, and was an early investor in many leading companies in India’s tech ecosystem. He is a member of the Mumbai chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization and Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

Ashwin holds a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA and London Business School. He is also a Chartered Accountant with a Master’s degree in Commerce and. He is the President of the Mumbai Alumni chapter of UCLA Anderson.

Anees Merchant
Executive Vice President – Applied AI & Digital

Anees Merchant
Executive Vice President – Applied AI & Digital

Anees leads the Applied AI and Digital business and brings over 23 years of experience to Course5 Intelligence Pvt. Ltd. He has worked with numerous global Fortune 500 clients across various industries, including Retail / eTail, Travel and Hospitality, Telecommunications and Technology and Media. Last year he was recognized as 40 under 40 by a premium India publication house to honor his digital initiatives. Anees serves as an Advisor for the WIAC (Wiley Innovation Advisory Council). For two years in a row he has co-authored the Wiley Black Book (2019 and 2020) with other esteemed industry leaders in partnership with Wiley.

At Course5, Anees has led and launched industry-recognized and leading solutions and products (Compete and Discovery). His work at Course5 revolves chiefly around setting go-to-market strategy for Applied AI, scaling global business (sales, operations, and solutions), engaging with Executives at Fortune 500 companies and building the strategic partner ecosystem.

Anees has worked with clients across industries to drive impact on their business by enabling them with innovative AI-led solutions and practices. He is currently focusing on leveraging artificial intelligence to disrupt the space of digital and insights. Anees is also certified on Lean Six Sigma with an MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai.

Ajith Sankaran
Senior Vice President - Analytics and Insights

Ajith Sankaran
Senior Vice President - Analytics and Insights

Ajith has over 21 years of experience in analytics, market intelligence and business consulting, and manages delivery for Course5's analytics and insights businesses leading a team of over 500 analysts. Ajith focuses on building world class delivery teams that provide lasting business value to Course5's clients by bring in cutting edge technical skills, deep domain expertise and client services skills. Over the years he has been successful in working consultatively with Fortune 500 clients to assess their business challenges and then develop the right solutions for them leveraging people and advanced technologies.

Prior to Course5, Ajith was the Head of Software and Services Research at IDC India, a Senior Consultant with Deloitte, and managed the business consulting team at MCG. 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).

Suchitra Eswaran
Senior Vice President - Life Sciences

Suchitra Eswaran
Senior 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.

Jayachandran Ramachandran
Senior Vice President - Artificial Intelligence Labs

Jayachandran Ramachandran
Senior Vice President - Artificial Intelligence Labs

Jayachandran has over 25 years of industry experience and is an AI thought leader, consultant, design thinker, inventor, and speaker at industry forums with extensive innovation and delivery expertise across a wide variety of industry verticals such as Financial Services, Semi-conductor, Consumer electronics, Automobiles, Aero, Manufacturing, Retail, Telecom, Medical Devices, Pharma, Energy, Utilities, etc. He has led AI practice and labs in leading organizations such as Infosys, IBM, and HCL; and has been instrumental in creating innovative solutions to solve complex business problems using Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and AI technologies.

He brings in unique thought leadership and expertise of combining AI, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral economics with a vision of democratizing AI thereby augmenting human capabilities, improving the overall experience, building trustworthiness, embedding ethical principles, and benefitting all to create a viable and enduring Human-AI world. He is responsible for defining and executing the overall AI and technology vision of the company with a specific focus on R&D, IP creation, and market differentiation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering Guindy, Chennai.

Joseph Sursock
Senior Vice President - Client Services (Europe)

Joseph Sursock
Senior 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.

David McBride
Senior Vice President – Analytics Products, Solutions and Consulting

David McBride
SVP Analytics Products, Solutions and Consulting

David McBride is a 13-year veteran of the analytics industry, having held leadership roles in media, retail, and technology. David is passionate about helping companies achieve growth through data-informed customer relationships. He has led analytics teams at Comcast and American Eagle Outfitters and has created customer analytics products at IBM and Intel. David is a frequent speaker and event organizer, and is a board member of the Digital Analytics Association (DAA). He holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.

Venu Bendapudi
Vice President - Client Development

Venu Bendapudi
Vice President - Client Development

Venu is a senior leader with a global outlook and has extensive experience in sales, marketing and operations having worked across geography's including India, South East Asia, Europe and US. He is now based in Lake Mary, FL, and has been responsible for Course5's business development and managing part of client relations in North America for the past 10 years.

Brooks Gard
Vice President – Client Services (Americas)

Brooks Gard
Vice President – Client Services (Americas)

Over the past 3 years with Course5 Intelligence as strategic market insights professional and consultant working with major technology and social media companies, Brooks' responsibilities have cut across all facets of client relationships and project execution including; cost and feasibility analysis, analytical direction and execution, insights generation, reporting outcomes and overall US team management/leadership. Brooks' professional experience includes finding actionable business solutions using statistical techniques including multivariate, conjoint, Bayesian networks, and regression modeling in dozens of custom research programs over 20+ years of client and supplier side research.

Strategic Advisory Board

Mohanbir Sawhney

 

Mohanbir Sawhney

Mohanbir Sawhney is a globally sought consultant and speaker on Enterprise Analytics, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, and Marketing. Sawhney is Director - Center for Research in Technology and Innovation and McCormick Foundation Professor of Technology at the Kellogg School of Management. Professor Sawhney's consulting and speaking clients include Accenture, Adobe Systems, AT&T, Boeing, Cisco Systems, Dell, Entergy, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, GE, General Mills, Honeywell, Intuit, and others. His research has been published in leading journals including Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review, and he has written several books, of which the latest on Analytics-driven decision making titled 'The Sentient Enterprise: The Evolution of Business Decision Making' was on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.

Sawhney is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and an advisory board member of Chicago Innovation. He is an award-winning educator and a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Simon Chadwick

 

Simon Chadwick

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.

Kumar Mehta

Kumar Mehta

Dr. Kumar Mehta is an advisor to Course5 Intelligence. Kumar has been at the forefront of data analytics and innovation for over 25 years and is the bestselling author of The Innovation Biome and The Exceptionals. Kumar is the founder of Bridges Insight, a think tank committed to helping organizations in the public and private sector accelerate their rate of innovation. Kumar worked at Microsoft for 14 years managing some of the company’s most strategic initiatives. Most recently Kumar was the CEO of Course5 and led the early growth of the company for a decade.

Kumar also currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California and speaks around the world on innovation, disruption and preparing for an uncertain future.

Kumar is passionate about education and is active as a board member for the Committee for Children (CFC), the world’s largest provider of research-based educational programs that promote social-emotional skills. Today CFC’s curricula reach schools in over 70 countries and more than 14 million children benefit from these programs each year.

Kumar holds a PhD in pharmaceutical socioeconomics from The University of Iowa and lives in Seattle.

Dan Foreman

 

Dan Foreman

Dan Foreman, ESOMAR past president, data, analytics and insights leader, 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, data science, Artificial Intelligence and developing markets, having helped organizations grow from incubation to multi-million dollar revenues. He holds strategic advisory positions in several data-driven and analytics organizations. Dan has been recognised with several professional awards and holds degrees in Mathematics and Psychology.