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Board of Directors - Profiles

Nani Javeri, Independent Director

Nani Javeri currently serves as an independent director at Accelya Solutions India Limited. Mr. Javeri has over 42 years’ experience in financial services industry. He served as CEO of Bank Sohar in Oman from 2006-2009 and Birla Sun Life Insurance in India from 2002-2006.

Prior to joining Birla Sun Life Insurance, Mr. Javeri spent 32 years with Grindlays Bank in various capacities in India, London and Melbourne. At Grindlays Bank he pioneered private banking in India. He had also been associated with Oman International Bank in Oman and Times Bank Ltd in India.

Mr. Javeri has played a major role in all the organizations he has been involved with. Under his leadership Birla Sun Life Insurance emerged as one of the leading private sector life insurance companies in India. During his tenure Birla Sun Life was awarded as best insurance company by Outlook in 2004 and among best five life insurance companies in Asia for 2004 by Asian Insurance Review. He joined as managing director of Times Bank when it was in difficulty. Through his action-plan he turned-around the company.

Mr. Javeri is associated with various organizations across different sectors serving as director of INARCO Pvt. Ltd., Union KBC Asset Management Co. (P) Ltd., Hannover Re Consulting Services (I) Pvt. Ltd., Voltas Ltd. and Universal Comfort Products Ltd.


Sekhar Natarajan, Independent Director

Sekhar Natarajan is a qualified chartered accountant and cost accountant and an experienced industry professional.

Known for his integrity and passion for results, Sekhar has led and built Monsanto India as an organization that is a growth leader in Indian agriculture. He is a strategic thinker with rich global experience in business development and mergers and acquisition and a great people leader. He took early retirement from Monsanto after 30 years of working for the company.

He continues as the chairman of the board of Monsanto India Ltd. and is a director/adviser of a few other companies.

Neela Bhattacherjee, Managing Director

In her more than 15 years with Accelya Solutions India Limited, Neela Bhattacherjee has been instrumental in growing the business and shaping the organizational culture. She has led initiatives in diverse areas of the company, including acquisitions, product strategy, sales and customer relationships. Neela has been responsible for sales in the Americas/ APAC/ EMEA and P&L and strategy for all Accelya Solutions India Limited products and services, and has been part of the executive committee of Accelya worldwide. She has also been responsible for the Company’s acquisition of large deals with the LATAM group, EY Group and Tier 1 airlines like American Airlines, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines. She successfully negotiated and acquired the SIS contract from IATA and has been responsible for Accelya Solutions India Limited introduction of new solutions like Finesse and Revenue Analytics.

She is an industry thought leader and participates in IATA’s Airline Strategy Group (ASG) meetings and other industry events (like the World Financial Symposium) as the Company’s representative. Neela has managed the acquisition and transition of Speedwing’s (a division of British Airways) passenger proration and cargo solutions business, and also of Zero Octa (UK based company providing Revenue Recovery and Audit Services (RRPS) to the airline industry).

Prior to joining Accelya Solution India Limited, she has worked with A.F. Ferguson Management Consultants. Neela had also set up Softcell Consultants Private Ltd., an IT solutions company, and led the company as director and CEO.


John Johnston, Chairman

John Johnston is the chief executive officer of the Accelya group. John has more than 25 years of experience in information technology and communications industry. For last 20 years John has been serving the airline industry and has held senior executive positions in several countries. He has provided senior management and consulting services to a number of global airlines. Before joining Accelya, John was the CEO of Luxembourg based CHAMP Cargosystems S.A.


Sangeeta Singh, Independent Director

Sangeeta Singh has over 35 years of experience primarily in human resources but also encompassing employer branding, corporate communications, employee governance, harassment/ grievance/ redressal and some aspects of operations. Sangeeta’s experience spans professional services firms, financial services, consulting and media sectors.

Sangeeta founded Sanguine Consultants in April 2013, which is handling independent consulting assignments in the area of leadership coaching for senior management. Sangeeta is also a member of the Advisory Board of CII – Indian Women’s Network and a champion of encouraging women to leadership positions in corporate India. Sangeeta was also India head of the KPMG Network of Women India chapter. Sangeeta has been actively engaged and is responsible for driving several initiatives in diversity and inclusion - beyond gender diversity and corporate social responsibility.

In the past Sangeeta has handled key leadership assignments including partner and head of human resources at KPMG India; partner and head of human capital at PwC India; partner and head of human resources Ambit-RSM; vice president and head of human resources for J Walter Thompson India amongst others. Over the years Sangeeta has been a part of the top management teams consisting of iconic industry leaders and has worked on several leadership issues beyond human resources.

Sangeeta has been associated with many academic institutions’ functional forums and leadership development centers. She is an active member and speaker at various HR forums. She has also been associated with various academic institutions collaborating with them on their development needs.

Jose Maria Hurtado, Non-Executive Non-Independent Director

Jose Maria Hurtado

Jose Maria Hurtado is the Chief Financial Officer of Accelya group. He is responsible for the financial management of Accelya and plays a key role in the definition and implementation of Accelya’s strategy, including mergers and acquisitions.

Jose Maria started his professional career at KPMG. He joined Accelya in 2007. Prior to joining Accelya, Jose Maria headed the finance of Siemens VDO Automotive in Spain & France for more than 10 years.