Aujas is led by a team of accomplished and experienced information risk management professionals.
Cofounder and CEO
Mr. Rao is a mature business leader with a keen sense of understanding of what makes his clients' businesses tick. He is a gentleman with strong ethics. He knows exactly how to create an environment to motivate his employees to bring out their best performances.
Srinivas Rao brings to Aujas 27 years of experience in the information technology industry. He cofounded the company in 2008, with seed funding from IDG Ventures, with a vision to help organizations manage risk and enhance information value through innovation and excellence. Today, as CEO of Aujas, Rao is responsible for setting corporate strategy and vision, building the global team, managing investor relationships and capital allocation.
Prior to Aujas, Rao held various leadership roles at Cisco, Network Solutions, Microland, and Sonata Software, and is credited with many entrepreneurial successes. When he was Executive Director and COO at Network Solutions, for instance, he helped scale it from an early state entity to a middle market company that was later acquired by IBM Global Services.
Rao received his MBA from IIM Bangalore and holds a Bachelors of Engineering degree from Osmania University.
Cofounder and COO
Sameer has a unique gift of being able to blend pragmatism, technology and business fundamentals. He is every customer's delight with his ready helpfulness, innovative solutions, and commitment to satisfy. He does all this while ensuring that one eye is kept on the balance sheet.
Sameer Shelke cofounded Aujas after 15 years in the IT security industry. As COO, Sameer is responsible for the creation, engineering, and delivery of information risk management services to clients. He is also responsible for the company’s day-to-day business operations.
Prior to Aujas, Shelke was Director of Service Development & Solutions at Fidelity Investments. Earlier in his career, he worked at Cisco Systems, establishing and managing their Global Service Practice in India. He has also worked at Hewlett Packard, as Practice Head for Security and Managed Services, and in leadership roles at Microland, a leading IT service provider in India.
Shelke completed the Executive Management Program at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Pune.
Cofounder and President
Navin is a towering personality… He can create an instant comfort zone even in awkward situations... There is a sense of trust that he exudes, which is his trump card in developing lasting relationships with customers…
Aujas cofounder Navin Kotian currently serves as President, responsible for service delivery, operations and human resources. Prior to taking on this role, he was Chief Marketing Officer and focused on building the Aujas brand globally. He was responsible for growth in emerging markets including India, the Middle East, and Africa.
Earlier in his career, Kotian served as the Country Business Manager for IBM’s Infrastructure Management Services business and was responsible for growing IBM’s sales in the India market. He has also managed sales and marketing for Microland’s Managed Services division.
Kotian has an MBA in marketing from Mumbai University and completed his computer engineering degree at Amravati University.
President – North America
Ashok is an experienced and results driven business leader in the Technology industry. He has over 28 years of professional experience with the last 16 years in the US.
Prior to joining Aujas, Ashok was the President at Mindtree, initially responsible for its Product Engineering Services business and later, the head of its Hi Tech vertical. The size of business that Ashok managed at Mindtree was around $ 150 mn in annual revenues.
During the initial years of his career, he performed different roles in sales, client partner and business development functions in various Technology companies in India and the Middle East, including Wipro, Sanmar, ICIM and Microland. In late 1999, he joined a new generation software services company called Aztecsoft, that helped global product and technology companies build world class software products. He was amongst Aztecsoft's first 3 employees in the US and part of the team that took the company public in late 2000. He also helped them make an important acquisition of a Seattle based product testing company in 2004.
Over the next few years, he helped grow Aztecsoft's revenues to $ 80+ mn by leading teams globally. The company was acquired by Mindtree in 2008, subsequent to which Ashok was given the responsibility of running Mindtree's Product Engineering Services business. He was part of the executive leadership team at Aztecsoft and Mindtree for over 14 years and successfully performed different roles, including being Business Head with P & L responsibilities.
Ashok completed his Bachelors in engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra and did his Post- graduation in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.