Leaders

Crafting Our Growth Story

Leadership

P. Raja Manickam

Founder & CEO

Raja Manickam founded Tessolve in 2003 with a vision to create a leading productization company delivering high volume manufactured products from physical silicon. He brings a unique mix of experience encompassing the entire chip development process, from managing product lines, running a manufacturing site and building up start-ups. This experience allowed him to build Tessolve to bridge the gaps he saw in the development cycle of silicon engineering. Starting his career as a test engineer in Texas Instruments he moved on to Fairchild, National Semiconductor, DTS and Viko test labs. He was also involved in the early startup of STATS and UTAC. In his vibrant 30 year career, he held engineering, product line, sales and marketing responsibilities in his 30-year career.

Srinivas Chinamilli

Co-Founder & President

Srinivas has over 25 years of experience in semiconductor Test and Product engineering. He held management and technical positions at Cirrus Logic and was the Director of Worldwide Test engineering at Centillium Communications prior to joining Tessolve. At Tessolve, he brings to the foray, his extensive experience in Mixed Signal and System on Chip test development, high volume production test and offshore test subcontractor management. Srinivas completed his M.S. in Electrical engineering from the University of Southern California after his B.E in Electrical and Electronics from Birla Institute of Technology.

Dr. Veerappan V

Co-Founder & Director

Veerappan brings a rich experience of more than 33 years. He was associated with Sterling Electronics a pioneer in the Indian electronics industry following which he became a Territory Manager at DCM Data Products. He oversaw national level sales and customer support operations with Wipro Technologies before moving on to Motorola as GM - Operations in-charge of MIS, Facilities, HR, Admin, PR, Systems and Commercial. Before joining Tessolve, Veerappan was associated with BPL Telecom as their Head of Operations & Business Development.

Raam Narain

CFO

Narain Raamkumar is an Associate Member of Institute of Cost and Management Accountants and also of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). He brings his diverse experience in Middle and Senior Management positions, having worked over 21 years across areas such as Finance, Accounts, Operations and General Management in the Manufacturing, Construction, IT/Education sectors. His areas of expertise include managing financing requirements through equity and debt, establishing financial discipline and controls and monitoring company’s financial and operational performance.

Sunil Walia

Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Based in Silicon Valley, Sunil has over 20 years of industry experience with roles spanning sales, business development, product marketing/management and VLSI design. He has a proven track record of sales, growing multi-million dollar business and driving new business strategies. Starting his career as a microprocessor designer at Sun Microsystems, he has launched new products and driven go-to-market strategies. He also built strong marketing outreach during his decade-long tenure in the EDA industry with Magma design automation, Synopsys, and Cadence. Prior to joining Tessolve, he was responsible for driving new semiconductor and embedded solutions business for Aricent. He has a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engg and has completed an entrepreneurship program from the University of Iowa.

Arvind Jayabal

President, VLSI Design & Embedded Systems

Arvind Jayabal manages Tessolve Semiconductor’s VLSI Design and Embedded Systems businesses and comes with over two decades of experience in semiconductor, telecom and hi-tech industries in delivering Product Development Services in VLSI design and Embedded systems development. Arvind has managed businesses at Wipro and GlobalLogic before joining the team at Tessolve in 2019. Arvind comes with a track record of successfully conceptualized and implemented several innovative services business models in the semiconductor, telecom and automotive domain to help the customers realize maximum value.

Management Team

D. Rajakumar

Vice President, Operations

Rajakumar has 25+ years of experience in Test & Measurement, including semiconductor test and in-circuit board test. He was the General Manager at Third Millennium Test Solutions (3MTS) and handled the India center for 10 years, managing engineering teams for PXI based low-cost ATEs. Before that, he was at SRA Systems, providing offshore test engineering services for semiconductor on PXI based ATEs. At Murugappa Electronics (MEL Systems, MELSS) for 10 years, Rajakumar held diverse technical and management positions from Tech Support to Development & Engineering of T&M systems. He received his BE from Madurai Kamaraj University, Diploma in Management from IGNOU New Delhi, and Executive MBA from KSOU Mysore.

Sundararajan

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Sundararajan is a Graduate in Electronics & Communication Engineering and has 24 years of total experience in Project Engineering and Sales & Marketing. He has 14 years of focused experience in sales & marketing in EDA / CAE software solutions and Engineering Services with Future Techno Designs and AT & S ECAD. Prior to Tessolve, he was with AT & S ECAD as Vice President (Business Operations), heading a sales & support team involved in Business Development activities of the PCB Engineering Services and Software solutions the company was providing. As one of the key management members at AT & S ECAD, he was also responsible for business operations & strategic initiatives for the organization's growth.

Somashekhar Basavaraj

Senior Vice President – VLSI Design

Somashekhar has worked in different roles and brings 30 plus years of semiconductor industry experience into Tessolve. Throughout his career in the VLSI industry, he has been part of complete product development, from design to post-silicon validation.
Before joining Tessolve, he was the Co-founder & CEO of ANALOGSEMI, his own startup. Prior to this, he was the Technology Manager at Tata Elxsi and was responsible for building Analog/Mixed-signal team, Technical support & Delivery, and strategic Business development. Somashekhar has also worked with GE Global Research, Bharat Electronics Ltd in various capacities heading Analog IC Designs. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication from Mysore University, Karnataka and MS in Microelectronics from Bircham International University, Spain.

Jagadeesha K P

Vice President, Tessolve Embedded Systems

K P Jagadeesha has nearly 30 years of experience in Embedded systems and product development. He was heading a German company, TES Electronics Solutions India operations as Managing Director prior to merging with Tessolve. He has extensive experience in managing tier1 customers globally in Avionics, Automotive, Industrial and Medical domains, delivering more than 50 products in ODM model till today. He is specialized in building products from spec to manufacturing, supply chain, and lifetime management.
K P completed his BE electronics degree from BMS college of Engineering, Bangalore University. He is a Fitness freak, Ultra-Marathon Runner, Motivational speaker, Certified Handwriting analyst and Grapho Therapist.

Ram Jonnavithula

Vice President, Engineering

Ram Jonnavithula is the Vice President of Engineering at Tessolve and currently heads the Tessolve Design Engineering Services division. He has over 22 years of experience in semiconductor industry. Prior to Tessolve, he was the founding member and CEO of Sykatiya Technologies. He was responsible for companies vision and growth strategy. He also served in various roles at Texas Instruments (India), building high energy, high impact teams, delivering timely business solutions. He began his journey into semiconductor at Cirrus Logic, later at S3 Inc and Broadcom Corporation. Ram has been a part-time faculty at Wayne State University. Ram has received M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University and GMITE from IIM Bangalore, India.

Yogan Senthilkumar

Vice president, Engineering

Yogan has been with Tessolve since 2004. Currently, he is the Vice President of Engineering at Tessolve, in charge of defining the roadmap for Test Engineering, H.W interface, and other programs. Throughout the years, he has been instrumental in heading multiple teams in R&D, Test engineering and PCB divisions in Tessolve.
Before joining Tessolve, Yogan was with Teradyne Asia Test Application Group, handling Test Engineering projects from Teradyne US and Europe. His earlier years were with Salland Engineering, National Semiconductor and SPEL. He brings an experience of 30 years in the field of ATE testing and has presented papers on Test technique at various conferences and written multiple articles on Test and Measurement.
He is personally interested in guiding Engineers and appreciates Traditional Arts.

Surendra Nathan

Country Manager, Administration

Surendra is a Semiconductor professional with 45 years of work experience in Semiconductor manufacturing, Equipment Engineering, Process Engineering. Before joining Tessolve, he worked at National Semiconductor, Singapore for 20 years. Surendra, joined Tessolve in 2008 as Director, Test Operations and since 2015, he is managing the Operations at Tessolve, Singapore.

Jeyaseelan Vengataraman

Country Manager, Administration

Jeyaseelan has 32+ years of experience in Semiconductor Industry. Started his career in Test Engineering at Fairchild Semiconductor, Singapore. Moved to National Semiconductor, Penang to manage NPI Team and was also the pioneer Device Engineering team for Boundary Scan products. Progressed to Director of Quality and Engineering. Engaged in TPM methodology by JIPM of Japan and received TPM Excellence Award. Implemented Kaizen and Six Sigma methodology and practices at National Semiconductor resulting in operations breakthrough results. After 21 years joined First Solar, the largest Thin Film Solar module manufacturers managing Engineering organisations. Held key leadership position in starting up TetraSun for First Solar, the silicon based operations before joining Tessolve Semiconductor 5 years later. Received EE Engineering from Workers Institute of Technology, completed AMSE and Factory Management Degree from Sanno Institute of Japan. At Tessolve, he oversees operations in Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines.

Rajesh Vaddempudi

Vice President, Test Engineering

Rajesh Vaddempudi is currently the Vice President of Engineering at Tessolve and heads the Test Engineering Division. Rajesh has been associated with Tessolve since 2004 and is having more than 19 years of Industrial experience. Throughout the years, he has been instrumental in heading multiple teams and growing Test engineering division to 800+ Test Product Engineers. Before joining Tessolve, Rajesh was working with Texas Instruments India, on Mixed-Signal Product testing. Specialised in Mixed-signal and High-Speed Digital Product Testing, he is personally interested in training Engineers and improving cycle times. Rajesh Graduated from NTTF Bangalore with Diploma in Electronics and communication and MS in VLSI System Design from Coventry University.

Hero Electronix Leadership

Nikhil Rajpal

CEO, Hero Electronix

Nikhil leads Hero Electronix, investing and growing its technology business in India. Prior to joining Hero Electronix (Hero Group's venture into the technology space with a vision to create a $1Bn+ digital products and services enterprise), Nikhil was a partner at Parthenon EY. He headed the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) and Business Services sectors. He was also a part of EY’s new global Corporate Finance & Strategy practice (CF&S). Nikhil holds an MBA from Michigan Ross and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering.

Ujjwal Munjal

Founder Director, Hero Electronix

Mr Ujjwal Munjal, an astute leader and business builder, completed his BBA in international management from Pepperdine University, California. He started his career as a Trainee with KPMG Consulting and with Hero Motor Corp Limited before joining Rockman Industries Ltd, one of the oldest companies of the Hero Group, in year 2003. He gradually moved up and now serves the organization in the capacity of Managing Director. Ujjwal has been been instrumental in taking Rockman’s revenue growth from USD 15 Million to more than USD 300 Million in the last 13 years and increasing its footprints from 1 plant to now 5 plants at 4 locations. He brings in dynamism and ability to think new & different while expanding business horizontally and vertically. He believes in empowerment to people and motivates people to work as a cohesive team to help achieve the company goals. He aims to make Rockman a most sought after employer and nurture people to be more professional and system oriented at the same time striving for Business Excellence.