August 7, 2015

Gaea Management Team

Sury Balasubramanian

Co-Founder, CEO

Sury is a bit of a Renaissance man. Along with Amin, he steers the course of the company. But he also heads up the sales and marketing efforts. And on occasion, you’ll even find him writing code. There’s little Sury can’t do.

He studied at the University Of Arizona and earned a Master of Science in Systems & Industrial Engineering. Before growing Gaea into a flourishing technology solutions provider, Sury held positions at Primavera and EXE Technologies.

Sury believes Gaea is poised to help its customers revolutionize their industries. Technology is enabling some amazing new possibilities. And Gaea is helping its customers lead that charge.

But Sury is emphatic that people know Gaea isn’t just focused on technology. Anyone can sell short-term solutions that plug technology gaps, he stresses. Gaea, though, targets long-term success by assessing business processes and revealing opportunities that customers never even knew existed.

For Sury, the thing that stands out most in his mind isn’t a particular customer success or company milestone. It’s the people he works with. Gaea has assembled a collection of individuals who are all committed to achieving the same goals. As a result, they’ve accomplished many things that make him proud.


Amin Sikander

Co-Founder, President

Amin is our supply-chain expert. In the big picture, he and Sury serve as the backbone of Gaea. But on a day-to-day basis, Amin manages the logistics and supply-chain side of the company’s business.

He studied at University of Wyoming and earned a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Before founding Gaea, he held positions at Oracle and EXE Technologies.

Ask Amin about the industries Gaea serves, and he’ll mention that they have a great need for technology thought leaders. The problems these industries face are complex. And solving them requires an uncommon blend of industry experience and technical innovation. The people at Gaea, he says, fill that void.

He’s also quick to point out that nobody knows Oracle project management and supply-chain products like Gaea. That’s because Gaea’s team helped build those products. In fact, when Oracle customers have complicated challenges, Gaea is typically the place that Oracle sends them.

Amin has a story he tells that nicely sums up Gaea’s philosophy. During early talks with Integra Life Sciences, Amin told Integra’s leadership that they didn’t need Gaea. Amin believes if you always do what’s right for the customer, things will work out. It probably won’t surprise you, but after Amin spoke up in that meeting, Integra hired Gaea on the spot.


Karun Jain

COO

In layman’s terms, Karun is Gaea’s juggling professional. That’s the simple way of explaining that he manages all of the things that manage the company’s projects — the people, the resources, the timelines, and the logistics. Ultimately, he’s the person who makes sure every job is done right and delivered on time.

Karun received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology. From there, he traveled to Palo Alto, California where he earned his Master’s in Electrical Engineering (Networking & Systems) from Stanford University.

Karun has been involved with Gaea since the very beginning. And even though he’s not one of the original founders, Amin and Sury make him feel like one. He is intimately involved with the direction of the company, and that gives him all the motivation he needs.

Karun points out that Gaea doesn’t do everything. The company will never pretend to be something it’s not. And the team won’t take on a project simply to earn a dollar. On the other hand, Karun adds, if you look at the things Gaea does do, you’ll see they do them better than anyone.

Customers check in with Karun on a regular basis. But one call he received was particularly noteworthy. When he picked it up, the customer began to bend Karun’s ear about how much difficulty they were encountering with all of their technology partners. Except for Gaea. According to the customer, Gaea was the one provider who delivered without a hitch.


Mohammed Ibrahim

Director of Operations

Mohammed is our go-to guy for Primavera solutions. Yes, he manages Gaea’s business operations in India, handling everything from pre-sales through implementation. But he’s also the architect we turn to for our most difficult Primavera problems.

He studied at Loyola Institute of Business Administration and earned an MBA. From there, Mohammed went on to leadership positions at Southern Pressings, Lucas TVS, and Mastertech.

At Gaea, Mohammed feels like his opportunities are unlimited. Every assignment is fascinating, the company is growing, and Gaea treats its employees as invaluable assets. With those things working in his favor, Mohammed believes he can accomplish anything he puts his mind to.

In Mohammed’s eyes, there are so many things that make Gaea different. Gaea embraces the problems no one else will touch. It delivers value even before projects deploy. And the company completes every project on spec, on time, and on budget.

Most of the staff share gratifying stories about clients. Mohammed tells one about Gaea’s collaborators. Many of the company’s partners, it seems, pitch for new business by promoting that they can bring Gaea’s support to the table.


Sanjeev Ranjan

VP of Technology

Sanjeev is the engineer who makes our technology tick in India. He knows project management systems. He knows Oracle’s Primavera product line. And he knows how to help large enterprises operate more efficiently.

His higher education began at Bihar University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. When his studies were complete, he worked in senior development roles for Symphony Services.

Because he works with such a talented team at Gaea, Sanjeev feels like they are always redefining high-performance from one project to the next. And as a result, Gaea is always delivering far more than customers expect.

Sanjeev notes that everybody offers Oracle products. But Gaea, he emphasizes, offers the services of the very people who designed and developed those products. You can’t put a price on that kind of value. Sanjeev can remember countless successes in his time at Gaea. One of them, however, rises above the rest. Denver International Airport brought their demanding project to a number of technology services providers. But not one of those providers could manage it. Then they knocked on Gaea’s door. Where many others had tried but failed, Gaea thrived.


Dennis Samson

VP of Integrated Solutions

Dennis is the guy who just about wrote the book on integrated systems. In fact, he’s so committed to solutions that a concept he helped develop was adopted by Oracle (then Skire) and used today in all of their Unifier standardized business process implementations.

Dennis earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from UOP, Clark Air Base, USAF, and his MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. Throughout his career, Dennis has earned so many other degrees and certifications that we don’t have anywhere near enough room to list them all.

For more than two decades, Dennis has worked on the configuration and use of project management information systems and reporting tools, managing construction projects in many different verticals including commercial, mining, oil and gas, and public and private sectors. For the last ten years he has focused on integrated solutions and estimating systems that efficiently exchange cost and/or schedule information between multiple data sources. Dennis has been the lead on multiple implementations of Unifier, Hard Dollar, and integrations with Primavera P6. He served as the client contact to generate integration requirements, designed the implementations, and prepared technical specifications for the software development teams.

Dennis has managed multi-million dollar projects using earned-value techniques and understands that data project managers need to effectively control their project budgets and schedules. He has provided program-level reporting for several multi-billion dollar capital programs. Clients Dennis has worked with include ExxonMobil, Transfield (TS ANZ) International, FMI, Ohio State, Naval Federal Credit Union, BG Group, Port of Long Beach, Hawaii DOT, various casino resorts, and several universities and colleges.

Dennis says that the Gaea team is a best-in-class gathering of people who not only have system expertise and decades of product knowledge, they’re also passionate about what they do. And, he adds, the cultural diversity at Gaea makes for a uniquely strong, impressive team dedicated to providing the very best solutions. He’s quick to point out that in his experience, Gaea’s commitment to the industries and the clients they serve is unparalleled.


Ramki Ramakrishnan

VP of Finance

Ramki is the man at Gaea who knows dollars and sense. He manages all of the company’s accounting, project costing, and other financial matters. But he doesn’t just push numbers around his computer screen. His financial analyses are crucial in dictating Gaea’s overall strategy.

Ramki holds three separate degrees. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of Madras. He earned an additional Bachelor’s in Automotive Engineering from University of Madras. And he holds an MBA from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. During his long career he’s held several C-level positions for large companies such as Tube Investments, Ashok Leyland, and TVS Group of Companies.

Ramki says Gaea runs a tight ship, but that the interaction between employees is informal. They share ideas. They help each other. And the staff is given a great deal of flexibility in how they conduct their work.

Gaea staff frequently mention their rare combination of technical know-how and industry knowledge. From Ramki’s perspective, that’s precisely why the company can provide customers with solutions that are both extraordinarily productive and remarkably cost effective.


Vishy Parthasarathy

VP of Supply Chain Services

Vishy is the soul of Gaea’s Supply Chain division. In addition to spotting opportunities, managing projects, and ensuring their successful implementation, he helps guide the strategic course of the division. In short, Vishy makes sure Gaea lives up to its reputation for delivering exceptional solutions and services.

Unlike his peers, Vishy didn’t begin his career in technology. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Birla Institute of Technology & Science. He then went on to receive his Master’s in Chemical Engineering at Ohio University. He found his way into technology while working as Development Manager at Oracle.

Vishy likes the freedom at Gaea. He feels free to explore unconventional approaches, free to promote his ideas, and free to speak his mind. And it’s the freedom, he says, that produces the remarkable results they deliver to all of Gaea’s clients.

Vishy says Gaea helps clients do business better. Some partners are very good at selling products, and they sell a lot of them. Others have very standard methodologies that they adhere to. But Gaea employs a more flexible approach. Ask him, and Vishy will describe in detail how Gaea studies clients’ practices and processes to discover how technology can help them reach their goals.

Vishy led the team responsible for deploying the world’s largest WMS implementation. But it wasn’t merely the size of Huawei’s WMS that gave Vishy great satisfaction. It was taking on a project bigger that anything they’d ever done before, and finding a way to meet the challenge.