Our management team is accomplished and drawn from leading global organizations. Each member brings deep business acumen and domain expertise, helping us to grow ahead of the industry
CORPORATE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Our senior management team includes the following individuals:
Keshav Murugesh - Chief Executive Officer, WNS Group
Mr. Murugesh serves as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors. Based in Mumbai, Mr. Murugesh is responsible for executing the business strategy and directing the overall performance and growth of our organization. Prior to joining WNS, Mr. Murugesh held several leadership positions in global companies, including President and CEO, Syntel Inc. and ITC Ltd., an affiliate of BAT Plc. Mr. Murugesh is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is a Member on the Board of WNS Cares Foundation that focuses on community-related projects in WNS locations globally. Mr. Murugesh has been the founder Chairman of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) India, which is a global organization involved in educational outreach projects in partnership with businesses across the globe. Mr. Murugesh is a frequent industry speaker, both nationally and internationally, including at the World Economic Forum. He also serves as the Chairman of the Nasscom Business Process Management (BPM) Council.
Ronald Gillette - Chief Operating Officer, WNS Group
Ronald Gillette is the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for WNS's global sales, operations and capability creation. Based in Mumbai, he drives WNS's strategic plans and operating results. Prior to joining WNS, Ron worked with ACS and Xerox in the US and Europe. Most recently, he was the Group President, Xerox Business Services in Europe with responsibility for all Banking and Insurance services, and previously led its global Finance and Accounting Outsourcing (FAO) business. Before joining ACS, Gillette was a senior partner at Accenture, responsible for growing its business process management (BPM) business. He has also worked with Deloitte Consulting, Ernst & Young and EDS in various leadership roles with a focus on building outsourcing businesses. Ron has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, and is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command & Staff College. He holds an MBA degree from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
Sanjay Puria - Chief Financial Officer, WNS Group
Sanjay serves as our Chief Financial Officer and leads WNS's global finance function. Sanjay has over 15 years of experience, out of which ten years have been in the offshore services industry. Sanjay is a veteran at WNS, having managed several key finance functions including corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, financial planning and analysis, and strategic business development before taking over as the CFO. Prior to WNS, Sanjay was at the helm of operations for a global provider of integrated Information Technology and KPO solutions, where his role centered around managing acquisitions, joint ventures, complex and multi-year contracts, strategizing on geographical expansion, revenue and cost management, pricing & commercials and implementation of LEAN initiatives. Sanjay is a Chartered Accountant (CA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Sanjay is also a Director on the Board of WNS Cares Foundation.
R. Swaminathan - Chief People Officer, WNS Group
Swaminathan leads WNS's Human Resources function, and is responsible for the entire gamut of people-oriented processes. Prior to joining WNS, Swami was with CA Technologies, where he served as Vice President - Human Resources and was the Country Head - HR for India. He has also served as Head of HR Operations at Syntel and thereafter, for a short while, was its Global HR Head. Prior to Syntel, Swami had a long tenure at GE spanning multiple roles such as Master Black Belt - HR and Assistant Vice President and Head - Operations for HR, Customer Research and Operational Analytics, apart from other roles in mergers and acquisitions. He is a certified Change Acceleration Coach and a keen practitioner of Six Sigma. Swaminathan has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Madras.
Sanjay Jain - Chief Strategy Officer
Sanjay Jain serves as WNS's Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). He leads mergers and acquisitions, and supports the global sales team in large deal pursuits, in addition to leading the IT function. As a veteran leader at WNS, Sanjay has been in several leadership roles in the past. Prior to becoming the CSO, Sanjay was the Chief Capability Officer in charge of designing and implementing transformational technology solutions for WNS's clients. Previously, Sanjay served as WNS's Chief Information Officer. He was also responsible for setting up the Practice Consulting Groups and Platform-based BPO offerings of WNS. Prior to joining WNS, Sanjay held executive positions with exevo, Intiqua, NetAcross, Modern Technologies Corp and CMC. He holds an engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from Delhi University.
Krishnan Raghunathan - Chief Capability Officer
Krishnan Raghunathan is WNS's Chief Capability Officer responsible for driving teams spanning capability creation, solutions, transition and quality. He has more than 20 years of rich experience across finance and accounting, business process management and sales solutions / capability functions. Before joining WNS, Krishnan led several challenging roles at Genpact, supporting strategic deals and consultative selling. In addition, Krishnan was also a business leader for a number of industry verticals at Genpact, including hospitality, transportation, logistics, media and professional services. Krishnan is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and a trained Six Sigma Black Belt.
Manish Vora - Head of Sales for the Asia Pacific and Middle East region
Manish Vora serves as WNS's Head of Sales for the Asia Pacific and Middle East region. Manish played a pivotal role in establishing WNS as a leader in the Finance and Accounting BPO space in the Americas before moving into his current role. He was also instrumental in setting up WNS's operations in Costa Rica. With a background in finance, Manish has over nineteen years of experience in outsourcing, consulting, risk management, investment banking and audit. Prior to joining WNS, he worked with Accenture, Outsource Partners International and ICICI. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.
BUSINESS UNIT MANAGEMENT TEAM
Our business unit management team is led by the following individuals:
Arun Kharbanda - Business Unit Leader, Consulting & Professional Services
Arun Kharbanda serves as the Business Unit Leader, Consulting & Professional Services vertical. Before joining WNS in 2005, Arun was co-leading the India business of Ariba Inc. (formerly FreeMarkets). He spent over three years with Ariba helping large Indian companies reduce cost through global sourcing and streamlining of procurement. Before Ariba, Arun spent close to five years with McKinsey & Co. as the founding member and Head of the McKinsey Knowledge Center. He also worked with Fluor Daniel to set up their offshore engineering design center in India and with Oracle as an ERP implementation consultant. Arun is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accounts of India.
Jay Venkateswaran - Business Unit Leader, Consumer Packaged Goods, Diversified Businesses, Manufacturing, Retail and Telecom
Jay is the Business Unit Leader for Consumer Packaged Goods, Diversified Businesses, Manufacturing, Retail and Telecom at WNS. Jay has been with WNS for eight years and has worked with different parts of our business. As one of WNS's long-standing leaders, he has been responsible for a number of our recent successes in this portfolio. He began his stint at WNS as a Program Manager and then moved on to Corporate Finance, where he worked on M&A, the IPO and set up the investor relations practice. He then moved on to becoming the Vertical Sales Lead (VSL) for Research and Analytics, followed by the VSL role for Retail and CPG as well as Travel and Leisure. Prior to WNS, he was with AT Kearney for seven years. Jay has an MBA from Coventry University in the U.K.
Deepak Gupta - Business Unit Leader, Travel, Shipping & Logistics Services; Capability Practice Leader, Contact Center Operations
Deepak Gupta is the Business Unit Leader for Travel, Shipping & Logistics Services verticals. He is also the Capability Practice Leader for Contact Center Operations. Deepak focuses on both onshore and offshore delivery across verticals and geographies. Prior to joining WNS, Deepak has worked with various leading corporates like IBM Daksh and Hutch. He has over two decades of experience in the hospitality and business process outsourcing industries.
Edwin Harrell - Chief Executive Officer, WNS Assistance
Edwin Harrell is the Chief Executive Officer of WNS Assistance. Edwin is based in the UK. Prior to joining WNS, he was a consultant in the insurance industry and has worked closely with WNS Assistance since 1994. In 2001, Mr. Harrell was part of the team that helped set up our back-office processing center in India and subsequently integrated it to our U.K. delivery centers.
Gautam Barai - Business Unit Leader, Banking and Financial, Healthcare and Insurance Services
Gautam Barai is the Business Unit Leader for WNS's Banking and Financial, Healthcare and Insurance Services. Prior to joining WNS, Gautam was Senior Vice President - Business Executive Operations for Bank of America Continuum's Mortgage and Insurance Business. Prior to Bank of America, Gautam served as the Head of BPO at Countrywide Financial Corporation leading a team of over 5,000 employees. At Countrywide Financial, he was instrumental in setting up the India operations and was part of the management team that built the Costa Rica operations. Gautam is an engineer with an MBA from London Business School and Columbia University - Columbia Business School.
Sulakshana Patankar - Business Unit Leader, Utilities; Head, India Business and Strategic Initiatives
Sulakshana Patankar leads the India Business and Strategic Initiatives; and Utilities vertical at WNS where she develops new ventures and delivery models for one of the most challenging markets - India. She also implements various programs in Delivery Excellence raising our overall operations' capability to the next level. Sulakshana is one of the founders of the F&A practice and has played a significant role in growing the business rapidly in the last few years to help WNS establish itself as a leading player in the F&A BPO space. She has helped the organization's growth in the past 10+ years in multiple industry segments. Based in Pune, Sulakshana is also the site lead for Pune- WNS's largest delivery location. Prior to joining WNS, Sulakshana was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she managed various assignments in the area of business process re-engineering and financial / strategic planning for large clients. She is a certified Management Accountant.
Sanjeev Sinha - Capability Practice Leader, Research and Analytics Services
Sanjeev Sinha serves as the Capability Practice Leader, Research and Analytics. Before joining WNS in 2014, Sanjeev headed the Global Research and Analytics business at CRISIL. He has had successful stints at Firstsource Solutions, IBM Global Services, Sony and i2 Technologies. Sanjeev comes on board with over 20 years of global experience across diverse business functions and industries such as financial services, outsourcing, consulting and technology. He holds a Doctorate in Operations Management from the University of Illinois, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Ahmedabad (India) and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.