We are building an innovative and energetic organization connected to our core values.
  • Equal Opportunity and Respect for All
  • Shared Success
  • Value our Customers
  • Diversity and Inclusion
These are more than simply words on a page. It defines us and how we conduct our business.

Thinking Ahead

Our core values are our True North that helps us in nurturing and growing our culture of trust, openness, fairness, and equality. While we might sacrifice short-term profit and growth, in the long term we are committed to building a sustainable, profitable, and successful enterprise.

Foundational Values

One United Family. We hire and promote talent from around the world. In most cases, we are hiring individuals from economically challenged places and providing them a platform to showcase their abilities to our global customers.

Shared Success

We believe an organization’s sole purpose shouldn’t be to only maximize profits for its shareholders but to also share it with its employees and with the communities in which we operate. Developing products and services that bridge inequality globally is what motivates us every day.

Equal Opportunity And Respect For All

We believe all humans bring equal value, regardless of gender, race, religion, or ethnicity. For our company to be successful and attract and retain the best and the brightest, we must provide opportunities to everyone to help reach their fullest potential.

Value Our Customers

We believe that to build a value-based organization, we have to work with customers who share our philosophy and value system. Our ideal customer embraces our value system, adds value to the society, and practices, and engages in activities that grow communities, protect the environment, and create a culture of inclusivity.

We Are Katalyst

The Katalyst leadership team blends a history of industry expertise with visionary thinking.

Rahul Shah

Founder & CEO

Rahul Shah is the founder and CEO of Katalyst Technologies, Inc. A successful entrepreneur, Rahul has driven Katalyst’s growth since founding the company in 2001. Through his expertise, Katalyst has expanded to include more than 500 associates in the U.S. and India.

Rahul believes in management by walking around to stay in touch with associates and customers. In addition to his active role in overseeing Katalyst’s growth, he is also a mentor to many startups in the healthcare and e-commerce space.

Rahul is actively involved with the Young Presidents’ Organization, Executives’ Club of Chicago, and other civic organizations in the U.S. and India.

Rahul Shah

Founder & CEO

Shobha Shah, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Shobha Shah is the Chief Operating Officer at Katalyst Technologies. Prior to joining the executive team in February 2008, Ms. Shah was a Senior Research Scientist at NORC, University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Since joining Katalyst, she has successfully led the Human Resources business support function, brought operational excellence to the company and continues to be instrumental in centralizing and streamlining Katalyst’s global processes while ensuring operational efficiencies.

Shobha’s expansive experience in integrated operations, project management, and large dataset analyses has been cornerstone to the success of Katalyst Technologies.

Ms. Shah has her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brigham Young University. She also has the distinction of being postdoc fellow at Northwestern University.

Shobha Shah, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Manjari Gupta

Executive VP of Strategy

Manjari Gupta is the Vice President of Strategy at Katalyst Technologies. Manjari started her career in 1995 with ITW, a US based multinational firm. She has been with Katalyst since the company was founded and has played a key role in sustaining and facilitating the growth of Katalyst.

She continuously brings together a multidisciplinary team of leaders and subject matter specialists to help Katalyst stay ahead in the face of growing challenges and demands.

Ms. Gupta has a B.S. in Business and was awarded a gold medal in recognition of her academic excellence. She also received her MBA in finance from Indian Institute of Management.

Manjari Gupta

Executive VP of Strategy

Vivek Nagarkatti

CEO, India Operations

Vivek Nagarkatti is our CEO, India Operations. Vivek brings over 40 years of experience, Preceding his move to Katalyst, Vivek has held a number of senior management positions worked extensively in the financial and accounting industry. His experience though, does not limit to the finance world, he has spent significant time working IT and ITES sector, publishing and e-Publishing business and FMCG world. Vivek previously served as the President and Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard, Global e-Business Operations where he pioneered the industrial engineering in the BPO industry, using data to increase capacity utilization and resource optimization by 20% with his core emphasis on high end analytics.

At Katalyst, as a key member of the leadership team, Vivek will help strategic planning and restructuring of the company processes to effectively management critical transition phases. Vivek is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary from reputed Institutes in India and enjoys participating in workshops and trainings within the company.

Vivek Nagarkatti

CEO, India Operations

Praveen Minumula

Chief Technology Officer

Praveen Minumula is the Chief Technology Officer at Katalyst Technologies. Praveen is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company. Praveen utilizes an active and practical approach. He sets the strategy for all Information Technologies at Katalyst to attain the company’s strategic goals established in the company’s strategic plan.

He has an innate ability to achieve results through strategic application of technology to business challenges. Mr. Minumula readily pursues “stretch goals”, takes prudent management risks, and is grounded in a strong teamwork approach.

He holds a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, from Southern Illinois University.

Praveen Minumula

Chief Technology Officer

Ray Bellan

President - Global Manufacturing and Engineering

Ray Bellan is the President of Global Engineering & Manufacturing at Katalyst Technologies. Over the past 30 years, Ray has led an incredibly successful career in the manufacturing industry. He advanced from floor-level engineering roles to recently acting as the CEO of a 2nd-tier defense contractor.

For the past 10 years, Ray has been a turnaround specialist, leading the return-to-profitability for distressed manufacturers in diverse manufacturing verticals. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. He speaks Spanish and German and has long-held a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Ray Bellan

President – Global Manufacturing and Engineering

Phani Paladugu

President – Professional services

Phani Paladugu is the President of the Professional Services Business Unit at Katalyst Technologies. Phani is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in the services and telecommunications sectors. Phani was the founder of a successful services startup and grew it to healthy business with annual revenues of over 30M.

Phani brings with him a “hands on” leadership style and specializes in Custom development including BD, Oracle, Mobile Solutions (QA) and Portal Solutions.

Phani is based at Katalyst’s Atlanta, GA office.

Phani Paladugu

President – Professional services

Vivek Ghai

Sr. Vice President - Digital and E-Commerce

Vivek Ghai has over 18 years of experience in software services industry. He is the founder of a software company specializing in web and mobile application development. He has hands-on experience in operations, digital marketing and business development in the technology industry. He advises start-ups and also is a technical co-founder for few of them. At Katalyst, Vivek ensures the success of clients in Digital and E-commerce space. He plans and oversees project execution and product development.
Vivek Ghai

Sr. Vice President – Digital and E-Commerce

Allen Frank

President - Retail and SCM

Allen Frank is the Chief Revenue Officer at Katalyst Technologies. Prior to joining Katalyst, he had an accomplished career in account management, consulting, and business development.

Allen’s ability to troubleshoot, create solutions, implement and execute the strategies for our client’s best interest, are impeccable. Highlights of his career include working in systems auditing for two Fortune 50 companies, acting as director of consulting at Price Waterhouse Coopers, attaining partner status at RSM McGladry, and acting as sales director at Oracle.

During the past decade, he has served in several senior leadership roles fora global IT consulting and staffing firms. Mr. Frank is also a C.P.A.

Allen Frank

President – Retail and SCM

Jibi John

Sr. Vice President – Human Capital

Jibi John is an accomplished technology executive with over 17 years of experience in the Software Industry. Currently Jibi overseas Katalyst global strategic staffing and Talent Acquisition function. He specializes in designing the hiring philosophy and management of the complete Talent Management life-cycle for sourcing the best talent from diverse background to create a young, vibrant and diverse workforce with hands-on experience deploying participative management style. He has been instrumental in running aggressive global growth strategy and retention of talent to ramp-up team across our service offering in line with our business goals.
Jibi John

Sr. Vice President – Human Capital

Bade Dahunsi

Sr. Vice President - ERP

Bade Dahunsi leads Katalyst Technologies’ SAP Practice. He is an experienced leader with emphasis in management consulting, with over 16 years of technology management, strategy, sales, and project implementation experience.

His areas of specializations are program management, strategic planning and value realization leveraging technology applications, business systems implementation while combining deep operational industry knowledge with information system design. Bade is also a certified Project Management Professional.

He proactively manages stakeholder expectations and consistently delivers projects on time and within budget. Bade’s Industry experience includes Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Consumer Goods, High Tech and Pharmaceutical industries.

Bade Dahunsi

Sr. Vice President – ERP

Lynn Smith

Vice President – SCM

Lynn Smith is the Vice President of Katalyst’s Supply Chain Business Unit. Lynn is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of global Supply Chain design and delivery experience. He is an integration specialist with an impressive background in leading ERP solutions, EDI and transportation solutions.

Lynn has led global project teams on 3 continents and had successful deliveries. He provides best in class solutions for our clients with an emphasis on quality and timely delivery that exceeds our clients expectations.

Lynn Smith

Vice President – SCM

Bill Ruttledge

Sales Director – Europe

Bill Ruttledge is Katalyst’s Sales Director for the Europe region and has been with us since August 2017. Prior to his joining Katalyst, Bill has been associated with Nova Techset for the last 25 years. During this time, he has seen the industry develop from what was a highly skilled and prestigious trade, but with limited applications, to a fully blown IT operation with almost limitless possibilities. Bill has high-level contacts in most of the major global STM and Academic publishers and has been instrumental in persuading many of them to place work with Nova Techset.

Bill left school at 17 and went straight into publishing, joining Pergamon Press in 1973 and subsequently working at Edward Arnold, Blackwell and Gordon & Breach in senior production editorial management roles.

Bill Ruttledge

Sales Director – Europe

Byron Laws

Sales Director – Americas

For more than 20 years, Byron has worked on the technology side of the publishing industry to simplify processes and solve problems for publishers. Currently, he works as Sales Director-Americas for Katalyst’s Publishing Services division. With an educational background in technology and marketing, Byron has worked with many publishers over the years, both large and small, generalized and specialized. He has a thorough understanding of the publishing process and consults with publishers on workflow processes at a highly granular level. Byron has worked previously at KiwiTech, Lumina Datamatics, Aptara, AchieveGlobal, and Ovid Technologies.

Byron is well known in global publishing circles and is an active industry volunteer, serving as Treasurer on the board of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), and speaking regularly at industry events.

Byron Laws

Sales Director – Americas

Dave Schuler

Chief Systems Architect

Dave Schuler leads Katalyst Technologies’ Digital and E-Commerce Practice. His areas of specialization include Global Consulting Delivery, Service & Support, Enterprise Support & Premium Engagement, and Mobile Services.

Dave actively applies SCRUM methodology to Katalyst engagements and brings a wealth of experience, leadership and capabilities in project management, systems analysis and systems design.

Dave is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Dave Schuler

Chief Systems Architect

Nixon Xavier

Vice President - Innovation

Nixon Xavier is the VP of Innovation and drives Katalyst’s initiative to support the philosophy of investing in innovations that create value for our customers and communities. As a technology enthusiast with more than 27 years of experience in various industries and software technologies, Nixon plays a vital role in the development of multi-disciplinary teams across all product innovations at Katalyst.

He is an Innovator and a Patent owner for the PeopleFinder System which help users manage their contacts while on the move. Nixon, recognized as a thought leader in various disciplines, has authored many papers and spoken at multiple events across the globe.

Nixon Xavier

Vice President – Innovation

Wonderful People. Leading-edge Abilities.

We are inspired by the energy created when people come together.

  • Behind The Curtain
    The key to our success is our people. It’s not a cliché – it’s absolutely true and we’re extremely proud of this. The unique individuals who work here create a fresh and exciting work environment, and together we can accomplish anything.
  • Together We Can Accomplish Anything.
    Our culture is the foundation upon which everything else is built. If you ask anyone at Katalyst Technologies why they work here, the answer is inevitably the same: it’s the people. At Katalyst, we place trust, integrity, teamwork, and care at the heart of what we do.
  • Working With Happy People
    As colleagues, we support, challenge, and inspire one another every day. We’re results-driven and ready to go the extra mile for our customers.
  • Shared Values
    We’ve created a culture where people feel empowered to make a difference.

We take pride in being a company with a strong social conscience.

Our commitment to make a positive difference to the environment and the underprivileged is not a one-off initiative but a sustained effort to make a visible change to people’s lives.

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