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Announcing the new Executive Team of BITSAA International

Wednesday, August 26, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kaushik Balasubramanian
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Announcing the new Executive Team of BITSAA International

Dear BITSian

BITSAA has been an integral part of my life for the past five and a half years. What began as a chance meeting between two friends over a drink, opened up a gateway to something I can best describe as a roller-coaster ride. I joined as a volunteer in the technology team and got driven to operations and later the 'hot'-seat. "The buck stops at you" - as one wise man once told me; does bring its share of joys and occasional frustrations.

I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have worked very closely with many BITSian stalwarts, picking a few tricks of the trade along the way. I don't think there is any substitute to this kind of learning - something I would be eternally thankful for. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the leadership at BITS, Pilani & BITSAA Board of Directors for putting their faith in me and my team to get things done. I hope I was able to do some justice to the role.

With BGM 3.0 around the corner, it is the right time for the current Executive team to pass the baton on to a more capable and energetic team; folks who are not bogged down by the baggage of legacy;folks who can do more justice to our mission and vision, with a much needed fresh perspective. 
Without further ado, I'd like to introduce the BITSAA Executive Team - 2015-17 (effective Aug 16, 2015)


Ravi Cherukuri, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Ravi Cherukuri (‘97 batch)  graduated from BITS, Pilani - Pilani Campus with degrees in Mathematics & EEE and went on to do his Masters in Electrical Engineering at the Iowa State University, USA, He is currently the Director of Engineering at an Intellectual Property firm in Santa Barbara, CA. Ravi has been volunteering for BITSAA for three years now in the Fundraising team at various capacities and was instrumental in raising the necessary monies for BITSAA’s ambitious ‘Bridges to the Future’ campaign.

Vishrut Shukla, Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Vishrut Shukla (‘05 batch)  graduated from BITS, Pilani - Goa campus with a degree in Computer Science and went on to do his MBA at IIM Bangalore after a brief stint at Cisco. Vishrut is currently working as a Product Manager with Microsoft Corporation on Office line of products primarily looking after go-to-market (GTM) strategies and global partnerships. His association with BITSAA dates back to his Goa Campus days where, as part of 2nd batch of students, he formally set up the on-campus alumni association and brought Project Embryo into existence as the longest serving BITSAA Secretary. This is his second stint with BITSAA, and he worked with the Technology Team and the Chapter Relations Team in his first stint.

Deekshith Vanamala, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Deekshith Vanamala (‘09 batch)  the newly appointed CFO, graduated with a Pharmacy degree from BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus and is currently pursuing his masters in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Ohio. He is a Senior Associate in Education at Startup Leadership Program, a global world-class training program for startup founders. He joined BITSAA in 2014 as a volunteer in Finance and gradually worked his way up the ranks to join the new exec team as its youngest member.

Kaushik Balasubramanian, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Kaushik Balasubramanian (‘08 batch) graduated from BITS, Pilani -  Goa Campus with a degree in EEE and is currently working as a software developer at e-GMAT. An active member of BITSAA Chennai Chapter, he joined BITSAA International in June 2011 as Team Leader and has been responsible for building most of the communications and marketing team from scratch. Be it BGM or BITSians’ Day, social media or newsletters - when it comes to getting the necessary buzz going; Kaushik - led marketing team has established themselves as one of the finest run volunteer teams in BITSAA.

​​Rajesh Chelapurath(‘88) and Kalyan Krishnamani(‘97) continue with their positions of Chief Investments Officer (CIO)  and Public Relations Officer (PRO) respectively.

The new team was chosen by the power-packed group of eminent BITSAA leaders - Jayan Ramankutty (Chairman, BITSAA International), Srikanth Krishnamurthy (BITSAA Chennai & Trustee, BITSAA International), Sanjay Khendry (BITSAA Hyderabad & Trustee, BITSAA International), Pradeep Sethi (BITSAA Delhi & Trustee, BITSAA International), Chandra Bhople (BITSAA Silicon Valley), Shashikant Khandelwal (BITSAA Silicon Valley & Trustee, BITSAA International), CS Goel (President, BITSAA Delhi & Vice Chair Chapters’ Council), Viggy Mokkarala. (Fundraising Chair & Trustee, BITSAA International). The committee spoke to various candidates and zeroed in on the chosen ones. The appointments were vetted and confirmed unanimously by the Board in the last Board meeting held on August 9th & announced internally during our weekly Sunday call on the 16th.

Please join me in welcoming the new Executive Team. I am confident that with the support of the entire BITSAA ecosystem, the new team would take BITS and BITSAA to greater heights.

Message from Jayan Ramankutty, Chairman, BITSAA International on the transition

"Over the last 8 months since I assumed Chairmanship, I was privileged to work with Rohit and his team. It was because of their continued dedication and passion that BITSAA International was able to add groundbreaking achievements, such as the BGM, BITS Connect 2.0, BITSians' Day, and the NASDAQ opening bell event, to its name, achievements which no other alumni association can boast of. BITSAA International truly enjoyed a successful period under their tenure. I thank the outgoing CXOs for their selfless service to the organization, and wish them all the very best for their future endeavours."



Message from Dr. V.S. Rao, Acting Vice Chancellor BITS, Pilani

"I must place on record the excellent services the outgoing team has rendered to BITSAA  and BITS Pilani during their tenure. Personally, I have had several opportunities and occasions to interact with the team and also seek their help. Projects like BITS Connect 2.0 have benefitted BITS, Pilani immensely. Their dedication to help BITS, especially the way Prof Jain's and my  visits to various US Universities was organized;  is remarkable."

Note from the new CEO

Excited about the new role, Ravi aptly says:

"BITSAA International is an active and vibrant organization with full of talented and passionate BITSians.  Serving BITS alumni and BITS campuses in the capacity of BITSAA CEO is a unique opportunity and I am excited to step into that role.  I hope to continue the good work, make more significant contributions and set more meaningful milestones on the way."


Rohit Koul
Outgoing CEO and Trustee
BITSAA International


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