Leadership Team

Sam Halford Managing Director

Sam is an experienced Managing Director having spent many years working in a senior capacity in both the public and private sectors. He has operated internationally as a management consultant working for one of the leading consultancy firm and also set up his own Management and Design consultancy business. He joined Equiniti some 11 years ago and has held a number of key management positions. He was Group Operations Director before taking up his existing position as Managing Director of Equiniti India in 2014. In 2013 Sam was a member of the Exco team who made the decision to establish the native Indian business and transition services away from the outsourced companies. Sam is chair of the Equiniti India Board of Directors.

Sam holds a number of positions in supporting the India/UK business dialogue. He is a member of the CBI India Advisory group and a member of Economic Times of India Advisory council. He also is part of the British Business Group executive committee.

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Ashok Shunmugavel General Manager

Ashok joined Equiniti India as General Manager in May 2014. He manages the growth and transition aspects of Equiniti India aligned with the business goals and growth strategy of Equiniti, UK. He is responsible for building functional and technical capabilities addressing the current and future service needs of Equiniti India. He is also the Director in the Board of Equiniti India. Apart from this, he manages the Change and Transformation function. Earlier, he was managing the Operations and IT Services functions and was instrumental in stabilising service attainment, growing and building a resilient team of professionals, strengthening and standardising processes, augmenting Information Security controls in accordance with Group standards and developing the Learning and Development function.

A post graduate in Business Administration with seasoned leadership experience across Operations and IT domains in the financial sector. Prior to joining Equiniti, he had worked for SQS, the world's leading specialist in software quality.

Managing service delivery and relationship of blue chip banks and product companies like Lloyds, Barclays, American Express, First Data, TSYS and National Payment Corporation of India across UK, US, Middle East and Asia regions. He was responsible for the delivery of profit margins, service delivery against SLA/KPI, account mining, client engagement and people management. He had also worked closely with the Company Board in strategic annual planning exercises. During his early part of career, he had worked with Citigroup when they were building their captive BPO in India. He had worked across retail and corporate banking products and was responsible for SLA, process re-engineering, governance, operational risk management, people management and transitions.

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Jam.png Ramanujam M.S. IT Director - India

Ramanujam (Jam) has been associated with Equiniti for 11+ years with a strong IT background that spans 19 years working in various technologies. Being an early member, he was instrumental in setting up the Development practice involving Microsoft technologies that provides services to various Business Units and also played a key role in building a CoE on ALM working closely with Microsoft. His responsibilities during the initial days ranged from Project Management to Architecting solutions and then eventually moved into managing the entire IT Services including Information Security and IT Infrastructure Operations provided by Equiniti India. 

Prior to joining Equiniti, he was working with Sage Software as an Account Manager. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science followed by a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and ITIL v3 Certification and is also a Certified PRINCE2 Practitioner.

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sri ram-03.png Sriram Rajaraman Head Of Marketing & Sales Support

Sriram has rich experience in the field of International trade, brand management, marketing and communications. Sriram joined Equiniti India to setup the marketing team to carry out various activities such as creative studio to support UK & US markets, market research, digital marketing, website maintenance, employer branding, internal & external communications with relevant stake holders. He is also supporting on the market entry strategy for Equiniti in India by carrying out research activities for exploring an acquisition or partnership with Indian entity for doing business in India. Previously Sriram worked for the UK government’s commercial department the UK Trade & Investment as a trade & investment adviser, where the role involved working closely with central government and different state governments, chamber of commerce, UK & India businesses and trade associations to support both trade and investment between India & UK.

Prior to that he worked with the World Trade Center Bangalore (member of WTCA, New York) supporting international trade facilitation services and top advertising firms such Mudra Group & Dainik Jagran group in various branding & consumer connect campaigns.

Sriram is a post graduate in Business Administration having expertise in collaborating and partnering with a wide range of organisations such as local government agencies, entrepreneurs, SME’s, MNCs (both UK & India), trade associations, chambers of commerce, start-up ecosystems and foreign government.

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Chandru.png Chandrasekar Kesavan Head Of Administration, Health And Safety

Chandrasekar has overall 12 years of experience in office services in the IT/ITES sector has good exposure & experience in Information security, Business continuity management, Data Protection (GDPR), Risk management, office administration, Procurement, Occupational Health, and Safety & Concierge services.

Chandrasekar’s proven strength is in cost optimization, vendor management, compliance & efficient office space management. He is currently leading the office services for Equiniti India (Chennai & Bangalore) with key responsibilities towards Information Security & GDPR, Business Continuity Management, Risk management, Facility Management, Office Administration, Physical security, Health and Safety, Procurement, Travel & Accommodation,(Visa, Local Currency, Travel insurance, Flight & Hotel arrangements), Employees Transportation.

He enjoys working with folks who have a strong desire to succeed and willing to take measured risks. His current focus areas are Artificial intelligence, Technology adoption, Cost optimization, Compliance and statutory attainments. He also has achieved certifications on Health and Safety, Information Security Management system, Business continuity Management system, GDPR Foundation and Practitioner and Certified Data protection officer.

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Sreekesh C Head Of Operations

Sreekesh joined Equiniti India as Head of Operations in Jan 2014 during inception. He manages the Operations (BPO) team in Equiniti India aligned with business goals and growth strategy of Equiniti, UK. He is responsible for managing all the aspects of operations across diversified range of portfolios which includes Shareholder Processing, Investment Services, Employee benefit solutions, Pensions administration, Payroll Services, Reconciliation, Customer Due Diligence and People Services. His responsibility involves delivery of service against SLA, delivery of profit margin on ops budget, Process Management, People Management, Client Engagement, leading transformation in ops and also successful on-boarding of services/clients for Operations.

He comes with a vast experience in financial service domain and has served in companies like Infosys and State Street Syntel before joining Equiniti India. He is a certified professional from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI), UK.

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Karthik.jpg Karthikeyan Shankaran Head of Finance Shared Services

Karthikeyan is a Finance professional with 24 plus years of experience encompassing exposure in Finance and Accounting, Internal Audit, Costing, Budgeting and Corporate MIS, Debt Management, Treasury and Procurement support across industry verticals, decade and a quarter in core manufacturing sector – major stint at Ashok Leyland and 11 plus years in the Business Process Services segment.

Shared Service Center exposure ranging from Deal set up through Transition/Ramp up and stabilisation and all aspects of Service Delivery for major Client Contracts at Accenture (six plus years) and at Sopra Steria as Head of Service Delivery F&A and Payroll – areas of expertise would include Relationship and Key Account Management, Customer Satisfaction & Allegiance, Risk Management & Performance Metrics, Operations Management /Responsibility for P&L and Leadership Development.

Karthikeyan Joined Equiniti India recently as the Head of Finance Shared Services post a five plus year stint at Sopra Steria.

Srinivasan Veeraraghavan Head Finance

Srinivasan joined Equiniti as the Head Finance in March 2015. He holds end to end responsibility of the Finance function that include  managing day to day activities, Monthly management reporting, Audits, Treasury,  Compliances, Budgetary controls, Payroll, High value negotiations and  procurement activities etc.

A Management graduate from the Institute for Financial Management and Research with a seasoned experience on the Finance and accounts activities. He has been instrumental in transitioning the accounting activities of the Group covering Philippines, North America, UK, Northern Ireland and centralization of accounting functions across 22 locations in India to the Global accounting hub in Chennai. His strengths include People Management, SLA compliance, MI, Process reengineering, making complex things simpler.

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Mani.jpg Manikandan PK Head of Learning & Development

Manikandan is a passionate L&D professional who has been in the field for a decade now. He has been with Equiniti for three years now. Mani holds a Master of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering with excellent academic scores. He was hired as Training Manager in Sep 2016 & now he heads the Learning & Development wing within Equiniti India looking after Chennai & Bangalore workforce’s Talent Development. Mani’s key strengths that pace him unique are his Strategic Thinking, Millennial Friendly Content Developing skills, Fostering Creativity & Innovation in all learning solutions, Facilitation Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Digital skills & Coaching Skills. He developed the L&D function right from the scratch to an award winning level with almost all avenues and modes of learning in place for staff.

He has made all the learning offerings align to Role Based Learning strategy. All these have taken the L&D from level 0 (Adhoc) to level 4 (Managed) in terms of the learning maturity level.  L&D has earned so many awards and accolades to Equiniti India. As learning is generally aversive in nature, Mani feels that learning offerings should always be with a lot of “pull factors” than of pushing them to staff.

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