• Global expert in supply chain and operations management
• Software industry leader, speaker, author, and executive
• Responsible for multiple business successes with lucrative exits
Mahesh Rajasekharan is CEO of Cleo Communications, Inc., the pioneer and global leader of the world’s Ecosystem Integration software category. Through Cleo Integration Cloud (CIC), the company’s innovative B2B SaaS platform, Cleo enables the supply chain ecosystems of thousands of customers and partners by providing highly flexible industry-focused solutions that deliver unparalleled internal and external integration control across today’s constantly changing digital enterprises.
Thanks to Cleo, companies in the logistics, transportation, manufacturing, distribution, and retail industries are continuously improving business relationships, driving rapid revenue growth, and improving corporate profitability through the frictionless movement, transformation, and integration of supply chain and financial data.
Mahesh has extensive leadership experience in business, including sales and marketing, operations, and business strategy; in technology, including supply chain management, SaaS, and enterprise software and consulting services; and in finance, including proven acumen around private equity investment, acquisition integration, and P&L management. Since 2012 he has been leading Cleo’s evolution and expansion from a “neo-startup” with a small number of investors to a high-growth, scaled cloud software business, with a strategic growth investment backed by H.I.G. Capital.
Prior to leading Cleo, he served as Chief Operating Officer at SumTotal Systems, where he led the dramatic turnaround of this $100 million multinational software company. Previously, Rajasekharan led the High-tech Industry Sector at i2 Technologies, where he managed global sales and a $60 million P&L.
Today Rajasekharan serves on the Board of Directors for Cleo, Ascend Software, and Banyan Software, and is on the Advisory Board for StartupWind, a social ideation network. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University, and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India. He also earned an MBA in Finance, Strategy, and Marketing from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he graduated No. 1 in his class. In 2022 he was named an EY “Entrepreneur of the Year” winner in the U.S. Midwest region.