Leadership Team

The mentors. Every superhero needs a mentor to guide them through the choices that they make. With great power comes great responsibility. And here are the people who are responsible for the power that our superheroes bring.

Rajesh K. Parthasarathy

Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer

“Every enterprise application – be it with late twentieth-century roots or a modern application – has risk and vulnerability built in. There is no circumventing the security risk because almost every organization in the world depends on these applications for mission-critical operations. We have to solve these security risks. At MENTIS, all we think about is the risk, and our one and only focus is to defeat it. In today’s world, our customers need us to be that way.”

Experience

MENTIS’ founder straddles the world of business and technology. Rajesh began his career as a Big Four auditor and then moved on to be a lead consultant for ERP implementation at Fortune 100 companies. During these implementations, he was very concerned with the lack of controls and easy access to sensitive data and then designed security solutions to start addressing this challenge.

In 2004, Rajesh founded MENTIS to launch what had become a unique vision: an information security platform that looked at data-rich ERPs from a risk perspective, building deep intelligence about data, code, and user access, into a fully integrated platform that could adapt to current and future risks that were bound to arise in a data-centric world. Named by Yale University as a “Rising Star” in their inaugural assessment of security industry leaders, he has built MENTIS into the thought leader in its market.

Rajesh is the design authority and chief architect of the MENTIS platform. His passion to solve data security challenges for enterprises is undiminished and he is at the forefront, leading MENTIS technology platform innovation problem solving with customers, partners, and his own out-of-the-box insights.

Paula Capps

Chief Operating Officer

“We pride ourselves on making our processes easy and transparent to our stakeholders. We have an environment that values excellence, and not just in our products, but in every aspect of how we work.”

Experience

Paula joined MENTIS immediately after the company was founded, bringing more than 25 years of experience in administration and business management to creating the framework for MENTIS to operate from.

With a strong background in entrepreneurial and business ventures, she has built on operational and management experience earned through long stints at leading consulting and Fortune 500 firms. Among these are the Boston Consulting Group, APM, and Computer Sciences Corporation’s Healthcare Group.

As a Chief operating officer, she is responsible for all operations, finance, and accounting, and legal. She is at the vanguard in holding to our ideals.

Padma Vemuri

Senior Vice President – Customer Success

“It has been very challenging and exciting to build an industry-leading platform for data and application security in MENTIS. It is great to see how the platform can scale and adapt to diverse challenges spanning legacy and modern applications. There is still much to do and we are very excited about the product roadmap and the technology development that lies ahead of us.”

Experience

As the Vice President of Development for MENTIS, Padma actively provides leadership to the development team to facilitate innovative product development and roll-out. She coordinates the activities of the development and support teams to accomplish both system and business objectives. She also plans and executes staff development activities and training.

Padma comes from a background in design and application software development. She has several years of experience with the complete software development lifecycle. Prior to working with MENTIS, she worked as a programmer and developer in the brokerage, financial, and telecom industries.

Rama Sivaraman

President, India Operations

“The need for robust data security products is rising exponentially, fuelled by the dynamic threat and corresponding regulatory landscape. The product capabilities of the MENTIS platform have been lauded by our customers who have implemented the product, and the analysts who have reviewed us. The road ahead of us is long, and we are all strapped in for the long and exciting journey ahead.”

Experience

With over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, she brings to the table a fresh and rich perspective of the industry. She has been an executive director on the board of a large IT company while managing the operations as Chief Operating Officer. Her experience comprises of interacting with several fortune 500 clients and managing development centres across the world. She has directed and managed large, diverse, cross-functional and global teams comprising service delivery, product development and implementation, delivery assurance and program management. As the Managing Director for India, Rama is actively involved in the planning and execution of product strategies as part of MENTIS’ global plan.

Harriet K. Schneider

Vice President of Marketing

“Marketing is much too important to leave to just the marketing department. That’s why everyone at MENTIS shares knowledge, insight, and information and collaborates with the marketing department every day. In this way, there is a sense that everyone is equally responsible for ‘living the brand’ and it makes my job so much simpler and rewarding.”

Experience

Harriet Schneider currently serves as VP of Marketing where she oversees the marketing strategy and positioning for MENTIS. With more than 30 years of experience in both sales and marketing roles, she has a strong practical focus that delivers the MENTIS brand through our customers’ experiences.

A St. Louis native, she received her BA in Communications from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is a life-long Cardinals baseball fan. She’s an avid photographer and enjoys travel, nature, reading, time with friends and family, and her three dogs.

Ashok Krishna Rao

VP, Business Development

A senior technology and business leader with more than 25 years of demonstrated success in the development and deployment of large-scale software platforms and products. Ashok has a very good understanding of global cultures and customers, having worked in and managed teams and customers in several countries.

He has envisioned, led development of many enterprise grade software products and implementation at several customers in North America. He has demonstrated a consistent track record of driving customer centric business outcomes across various roles and functions that he has played at Oracle consulting.

As the Vice President of Business Development at MENTIS, Ashok is actively involved in the planning and execution of business development strategies as part of MENTIS’s global roadmap.

Experience

A senior technology and business leader with more than 25 years of demonstrated success in the development and deployment of large-scale software platforms and products. Ashok has a very good understanding of global cultures and customers, having worked in and managed teams and customers in several countries.

He has envisioned, led development of many enterprise grade software products and implementation at several customers in North America. He has demonstrated a consistent track record of driving customer centric business outcomes across various roles and functions that he has played at Oracle consulting.

As the Vice President of Business Development at MENTIS, Ashok is actively involved in the planning and execution of business development strategies as part of MENTIS’s global roadmap

Khaleel Shaheena

Vice President, Strategic Accounts

A senior Technology leader having 25 years of experience with Corporate Banking, Applications and product development & support. Shaheena has worked across various domains including Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence. He has managed global teams and led development teams from conception to implementation phases and passionate about new trending technologies.

Experience

Being part of Customer Success, I love the challenge of keeping our customers happy and engaged by providing innovative solutions for their enduring data security needs. I enjoy MENTIS for having versatile, innovative, and talented teams, solutioning these data security challenges at ease. I am very proud to be part of the MENTIS family.

Sunil Sapra

Head – APAC business development

“MENTIS has been a pioneer in the market for Data Governance, Privacy and Security Solutions. MENTIS is poised on the precipice for greatness, and I am excited to be a part of this exciting and challenging venture! With the quality of offerings, I am confident that MENTIS will evolve into a force to be reckoned with in the space of data security.”

Experience

Sunil is an executive and entrepreneur with over 26 years of global leadership, startups and investment experience in the cyber security, identity, privacy and storage domains.

The quintessential startup man, Sunil has already helped 18 startups in their setup – launch – scale journey as Operating Partner, Investor and Advisor. He helped Astaro, KEMP Technologies, Seclore, Sysdig, Lucideus and 1Kosmos in their Asia launch.

Sunil is an engineering graduate from BITS, Pilani and is based at Singapore. He is also a passionate poet, prolific writer and acknowledged speaker. He published his first poetry book Faqeera Chal Chala Chal™ in 2017 and is working on the next one.

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Thumeera Thirumal

Director, Development

“We are committed to secure the data of our customers and end customers by implementing proactive security controls and thereby minimizing (or zeroing) security breaches. We strive to develop & deliver innovative and path-breaking world-class security solutions. With a rich suite of products, we enable our customers to achieve their business goals and a trustworthy service provider to their customers.”

Experience

She is a seasoned IT professional with 15+ years of experience in managing projects & programs successfully. She has conceptualized and driven unique concepts leading to new benchmarks. She has rich experience in handling cross-functional teams and delivering zero-defect & on-time projects. She is an Agile Scrum Master and has experience in Information Security Standards.