Guru is the Executive Director and Group CEO of the company. A founding member, Guru was the fourth employee of the company. He has more than 25 years of industry experience, including leadership roles at GE Health, Hewitt Associates and People One Consulting. Guru is a Stanford Ignite Graduate from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, in addition to having a Master’s in Business Administration. Over the years at Quess, Guru has built the Work Force Management Platform to be an industry-leading one, set up the Shared Services Centre, integrated the Asset Management Business, and has been part of the team that takes key decisions at the corporate level. A natural leader, Guru has keen interest in photography and restoring Vintage vehicles.
An industry veteran, Kamal Pal Hoda has 18 years of extensive experience in core business finance, including Business Controlling, Financial Reporting, FP&A, Capital Allocation, Governance and Audit across industries like Metals and Mining, Retail, and EPC Construction. A Chartered Accountant and fellow member of ICAI, Kamal has held strategic positions with several conglomerates and led large finance teams. He has also played a pivotal role in implementing various finance ERPs and digital initiatives. Before joining Quess, he was the CFO for Hindustan Zinc's (Vedanta Group Company) Mining Business. Kamal has successfully consolidated the financials for 200+ entities within one group and led overseas filings and financial compliances for US SEC and UK FRC for a ~$16 billion group. He was also recognized as ‘Top 250 Great Managers’ across India by People Business Consulting and has won many accolades for leadership excellence. Beyond work, Kamal likes to spend time with his family and play badminton.
Lohit has over 25 years of experience across industries such as Textiles, Auto Components, and Services with focus on product and services, sales and business development along with proficiency in manpower outsourcing programs with emphasis on managed services across industries. Lohit is currently the President of Quess’ Workforce Management business, having joined Quess in the year 2011 as General Manager Sales for Staffing business. Lohit also serves on the Executive Board of ISF, a leading Staffing Industry Federation in India that represents over 100 staffing companies, since 2018. Lohit was elected unopposed as the President for a second term - 2022~2024 at the Indian Staffing Federation and has been interacting with industry leaders, employers, and the Government regarding the representation of the industry for both immediate and long term development of staffing in India while increasing formalization of the Indian workforce. An eminent speaker and industry influencer, Lohit has been a speaker on multiple forums, including the ASU GSV conference 2019 at San Diego representing the India chapter, the Yuwaah launch conference at New Delhi conducted by UNICEF in Nov 2019, and at many conferences conducted and hosted by the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF) across India.
Pinaki Kar is the President of our Global Technology Solutions business and spearheads the IT Services & Staffing business, Business Process Management, and Customer Life Cycle management across India, US, Canada, and Singapore. Pinaki has over 24 years of experience in the industry and has an exemplary track record of driving growth in Global Technology Services. Pinaki worked at Zensar Technologies before joining Quess, where he was the President & Chief Executive of Infrastructure Management and Cloud Solutions. Before that, he was the CEO & President of Wipro Infocrossing, where he executed a gamut of roles spanning P&L Leadership, Geography Head, Sales & Marketing, M&A, and Corporate Development and Strategy. Pinaki holds a Bachelor's degree in Production Engineering from Jadavpur University and a PGDBM from XLRI Jamshedpur. He was the keynote speaker in leading industry forums like Gartner Summit and IDC Conclave. He has also represented the Indian IT Industry as a member of the Prime Minister's business delegation during the then PM's state visit.
An industry veteran, Sekhar joined Quess with around two decades of experience in business strategy and development. He currently is the CEO of foundit formerly Monster India. Sekhar previously drove people services and new technology-based business efforts and managed the strategy and corporate development group along with the Digicare business for Quess. Before joining Quess, he was the Senior Director of Partner Development at Microsoft, where he was responsible for leading the company’s go-to-market activities through their 10,000 strong partner network. Sekhar started his professional journey with P&G, working extensively on go-to-market initiatives that expanded P&G's distribution reach. He also worked briefly at McKinsey, where he advised some of the leading corporates on strategy and execution, and later with United Telecom as Vice President, leading corporate strategy, M&A, and new business development. He co-founded India's first sports specialty business, Sports365, along with some of India's sporting icons, leading it to become a category leader within a short time. He holds an engineering degree from NIT Warangal and a management degree from IIM Lucknow.
Ruchi Ahluwalia is an astute HR leader and Business Partner with an MBA in HR & Marketing and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from HRCI. She has 21 years of diverse HR experience, including 14 years of leadership roles across various industries like Software, Pharma, Automobile, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Engineering. Ruchi is a champion in designing and implementing HR initiatives in alignment with the organizational goal and business strategy to achieve operational excellence, attain performance objectives, and steer overall organizational advancement. Her industry experience includes being Head of HR for Eaton India’s Electrical business, Director of HR, CSR, and Marketing Communications for Scania Commercial Vehicles India, and Head of HR for Carl Zeiss India. Some of Ruchi’s professional achievements include being awarded the ‘101 Top HR Minds’ by the World HRD Congress and the ‘50 Most Influential HR Professionals in Asia’ by Times Ascent. She is a certified PPA practitioner, a Brain-Based certified coach and regularly participates as a guest speaker and panellist on various professional and social forums. Her other interests include writing short articles, reading, running, and taking a plunge into spirituality.