An alumnus of the Osmania University and IIM, Bangalore (1981), Asvini co-founded and ran a startup for 2 years (1981-83), before moving to IIM - B for a year to set up and upgrade their student and faculty computing facilities. He subsequently had a 4-year stint with PSI Bull as Product Support Manager handling large clients like ONGC. He founded Thinksoft with the objective of providing value added IT consulting services, mainly in the areas of requirements testing, documentation and domain consulting. In 1998, his pioneering efforts towards creating an India-based independent test service model was proved a success, when Citi Group became the first client to use Thinksoft's India based test centers in one of its large Global flagship projects. In mid-1998, Asvini reorganized Thinksoft as a company. In early 2000, a UK based venture fund backed Thinksoft's growth plans, thus propelling it as a Global player in its chosen area.
A recipient of many academic scholarships and professional awards, Asvini lives in Bangalore with his wife and son. He is an avid reader. He also likes to swim, trek, and listen to music.
Vanaja Arvind - Executive Director
During many of her 20 years in IT, Vanaja Arvind has campaigned to bring about improvements in quality and productivity management, project risk management and related areas, as director of an ISP pioneer, an IT shop, at Citibank and IBM Global Services and since 2000 as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Thinksoft, a Business Requirements Assurance services company based in India.
She initially worked for a South India based financial services company and then moved on to running her own software consulting firm for a few years before joining Citibank in 1990 as a Project Manager. She chalked up an outstanding string of achievements during her time with Citibank, including spearheading efforts to obtain the SEI CMM level 3 assessment for the Citibank India Technology group. She has also worked with IBM Global Services as Head, Quality, and helped it achieve CMM Level 4 certification in record time. Her last assignment at IBM Global Services, India was as Country Manager. As Thinksoft's Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors, she participates and contributes to shape its corporate strategy, HR and compensation policies, financial planning, and governance norms. She also oversees HR, Processes, Tools and Technology, as well as the company's UK and European businesses.
She lives in Chennai with her husband and enjoys spending her personal time with her canine friends. A keen practitioner of yoga, she also enjoys baking specialty breads.
Mr. N Vaidyanathan - Chief Financial Officer
Joined Thinksoft in September 2005. A Chartered Accountant and Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, NV has more than 28 years of professional experience. His track record is based on solid experience with multinational organizations like GEC Alsthom, Castrol Ltd. Guest Keen Williams (GKW), Binnys and the Nagarjuna Group. Prior to Joining Thinksoft Global Services NV had a long stint with Polaris Software Lab Ltd where he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Offi cer. He has seen Polaris grow from a small company to the size it is today and thus brings a lot of crucial experience and knowledge which is sure to help us in our own growth. During the course of his career NV has straddled strategic and operational responsibilities in Financial Planning, Treasury, Tax, Compliance, Systems & Processes, handled the IPO, Part of M&A; Team. He is keen on music and likes visiting friends.