Management Team

Executive Profiles

SMARTe Management team is a perfect blend of technocrats, business visionaries and research experts, who have driven business in the dynamic and challenging world today. We foster creative and collaborative environment. The team comprises of individuals who have achieved significant success in their professional career. As a result, SMARTe truly addresses the need of business wanting to dramatically improvise the effectiveness of their marketing activities, increase their sales conversions and enhance customer retention.

Sanjay Gala

Founder and CEO

Sanjay Gala

Founder and CEO

Sanjay Gala spearheads SMARTe Inc., as the Founder and CEO, is his second venture as an entrepreneur. A Sales and Marketing industry veteran, Sanjay’s passion for innovation drove him to bootstrap SMARTe. Initial forays into software programming helped him explore the limitless realms of technology. He started SMARTe where he deployed software solutions to automate sales and marketing data management and provide operational excellence embedding state-of-the-art technologies, research expertise and best practices. Today, he knows this industry in and out, and recognizes the strategic impact it has on businesses and organizations. Before founding SMARTe, Sanjay was VP at Verticalnet, where he managed the Western Region Sales. This stint was a follow-up to a successful entrepreneurial venture at an Enterprise Software start-up company, Zycus Inc. As the Cofounder and Executive VP at Zycus, Sanjay built and managed field sales, business development and marketing operations. He was instrumental in building a profitable company and grooming it to a 125 people strong company before moving on. Earlier in his career, Sanjay has worked in several Networking and Semiconductor start-ups. Sanjay holds a MBA degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco and a Masters in Science from OSU, Stillwater.

Parul Gala

Vice President, Products

Parul Gala

Vice President, Products

Parul Gala is responsible for Product Development at SMARTe. She has a proven record of accomplishment and a passion for the web and internet technologies in design, development and managing web related projects. Parul combines her technical expertise, people management skills and process oriented working style to deliver high value add to the business solutions and customers. Parul has extensive work experience as Web Developer and UI Developer with start-ups like Chingari and Connexus Corp, also large corporate like Agile software and PayPal. Parul holds a Bachelors degree from University of Mumbai and Computer programming associate from De Anza College, Cupertino.

Hemal Shah

VP- Business Development, Americas

Hemal Shah

VP- Business Development, Americas

Hemal is currently responsible for Business Development and Client Relationship Management for the Americas region. Hemal has 16+ years of rich experience in International Business Development and Consulting working with marquee Global 2000 companies across industries. Prior to joining SMARTe, Hemal led the Americas business development for Datamatics, a global BPO/KPO company and built key new services within Demand Generation from scratch to a multi-million dollar practice. Hemal has also played a key role in establishing the US Mid-West practice for Zycus, Inc. – an enterprise Spend Management company by building a roster of marquee Fortune 500 customers. He has also played pivotal roles with mid-tier IT companies like Hexaware, Global eProcure including a couple of entrepreneurship stints. Hemal is a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from University of Mumbai and an MBA in international business from IIEIM (IIFT Affiliate).

Aditya Chakravarthi

Head - Global Marketing

Aditya Chakravarthi

Head - Global Marketing

Aditya leads Global Marketing for SMARTe. With over 15 years of rich marketing experience, he has spearheaded global marketing teams for start-ups, medium-sized and multinational organizations alike. During his tenure at Hurix, KPIT and Anthelio, he was responsible for interacting with industry analysts, managing the CRM/MAP tools, strategizing new product development, developing sales materials, driving sales campaigns and representing organizations at various international events. Aditya is an alumni of the noted IIM, Calcutta and has an MBA in Advertising and Marketing from the UK. He is a visiting faculty (International Marketing) at various management colleges in Mumbai, India.

Jiten Savla

Head - Product Strategy & Innovations

Jiten Savla

Head - Product Strategy & Innovations

Jiten is an engineering graduate from University of Mumbai with over 10 years of experience with enterprise product development and software consulting spanning across multiple industry verticals and geographies. At SMARTe, Jiten is currently leading a team of bright, young software professionals, to develop suite of products ranging from SAAS application facilitating custom list research to machine-learning based systems to mine, classify & extract information for sales/marketing intelligence from the World Wide Web. He has worked with a wide array of technologies and has been engineering robust, extensible, and efficient software systems. Outside of work his interests include reading & travelling

Amit Shinde

Head - Products

Amit Shinde

Head - Products

Amit leads the Product team for SMARTe. With over 11 years of product management experience, he has headed product teams for medium-sized and multinational organizations. During his tenure at Verdantis, Zycus, Sonata Software Ltd he was responsible for Product Management, Evangelism, Stakeholder Management and Team Management. He has worked on various products like Ultria – Contract Lifecycle Management, Harmonize – Collaboration Platform for Material MDM enrichment, Integrity – Central Repository for Material MDM, etc. He has worked with a wide array of technologies and has been engineering robust, extensible and efficient software systems.

Dan Roth

Advisor

Dan Roth

Advisor

Dan Roth is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a University of Illinois Scholar. Roth is a Fellow of the AAAI, AAAS, ACL, and the ACM, for his contributions to the foundations of machine learning and inference and for developing learning centered solutions for natural language processing problems. He has published over 250 articles in machine learning, natural language processing, knowledge representation and reasoning and learning theory, and has developed advanced machine learning based tools for natural language applications that are being used widely by the research community and commercially. Roth was the program chair of AAAI-11 and of ACL-03 and is currently the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR). Roth has co-founded several start-ups in the Text Analytics and Natural Language Processing areas, and is consulting with several small and large companies in this area. Professor Roth received his B.A Summa cum laude in Mathematics from the Technion, Israel and his Ph.D in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1995.

Surabhi Agarwal

Senior Data Scientist

Surabhi Agarwal

Senior Data Scientist

Surabhi has nearly a decade of experience leading projects that apply text mining, data science and machine learning to business intelligence and solutions. She believes that "data science moments" are the ones when conventional wisdom fails and data shines. According to her, data must help to bring significant commercial advantages in organization. Currently she is involved with integration of data science and sales intelligence at SMARTe. Prior to joining SMARTe, Surabhi worked with Rediff.com & Strand Life Sciences where she analyzed humongous datasets for multiple projects. Surabhi has vast expertise in products in e-commerce domain with three patents in text mining systems. She has her educational pedigree in Master of Technology in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.