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Executive Team

Shirish Deodhar

Shirish Deodhar - Co-Founder and CEO


Shirish has over 30 years of software industry experience in US and India, and has incubated and led several IT companies through rapid business growth.

His two previous companies had successful exits to global majors - In-Reality Software with Symphony Services Inc. and Frontier Software with VERITAS Software (now Symantec Corp.). Subsequently, as head of their Pune subsidiaries, he was instrumental in scaling revenues and growing the team size to over 600 employees in 3.5 years each.

Shirish did his B-Tech (EE) from IIT Mumbai, followed by a Master's degree from USA. He has a US patent, has filed recently for two more, presented ten technical papers, won several excellence awards, and has written a book titled 'From Entrepreneurs to Leaders' published by McGraw-Hill.

Madhukar Bhatia

Madhukar Bhatia - Co-Founder


Madhukar has 25+ years of software industry experience, including building two start-ups. He has deep technical and business experience creating complex software products for global companies.

As VP at Symphony Services Inc., which acquired the company that he co-founded (In-Reality Software), Madhukar scaled the Storage/Systems practice to 20 clients and 500 employees in 4 years. Previously, he was Sr. Manager at VERITAS Software (now Symantec Corp.), and prior to that he was a partner at one of India's earliest product start-ups in CAD/Graphics space.

Madhukar has a B. Tech (CS) and M. Tech (CS) from IIT Mumbai.

Swati Deodhar

Swati Deodhar - Co-Founder


Swati has 25+ years of software industry experience. She has held positions ranging from VP to Business Unit Head at Symphony Services, Ruksun Software, Mafatlal Consulting and PriceWaterHouse.

Swati has built medium to large offshore teams for several global clients. Her teams have consistently created high value through excellence and innovation, thereby leading to substantial business growth.

Swati has a Master's Degree in Software Engineering from the US, and a Master's in Computer Science from Mumbai.  She received the Symphony Services Chairman's Award for Excellence in 2006, and has been a technical reviewer for international journals.

Hemant Joshi

Hemant Joshi - Co-Founder


Hemant brings 25+ years of software industry experience at companies based in Bay Area (USA), UK and India.

His previously co-founded company, In-Reality Software, had successful exit to Symphony Services Inc. - a global leader in Outsourced Product Development. Post-acquisition, he played a key role in scaling Symphony’s Pune operation to over 600 employees in 3 years.

Hemant has also worked in various engineering and management roles at VERITAS Software ( now Symantec Inc.), Stratus Computers, Hybrid Networks and Tech Mahindra in the areas of Network Management, System Software, High Availability and Storage software.

Hemant has a BE (E&TC) from College of Engineering Pune (COEP).

Avinash Sethi

Avinash Sethi - Chief Marketing Officer


As the Chief Marketing Officer at Sapience, Avinash Sethi is focused on helping to grow the company into the next orbit.

An MBA from IIM, Indore and a graduate in Electrical Engineering, Avinash started his career with Tata Consultancy Services. He worked at Intel where he architected numerous high performance enterprise solutions. His penchant for exploring uncharted territory came handy in establishing the Indian operations of InfoBeans (which he co-founded), followed by the UK and Pune offices.

Over the past 17 years, Avinash has acquired a deep understanding of every function of business. He has developed a keen interest in Strategy, Marketing and Finance function. He believes in building long term partnership with customers by gaining insights into their spoken and unspoken needs, and addressing them proactively

Avinash strives for a balance among all five elements of well-being – career, social, financial, physical, community. He loves adventure acts, cycling and photography.

Ranjit Nambiar

Ranjit Nambiar - Vice President of Sales


Ranjit Nambiar has over 16 years of Experience in Sales. He joins Sapience from Dell India after a successful stint of 6 years, where he rapidly rose to the position of India Head, S&P and Transactional Services Business. He brings in experience of growing business exponentially in the Large Enterprise Segment which included the Top Global 500 organizations.

Ranjit was selected as Key Business Talent, and was awarded for the stellar growth of Microsoft business within Dell. His key areas of expertise include Strategic Management, Profit Centre Management, Key Account Management and Sales Team building and supervision.

He has a BSc (Statistics) and Masters in Marketing Management from Mumbai University.

Niranjan Karhade

Niranjan Karhade - AVP Customer Success


Niranjan has over 22 years of IT industry experience in business strategy, business development, product engineering, delivery, and operations, both in India and the USA where he worked for 10 years. His previous roles have been in various senior positions at Ixsight Technologies, Symphony Services and Pepsi Bottling Group NY. His personal interests include developing mobile apps and Cloud computing.

Niranjan has a BE in Computer Engineering from Pune University, and has also completed certification courses in Project Management Professional (PMP).

Chandrashekhar (Shekhar) Pulekar

Chandrashekhar (Shekhar) Pulekar - Senior Director Customer Support


Shekhar has 20+ years of industry experience in engineering and as head of technical support at companies ranging from Symantec, BMC, Symphony Services, Zenith Computers, CMS etc. Shekhar has also been an entrepreneur for several years at his company called Adroit Consulting and Training. Most recently he has worked at Bureau Veritas as a Lead Auditor for ISO-9001 as well as for ISO-27001.

Shekhar has a Master’s degree in Business Administration – Information Technology (MBA-IT), following an Engineering Diploma in Electronics & Telecommunications. He has also completed certification courses in ITIL-v2, CISA and SCP (USA).