Non-Executive Chairman at Aryaka Networks
Ram has over 25 years of technology strategy and execution expertise at fast-paced innovative companies like Cast Iron Systems, PeopleSoft, WebMD, Silicon Graphics, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services. Ram is one of the few technology executives who have diverse technology experience all the way from chip design to application software including operating systems, networking, databases, middleware, multi-media, analytics and cloud computing. He has been part of teams that pioneered the first commercial hardware independent operating system, the first commercial video streaming server, the first healthcare internet transaction service, the first pure internet application software and the first application integration in the cloud. He has worked for companies of all sizes from start-ups to large public companies. Ram holds several patents in the U.S. and was awarded the Smithsonian Computer World “Search for the Heroes” Award for the year 2000 for his work on healthcare integration platform at WebMD. He holds an MS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a BS degree in Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India. Ram currently serves as a director on the boards of Progress Software (PRGS), FusionOps, Unmetric and Simplilearn. Since 2007, Ram has served as director on the boards of various public and private technology companies like S1 Corporation (SONE, acquired), Platform Computing (acquired), Cast Iron Systems (acquired), Persistent Systems (PRST, IPO), Accruent Inc. (acquired), Knova Software (acquired), Plateau Systems (acquired) and Geek Net (GKNT). From 2005 to 2007, Ram was the President and CEO of a startup, Cast Iron Systems and then from 2007 to 2010 he was the executive chairman of Cast Iron Systems. During his tenure, the company became the first and the largest vendor of application integration in the cloud. Both the revenue and the customer base grew over 500%. It was then acquired by IBM for a 5x return to the investors. From 2000 to 2004, Ram was the Executive Vice President at PeopleSoft Inc., responsible for strategy, development, marketing, customer support, alliances and mergers and acquisitions. He led over 6000 people in 15 different countries and managed a P&L of $1.6B. During this time his team launched the first pure internet suite of applications. The product portfolio went from 95 products to more than 300 products, revenues of the company went from $1B to $3B, the EPS went from $0.01 to $0.95 and the market capitalization grew from $3 billion to over $10 billion. From 1997 to 2000, Ram was the Senior Vice President and General Manager at WebMD Corp. He was part of the executive team that grew WebMD from a $5 million annual revenue start-up to a public company with a market cap of over $2B. During this time his team launched the first Healthcare internet transaction service that enabled billions of healthcare transactions to flow seamlessly across doctor’s offices, hospitals, insurance companies, labs and pharmacies. This then enabled the company to become the number one consumer healthcare information site worldwide. From 1985 to 1997, Ram held various leadership positions at Silicon Graphics, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services.