Executive Coach

Sadhana Somasekhar, Accredited Leadership Coach & Corp. Sculptor. FORBES Coaches Council.

Audience: Global, Board & C-Suite, Leaders & HiPot Corporate Olympians.

CEO & Managing Director, Platinum Infosystems, Sadhana has close to 3 decades in the IT/ITES industry. Her journey through various roles, from Vice President (International Operations), Nexus Computers (Aurelec DPS - Networking “LAN/WAN” pioneers in India), heading the IBM Enterprise Systems Group (ESG) business relationship, et al, to CXO and the Boardroom, has been marked with milestones both domestic and international. 

As part of its Board of Directors & core investor group, she was the Jt. Managing Director, responsible for global business, to one of the country's largest strategic IT HR consulting companies, Future Focus Infotech (P) Ltd.

Corporate Assignments include:

● MD & CEO - Platinum Infosystems Pvt. Ltd. (2002-current)
● Co-Founder & Director, BoD- Zeus Career & Performance Coach Pvt. Ltd. (2018-current)
● President - Focus America, Inc. (2004-2015)
● Joint Managing Director (2003-2015) - Future Focus Infotech (P) Ltd.
● Director - International Business, Nexus Computers (P) Ltd. (1991-2002)

Coaching & Other Certifications/Accreditations

● Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching- Leadership Coach
● Marshall Goldsmith Global Leader Assessment 360 (GLA360) Certified Professional
● Marshall Goldsmith “Global Leader of the Future” 360 Assessment Certified
● EQi-2.0 & EQ360 Certified Practitioner, MHS Australia
● Coaching Foundation India Ltd. (CFI Ltd): CEO/Executive Coach
● National Federation of Neurolinguistics Programming (NFNLP), USA: Certified Neurolinguistics Practitioner
● McQuaig Psychometric System: Interpreter

Sadhana has been a practicing coach in India and overseas for over 8 years and has over a decade as an “Expert Mentor” (National Entrepreneurs Network, Wadhwani Foundation). She leverages her considerable hands-on/practical leadership experience from working across business functions, geographies, verticals and challenging situations, to assist each leader she coaches. She works on a one-on-one basis with each leader. Her action-biased approach seeks to advance self-development and new discovery, while focusing on immediate/tangible business benefits & personal progression for the Leader/Coachee. The profiles of individuals that she engages with in her capacity as Leadership coach vary from high potential, fast track Senior Executives/Managers to CXOs. She excels in situations that are strategically challenging, transformational & individually sensitive, and where direct feedback may not be available.

Industry affiliations:
● FORBES, USA, Coaches Council (current)
● WICCI, Bilateral affairs (trade & commerce) Indo-Vietnam, Steering Committee 
NASSCOM D&I: National Council Committee
● Chairperson, NASSCOM D&I, TN Chapter (2012-2015)
● Chairperson, Bilateral Relations, India-Sri Lanka, India –USA (CPD), ALL Ladies League
● Vice Chairperson, ASSOCHAM (LL) - “ALL”, T.N. (2014-15)
● Member: Coaching Foundation India Limited (CFI) - till date
● Vice Chair – CFI, Chennai Chapter (2015-2017)
● Chairperson, AllWorld Network India100 Executive Council (Michael E. Porter-Harvard Business School initiative)
● Expert Mentor: National Entrepreneurs Network (NEN)- till date
● Pink Ambassador – *West Cancer Research (*NGO)

Awards & Recognitions
● “Most Talented Coaching Leaders”: World Coaching Congress, CHRO ASIA & Times Ascent (2017)
● “Woman Super Achiever”: World HRD Congress, Femina & Times Ascent (2017)
● “Best Woman Entrepreneur across Sectors”: Dun & Bradstreet’s Leading SMEs of India & SME Awards (2013-14)
● “Woman Leader for Innovation”: Fifth Annual Women Leaders of India summit (2014) “NASSCOM Special Recognition Award” (2010): Innovation & D&I
● “High Intensity Entrepreneur”: AllWorld Network, Harvard Univ., USA
● “Leading Woman Entrepreneur- SME”: II Annual Women Leaders in India Awards (2010)
● “India’s Top 5 CMOs”: Women Leaders in India Awards (2010)
● “Leading Woman (IT)”: Women Leaders in India awards, iiGlobal & NDTV (2010-11 & 2012-13)
● “India Leadership Award for Industrial Dev.”: 2011 & 2013, AIAF
● “India Athena Award Nominee (2007)”: Athena International & Infosys Ltd.

● MirrorReview 2018: “Most Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs 2018”
● Consultants Review: "25 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs (2016-17)
● THE CEO, India: “Leader with a difference”, a study on Inspirational CEOs, focusing on Woman (2016-17)
● India Today: Top 20 Most Influential People of T.N. (2007-08)
● Outlook Money: Individual success profiling: “Betting on Talent”,
● A lover of animals, Sadhana is a seasoned equestrian and rides for the pleasure of being with the horses & the joy of sport.
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/sadhanasomasekhar
Twitter: @Pt_Sadhana

Engagements (partial list)
1. PriceWaterHouse Coopers (USA/KSDC): Board/leadership
2. Nomura; Sr leadership/ ED leadership & Executive coaching
3. Mphasis: CXO
4. Deloitte (USA): leadership coaching
5. Sutherland: India leadership, COO, CIO/CDO(USA), Philippines
6. HEMAS holding, Srilanka: CXO/Sr. Leadership/Directors
7. CAMS, Chennai
8. HCL : Global Delivery Leadership
9. Lifeline Group of Hospitals: Chairman/CXO
10. Ambattur Clothing (Realty unit): CXO Coaching
12. Transform/DCode Architects: CEO coaching
14. Indian Terrain: CXO coaching
15. PayPal: Mentorship
16. RAGE Communications: CTO, President - India & Australia
17. AT&T : Sr. Leadership (individual coaching)
18. Aditya Birla Sunlife: Sr. Leadership