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.


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.


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.


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.


Sonali Anna Philip

Principal Consultant – Coaching solutions

Sonali has over six years of rich experience in talent management for the engineering and commercial functions of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

As Principal Consultant, Sonali is responsible for supporting the design, development and execution of all customized coaching led offerings for its clients.

Sonali completed her graduation in Psychology from the University of Madras and her Masters in Human Resources Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



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.


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.