Leadership

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.



howard 150x200Howard 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


sri 150x200Sri 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


ken 150x200Ken Judd, Chief Financial Officer
Ken Judd is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and manages all financial aspects of the business. The company has tripled in size with respect to revenue and personnel since he joined in 2008. His key areas of responsibility also include contracts and negotiations, corporate marketing strategies and initiatives, and leading Keste’s resale unit. He has been a certified public accountant (CPA) for over 25 years and is an officer for the Dallas chapter of Financial Executives International. He was recently named Outstanding CFO, Midsized Private Company by D CEO Magazine and the CFO of the Year for technology by the Dallas Business Journal. Mr. Judd earned his master’s degree in finance from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting the University of Maryland. Contact Ken


chuck 150x200Chuck 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


venkat 150x200Venkat 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


gokul 150x200Gokul 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


Sri Mereddy KesteSri 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


john 150x200John Peketz, Vice President, Marketing
John Peketz is the Vice President of Marketing for Keste. He is responsible for the development of the company’s marketing strategy, tactical programs and joint marketing activities with Keste’s technology and application partners. Mr. Peketz brings over 25 years’ experience in both B2C and B2B marketing, having worked at companies such as AT&T, Sprint, and FedEx. Over the past 12 years, he has successfully led marketing teams and developed marketing initiatives at multiple Oracle and Salesforce partners. Mr. Peketz earned his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Science from the University of Northern Colorado and his MBA from Arizona State University. Contact John


priya 150x200Priya Krishnan, Director, Human Capital Management
Priya Krishnan is Director 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