Mahesh Rajasekharan has more than 18 years of experience as a senior software executive in sales and marketing, operations, business strategy, supply chain management, SaaS, enterprise software, consulting services, private equity, acquisition integration, and P&L. Mahesh currently serves as the CEO of Cleo, where he has led tremendous expansion, thought leadership, and customer service excellence.
Prior to leading Cleo, Mahesh served as the chief operating officer at SumTotal Systems, where he led the operational turnaround that transformed a $100 million B2B software company and dramatically increased the company’s valuation. Mahesh managed this transformation across functions involving 250 people in six global locations. Prior to joining SumTotal, Mahesh served as vice president and general manager of the High Tech Industry Sector at i2 Technologies. In this role, he managed Sales and P&L of a $60 million business with 150 people across the U.S. and Europe. Mahesh was appointed to the CEO’s management council and won numerous awards, including MVP and Top VP. Mahesh achieved “trusted adviser” status through strategic and consultative selling to the C-level with major customers worldwide, including Texas Instruments, Infineon Technologies, Hitachi, STMicroelectronics, Philips Semiconductors, and Dell. He is considered an industry expert in global supply chain management. Mahesh has authored several industry and academic publications in the areas of supply chain and operations management, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences.
Mahesh earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, and he has an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India. Mahesh 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.