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The SDS management team consists of professionals from Aviation and Information Technology. With deep expertise across operations, engineering, support, regulatory & governance in civil and military, the combined aviation expertise of the management exceeds 350 years. In Information Technology the management's expertise spans across Hardware, Software and Services on multiple domains like heavy engineering & manufacturing, banking & financial services and more. This diversity brings clarity, freshness and the lateral thinking required to address an age-old objective of keeping an airline or air transport operation in the green. The team considers every client as a profit venture first and this idea remains the guiding light while they create their customized solutions.


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Rohit Jha
Managing Director

Rohit is an alumnus of the Mumbai University with a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Laws degrees.

Rohit heads the Software Development & Project Implementation Division and has a veritable record of successfully implementing the ARMS® InfoTech suite with leading domestic and international Airlines like, Kingfisher, SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Go Air, Blue Dart Aviation, Gulf Helicopters, CEBU Pacific, GMG, DANA, MIDEX airlines and Air India. Rohit joined SDS as a System Support Executive in 1996 and has since then grown to the position of Managing Director. With over two decades of experience in the field of Information and Multimedia technologies covering computer hardware, software, interactive multimedia and networking, Rohit has been an integral part of SDS, positioning SDS as a turnkey solutions provider offering solutions that are unique, innovative and cost-effective.
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Col Arvind Saksena (Retd)
Executive Director

Arvind comes with decades of Defence/ IT/ Airline background and experience. He has been providing ‘leadership to business’ and encompasses rich work experience in international heterogeneous multi-cultural environment with composite teams.

He has to his credit successful implementation of large-scale projects including their conceptualisation and aligning them to business needs. His experience encompasses various enterprise level solutions in IT, operations, services, BPO, software development and M&A.

Twice recipient of CIO 100 award by IDG group for bold initiatives and innovations benefiting the companies beyond proportions of investments. His work has been covered in leading international/ national IT magazines such as ‘CIO’, ‘Voice and Data’ and the likes. He has written articles on ‘Nuances of IT in M&A’, which have been published in leading IT magazines.
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Vivekanand Sheorey (Vicky)

Leading the senior management is Vicky, the chief system analyst, architect and designer of all the software products developed by SDS.

Vicky is a retired Indian Air Force Officer with 10 years of commissioned service and over 1000 hrs on the MiG-21M & 23BN fighter-bombers of the IAF. On his retirement in 1989, he assisted and trained under leading commercial photographer and advertising film producer Shantanu Sheorey for four years on 50+ projects assisting Shantanu in production and post-production as well as performed his duties as an Executive Director of their company. Vicky is also an Instructional Designer for design and production of interactive multimedia courseware.
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Wg Cdr T Guru Acharya (Retd) 'Guru'
Sr. Vice President, Projects

Guru did his Masters from Bangalore University and was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in 1981 and had a successful career of over two decades in the uniform serving in various roles & assignments.

Guru was part of the initial core team responsible for the design, development and implementation of a computerized payroll system for the Indian Air Force. He was also part of an Air Headquarters team responsible for suggesting the design for a Financial Information System for the Ministry of Defence, India.

Guru has been a part of SDS since 2005 and heads the Engineering & Maintenance Sub-System product group that is responsible for development and implementation of the ARMS® - M&E suite. The M&E suite caters for Airworthiness Management, MRO requirements and Supply Chain management for Air Operators and Heavy Maintenance outfits.
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Wg Cdr Ravi Menon (Retd)
Vice President, Flight Planning & Dispatch Sub-System

Ravi holds a Masters in Science from Madras University, is a graduate of the National Defence Academy and an alumnus of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He retired as a Flight Navigator from the Indian Air Force with 23 years of commissioned service and over 4200 hours of flying on four different aircraft types.

He has been a DGCA certified Navigation and Aircraft Performance Instructor at Air India (erstwhile Indian Airlines) and the Chief Ground Instructor at the CAE run National Flying Training Academy at Gondia (India). He is an alumnus of the Singapore Aviation Academy where he trained and obtained his qualification as an ICAO PANS OPS Instrument Procedure Designer in 2002. He also headed the Systems & Operations Control Centre at Deccan Cargo & Express Logistics prior to joining SDS.

Ravi joined SDS in 2011 and leads the Flight Planning & Dispatch (FPDS) team at SDS which is responsible for the design, development, upgradation and implementation of all Flight Planning projects.
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Mohammed Riyaz
Vice President, Safety and Quality Management Projects

Riyaz is a PMI Trained professional, holds a MBA Degree from Amity University and Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering from the University of Madras. Before joining SDS, Riyaz served as a Scientist with National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) and as Project Manager in a Technology company responsible for designing and developing software systems for HAL, Air India, JET Airways among others.

With SDS since 2010, Riyaz has been leading the teams responsible for the development of Flight Data Monitoring & Analysis (FDMA) system, the Safety & Quality Management System (SQMS) and Fuel consumption Analysis MIS system Projects.

Riyaz is a member of the Project Management Institute.
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Gp Capt Anand Krishna (Retd) 'Andy'
Vice President, Air Traffic Services & Navigation Database

Andy completed his Masters in Science from the Benares Hindu University and joined the Indian Air Force as a commissioned officer where he served for 31 years as an Administrative Officer with specialization in Air Traffic Services.

Andy attained the highest possible rating as a Category ‘A’ controller and was among the youngest to have achieved that distinction at the time. Two instructional tenures including one as a Chief Instructor at the Air Forces’ premier ATC Training College (Air Traffic Control Officers Training Establishment), saw the center being adjudged as a Centre of Excellence by the then Air Chief. Andy has also been an ATC Examiner for 14-years and invited to attend, several conferences in India and overseas.

With SDS since 2007, Andy's department is tasked with ensuring accurate and time bound services related to compilation of aerodrome / ATS route data through AIP and other authorized sources; route structuring as per clients requirements; filing of flight plans and obtaining clearances. His team also provides NOTAM services and issues warnings related to critical information affecting operations.
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Gp Capt PK Nigam (Retd)
Vice President, Meteorology

Pradeep Nigam is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and served in the Indian Air Force as a commissioned officer for 36 years as an Aviation Meteorologist, in the course of which he has also flown various aircraft as supernumerary crew.

Pradeep was a participant at the International Monsoon Experiment (MONEX 79). As early as the 1980s, he took formal training in Satellite Meteorology along with computer programming, successfully completing the Senior Forecaster’s Course in 1989. In his last assignment prior to joining SDS, he was a Ground Instructor at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Academy (IGRUA) for a year.

Pradeep Nigam has been leading the Meteorological team in SDS since 2007, which acquires, validates and calibrates weather data from multiple global sources, which feed into the parent ARMS® system. His team is responsible for uninterrupted supply of accurate and near real-time weather information, critical to the quality of output by systems like Flight Planning & Dispatch (FPDS), Flight Information Board (FIB), Tail Assignment Optimizer (TAO), Flight Operations (FOSS), as also, for post flight analytics of the Flight Data Management & Analysis (FDMA) and the Fuel Consumption Analysis & Monitoring (FCAM) systems.
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Gp Capt G. S. Murti (Retd)
Assistant Vice President, Logistics & Inventory Management Sub-System

Murti leads the development and implementation of ARMS® - Logistics module. He was commissioned as Logistics Officer in the IAF in June 1978, where he held various appointments before retiring in Oct 2006 after serving for 29 years. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He acquired his Masters of Management Science degree from Osmania University in 2005 through the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. He was deeply involved in the development and implementation of the Integrated Materials Management On-Line system for the IAF.
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Naresh Rachchh
Vice President, Finance

Naresh has been at the helm of finance at SDS for over 20 years, efficiently supporting the company's changing business needs. A cost accountant by profession, Naresh has over 37 years of experience in Accounts, Audit & Finance.
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Pankaj Shukla
Vice President, Business Operations & Admin Head (BLR)

Pankaj heads the Business Operations function at SDS which includes Business Development, Client Relations along with Administration and Infrastructure management.

He is associated with SDS for over 17+ years now and has grown from managing the prestigious Hindustan Aeronautics Limited projects, ensuring its profitability and continued success to our business. He has a M.Tech Degree (Automation and Robotics) from Moscow Automobile and Road Construction Technical University with honors. Before joining SDS in 2002, worked as a Project Manager for a large Russian conglomerate for over 5 years.

Owing to his excellent stakeholder engagement skills, Pankaj is adored by one and all, be it the SDS internal teams or external stakeholders. He speaks fluent Russian and continues to participate in Russian events in and around India.
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Dorothy Sharma
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Dorothy is head of Human Resources Development at SDS and has been instrumental in building a strong talent pool. She is responsible for envisioning the roadmap for HR, driving strategy and implementing operational policies to meet organizational goals.

Dorothy, a MBA in HRD from Jamnalal Bajaj College of Management Studies, Mumbai, also holds post graduate diploma certificates in Business Management and Human Resources and is a Science Graduate.

She has over 20 years of work experience of which over 15 years have been with SDS.
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