Meet our Management Team
Dr. Shantanu Kumar
Managing DirectorDr. Shantanu Kumar has influenced and transformed the path organisations tread on for process improvement, innovation and change management. A prominent author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Kumar is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, humble, influential and recommended strategy consultants and is respected for his years of research in the fields of process improvement, business intelligence and innovation.
His experience has enabled most Fortune 500 companies across industries to improve operations efficiency, re-engineer obsolete and dying processes, reinvigorate business strategies and turn around failing businesses. He has trained and consulted on innovation using TRIZ, lean six sigma, program & project management, business process re-engineering, strategic leadership and managing change. He has trained more than 10000 professionals on lean six sigma, innovation, structured decision making and business process re-engineering across industries and touched many more lives in other leadership workshops. He uses his diverse life experiences to deliver workshops of seemingly complex concepts in easy to understand stories. His storytelling ability and humor keeps participants glued to their seats and his focus on applicability at work ensure tangible returns.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and statistics, master’s degree in applied math and statistics, MBA in operations management and a Phd-business intelligence scholar. His expertise includes master black belt six sigma, ISO lead auditor and project management. He has published research papers and continues to research on statistical application of neural networks in decision making, artificial intelligence in decision making models, financial risk management using decision trees classification model, multivariate statistics in marketing and operation research. He is a guest faculty at multiple business schools and continues to mentor business leaders realise their potential.
Dr. Hamzah Almaghrabi
President – Middle East OperationsDr Hamzah Almaghrabi is a PhD in Physics from Oklahoma State University, M.Sc (Physics) Oklahoma State University USA. In his 30 years of rich experience, he worked as an assistant professor in his initial years and spent the next 20 years in Defense Advanced Research projects. He has contributed immensely to next generation technology with his breakthrough research in Physics.
Dr Almaghrabi is also Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified and is proficient Value Engineering, Risk Management, Total Quality Management, Strategic Planning, Balance Score Card, Internal Audit Framework.
Charitable Contribution: He has been the General Secretary of Social Community Center in Khulais for over 7 years and was also the Chairman of Alber Charity Organization in Khulais and the Head of Cultural Committee in Khulais, Saudi Arabia.
Vice president – Human Resources OperationsVirginie Louvois is member of our EU office. She is the leader of the firm’s HR Services practice. She has led HR Transformation and Operations for more than 20 years. As technology early adopter, the pioneered in ERP and Cloud applications in HR field. She has assisted large companies in transforming their HR organization.
Virginie graduated in Business Engineering from Solvay Business School in Brussels. She holds a complementary graduation from Sorbonne University in Paris. She further qualifies in many areas, among which Lean and Six Sigma.
She designed and managed the first European Outsourced HR Services Center based on SAP HCM. She is fully credible in HR transformation as she played the various key roles of the model: HR Business Partner, HR Service Center Manager as well as Center of Expertise member. Multi nationality, she builds bridges between techniques and HR, as well as Business and HR. She brings modelisation and organization in the traditionally intuitive world of HR.
Areas of expertise: HR transformation: HR processes design, HR project management, Workday, SAP-HCM, HR Shared Service Center, HR Operating Model design, Strategic Workforce Planning.
Dr. Prashant Vashistha
Vice President – HealthcareDr. Prashant Vashistha has worked with the leading health care organizations where he contributed to advance their strategy, navigate organizational change and better serve their communities. He has a broad understanding of the strategic, financial and operational implications of a healthcare organization and deep experience applying that understanding to a variety of unique operations and business situations.
Prashant Vashistha has both a clinical and business background, graduated with Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the prestigious Maulana Azad Medical College at Delhi (MAMC, DU). He received his MBA in Healthcare from one of the top business schools in India at the Faculty of Management Studies at University of Delhi (FMS, DU).
Prashant is the leader of the VarSigma Center for Health Systems Reforms. He also guides our research on the shift from “Outcome” to “Value Based Healthcare VBHC” models in the healthcare industry—and the resulting opportunities, challenges, and industry transformation. He has published his thesis on the determinants of Value Based Healthcare in the Corporate Hospitals in India.
Principal ConsultantArun K Nair is a Principal Consultant with VarSigma and has an industry experience of over 25 years which includes leading corporates like ITC Limited. He has implemented global business excellence model frameworks like the International Quality Rating System(IQRS) &Juran Quality Improvement as part of change management and continuous improvement initiatives. His experience in leading and facilitating continuous improvement projects spans areas like set up time reduction,speed improvement,yield improvement,process lead time reduction and workforce optimization using the Lean Six Sigma approach.His broad range of cross functional expertise extends across processes like Product Development, Operations &Supply Management, Process Improvement and Business Development ,in addition to profit centre leadership roles. VarSigma leverages his expertise of strategic, financial and operational implications of both multi-business organizations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. He continues to manage extensive client facing engagements across countries in the Middle East, Asia & Europe.
Arun brings a blend of Engineering and Management thinking in his approach to problems. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering(Honours)Degree in Production Engineering from the PSG College of Technology. He followed it up with a Post Graduate Degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and also heads the International Business Varsity at Chennai Business School.
Sai S Sampathkumar
Sai holds an MBA degree in General Management from Cornell University, an MS in Applied Statistics from Bowling Green State University, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Loyola College, India. He has more than 15 years of industry experience, half of which was in the US Property & Casualty Insurance Industry working in companies like Progressive Insurance, Capgemini and Farmers Insurance. For the last seven years he had been a second generation business owner in Auto Components Manufacturing Industry in Chennai, India, where he transformed his company into a Top-50 supplier out of 600 suppliers for customer, Greaves Cotton Limited, by implementing various Lean Six Sigma projects to radically improve product/process quality, cost and delivery.
He has supported and implemented high impact business growth and strategy projects closely with executive leadership focusing around continuous improvement and achieving process excellence. His cross functional, cultural and industry background makes him a versatile professional for managing initiatives involving product management, supply-chain management, business development, pricing, customer/market segmentation, distribution, analytics, marketing strategy and overall business strategy. As a passion, he also pursues projects and research in the role of analytics influencing executive decision making and athlete performance in the Sports Industry.
Shivanand Jadhav has an industry experience of over 15 years which includes leading corporates like HCL Technologies Limited, Reliance Infocom, Larsen & Turbo and Mahindra group with relevant experience in Implementation of Process improvements Initiatives, Strategic planning, Quality Trainings. Worked with Clients viz. Lucent, Nortel, Qualcomm, Motorola, Swisscom, Novartis, Lantiq, Kaplan, Crawford, JnJ, FedEx, Clorox, NBC Universal, Staple’s, Univision, Anglo American, AmerisourceBergen, Becton & Dickson, Volvo from offshore as well onsite @ Australia Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, USA, South Africa, Sweden, France and Belgium.
He is an excellent strategic thinker and driven leader. He also has vast experience of setting up a quality function, SLA measurement system, Identification and KPI determination, established performance measurement systems, Automation, Identification of high impact business improvement opportunities and driving them to successful closures.
He has proven ability to deliver client facing projects across functions. He has mentored Lean, Green Belt and Black Belt projects primarily around SLA Metric Management, Revenue Leakage Avoidance, Cost Avoidance. He has exposure to various domains like IT, BFSI, Healthcare, HRO and manages customer-facing projects across the globe.
His academic background allows both Engineering and Management thinking approach. He is graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in E&TC Engineering from MIT, Pune with a Post Graduate Degree in Business Management from the Symbiosis as well as MS from BITS, Pilani. In addition to his lean six sigma credentials, His area of expertise and interest include Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, IT Analytics, Strategic Consulting, ITIL, ISO 200000 Lead Implementer. Currently, he is pursuing Ph.D. from Pune University.