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Board of Directors

Functional Leadership

Dr. Pallab Chatterjee — Chairman

In his position as Chairman, Pallab is responsible for Symphony Services’ overall strategic direction and execution as the company continues its geographic expansion and organic and inorganic growth in outsourced engineering services for global clients. Pallab is also Managing Director and Operating Partner of Symphony Technology Group (STG).

Prior to STG, Pallab was CEO of i2 Technologies Inc., a market leader in supply chain management. Beforei2, Pallab spent 24 years at Texas Instruments in a variety of positions, including Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Chief Technology Officer of Texas Instruments Technology Labs and President of its $1.5 billion Notebook and Calculator Division.

Pallab has been the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades, including TI Senior Fellow (1985), IEEE Fellow (1986) and the IEEE J.J. Ebers Award (1986) and Member National Academy of Engineers (1997). He has also been awarded numerous patents and has authored several publications on the hi-tech industry.

Pallab holds a Bachelors (electronics & communication engineering) degree from IIT-Kharagpur, India, Masters and Doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from University of Illinois, US.

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Sanjay Dhawan — President & Chief Executive Officer

A technology veteran and serial entrepreneur, Symphony Services’ President & CEO Sanjay Dhawan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Symphony Services, as well as its overall financial performance. Dhawan joined Symphony Services from Aricent, a KKR owned privately held company with global operations in over 25 countries and over 10,000 employees, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. At Aricent, he was responsible for company strategy, sales, marketing and the management and oversight of several high-growth business units and various functional units.

Prior to Aricent, Dhawan was the Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Inkra Networks, a company credited with defining the virtual networking market segment. Dhawan also held chief strategy, development, sales and management roles at Netopia, StarNet and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Dhawan has authored several networking-related publications and books and has chaired IEEE 802 and ANSI X3T9 standards sub-groups. He holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, England, and a BS degree in Electronics and Communications from REC Kurukshetra, India.

Alan Harlan — President, Product Line Management

As the leader of the Product Line Management (PLM) group, Alan and histeam assume full responsibility for entire product lines or business units—globalizing product engineering and taking on all market facing operations—to help clients optimize profitability and sustainability. He has a track record of running high performing sales and delivery operations and turning around under-performing business units. Alan also serves as President of Symphony Spend Management Solutions which is a unit within the Product Line Management group.

Prior to joining Symphony Services, Alan has served in various executive technology, sales and accounting roles including EVP for Sierra Design Group, Inc., a gaming software development and services firm, VP of Sales for Sourcecorp, Inc., a data services company with significant global outsourcing relationships, and EVP of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., a global technology and business process firm.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Accounting from Louisiana State University, US.

Amitava Roy — Chief Operating Officer

In his position as Chief Operating Officer of Symphony Services, Amitavais responsible for global delivery of software engineering operations including projects, strategic consulting and various business units like Enterprise Applications, Enterprise Technology, Engineering Services, Professional Services & Support and Remote Infrastructure Management.

Prior to Symphony, Amitava was Sr. Corporate Vice President at HCLTechnologies, one of India’s top IT and technology firms, where he had oversight of more than 7,000 people, establishing and managing R&D centers for clients. At HCL, he was also responsible for the creation of new service offerings, business segments, critical partnerships and joint ventures around the world. Prior to HCL, Amitava was a founding member of Hughes Software Systems (currently known as Aricent). He played critical roles in the creation of award-winning enterprise networking products for the parent company and instrategic planning for growth and diversification of the company's business. He also has more than a decade of experience with Tata Consultancy Services, where he last held the position of group manager for its Data Communication and Networking business.

Amitava holds a Masters degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics andTelecommunications Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

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Lee Fields — Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

In his role as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Symphony Services, Lee spearheads a global client acquisition strategy designed to expand the organization’s leadership position across key markets.

Prior to joining Symphony Services, Lee has had a successful career that encompassed diverse leadership roles in sales, marketing, operations and corporate business development. He was the Senior Vice President of Global Programs at Wipro Technologies, where his team was responsible for ‘prospect through transition’ of very large (>$100m), complex, multi-tower outsourcing engagements. Earlier, Lee held various executive positions at Infocrossing (acquired by Wipro in 2007) including President of IT Outsourcing and President of the Enterprise Application Services Solution Group. He has also been engaged with Mercer Management Consulting and IBM. From 1997 to 2003, Lee was a founding member of AnswerThink, Inc., a provider of technology-based business transformation solutions, where he served in various sales, business development, and consulting roles, ultimately becoming Chief Sales Officer.

Lee holds a degree in Economics from Rutgers College, NJ, US.

C Mahalingam — Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

As Chief People Officer, C Mahalingam (Mali) is responsible for …

Prior to joining Symphony Services, Mali led HR for the India operations of IBM and Hewlett-Packard as well as Philips Software Center. At these companies Mali helped drive Total Employee Delight to attain a position among the best employers. Mali is currently the President of the IT Industry HR Association, Bangalore, and is on the National HR Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry, New Delhi. He is a recipient of the prestigious Golden Jubilee Gold Medal for the Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations, Loyola College, Chennai.

Mali holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sacred Heart College, Chennai, India.

Pradeep Chaudhry— Chief Financial Officer

In his position as Chief Financial Officer, Pradeep oversees all financial operations, focusing on capital structure, budgeting, financial reporting and managing communication with the investor community.

Prior to joining Symphony Services, Pradeep has accumulated years of experience in the fields of Corporate Finance with significant expertise in the areas of M&A;, planning, pricing accounting, capital raising, tax and regulatory issues. He had successful stints as Chief Financial Officer at ISGN, Cambridge Solutions Ltd., and Ind-Telesoft. At each of these companies, Pradeep led financial operations and was instrumental in the turn-around of operations, maintaining investor relations and raising capital (debt and equity). Earlier, Pradeep served in senior management positions at IBM Global Services, Bangalore.

Pradeep holds a MBA (Finance) degree from the University of Illinois, US.

Laura D. Weinstein — Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Laura is Symphony Services’ Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. She is responsible for worldwide legal affairs at Symphony Services, managing the company’s legal infrastructure in support of its high-growth domestic and international operations, and advising on the company’s key strategic transactions, corporate, employment, intellectual property matters and governance.

Prior to Symphony Services, Laura served in several senior management positions including Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of BrassRing, Inc., an enterprise recruiting and human resources management software company in San Mateo, CA and as Associate General Counsel of Kaplan, Inc. in New York, NY, a diversified education company within the Washington Post Company. Prior to going in-house, she was a litigator at Stillman & Friedman, a white collar criminal defense and civil litigation firm in New York, NY.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College and a J.D from New York University School of Law. She is a member of both the California and New York State Bars.

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Barbara A. Yastine

Barbara focuses on her role 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.

Prior to Symphony Services, Barbara was most recently the CFO of Credit Suisse First Boston (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.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from New York University and an MBA in Finance from the New York University School of Business, US.

Ramanan Raghavendran

Ramanan 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 (www.magicbusindia.org), 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, US.

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Robert M. Howe

Bob’s experience spans more than 30 years in information technology, consulting and services. Founding the IBM Consulting practice 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

Dr. Romesh Wadhwani

Dr. Romesh Wadhwani is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Symphony Technology Group (STG), a strategic private equity firm. STG’s current portfolio consists of nine companies with combined revenue of $2.5 billion and 15,000 employees in North America, Europe, India and China.

Before STG, Romesh was the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Aspect Development, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise software for Supplier Relationship Management. Aspect was acquired for over $9 billion, one of the largest mergers in software history. Previously, Romesh was founder and CEO of two other enterprise software companies, each of which he built over a ten year period.

Romesh received his Bachelor of Science degree from IIT Bombay, India and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, US.