As a team, Confluence has a great blend of experienced and young professionals highly passionate about the work we do.
Our Team possess experience of working in different countries, cultures, industry segments varying from Software Development, IT Enabled Services (BPO), ISP, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, LPG, Aviation and Automotive Components, Banking, Share Registry, Construction, Printing and Packaging, Research & Development, Testing Laboratories, Continuous Process Industry like Glass, Food and Beverages, Tobacco, etc.
VENKATESH YERRAMALLA (Transformation Specialist and Partner)
Graduate in Mechanical engineering with more than two decade’s of experience across diverse industry segments. Possesses professional certification in Basics of Supply Chain Management from APICS, USA. He a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence from American Society for Quality, USA and trained facilitator for conducting Effective Personal Productivity Program of Leadership Management International (LMI India).
Possesses diverse experience across Software Development, IT Enabled Services (BPO), ISP, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, LPG, Automotive Components, Banking, Share Registry, Continuous Process Industry like Glass, Food and Beverages, Tobacco, etc
Started his career with working in automobile and engineering industries and later ventured into consulting. During his service at Aptech Consulting, he has achieved “Paradigm Pioneer” Award for best execution of project in terms of benefits to client.
Some of the major projects handled include ITC Limited, South Central Railways, Bank of Madura, BPCL, Asian Coffee ( a unit of Tata Coffee), Pepsi Bottling Unit, Hindustan Sanitaryware & Industries Ltd., Dr. Reddys Limited, GVK Bio, etc.
NILESH NAIK (General Manager Operations, Lead Practitioner OpEx and Partner)
He is, a Mechanical Engineer by qualification is one of our Consultants with around 18 years of industry experience. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt. He is a thorough Quality Professional with work experience in India and Malaysia. Prior to his joining Confluence, he was working with Gulf Oil Corporation Limited. He comes with a rich experience of working in automobile sector companies such as NRB Bearings, Synergies Dooray & Local Basic Sdn Bhn., Malaysia.
He started his career with NRB Bearings and then worked with Synergies Dooray, an MNC manufacturing alloy wheels for automobiles and was exposed to quality concepts wherein he was working for prestigious customers such as Toyota, Ford, General Motors, BMW, Maruti Udyog and other automobile giants. During his service at NRB Bearings and Synergies Dooray he was trained on ISO 9000/ QS 9000 standards and had worked on product development and quality improvement projects along with their customers. Subsequently he had joined M/s. LOCAL BASIC Sdn Bhn, Malaysia where he had worked on several cost reduction and quality improvements. During his service at Local Basic Sdn Bhn he had opportunity of working with highly quality conscious Japanese.
He is proficient in new product development, production planning, manufacturing strategy, TQM concepts and Six Sigma Implementation. He possesses exceptional logical questioning and analytical thinking. He is a good motivator and demonstrates good HR skills in driving people
RAMESH CHEPUR (Transformation Specialist, Partner and Trainer – PMP and AGILE )
Ramesh Chepur is a CSQA, PMP and Prince2 Practitioner. He is an accomplished Quality and Project Management professional, an exceptional speaker and trainer. He has worked in USA, India and the Middle-East on a number of IT projects. His focus was on management of solutions implementation, process improvement projects, and training large professional teams. During the last decade, he has trained large number of software quality professionals from QA & QC streams and project management professionals from cross functional domains such as IT, Construction, Services, Education, Government departments such as Police, Immigration, Customs, Airport authority, Army, Air force, Road transport authority, Labor, Medical & Health, Postal service, Financial institutions and Banks such as ABN AMRO, HSBC, CITI Bank, EMIRATES Bank, RAK Bank, ISLAMIC Bank, SULTAN INVESTMENTS, ESS DAR etc.
In addition to being a PMP and Prince Certified trainer, he is also reviewer and contributor to the PMBOK Guide. He also helped many software organizations in process development and documentation for preparing them to ISO and CMMI certification. In earlier stages of his career he worked as a professor teaching MBA/MCA students and conducted many workshops and training programs and guided over 250 student projects.
Ramesh has a Masters (MS) in Mathematics with two under-graduate degrees (BS) in Mathematics and Education Training. He is currently imparting PMP training in Asia and Middle East as a corporate trainer.
- Prince2 Certified Professional
- Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI
- IBM Certified Professional (CLP)
- Certified at Masters Level from Brain-bench in Project Management
- Certified at Masters Level from Brain-bench in Change Management
- Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) from QAI
BALDEV KUMAR YADAV (Turnkey Project Specialist & Partner)
Baldev Kumar Yadav is a Graduate in Science, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Osmania University (OU), Hyderabad- India as well as, PG in Packaging Technology from Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) – Asian Packaging Federation, Japan and PG in Business Administration from O.U. Also, an Associate member in Packaging in Michigan University- USA. Has over 29 years of rich experience primarily handling Turn- key projects in Industry segments- Printing, Paper and Packaging Industries, Dairy Technology, Food & Beverages (F&B), Plastic Converting Industries, Health care, Tissue culture, etc. Prior to associate with Confluence, he worked as CEO in India and overseas organizations. To name few, he has worked with companies such as, Annapurna Foil Ltd. (Presently, HINDALCO- Aditya Birla group), Hyderabad- India, The Paper Products Ltd, Hyderabad- India (A Huhtamaki Group, Finland), TPP Hyderabad- India, Sun Chemical Group, Dubai- UAE, Italy, U.K, Germany, France, Al Jaleel Group, Doha- Qatar, Neelkanth Group, Johannesburg- South Africa, Lusaka– Zambia and Global Services Group- Sultanate of Oman.
In his capacity performed Financial/ Technical- R&D/ Market Research and Business feasibility and set-up multiple Turn- Key projects in any of the above mentioned Industry segments starting from USD 100K to 10,000K (10Million) for our client organizations as per National and International Standards. Travelled across Europe, Middle East, Far East, Africa and South East Asian countries, did Market Research for many of the probable products to develop.
He has also exposure in Organizational structure and ERP system integration Techniques in various Industry segments, specific international practices, requirements, standards such as SPC, SQC, TQM, 5S, ISO 9001, FSMS, FSSC, OHSAS and GMP. Has good contacts with Certification bodies such as DNV, BVC, TUV, INTERTEK, UKAS, BRC, SGS etc.
He has undergone Executive Training’s on various subjects in Printing, Paper and Packaging, Dairy, F&B, Health care in Sweden, India, China, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Japan.
VENUGOPAL CHEPUR ( IT Strategy and Digital Transformation Specialist)
Venugopal is a senior executive & consultant with broad experience in Business and Information Technology spanning various industries. He has led large-scale transformation initiatives for companies at various stages of their life-cycle, often locating opportunities for growth through strategic business & digital transformation,business development & enterprise solutions. He has been advisory board member, & often advises CEOs & CIOs on a range of directives.
During his career, he has held various positions of prominence in Sales & Marketing of Consumer Products; his successful product launches with branding initiatives in Food Industry in India earned him the Country Marketing Head title. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to head ODA/FAO United Nations Market Development Practice for Asia & Middle East, where he oversaw consumer research in emerging markets. Mr. Venugopal Chepur also held critical Private Equity positions with leadership responsibilities including creation of international markets and restructuring for portfolio companies that included food & agricultural startups & a regional bank.
Mr. Venugopal Chepur’s executive and consulting experiences have been widely recognized as he provided strategic guidance to Fortune 500 clients including State Farm, IBM, PwC, KPMG and Unisys where he led business critical Information Technology initiatives that ranged from creation of new growth platforms, new revenue models and digital enterprise products & services portfolios. With proven strategies and realized revenue growth in Consumer Products, Insurance & Financial Services segments, Mr. Chepur has been recognized with excellence awards, and is also sought for guest speaking engagements at leading business schools & corporate boards/groups. He has also authored various whitepapers & blogs on business strategy &operational efficiencies.
Mr. Venugopal Chepur is also the Founder of Samprad, a business development and growth strategy consulting firm where he is actively engaged, and also serves as Board Member and Chairman of Memberships of International Executives Resources Group. A foremost believer in continued learning, Mr. Chepur has completed several leadership courses from Cornell University and IBM Institute for Business Value. He had diverse education with an MBA in Marketing & Finance, an MS in Biology & Economics and a BS in Biology & Chemistry. A volunteer for spiritual Yoga, he believes in giving, and leadership with humility & resolve!