The Executive team at CFI is responsible for converting our vision into reality and more specifically bring all the practices together and deliver value to our clients and member community.

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Ganesh Chella

Co-Founder & Managing Director


Ganesh pioneered the use of executive coaching for leader development in India.

In his role as co-founder, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, he provides the vision, thought leadership and strategic direction to the institution and its programs and practices. He also leads some of its programs as a Program Director. Ganesh is also a seasoned and sought-after Executive Coach. Ganesh is a Human Resources and Organisation Development professional by training and experience, having worked in global and Indian corporates for 16 years. He also runs totus consulting, a highly respected boutique HR consulting firm which has worked with close to 200 clients in the past 17 years.
He has authored the book titled “Creating a Helping Organisation – 5 engaging ways to promote employee performance growth and well–being” and co-authored the book “Are you ready for the corner office”.
He has over 100 published articles to his credit. His also blogs regularly.
Ganesh is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur. He is a professional member of ISABS and served on its Board as Dean–Publications for 6 years. He was trained and certified as a Master Coach by Dr. Skiffington, Australia in the year 2001.

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Suresh Srinivasan

Chief Executive Officer, Practice Leader - Business Coaching Practice


Suresh is a business leader with 30+ years of experience in Business, Sales&Marketing and Advertising management.

He has worked across Information,Communications,Telecom and Media Industries in best of breed, world classcompanies like Xerox, Motorola, Ramco, Reliance Communications and The Hindu.

In his last role, he was VP-Advertisement, and led Advertising at The Hindu,contributing to over 85% of the company revenues.

Suresh has an MBA from The Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and a BE (Hons.) from NIT , Trichy, University of Madras.

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Sumati Rekhi

Director, Client & Member Services


Sumati Rekhi has close to two decades of experience in space marketing, public relations and customer relationship management in businesses ranging from manufacturing, banking, publishing, retail and automotive among others.

AT CFI, Sumati is responsible for managing the flawless execution of all coaching
engagements for CFI’s enterprise clients.

Sumati is a graduate from Osmania University and a post graduate in Management
from the Loyola Institute of Business Administration, (LIBA) Chennai.

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Savitri Chanda Venglet

Assistant Director – Client Services


A graduate in Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai and Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, Savithri has about 20 years of experience in various capacities including designing, teaching and business operations. As a Principle Designer she has designed and executed various projects in retail and residential spaces and headed the Chennai offices of Atelier D’Arts & Architecture, a Bangalore based architectural firm.

Earlier as the Executive Manager for the brand, Calonge, she managed all stores in India as well as abroad wherein her responsibilities included customer relations, branding & publicity, communication and co-ordination of all aspects concerning the brand.

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Ramesh Srinivasan

Asst.Director - Graduate School of Coaching


With around 25 years of industry experience in automotive, manufacturing, agro-chemical retail and service industries in reputed organisations like Murugappa, Bahwan Group (Muscat), ISS and Shriram Group, Ramesh has hands-on experience in handling both Corporate HR and Plant HR, anchored Talent Management programme for creating a robust talent pool, designed and delivered Behavioural training programmes for plant workmen as well as management team. His most recent corporate role was in UCAL Fuel Systems Limited as Head – HR and subsequently as a Consultant offering Strategic HR consulting, Behavioural Training and OD solutions to both Corporates and Educational Institutions.

Ramesh is a Graduate in English Literature (Bachelor of Arts) from Madras University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from The Madras School of Social Work, Chennai and a Certified Executive Coach from CFI.He has a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification and is also certified in the use of psychometric tools and assessment methodologies like Thomas Profile & Harrison Assessments

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Padma

Manager - Program Operations


Padma has over a decade of experience in Business process outsourcing majors like CAMS and TCS BPO, handing back office operations for various clients.

At CFI, Padma leverages these skills to manage program operations and project management for all of CFI public and in-company programs.

Padma completed her graduation in  Mathematics from the University of Madras and her Masters in Computer Applications from Bharathidasan University.

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V A Rajakrishnan

Manager - Accounts


Rajakrishnan has over three decades of rich experience in handling accounting, auditing, taxation and commercial matters with exposure to IGAAP and IFRS for over in Manufacturing sector.

At CFI, Raj leads the Accounting, taxation and compliance functions Raj completed his graduation in Commerce from the Madurai Kamaraj University.

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