Chief Executive Officer
Frank Kern was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Aricent Group in October 2012. Frank has had a long career starting in sales and continuing in positions of increasing responsibility with the IBM Corporation. In his most recent role, he led Global Business Services, a $19 billion business unit with 110,000 employees that encompassed consulting, systems integration, and application capabilities, and supported clients around the world in all major industries. Prior to that position, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Distribution, leading IBM's worldwide sales organization, with responsibility for over $100 billion of corporate revenues as well as client satisfaction in 170 countries. Frank was located in Shanghai, China, and Tokyo, Japan where he led the Asia Pacific region from 2003 through early 2008. Before his work in Asia, he was located in Paris, France, from 1998 through 2003, and managed the operations of IBM's Global Business Services unit for Europe, Middle East & Africa. From 1995 through 1997, he served as Chief Executive Officer of IBM Global Services in Australia. Frank is a graduate of Bucknell University and received his MBA degree from Syracuse University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mick Lopez joined the Aricent Group from Cisco where he was the Vice President, Corporate Finance and Operations. He has a track record of 25 years improving profitability, revenue growth, and shareholder value in leading global organizations such as IBM, Tyco International, KPMG, and Cisco. At Cisco, he most recently was responsible for the financial analysis and planning of the company. In addition, he played an instrumental role in the company’s pricing, investments, systems and strategies. Prior to Cisco, Mick was the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Tyco International’s electronic security and fire suppression systems business. He joined Tyco in 2003, as the CFO of ADT Security Systems, to implement the restructuring of its financial operations. Before his tenure at Tyco, Mick was the CEO of Americas Ventures/New Idea Center, a venture capital consulting firm. At IBM Corporation, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in strategy and finance, including CFO of IBM Brazil, CFO IBM Personal Computer Latin America, and Manager of Europe PC Pricing. Mick started his career as an auditor and consultant with KPMG, and is a licensed CPA. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Chairman of India
Sudip Nandy joined the Aricent Group as Chief Executive Officer in October 2008 with rich experience and deep domain expertise in the communications and IT services industry. Sudip has a long history of building internationally successful, high-growth businesses. Before joining Aricent, Sudip was president of the Technology, Media, and Telecom business unit at Wipro, one of the world's largest information technology companies. Under his leadership, the business unit grew to US $1.3 billion in annual revenue with more than 18,000 employees. During his 25-year tenure with Wipro, Sudip held several executive positions, including Chief Strategy Officer, where he spearheaded nine successful mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. He also headed Wipro's European sales and operations and was based in London. He significantly increased the company's presence in the UK and Sweden. Previously, Sudip was vice president of product development and marketing at a Silicon Valley semiconductor start-up, majority owned by Wipro. Sudip holds a bachelor's degree in Physics with Honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur as well as a BS in Electrical Technology and Electronics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He earned his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. During his tenure as the Aricent Group CEO he was based for two years in Gurgaon, India, and then East Brunswick, NJ, USA. During this period the company's revenues compounded annually at double digit rates.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Product Engineering Services
C. P. Murali heads the Product Engineering Services business unit at Aricent. C.P. has been with the Aricent Group since 1994, and has been instrumental in restructuring the company from a captive software development firm to a strong global technology innovation organization. C.P’s’s strong customer focus and organizational skills have helped the business unit develop solutions for telecommunication equipment manufacturers facing daunting development and deployment challenges. Before joining Aricent, C.P. served at the Center for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), New Delhi, where he was part of the pioneering software engineering team that designed and developed indigenous Digital Switching Systems for the Indian market.
President, frog, and Executive Vice President and General Manager
As President of frog (a company of the Aricent Group), Doreen Lorenzo has been critical to the company’s success and growth. Before becoming President in September 2006, Doreen was chief operating officer of frog. She has been instrumental in transforming the company from a traditional design boutique to one of the world’s leading creative consulting firms. Under her leadership, frog has established broad-based relationships with Fortune 500 clients, including AT&T, Disney, General Electric, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, Nextel, and T-Mobile. Previously, Doreen was director of marketing communications and Internet marketing for Power Computing, where she built an online marketing division that brought in millions of dollars a day in product sales—long before Internet retailing was commonplace. Before that, she was a communications consultant in the Bay Area, where she worked with a variety of top-tier clients.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Carrier Services and Solutions (CSS)
Sumit Ray joined the Aricent Group as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Carrier Services and Solutions (CSS) business unit in September 2012. Sumit has extensive experience in strategic and management consulting, coupled with a background in communications and IT services. He successfully built, led, and managed a variety of best-in-class professional services providers serving the communications, media, and high-tech industries. His experience includes leading EDS' Communications Industry division globally and IBM's Consulting and Systems Integration business in Europe for the Communications Industry. He previously served as an Officer of leading management consultancy, A. T. Kearney.
Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Chief Information Officer
Raj Datt brings more than two decades of global experience to his role. Before joining Aricent, Raj served as chief information officer and vice president of information technology at the University of Maryland (UMUC). Previously, Raj served as vice president and general manager, advisor, and CIO at Samoa Technologies where he established the business and led strategy, technology, business development, and process improvement for manufacturing and start-up organizations throughout North America. Raj has also served as global vice president and CIO, including BOD member and MD, for the shared services BPO unit in India of Kennametal Inc., and as the executive CIO and business process transformation leader of Panasonic Automotive Systems. Additionally, he spent many years at GE in several senior leadership positions, including head of the worldwide Center of Excellence for Enterprise Systems and CIO of Energy Rentals. He also held multiple roles in corporate audit staff, finance, supply chain, e-Commerce, and IT at TRW (Northrop Grumann) and McDonnell Douglas (Boeing).
Eric D Buhrfeind
Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources
Eric D Buhrfeind is an accomplished talent management leader. He has more than two decades experience in global human resource management; leadership development and coaching; change management and organizational change, including client consulting. With a track record of successfully building high performing, globally dispersed teams, Buhrfeind has deep expertise in designing and deploying complex talent strategy and processes on a global scale including a strong focus on key emerging markets. Before joining the Aricent Group, Buhrfeind held various global HR leadership roles at Accenture. Buhrfeind holds a Master of Arts in Psychology (Honors) and a bachelor’s degree in German from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, US.
Senior Vice President, Legal, and General Counsel
Shawn Soderberg leads the Aricent Group's legal and corporate development activities. Before joining Aricent, she was managing director of H&Q Asia Pacific (HQAP), a private equity firm engaged in investments in buyouts, recapitalizations, and control transactions in various industries in Asia. Prior to H&Q, Shawn was vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Oak Technology, an embedded solutions provider for the optical storage and the digital home entertainment market, where she was responsible for various business development activities, including the launch of Oak Venture Fund. She has also served as vice president and general counsel of Microtec Research, Inc., a software provider for embedded systems.
Robert N. Frerichs
Chairman of Aricent Group Board of Directors and former International Chairman of Accenture PLC
Robert N. Frerichs is an industry veteran with 35 years at Accenture and profound experience in professional services on a global scale. Most recently he was International Chairman of Accenture, and prior to that was group chief executive, North America, with overall responsibility for Accenture’s business in North America. He also served as the company’s chief risk officer, from 2004 to 2009, and before that was chief operating officer of Accenture’s Communication and High Tech operating group. His other leadership roles in this group included managing partner of the initial market maker team responsible for identifying, structuring, and closing major client opportunities; global managing partner of the Electronics and High Tech operating unit; and managing partner of the US Aerospace and Defense operating unit. During his time with Accenture, Frerichs also served as the managing partner of the Asia Pacific operating units for the Products and Resources operating groups. He was a member of Accenture’s board of directors prior to the company’s initial public offering in July 2001 and also served on the company’s strategic planning teams during key periods over the past 20+ years. He was involved in the creation of Avanade, a technology company Accenture formed with Microsoft, and is chairman of Avanade’s board of directors. A certified public accountant and certified at the fellow level in manufacturing, Frerichs joined Accenture in 1976 and became a partner in 1986. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois.
Adam H. Clammer
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P. ("KKR")
Adam H. Clammer joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in 1995 and is a Member. He has extensive experience investing across a broad range of industries and is currently focused on technology and related industries. Prior to joining KKR, Clammer was with Morgan Stanley & Co. in Hong Kong, where he focused on privatization and investment banking activities in Asia, and in New York in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. Clammer has been involved in a variety of industries during his tenure at KKR, including technology, telecommunications, health care services, pharmaceuticals and general industrials. He has been involved in the investments in Agilent SPG, Borden, Intermedia Communications, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., MedCath Corporation, Nuvox Communications, RELTEC, SunGard Data Systems and Zhone Technologies, Inc. Clammer is a director of Avago Technologies, MedCath, Zhone Technologies, Jazz Pharmaceuticals and a member of the Operating Committee at SunGard Data Systems. He received a BS from the University of California and an MBA, with High Distinction, from Harvard Business School.
Joe W. Forehand
Senior Advisor, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P. ("KKR"), and former Chairman and CEO of Accenture
Joe W. Forehand served as Accenture's CEO from November 1999 through August 2004, leading Accenture through a period of significant change and growth. In August 2000, Forehand orchestrated the successful conclusion of the company's arbitration process with Andersen Worldwide. Shortly thereafter, the company changed its name to Accenture and undertook one of the largest global rebranding campaigns of its kind in record time. In July 2001 Forehand led the company in its IPO, one of the largest in US history. Forehand has also overseen the company's strategic change initiative, moving Accenture from a conventional consulting model to a focus on business consulting, technology leadership and outsourcing. During Forehand's term as CEO, Accenture grew from $9.6 billion in revenue and 66,000 employees to $13.7 billion in revenue and 103,000 employees. As a public company under his leadership, Accenture's total return to shareholders was 74 percent at a time when the S&P 100 Index decreased 14 percent. Accenture's fiscal year 2004 return on invested capital would rank No. 1 relative to the S&P 100 companies. Forehand has received many honors for his visionary leadership. Among them are the Carl S. Sloane Award for Excellence in Management Consulting and the Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce, sponsored by the Computerworld Honors Program. Forehand also is a member of the Hands On Network Advisory Council, which advises the Hands On Network as it seeks to extend and enhance volunteer and civic action through corporate participation.
James H. Greene, Jr.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P. ("KKR")
James H. Greene, Jr. has been a Member at KKR since 1993. Prior to joining the firm in 1986, he was a Vice President of Bankers Trust Company in Los Angeles where he was involved with management buyout financings, merger and acquisition advisory assignments, and other corporate finance activities. Mr. Greene is a member of the Board of Directors of the following companies: Aricent Group, Capsugel, Inc., Capital Safety Group, SunGard Data Systems and TASC, Inc. He is a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees and Athletic Board of Overseers (Vice Chairman). He is also a former Director of the U.S. Lacrosse Foundation, a national organization dedicated to the growth of lacrosse and a past Chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of the Bay Area.
Chief Executive Officer
Frank Kern was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Aricent Group in October 2012. Frank has had a long career starting in sales and continuing in positions of increasing responsibility with the IBM Corporation. In his most recent role, he led Global Business Services, a $19 billion business unit with 110,000 employees that encompassed consulting, systems integration, and application capabilities, and supported clients around the world in all major industries. Prior to that position, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Distribution, leading IBM's worldwide sales organization, with responsibility for over $100 billion of corporate revenues as well as client satisfaction in 170 countries. Frank was located in Shanghai, China, and Tokyo, Japan where he led the Asia Pacific region from 2003 through early 2008. Before his work in Asia, he was located in Paris, France, from 1998 through 2003, and managed the operations of IBM's Global Business Services unit for Europe, Middle East & Africa. From 1995 through 1997, he served as Chief Executive Officer of IBM Global Services in Australia. Frank is a graduate of Bucknell University and received his MBA degree from Syracuse University.
Chairman of India, Aricent Group
Sudip Nandy has a long history of building internationally successful, high growth businesses. Sudip joined the Aricent Group as CEO in October 2008, with a rich track record and deep domain expertise in the communications and outsourcing industry. Previously, Nandy was the president of the technology media and telecom business unit at Wipro, overseeing more than 18,000 people and a revenue run rate of US $1.3 billion per annum. He held a number of positions including chief strategy officer, globally responsible for the successful completion of nine merger and acquisitions, and joint venture transactions over a two year period. In addition Sudip headed up the Wipro European Sales and Operations, growing development centers in the United Kingdom and Sweden. Prior to that, he was vice president of product development and marketing at a Silicon Valley semiconductor start-up, which was folded into Wipro. Nandy holds a Bachelors Degree in Physics with Honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and another one in Electrical Technology and Electronics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He also has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. He has been an active member of the Institute of Directors, and is an active participant in the Global Executive Forum of the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Senior Advisor, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P. ("KKR"), and former Chief Executive of Vodafone Group, PLC
Arun Sarin joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in 2009 as a Senior Advisor. Before his retirement in July 2008, Sarin served as CEO of the Vodafone Group Plc, the world’s largest mobile phone company by revenue. In his five years as CEO, Vodafone returned capital of approximately £34 billion to shareholders including dividends, one-off returns and buy backs. Mr. Sarin’s telecom career began in 1984 at Pacific Telesis Group (PTG) where he pioneered the expansion of the mobile communications industry by acquiring numerous domestic and international cellular licenses. He held several senior roles at PTG over the next decade. In 1994, he led the review and recommendation for the spin off of the wireless businesses from PTG which became AirTouch Communications. Subsequently, he was appointed President and COO of AirTouch in 1997. With the 1999 merger of Vodafone and AirTouch, Sarin became CEO of Vodafone’s U.S./Asia-Pacific region. He left Vodafone in 2000 and rejoined as Chief Executive in 2003. He has served on numerous Boards including The Gap, Charles Schwab Corporation, and the Court of the Bank of England. He is currently a non-executive director of Safeway and Cisco Systems.
Nathaniel H. Taylor
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P. ("KKR")
Nathaniel H. Taylor joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co in 2005 and is a Director. He has been involved with investments in Academy Sports & Outdoors, Aricent, Cafe Coffee Day, Dalmia Cement, SunGard Data Systems, Sun Microsystems, Toys 'R' Us, and US Foods. He currently sits on the board of directors of Academy, Aricent, Toys 'R' Us, and US Foods. Mr. Taylor also helped establish KKR's Indian operations. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Taylor was with Bain Capital where he was involved with investments in the retail, health care and technology sectors. He holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A., Arjay Miller Scholar, from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.