Executive Team

Keste prides itself on it award-winning solutions and on the talent of its people, who bring a wealth of subject matter expertise and industry knowledge when delivering enterprise software solutions.

The company is thriving under the guidance and leadership of some of the most experienced executives in the business.

keste_howard-400x500Howard Moore, Chief Executive Officer
Howard Moore is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Keste. Since founding the organization in 2004, Mr. Moore has managed business development and global operations for the company. Under Mr. Moore’s leadership, Keste has expanded its global presence with solution centers in the US and India and customers across North America, Europe and South Asia. In 2012, Mr. Moore was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Currently, in recognition of his industry and product knowledge, he serves on Oracle’s Executive Partner Advisory Board. Prior to Keste, Mr. Moore was an executive for EADS (parent company of AirBus) where he built a shared services platform for North America and led efforts in Europe to restructure the global IT operations for the company’s communications division.  Mr. Moore also founded ALTURA, a business process outsourcing company focused on critical employee-based processes for multi-unit operations. Mr. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Software Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Contact Howard

keste_sri-819x1024Sri Ayyeppen, President and Chief Technology Officer
Sri Ayyeppen is the President, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Keste and is responsible for driving and delivering the overall solutions and technology strategy for Keste and Keste’s customers. Mr. Ayyeppen oversees the business transformation of Keste customers using transformational solutions though state-of-the-art enterprise architecture initiatives. His responsibilities include business development and solutions and strategy evangelism. He was named an Oracle Deputy CTO in 2010. Oracle Deputy CTOs are considered strong trusted advisors that participate with Oracle on strategy and leadership conversations. In 2014, he was named to Dallas Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and a DBJ Minority Business Leader. In 2012, he was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. He holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Dallas and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India. Contact Sri

Practice Leads

keste_alyssa-819x1024Alyssa Johnson, Vice President, Applications
Alyssa Johnson is Vice President of Keste’s Enterprise Applications Practice. Her primary expertise includes strategic planning and design of modern business solutions and overall program management of global projects to ensure client satisfaction. She has extensive knowledge and experience in Oracle E-Business Suite and ERP Cloud. Her role as an Oracle thought leader has given Ms. Johnson the opportunity to interface with multiple global clients in many diverse business areas giving her insights into industry and system best practices. Ms. Johnson is currently serving as the 2017 President of the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG), an international community for E-Business Suite, ERP Cloud, EPM/Hyperion, and Primavera users. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of Oracle application topics and is one of the primary authors of The Release 12 Primer. Ms. Johnson holds a B.S. in Mathematics with a Computer Science minor from the University of Texas at Arlington.Contact Alyssa

keste_rajesh-819x1024Rajesh Sankaran, Vice President, Technology
Rajesh Sankaran is the Vice President of Technology and is responsible for technology solutions, sales support and service delivery. With 20+ years of experience leading complex consulting engagements across a spectrum of industries, Mr. Sankaran has a track record of building strong client relationships, successfully managing large global projects, turning around at-risk programs, and revitalizing underperforming teams. Mr. Sankaran previously held management consulting positions at Accenture and HP and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras in India. Contact Rajesh

keste_venkat-819x1024Venkat Subramanian, Vice President, Salesforce Practice
Venkat Subramanian is Vice President of Keste’s Salesforce Practice. He is responsible for leading the company’s rapidly growing global delivery team and has oversight for both sales and delivery of innovative, Salesforce-based solutions. Prior to joining Keste, he worked at Peoplesoft, Oracle and Appirio where he played a key role in helping those companies architect and deliver customized projects on time and on budget. Mr. Subramanian brings years of CRM, management and business development experience when guiding companies in the design, implementation and integration of high-performing technology and business solutions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics from the National Institute of Engineering in Mysore, India and his MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. Contact Venkat

Business Development

keste_chuck-819x1024Chuck Kolakowski, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Sales Operations
Chuck Kolakowski is Keste’s Executive Vice President of Business Development and Sales Operations. Mr. Kolakowski joined Keste in 2008 and provides executive management thought leadership with the proven ability to increase revenue, apply resources to a vision, and improve customer satisfaction. He is persistent in driving strategic directions, negotiations, and client projects through the complexities of tight timelines, technical challenges, and high customer expectations. Mr. Kolakowski has a reputation for building organizations with customer focus, innovative spirit, and operational excellence. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs with Minors in Computer Science and Architecture from Virginia Tech. He also graduated from The European Business Administration Programme in International Business Management from INSEAD. Contact Chuck

keste_michael-819x1024Mike Schwab, Vice President, Business Development
Michael Schwab is Keste’s Vice President of Business Development. He is responsible for developing a comprehensive understanding of the needs of Keste’s customers; mapping those needs to the most effective technologies and forming teams to design and implement solutions that deliver true business value. Mr. Schwab joined Keste in 2013 with over 15 years of experience in leading innovative and value-focused business technology organizations in the life sciences, manufacturing and non-profit sectors. He has successfully led multiple transformations of application technology and IT organizations and excels at collaboratively devising solutions to complex business requirements. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management from the State University of New York. Contact Mike

keste_sar-819x1024Saravanan (Sam) Yoganandam, Vice President, Cloud Solutions and Business Development
Saravanan (Sam) is responsible for Keste’s South East Strategic Programs that include driving Business Development, delivering Oracle Cloud Solutions (Platform & Applications), Salesforce Cloud and Technology strategy for Keste’s customers. Saravanan joined Keste in 2014 and has spearheaded the SE transformation into a rapid growth arm by developing strategic client relationships and adding consistent value to several clients seeking IT solutions for complex business problems. Saravanan has established Global ITIL based Cloud Service Delivery Organizations in USA and India from ground-up and consistently leveraged Blended Delivery capabilities in Sales, Business Development and Service Delivery Functions. Saravanan’s thought leadership, cross-functional leadership, engagement sponsorship, business acumen and attention to details ensure client success time and again. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Operations Management from Indira Gandhi University, New Delhi, Technical Program Management Certification from Georgia Tech, Atlanta and a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.


keste_priya-819x1024Priya Krishnan, Vice President, Human Capital Management
Priya Krishnan is Vice President of Human Capital Management and is responsible for all of Keste’s global HR management, recruiting and employee relations initiatives. Prior to joining Keste, Ms. Krishnan was with Teletrac and provided her leadership in running their global HR department, where she was responsible for all operational and strategic HR programs. Ms. Krishnan believes that HR is the foundation of most successful companies and works to create systems and a culture that maximizes employee engagement and development. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Contact Priya

keste_gokul-819x1024Gokul Balagurunathan, Vice President, Operations
Gokul Balagurunathan is Keste’s Vice President of Operations and has ownership for cross functional coordination across all business units and departments, business process development and governance. He is also responsible for executive program management to design and implement key strategic initiatives to drive company growth & profitability. Mr. Balagurunathan specializes in bridging strategy and execution and brings over 20 years of Consulting and Business Process experience at Deloitte Consulting, HP (formerly EDS), and other firms in US and India. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics from Bangalore University in India. He is also a PMI certified Project Management Professional and holds an Advanced Project Management certificate from Stanford University. Contact Gokul

Keste India

keste_sri2-819x1024Sri Mereddy, Vice President, India Operations
Sri Mereddy is Keste’s Vice President of India Operations and is responsible for managing Keste’s India office. Mr. Mereddy has been with Keste since it was founded in 2004 and moved to India to start India operations in 2008. He has over 20 years of experience in IT and has successfully led many high profile projects for customers in the Oracle Applications space in North America, Europe and India. Under his leadership, the Keste India Development Center has grown to a strong technical team with deep subject matter expertise. He has been successful in expanding operations for Keste in India and APAC regions in addition to serving North American Customers. Mr. Mereddy holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Long Island University in New York and bachelors from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Contact Sri