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Chella Software owes its growth to the professional excellence and commitment of its people.

Our team comprise of domain consultants, engineers, application programmers and business staff. Several of our domain consultants have professional certifications in equity trading and security market operations.

Chella Software's direction and growth is driven by its Management Council, constituted by the CEO, heads of department and members of the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board comprises of industry stalwarts who have built large global business in the areas of hi-technology, software services and health care.


Management Team

Kathir Kamanathan | Chief Executive Officer
Kathir, a founding member, has over 25 years of business and technology experience in the securities industry. He has hands-on experience in managing securities operations and intricately understands business issues. With his strong drive for research and innovation, he spends considerable time in functional research and heads our group developing smarter algorithms and solutions that better solve customer problems. Kathir earlier worked with Philips and the Unilever Group, and subsequently headed a successful stock brokerage business for 10 years. He is an engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy and a management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Dec 2014 , the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli in 2016.

Perichiappan Lakshmanan | Vice President-Engineering and Delivery
Peri is an engineer from the University of Madras, with 14 years experience in architecting and designing software for the securities industry. Part of the founding team, he has designed and implemented our high speed real-time risk systems, an online trading platform, a back office application and many other solutions. He oversees product engineering, delivery and technical architecture.

Subbiah(Subbu) Rajagopal | Head of Sales (India, Middle East and Africa)
Subbu joined the company in 2003 and heads the sales function for India, Middle East and Africa. He has been instrumental in building and maintaining customer relationships in these geographies. He works closely with wealth managers, stock brokers and treasurers in automating their front, middle and back office processes. He was instrumental in conceptualizing a common technology platform for the Kenyan stock brokers. Today, Chella Software's trading, clearing and settlement platform is used by all active stock brokers in Kenya. Subbu is an avid birder and is looking to improve his bird count from the low 200s to above 400 this year.

Kaushik Vishwanathan| Head of Products
Kaushik has over 15 years of experience in delivering enterprise software solutions to the financial services industry across the globe. He has worked with both buy and sell side players in Capital markets including Asset managers, Brokers, Custodians and Wealth managers in a number of strategic initiatives and change programmes. He has been with specialist software product companies and with large service organisations like Cognizant Technologies and Bank of New York Mellon in a senior consulting and product roles. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered accountants of India. He loves movies, music and philosophy.

Arun Kumar Polappan| Head of IT-Infra & Operations
Arun has 20 years of experience in management, IT/ITES consulting and CRM-Siebel. He is a certified Project Management Professional from PMI , certified Siebel consultant and a Life Member of the Combustion Institute (IIT - Chennai). Arun did his engineering at Guindy Engineering College, Anna University (Chennai) and MBA from Bharathidasan University (Trichy). He comes with a global experience across UK, Australia, Belgium, South Africa and USA involving assignments for a number of Fortune 500 clients. Prior to Chella, Arun has worked for large IT companies like HCL Technologies, Satyam Computer Services now named as Tech Mahindra and an engineering giant - F.L.Smidth.


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