Leadership

Nihar Ranjan Samantara
Nihar Ranjan Samantara
Chairman & MD

Nihar has over 21 years of experience in public sector and IT companies, where he has held leadership positions in corporate strategy, growth, ongoing operations and technology implementation.

As a Group Chairman for Ignis, Nihar's mandate is to drive organization growth, implement new business strategies,make Ignis a successful and trusted brand as well as a preferred vendor of choice for its customers.

Nihar has a proven track record of building companies from ground up and attaining extraordinary results. One such company was Majoris Systems where he was a founder member.

Majoris started with $50,000 in revenues and 10 employees and grew into a company with over 350+ employees with annual revenues of $9 million in the span of 4 years.

Subsequent to Majoris, Nihar was a Director and Vice President for Valtech, a French consulting company. His earlier responsibilities included companies like BFL Software, Trigent Software and Ashok Leyland Information Technology.

Nihar was instrumental in setting up dedicated offshore development centers (ODC) for fortune 500 companies like GE, ABN AMRO, ING, FedEx, AutoZone, Beverly, Pegasus, Home Depot, LV, Thales, WCM, Proliant to name a few. Nihar holds an ME from MIT, Anna University, India.

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Hara Prasad Mohapatra
Vice President.

Hara has 18+ years of experience in IT industry. Though he started his career as a Mainframe programmer, he had held managerial positions and successfully led delivery efforts.

His expertise and business domain knowledge are in areas such as Logistics, Finance & Banking, Retail and Credit Card processing.

In his present role as Vice President delivery for Proliant, he is responsible for corporate strategy, organizational growth; bring out operational excellence to the ongoing operations and technology implementation.

He is one of the core senior members of the IGNIS Group of companies.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Aeronautical Engineering and possesses a strong background in design, development and implementation of software solutions.


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A. Sadhasivam
Advisor (Board)

A. Sadhasivam, joins us with 40 years of IT industry experience and carries significant experience of building organizations from scratch. He has spent 10 years of his career at ECILin Design; Development and Testing. He was instrumental in developing Automated Testing Systems (ATS) for in-house needs and also for Indian Navy. He was the head of micro-computer design and manufacturing activity for a premier IT organization at a time when computer was just a buzz word for all of us.

Subsequently, he had joined Wipro and contributed unmatched value to the company for over 20 years. He is one of the first three people to join Wipro and played stellar role in shaping Wipro’s future in IT industry. He was responsible for bringing out the first computer from WIPRO and subsequently managed the Engineering and Manufacturing operations for next 10 years. He was a key member involved in technology transfers from USA, Taiwan and Japan for various IT products.

Sadhasivam was CEO of Wipro's System Engineering Division catering country’s Defense, Space and Atomic Energy units and built it to be one of the most successful and profitable business unit. He has worked on several strategic programs of Defense, BARC and NAL. He is regarded as the pioneer in popularizing barcodes in the country.

He was also CEO of Peripherals division of Wipro, wherein he brought in significant operational efficiency and introduced many new products in the Peripherals Market.

He was the key brain behind establishing the Testing Division of Wipro and nurtured it for 3 years. This division, as strategic business unit of Wipro, has bloomed in to US $ 500 Million revenue and 7000 employees.

His stint as the Founder, Director and COO of Majoris Systems was quite remarkable. He has developed first smartcard based payment systems, resulting in a business of Rs 30 Million in a year.

He is a BE from Coimbatore Inst. of Technology and holds MBA degree from Mysore University. He is also honorary member of The Board of Studies of MBA for Mysore University He is a recipient of Visveshwariah Award by Institution of Engineers for contribution to Computer Engineering. He is widely respected in the industry as an able administrator and nurturing green field organization and building them to international size.


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Prahalad Agiwal
Advisor (Board)

Prahalad Agiwal (Agiwal) has nearly 3 decades experience in Finance, Commercial, Corporate Planning and Systems functions in leading IT and Software services companies. Prior to joining Ignis, Agiwal was a promoter and chief financial officer of Majoris Systems (P) Ltd. (subsequently Valtech India Systems (P) Ltd.), a Bangalore, India based software development company). Agiwal also led the CRM and ERP practice there.

Agiwal has served as Business Head-ERP Consulting Services in BFL Software Ltd. The responsibilities included setting up PeopleSoft Consulting Practice as an independent profit center in addition to in-house implementation of the same. During his 15 plus years tenure at Wipro, Agiwal successfully implemented company’s diversification in to Computer Peripherals and it’s spurning in to a separate independent division and subsequently in to a company. As Head of Corporate Planning, Agiwal led strategic relationship discussions with global majors culminating in to joint ventures with Acer and British Telecom.

Agiwal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering with Honors from University of Rajasthan, India and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from Indian Institute Of Management, Ahmedabad, India. Agiwal had been Guest Faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Visiting faculty member at several management institutes viz. TASMAC, IFIM, ICFAI, ITM, Mount Carmel, Goa Institute of Management Studies etc.