Prasanth GopalakrishnanPresident & CEO Prasanth Gopalakrishnan is the founder and CEO of Kalkitech. He founded Kalkitech in May 1998 with a vision to make it a technology leader in the field of energy optimization and communication solutions.
Over the years, he has assembled a strong management team and top engineering talent to establish Kalkitech as a specialized technology solutions provider for the energy industry. Prasanth has more than 18 years of experience in communication systems research and product development. His areas of specialization include standards based communication and optimization technology in the energy and utilities space. He is a member of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) LITD 10. Prasanth holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India and a Masterâ€™s degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University. Prior to founding Kalkitech, Prasanth worked at Robert Bosch India.
Vanishree GururajExecutive Vice President & CFO Vani Shree Gururaj joined Kalkitech as Chief Financial Officer in January 2013. She has more than 15 years of experience working with multi-national companies and large Public Sector Enterprises.
Vaniâ€™s areas of expertise include business process improvement, mergers and acquisition advisory and corporate restructuring. Prior to joining Kalkitech, she was a Finance Controller for the Healthcare Sector (R&D) at Philips India Pvt. Ltd. for two years. She started her career working at B. P. Rao and Company and has worked at several companies including Motorola India Pvt. Ltd. She is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
George PunnooseExecutive Vice President & COO George Punnoose is responsible for the companyâ€™s overall operations. He has more than 27 years of experience in the power industry.
Prior to joining Kalkitech, George worked at Easun Reyrolle Limited for 11 years where he last served as President- India Business and was instrumental in growing it from Rs. 40 crores to Rs. 250 crores. Prior to that, he worked for 16 years at ABB where he last served as Head of Technology of the Utility Automation business unit and was responsible for the introduction of protection relay in Indian Markets. George holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kerala University.
Jose ThomasVice President – Power T&D Jose Thomas has held various positions at Kalkitech over a 12 year period, the most recent being VP Product Management for Kalkitechâ€™s flagship product line.
He is responsible for charting the entire product road-map. His areas of specialization include SCADA, Communication Protocols, RTU/IED and SCADA-IT application integration. His industry affiliations include: Member of IEC TC-57 WG-13 and WG-16, Secretary of Working Group on Common Information Models (IEC-61970, 61968 and 62325) of BIS LITD-10 Committee, Executive Committee Member of IEEE PES- Bangalore Chapter and Member of UCA Users Group. Jose holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Calicut University and a M.Sc. in Electrical Power Systems from University of Manchester.
Johney VargheseVice President – SmartGrid Services Johney Varghese is in charge of Engineering for Kalkitechâ€™s Technology Services Group. He has more than 18 years of experience in Implementation Services and IT technologies and extensive experience in managing large projects across verticals.
Prior to joining Kalkitech, Johney Varghese worked for Bank of America and Wachovia Corporation in the US (now merged with Wells Fargo) as Vice President handling IT projects in their Corporate Finance Division. Johney holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India.
Sushil CherianVice President – Power Generation Sushil Cherian is the Co-founder of Kalkitech and has over 18 years of experience in Control and Automation Systems, specifically in the Power and Oil and Gas industries.
His areas of specialization include Dynamic Controls, Dynamical Systems and Energetics, and Non-linear Systems. Prior to founding Kalkitech, Sushil worked with ACES Controls in Houston, TX, USA. Sushil holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India and a Masterâ€™s in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology, in the field of Thermal power plant modeling and simulation.
Jack VersonDirector – Product Development Jack Verson Co-Founded Applied Systems Engineering in 1981 and has been instrumental in the development of market leading ASE2000 Protocol Test Set product.
He has over 40 Years experience in the Electric Utility Industry and is an expert on Utility communications protocol and currently serves as the Vice President of DNP3 User Group. He drives the product development and product strategy at Applied Systems Engineering Inc., Prior to Applied Systems Engineering Inc., he was with ABB. Jack holds a BS Degree in Computer Science from Purdue and MS in Computer Science from University of Maryland.
Vinoo Shankar WarrierDirector – Research & Development Vinoo Shankar Warrier is responsible for Product R&D at Kalkitech. He has more than 17 years of experience in the Design and Development of complex communication products and integration projects between disparate systems.
Vinoo is a member of the DLMS-UA task team that maintains the DLMS/COSEM specifications. He is also a member of IEC-TC57 in the working groups 10, 17 and 18. His chief interests are communication protocols used in the energy sector, participation in standards bodies related to these protocols and product design. Prior to joining Kalkitech, Vinoo worked for MICO (Bosch) in Bangalore, India. Vinoo holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India.
Michael HoffingerDirector – US Operations Michael Hoffinger is responsible for Applied Systems Engineeringâ€™s overall operations and marketing activities. Mike has over 26 years of experience within the SCADA industry, working with telephony, oil & gas, and power utility SCADA systems.
Mike has been with ASE for the past 11 years. Prior to ASE he taught Power & SCADA communications courses at a Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Previously he has worked with such firms as Subnet Solutions, Harris Controls, Westronic, DATAP Systems, and Optech gaining a large pool of SCADA experience.