About

Leadership Team

Aricent takes pride in partnering with the world’s leading technology brands. Together we’re responsible for innovations that have created new markets worth billions. Our highly skilled leadership team is focused on your projects and understands how to create a framework for consistent innovation. We are the expertise behind many of the technologies that are powering a fully connected world.

Frank Kern

Chief Executive Officer

Frank Kern is the Chief Executive Officer of Aricent and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Aricent, Frank was with IBM for over thirty years in various leadership roles including Senior Vice President, Global Business Services, Senior Vice-President Sales and Distribution and President, Asia Pacific.

Harmeet Chauhan

President, Service Lines and Chief Strategy Officer

Harmeet Chauhan is the President, Service Lines and Chief Strategy Officer at Aricent. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry across products and services. Prior to joining Aricent, he was the Vice President, Communications OEM, Storage infrastructure and Semi-conductor group at HCL. Harmeet has previously held diverse business roles across Product Management, Business Strategy, Business Development and Product Marketing at Sun Microsystems and Microsoft Corporation.

Pradeep Vajram

President, Semiconductor Business Unit

Pradeep Vajram has over 25 years of experience in the Semiconductor industry, most recently as the CEO and founder of SmartPlay, Previously, Pradeep was the Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm, heading the India semiconductor division. He was also the co-founder and COO at Spike Technologies, a leading chip design services company that was acquired by Qualcomm in 2004. Earlier in his career, Pradeep was with LSI Logic.

Glenn Hoogerwerf

President, Software Business Unit

Glenn Hoogerwerf is the President, Software Business Unit at Aricent. Glenn brings 25 years of experience, most recently with HCL Technologies, where he launched the Product Testing Services business and was client partner for Microsoft. Previously, Glenn held leadership roles with Amazon, SureFind Corporation, Tandem Computers, Halliburton and GTE Telecom, and founded Vesta Labs and VMC Consulting.

Dietmar Wendt

President, Communications Business Unit

Dietmar Wendt is the President, Communications Business Unit at Aricent. Dietmar has over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and services, and was most recently the Executive Vice-President Sales & Marketing at ASG Software. He has also held various leadership roles at T-Systems, Nortel and IBM.

Eric Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Johnson is the Chief Financial Officer at Aricent. Eric was recently the Vice President Finance for IBM’s Growth Markets, where he established the finance and business operations in APAC, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Camie Shelmire

Chief Client Officer

Camie Shelmire is Aricent’s Chief Client Officer responsible for driving our client-centric strategy and also leads the Global Human Resources team. Camie was most recently Senior Vice President of Financial Systems at Nationstar Mortgage Holdings. She spent more than twelve years with KPMG LLP and BearingPoint, delivering consulting, technology, process implementation and financial controls work for leading global clients.

Walid Negm

Chief Technology Officer

Walid Negm is responsible for technology strategy and innovation at Aricent. Walid brings 25 years of experience, and was most recently with Accenture as Global Lead for Industrial Internet of Things. Walid co-founded Forum Systems, Kenai Systems, CellExchange and was the Director of e-Commerce Products with Oracle Corporation. 

Mohan Rangan

Chief Engineering Officer

Mohan Rangan is Aricent’s Chief Engineering Officer, responsible for Semiconductor and Software clients. Mohan has been with Aricent for 20+ years when the company was named Hughes Software Systems. Previously, Mohan was a scientist with Defense Research & Development Organization.

Chandra Reddy

Chief Engineering Officer

Chandra Reddy is Aricent’s Chief Engineering Officer for India, Vietnam and China centers, responsible for Communications clients. Chandra has 20+ years product engineering experience, with 17+ years at Wipro.

Amit Shashank

General Counsel and Secretary

Amit Shashank is General Counsel and Secretary at Aricent. He joined Aricent after nine years as General Counsel at ExlService Holdings, a global business process solutions company providing outsourcing and analytics. Prior to Exl, Amit practiced corporate law for seven years at the New York law firm of Shearman & Sterling, LLP. He has a JD from the University of Michigan, and Masters from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

90% of Aricent’s engineering leadership has been with the company for 10 years or more.

Board of Directors

Brittany Bagley

Director, KKR

Brittany Bagley joined KKR in 2007 in Menlo Park, California and is currently a member of the technology industry team focused on investments in semiconductors, hardware and consumer electronics. Ms. Bagley has been involved with investments in Avago and NXP, two global semiconductor companies, as well as TASC, Sonus, and Dollar General. She has been on the Aricent Board since February, 2014. Prior to KKR, Ms. Bagley was at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in San Francisco and was involved in a variety of technology mergers, acquisitions and other corporate advisory transactions.

James H. Greene, Jr.

Chairman of the Board, Aricent

James H. Greene, Jr. is the Chairman of the Board of Aricent and is a Founding Partner of TrueWind Capital, LP. Jamie was with KKR & Co. from June 1986 through December 2014, including positions as Member and Advisory Partner. In his nearly thirty years with the firm, Jamie was involved in numerous investments, and has also been on the Board of Capital Safety Group, Capsugel, SunGard Data Systems, TASC, Tenovis and Zhone Technologies. Hewas a vice-president of Bankers Trust Company in Los Angeles where he was involved in large corporate transactions, management buyout financings and other merger & acquisition transactions. He is a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, Vice-chairman of Penn’s Athletic Overseers Board, and co-chairman of Penn’s Lacrosse Alumni Board. He joined the Aricent Board in September, 2006.

Saul Kopelowitz,

Principal, KKR

Saul Kopelowitz joined KKR in 2015 and is a member of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry team. He is based in New York. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Kopelowitz was with The Carlyle Group, where he worked on investments in the financial services sector. Prior to Carlyle, he was a member of the Financial Institutions Group at J.P. Morgan, focusing on financial technology companies and banks. Mr. Kopelowitz holds a B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

William Cornog,

Member and Head of KKR Capstone

William Cornog joined KKR Capstone in 2002 and currently serves as Global Head of KKR Capstone. Mr. Cornog serves as a member of KKR’s Americas, EMEA and APAC Portfolio Management Committees. Prior to joining KKR Capstone, Mr Cornog was with Williams Communications Group as the senior vice president & general manager of Network Services. Prior to Williams, he was a partner at The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Cornog has also worked in direct marketing with Age Wave Communications and in marketing and sales positions with SmithKline Beckman. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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