Our Team

SSA Business Solutions

A passion for impossible, and zeal for excellence is what keeps us ticking. Coming from diverse backgrounds, SSA’s management team possesses in-depth domain knowledge, technical expertise, and extensive cross-functional know-how. The team has led SSA’s organic growth from a local management consulting firm to its present global stature.

Mr Ganesh Iyer
Managing Director, SSA Techknowlogies
Naveen Narayanan
Managing Director, SSA International LLC
Sashi Iyer
Managing Director, SSA Asia Pacific
Mr Ganesh Iyer
Managing Director, SSA Techknowlogies

Ganesh brings nearly 2 decades of Experience in IT and Management Consulting across diverse sectors. He started his career as a Software Product developer and later specialized in improving profitability through deployment of Spend Management solutions during his stint with KPMG Consulting in USA. Since joining SSA in 2007, he has led a number of Change Management engagements using the Lean six sigma methodology and has trained several hundred professionals around the world and coached as many breakthrough improvement projects. Ganesh has been passionately involved in driving cultural change along with Training, Coaching and Facilitating project teams for Lean transformation, systematic problem solving, Business process re-engineering with a focus on automation and IT enablement in areas of CRM, ERP, Project Management, Performance Management and Leadership dashboards.

Since co-founding SSA Techknowlogies in 2008, Ganesh has been deeply involved in creating a Design Excellence Model to help R&D functions bring continuous improvement. He has worked with numerous organizations institutionalizing Design for Six Sigma, Design Failure Mode Effect Analysis, Design for Manufacture and Assembly, Value Analysis / Value Engineering and other improvement methodologies.

Ganesh is a graduate Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University with Leadership Management Program from INSEAD, France.

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Naveen Narayanan
Managing Director, SSA International LLC.

Naveen has nearly 15 years of global management consulting experience in the world of Lean Manufacturing, Strategy and Change Management. He has led several corporate-wide transformation programs, mentored change agents, and produced sustainable business results for clients like Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Nortel Networks, DHL Worldwide and Godrej Industries throughout Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. As a Lean expert and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he has a strong grasp of the fundamentals of Value Stream Mapping, Theory of Constraints, Supply Chain Excellence, Statistical Analysis and Problem Solving Techniques. He leads SSA’s international operations and is spearheading the company’s global expansion across Middle East and Africa where SSA is rapidly growing its footprint.

Naveen is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA where he was inducted to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor society for his academic excellence. He also holds a Master’s Degree (with distinction) in Lean Enterprise from The University of Buckingham, UK. He is currently pursuing his doctoral research in Lean/Operational Excellence from the University of Buckingham.

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Sashi Iyer
Managing Director, SSA Business Solutions, Asia Pacific

Sashi has been part of SSA with a one point agenda of creating value to every client it serves and pave a way for a lasting change thereby defining their future. She is a futurist with a zeal to explore the unknown, strongly guided by her intuition and a will to make a difference. Armed with a team of experts who have well-greased their hands through their systematically acquired skills for bringing those leap changes expected by its clients, she leads the way for the Asia Pacific business of SSA.

Today, SSA has crossed borders and made a remarkable difference for clients in over 20 countries while staying grounded in supporting the noble cause of ‘Make in India’ a reality. Sashi has been at the helm of the company’s expansion journey, widening the scope of SSA’s offering globally. She plays a key role in forming strategic partnerships with various companies around the world.

Sashi is a commerce graduate from Bombay University and a Project Management Specialist from The University of Washington. She has completed her Leadership Management Program from INSEAD, France.

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Vijay Dhonde
Chief Executive Officer - Asia Pacific
Abhidnya Mahatekar
Chief Operating Officer
Nandha Kumar
Sr. Vice President - SSA International LLC
Vijay Dhonde
Chief Executive Officer - Asia Pacific

Vijay leads SSA’s Asia Pacific unit. His past experience includes corporate quality roles with companies such as Reliance Industries and Godrej Aerospace division. Since joining SSA in 2006, Vijay has helped usher in an extensive range of transformation programs for hundreds of clients across diverse sectors. He and his team works with internal and external stakeholders and passionately nurtures the change initiative thus ensuring that it takes root in the organization and delivers lasting value. Vijay possesses innate people skills and is known for his infectious passion for excellence. He is a passionate speaker and highly rated trainer and has inspired several hundred Operational Excellence professionals world-wide.

Vijay is a Mechanical engineer from Mumbai University with over two decades of experience in positions ranging from Corporate Quality to Management Consulting.

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Abhidnya Mahatekar
Chief Operating Officer, India & South Asia

Abhidnya leads SSA’s consulting operations in South Asia and brings immense experience in the field of Lean and Operations Management. His experience spans over a decade and a half in the field of Production, Supply Chain and Management Consulting. His prior work experiences include stints with organizations like Gitanjali Gems & Jewellery and Technova Imaging Systems. With SSA, he has led several global transformation projects across South Asia, GCC & Africa delivering millions of dollars of validated savings. He is adept at Lean and Six Sigma methodologies, Project Management, Flow Manufacturing, Kaizen Events and TPM. He is also highly proficient in Minitab, iGrafx and SigmaXL statistical software.

Abhidnya is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in Operation from Mumbai University. He has also attended and completed Kaizen projects at Juken Kogyo, Japan.

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Nandha Kumar
Sr. Vice President - SSA International LLC

Nandha’s professional experience includes over a decade and a half in Management Consulting. He possesses extensive business process excellence consulting expertise across diverse sectors ranging from banking to chemical process industries, real estate and logistics. He has led several breakthrough improvement projects leading to millions of dollars of validated savings. He is adept at application of Lean and Six Sigma tools in diverse sectors and has successfully implemented tools like Design of Experiment, Regression Analysis, Value Stream Mapping, Spaghetti Diagram, Work Cell Design and Poka Yoke for several clients, which has led to productivity improvement and elimination of bottlenecks. He has trained more than 500 Lean Six Sigma Green Belts and Black Belts around the world and successfully coached hundreds of breakthrough improvement projects.

Nandha is a graduate in Commerce with an MBA in Finance from Mumbai University.

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Mahalingam Sethuraman
Principal Consultant
Rajeev Shevgaonkar
Principal Consultant
Meera Agrawal
Principal Consultant
Mahalingam Sethuraman
Principal Consultant

Mahalingam (Maha) brings nearly 3 decades of corporate experience across manufacturing, projects and management consulting. His past stints include leadership positions in sectors spanning Infrastructure, energy, natural resources, engineering, and manufacturing. He has held P&L responsibilities for major projects in India and South East Asia and possesses proven skills to lead diverse, multi-cultural teams to new levels of success in emerging markets and fast-paced environments.

Maha’s past roles include business development, lean/business optimisation, project finance, corporate finance, commercial & contracts, business planning, strategy and operations. His major corporate stints were with Reliance Power, Essar Power, GMR Group, Mukand Steel and Godrej & Boyce. With SSA, Maha leads consulting assignments for clients in South Asia and Middle East where he has been passionately involved in driving cultural change across different industries. He is adept at Lean Systems, Value Stream Transformation and Supply Chain Excellence across manufacturing and service environments. He possesses infectious people skills and change management qualities and is known for his ability to bring about real and lasting results for clients.

Maha is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in Financial from ICFAI Business School. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India. He has completed his executive education programme from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research.

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Rajeev Shevgaonkar
Principal Consultant

One of newest additions to the team, Rajeev strengthens the company with his more than 25 years of experience in the field of heavy electrical equipment manufacturing. During his long careers and stints with transformer industry leaders, Rajeev has been spearheading turn-around of plant operations, adding new product portfolios, acquisition of Techknowlogies, project management, vendor development, capacity assessment, enhancement and utilisation projects etc.

Rajeev started his career with CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited (erstwhile Crompton Greaves Ltd) as trainee engineer on shop floor and moved up to plant head level. He has also played a key role as operations head at Schneider Infrastructure Ltd (erstwhile Areva T & D Ltd) and Raychem RPG. His excellent technical and management skills helped him achieve great accolades to the companies he worked for and also maintain a healthy career growth curve for himself.His passion for improving business processes, strong acumen in planning and execution and love for nurturing and building talent and skills make him a successful and effective change leader.

An electrical engineer and M. Tech from MANIT, Bhopal, Rajeev is also a certified chartered engineer from Institution of Engineers (India). Rajeev also runs a technical consultancy services by the name and style of North Staralong with serving clients of SSA across several sectors and geographies.

Rajeev manages his own consulting and services firm in the name and style of North Star along with serving clients of SSA across several sectors and geographies.

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Meera Agrawal
Principal Consultant

Meera is an engineering professional with over 26 years of experience. She is known for delivering business results and creating sustainable products through synergy of people, process and technology. Meera has led complex projects with emphasis on building teams and nurturing ideas from scratch to realize customer value. Having been associated with GE for over 22 years, she brings expertise and a rich experience in coaching and driving business improvements using Agile, Lean, six sigma, Fast works & SAFe principles.

She was leading the Process & Quality COE as a Quality Leader, an Enterprise Agile Coach and a Master Black Belt. The role spanned 5 different business units, 45 global sites and 830+ engineers. The initiative primarily included driving Lean Thinking, SAFe adoption and establishing new product development procedures with an all-round focus encompassing safety, security and regulations. Additionally, she also established strong Software Process Management, built practices & performance metrics, mentored Black Belt and Green Belt projects and trained across the hierarchy on improvement methodologies. She is an expert at program management and is credited with delivering multiple flagship products for GE enabling significant business value. She has also been an enabler towards digital transformation using analytics and data science for a major refinery customer in India.

An Electronics Engineer from Mumbai University, Meera is also a certified SPC (SAFe Program Consultant 4.0), Lead Assessor: BIS, ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management Systems, MBB, Apollo RCA (Root Cause Analysis) and a Certified Scrum Master. She also has a patent to her credit. Meera is currently part of the SSA group as a Principal consultant and she trains and coaches breakthrough improvement projects for various clients of SSA.

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Mr Ganesh Iyer
Managing Director, SSA Techknowlogies
Mr Ganesh Iyer
Managing Director, SSA Techknowlogies

Ganesh brings nearly 2 decades of Experience in IT and Management Consulting across diverse sectors. He started his career as a Software Product developer and later specialized in improving profitability through deployment of Spend Management solutions during his stint with KPMG Consulting in USA. Since joining SSA in 2007, he has led a number of Change Management engagements using the Lean six sigma methodology and has trained several hundred professionals around the world and coached as many breakthrough improvement projects. Ganesh has been passionately involved in driving cultural change along with Training, Coaching and Facilitating project teams for Lean transformation, systematic problem solving, Business process re-engineering with a focus on automation and IT enablement in areas of CRM, ERP, Project Management, Performance Management and Leadership dashboards.

Since co-founding SSA Techknowlogies in 2008, Ganesh has been deeply involved in creating a Design Excellence Model to help R&D functions bring continuous improvement. He has worked with numerous organizations institutionalizing Design for Six Sigma, Design Failure Mode Effect Analysis, Design for Manufacture and Assembly, Value Analysis / Value Engineering and other improvement methodologies.

Ganesh is a graduate Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University with Leadership Management Program from INSEAD, France.

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Naveen Narayanan
Managing Director, SSA International LLC
Naveen Narayanan
Managing Director, SSA International LLC.

Naveen has nearly 15 years of global management consulting experience in the world of Lean Manufacturing, Strategy and Change Management. He has led several corporate-wide transformation programs, mentored change agents, and produced sustainable business results for clients like Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Nortel Networks, DHL Worldwide and Godrej Industries throughout Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. As a Lean expert and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he has a strong grasp of the fundamentals of Value Stream Mapping, Theory of Constraints, Supply Chain Excellence, Statistical Analysis and Problem Solving Techniques. He leads SSA’s international operations and is spearheading the company’s global expansion across Middle East and Africa where SSA is rapidly growing its footprint.

Naveen is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA where he was inducted to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor society for his academic excellence. He also holds a Master’s Degree (with distinction) in Lean Enterprise from The University of Buckingham, UK. He is currently pursuing his doctoral research in Lean/Operational Excellence from the University of Buckingham.

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Sashi Iyer
Managing Director, SSA Asia Pacific
Sashi Iyer
Managing Director, SSA Business Solutions, Asia Pacific

Sashi has been part of SSA with a one point agenda of creating value to every client it serves and pave a way for a lasting change thereby defining their future. She is a futurist with a zeal to explore the unknown, strongly guided by her intuition and a will to make a difference. Armed with a team of experts who have well-greased their hands through their systematically acquired skills for bringing those leap changes expected by its clients, she leads the way for the Asia Pacific business of SSA.

Today, SSA has crossed borders and made a remarkable difference for clients in over 20 countries while staying grounded in supporting the noble cause of ‘Make in India’ a reality. Sashi has been at the helm of the company’s expansion journey, widening the scope of SSA’s offering globally. She plays a key role in forming strategic partnerships with various companies around the world.

Sashi is a commerce graduate from Bombay University and a Project Management Specialist from The University of Washington. She has completed her Leadership Management Program from INSEAD, France.

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Vijay Dhonde
Chief Executive Officer - Asia Pacific
Vijay Dhonde
Chief Executive Officer - Asia Pacific

Vijay leads SSA’s Asia Pacific unit. His past experience includes corporate quality roles with companies such as Reliance Industries and Godrej Aerospace division. Since joining SSA in 2006, Vijay has helped usher in an extensive range of transformation programs for hundreds of clients across diverse sectors. He and his team works with internal and external stakeholders and passionately nurtures the change initiative thus ensuring that it takes root in the organization and delivers lasting value. Vijay possesses innate people skills and is known for his infectious passion for excellence. He is a passionate speaker and highly rated trainer and has inspired several hundred Operational Excellence professionals world-wide.

Vijay is a Mechanical engineer from Mumbai University with over two decades of experience in positions ranging from Corporate Quality to Management Consulting.

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Abhidnya Mahatekar
Chief Operating Officer
Abhidnya Mahatekar
Chief Operating Officer, India & South Asia

Abhidnya leads SSA’s consulting operations in South Asia and brings immense experience in the field of Lean and Operations Management. His experience spans over a decade and a half in the field of Production, Supply Chain and Management Consulting. His prior work experiences include stints with organizations like Gitanjali Gems & Jewellery and Technova Imaging Systems. With SSA, he has led several global transformation projects across South Asia, GCC & Africa delivering millions of dollars of validated savings. He is adept at Lean and Six Sigma methodologies, Project Management, Flow Manufacturing, Kaizen Events and TPM. He is also highly proficient in Minitab, iGrafx and SigmaXL statistical software.

Abhidnya is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in Operation from Mumbai University. He has also attended and completed Kaizen projects at Juken Kogyo, Japan.

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Nandha Kumar
Sr. Vice President - SSA International LLC
Nandha Kumar
Sr. Vice President - SSA International LLC

Nandha’s professional experience includes over a decade and a half in Management Consulting. He possesses extensive business process excellence consulting expertise across diverse sectors ranging from banking to chemical process industries, real estate and logistics. He has led several breakthrough improvement projects leading to millions of dollars of validated savings. He is adept at application of Lean and Six Sigma tools in diverse sectors and has successfully implemented tools like Design of Experiment, Regression Analysis, Value Stream Mapping, Spaghetti Diagram, Work Cell Design and Poka Yoke for several clients, which has led to productivity improvement and elimination of bottlenecks. He has trained more than 500 Lean Six Sigma Green Belts and Black Belts around the world and successfully coached hundreds of breakthrough improvement projects.

Nandha is a graduate in Commerce with an MBA in Finance from Mumbai University.

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Mahalingam Sethuraman
Principal Consultant
Mahalingam Sethuraman
Principal Consultant

Mahalingam (Maha) brings nearly 3 decades of corporate experience across manufacturing, projects and management consulting. His past stints include leadership positions in sectors spanning Infrastructure, energy, natural resources, engineering, and manufacturing. He has held P&L responsibilities for major projects in India and South East Asia and possesses proven skills to lead diverse, multi-cultural teams to new levels of success in emerging markets and fast-paced environments.

Maha’s past roles include business development, lean/business optimisation, project finance, corporate finance, commercial & contracts, business planning, strategy and operations. His major corporate stints were with Reliance Power, Essar Power, GMR Group, Mukand Steel and Godrej & Boyce. With SSA, Maha leads consulting assignments for clients in South Asia and Middle East where he has been passionately involved in driving cultural change across different industries. He is adept at Lean Systems, Value Stream Transformation and Supply Chain Excellence across manufacturing and service environments. He possesses infectious people skills and change management qualities and is known for his ability to bring about real and lasting results for clients.

Maha is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in Financial from ICFAI Business School. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India. He has completed his executive education programme from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research.

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Rajeev Shevgaonkar
Principal Consultant
Rajeev Shevgaonkar
Principal Consultant

One of newest additions to the team, Rajeev strengthens the company with his more than 25 years of experience in the field of heavy electrical equipment manufacturing. During his long careers and stints with transformer industry leaders, Rajeev has been spearheading turn-around of plant operations, adding new product portfolios, acquisition of Techknowlogies, project management, vendor development, capacity assessment, enhancement and utilisation projects etc.

Rajeev started his career with CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited (erstwhile Crompton Greaves Ltd) as trainee engineer on shop floor and moved up to plant head level. He has also played a key role as operations head at Schneider Infrastructure Ltd (erstwhile Areva T & D Ltd) and Raychem RPG. His excellent technical and management skills helped him achieve great accolades to the companies he worked for and also maintain a healthy career growth curve for himself.His passion for improving business processes, strong acumen in planning and execution and love for nurturing and building talent and skills make him a successful and effective change leader.

An electrical engineer and M. Tech from MANIT, Bhopal, Rajeev is also a certified chartered engineer from Institution of Engineers (India). Rajeev also runs a technical consultancy services by the name and style of North Staralong with serving clients of SSA across several sectors and geographies.

Rajeev manages his own consulting and services firm in the name and style of North Star along with serving clients of SSA across several sectors and geographies.

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Meera Agrawal
Principal Consultant
Meera Agrawal
Principal Consultant

Meera is an engineering professional with over 26 years of experience. She is known for delivering business results and creating sustainable products through synergy of people, process and technology. Meera has led complex projects with emphasis on building teams and nurturing ideas from scratch to realize customer value. Having been associated with GE for over 22 years, she brings expertise and a rich experience in coaching and driving business improvements using Agile, Lean, six sigma, Fast works & SAFe principles.

She was leading the Process & Quality COE as a Quality Leader, an Enterprise Agile Coach and a Master Black Belt. The role spanned 5 different business units, 45 global sites and 830+ engineers. The initiative primarily included driving Lean Thinking, SAFe adoption and establishing new product development procedures with an all-round focus encompassing safety, security and regulations. Additionally, she also established strong Software Process Management, built practices & performance metrics, mentored Black Belt and Green Belt projects and trained across the hierarchy on improvement methodologies. She is an expert at program management and is credited with delivering multiple flagship products for GE enabling significant business value. She has also been an enabler towards digital transformation using analytics and data science for a major refinery customer in India.

An Electronics Engineer from Mumbai University, Meera is also a certified SPC (SAFe Program Consultant 4.0), Lead Assessor: BIS, ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management Systems, MBB, Apollo RCA (Root Cause Analysis) and a Certified Scrum Master. She also has a patent to her credit. Meera is currently part of the SSA group as a Principal consultant and she trains and coaches breakthrough improvement projects for various clients of SSA.

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