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Our management team has significant global operating experience and a track record of success in software and services.


Romesh Wadhwani — Founder and Chairman of the Board

Dr. Romesh Wadhwani is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Symphony Technology Group. Romesh was the founder and former chairman and CEO of Aspect Development, Inc., until 1999 when the company was purchased by i2 Technologies, and Romesh became the vice chairman of i2 Technologies and a member of the i2 board of directors. Over the past nine years, Dr. Wadhwani spearheaded the emergence of Aspect as a leader in the fast-growing B2B e-commerce arena. This dominance led to Aspect's merger with i2--the largest merger in software history.

Dr. Wadhwani was previously chairman and CEO of Cimflex Teknowledge Corporation, a company specializing in products and systems for computer-integrated manufacturing. Prior to that, he was chairman and CEO of a company specializing in information systems for energy management. In addition, he has been a director on the boards of several companies and organizations. Dr. Wadhwani received his Bachelor of Science degree from IIT Bombay and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Gordon Brooks — President and CEO

Gordon Brooks has more than 24 years of outsourcing experience at services and software companies such as Oracle, ADP and Computer Sciences Corporation. Prior to joining Symphony Services, Gordon was the Founder, President and CEO of E5 Systems, an application management outsourcing company with delivery centers in India and China. Previously, Gordon was President and CEO of Breakaway Solutions, a provider of business to business commerce strategy and outsourcing services. Under Gordon's leadership, Breakaway Solutions served more than 200 customers worldwide and had a successful IPO with a market capitalization of $4.7 billion.

Before forming Breakaway Solutions, Gordon was a Senior Vice President and an officer at Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP). He was one of CTP's original senior executives when Safeguard Scientifics formed the company in 1991. Gordon was responsible for all operations throughout the Americas, and as Global Chief Sales Officer, helped to grow the company from inception to more than $600 million in revenues. Gordon holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Hampshire and attended Seton Hall University's MBA program.

Barbara A. Yastine — Board Member

With over twenty years of experience as an executive with global financial firms such as Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and Citigroup, Barbara is well-suited for her roles as independent board member and chair of Symphony Services' audit committee, where she is responsible for leading the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities related to the integrity of Symphony's financial statements and internal controls, the engagement of its external auditors, and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Barbara was most recently the CFO of CSFB, the global investment bank of Zurich-based Credit Suisse Group (CSG). While there, she oversaw all financial reporting and tax activities, served on CSFB's operating committee and on the executive boards of both CSG and CSFB. Before joining CSFB, Barbara was with Citigroup and its predecessor companies for 15 years, serving in a number of executive and financial roles at both the corporate and operating levels. These included CFO of Citigroup's Global Corporate and Investment Bank; chief auditor; chief administrative officer of its Global Consumer Group; executive vice president of finance and insurance of its consumer lending business; and vice president of corporate investor relations and financial planning & analysis.

In addition to her professional duties, Barbara also chairs the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Phoenix House, the nation's leading provider of drug and alcohol abuse treatment and prevention services, operating more than one hundred programs in nine states. She holds a B.A. in journalism from New York University and an MBA in Finance from the New York University School of Business.

Herb Hunt — Board Member

Herb Hunt is Executive Vice President , Operations at Symphony Technology Group. Prior to Symphony, Herb worked at Siebel Systems and IBM. Joining Siebel Systems in September 2001, he held many positions, including Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Quality Engineering & Offshore Operations, Senior Vice President, Global Services and Senior Vice President, Strategy. Herb's last assignment at IBM was Vice President, Worldwide Reengineering, Sales, Service and Marketing where he was responsible for all aspects of IBM's Global Transformation. Prior to this assignment, Herb held many senior-level positions with IBM around the world such as Vice President, Operations - IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa and Vice President, Operations - IBM Asia-Pacific. In these roles, Herb oversaw the implementation of IBM's go-to-market model and the operation of the Sales organizations that support IBM's large global customers. Herb held various executive positions in the Asia-Pacific region for 20 years, including Sales, Service, Marketing and Software Development assignments. Herb joined IBM in the Vancouver, Canada Branch office in 1969.

Ramanan Raghavendran — Board Member

Ramanan Raghavendran is the co-founder and managing partner of Kubera Partners, a private equity firm that invests in crossborder businesses. Prior to founding Kubera, Ramanan led the successful cross-border investing efforts at TH Lee Putnam Ventures as a senior partner (and he continues to oversee the THLPV portfolio). He was formerly a senior partner at Insight Venture Partners, where he invested in business process outsourcing and enterprise software companies, including crossborder investing via ConnectCapital, an Insight affiliate. Previously, Ramanan was a senior member of the investment team at General Atlantic, where he initiated the Internet-related investment effort and also led sector efforts in technology services and enterprise software. Ramanan began his professional career at McKinsey & Company in New York and London.

He is the chairman of the advisory board of Magic Bus (, a Mumbai-based charitable organization that uses innovative techniques to assist some of the most “at-risk” children in Mumbai. He is a member of the advisory board of the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, the only research institution in the United States dedicated to the study of contemporary India. Ramanan also co-founded Impact Partners, the first venture philanthropy entity in India.

He holds a B.S. in finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a B.S.E. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Engineering.

Robert M. Howe — Board Member

Bob Howe’s experience spans over thirty years in information technology, consulting and services. Bob founded the IBM Consulting practice. Starting the group in 1991, Bob created the strategy and built a worldwide network of consulting practices, which supported all industries. When he left in 1994, the consulting group had grown to $250 million in revenues and today is one of the largest consulting organizations worldwide. At IBM, Bob also served as the general manager of IBM's global banking, financial and securities business, a $14 billion division of IBM, where he was responsible for sales, strategy, and solutions. Following IBM, Bob was the chairman of Scient Incorporated, where he helped start the company as its CEO and built it to over 2000 professionals in less than 3 years.

Bob also had a distinguished career with Booz, Allen & Hamilton starting in 1976, where he consulted extensively in information technology. He was elected senior vice president in 1986, and served as a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the firm's executive committee. In addition, he serves on the Boards of JohnsonDiversey and NorthStar. He also started Montgomery Goodwin Investments, LLC. Bob holds a BBA from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

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