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Leadership

Samir Kakar

Chief Technology Officer

Samir is responsible for the vision behind Aptara’s publishing technology solutions and its Content Technology Development practice, as well as the design of the company’s global IT infrastructure. Since joining Aptara in 1993, Samir has been instrumental in developing the company’s technology portfolio and the processes that support its customers. Samir is a graduate of the University of Delhi, where he earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and an honors masters degree in operational research.

Mike Stacy

Executive Vice President, Enterprise

As the head of Aptara’s Corporate Learning & Performance practices, Mike brings over 25 years of experience in the training industry, global outsourcing, and technology-based process improvements to deliver solutions that significantly improve performance and impact clients’ bottom lines. Previously, Mike led Aptara’s Learning & Performance Sales organization. Prior to coming to Aptara in 2006, he was part of the executive team at PRIMEDIA, where he developed innovative learning delivery and documentation solutions and led a team of 125 sales and support personnel. Mike also led sales efforts at Ninth House Networks, an eLearning company, growing its customer base threefold. Prior to Ninth House Networks, Mike held senior management roles at Thomson Learning and Crisp Learning.

Deepak Kumar

Executive Vice President

Deepak is expert in building, managing, and sustaining large businesses. He leads two of Aptara’s major practice areas—Banking, Financial Services, & Insurance (BFSI) and Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, for which he handles sales and business development, strategic planning, and emerging technologies based. Previously, he led Aptara’s Financial Publishing Group. Before joining Aptara, Deepak worked with Gillette and Phillip Morris in increasingly senior roles. He loves to travel to far-off places and enjoys listening to music.

Sriram Panchanathan

Senior Vice President, Digital Solutions

Sriram leads Aptara’s Digital Solutions Group, which is responsible for eBook conversion services, XML-based content transformation solutions, and digitization solutions. Sriram has extensive experience in process excellence, technology development, and business development in both services and software product spaces with cross-cultural management experience in India and the United States. Sriram came to Aptara from Amazon, where he set up several mission critical teams supporting the Kindle content store and was responsible for operations, process excellence, vendor management, and technology development, among other areas. Prior to Amazon, Sriram was a management consultant with PRTM, a premiere strategy consulting firm, advising Fortune 500 clients on product strategy and innovation. Sriram was also a principal engineer at Webtrends in the web analytics domain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from IIT Kharagpur in India, a master’s degree in transportation operations research from the University of Delaware, and an MBA in finance and strategy from Cornell University.

Debashis Chaudhuri

Senior Vice President, India Operations

Debashis, better known as DC, has been an architect of Aptara’s success for more than two decades. He has served in senior positions for several divisions, including digital solutions, information technology, quality assurance, and human resources. Prior to Aptara, DC was involved in software development. His thorough understanding and process knowledge about digital content, eBook creation, and overall publishing content solutions inform the systems and operational overhauls he develops for Aptara’s clients. A skilled strategist, DC turns blue-sky blueprints into workable solutions, all while meeting pre-established performance benchmarks for key operational goals. DC manages the human resources and administration for Aptara’s offshore operations.

Prashant Kapoor, CA, CMA, B.Com(H)

Senior Vice President, Finance and Controller

Two decades’ of accounting, finance, and management experience back Prashant’s management of Aptara’s Accounting and Finance Group. He is responsible for international and domestic audits, internal and external reporting, direct and indirect taxes, foreign exchange strategy, and all commercial functions. Upon joining Aptara in 2003, he spearheaded the company’s seamless migration of U.S. accounting and audit functions to India. He has since integrated various enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems at the company. Prior to joining Aptara, Prashant worked for an eFunds group in the United States, as well as for Tefal India Household Appliances and Allianz Capital and Management Services in India. When he's not working, Prashant loves to travel with his family. 

Sara Grigg

Vice President, Accounting and Finance

Sara leads Aptara’s U.S. accounting team and is responsible for corporate tax, treasury, and business operations, including budgeting, forecasting, and acquisitions. When she joined Aptara in 2007, she brought with her 20 years of diverse accounting experience at both for-profit corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to Aptara, Sara was the director of budgeting at Sunrise Senior Living. She holds a BS in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jessica M. Kelty

General Counsel

Jessica has more than 15 years experience in advising and counseling clients in a wide range of labor and employment issues, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, privacy and security requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and the Consumer Credit Protection Act. Prior to joining Aptara, she was counsel at Isler Dare Ray Radcliffe & Connolly, P.C, and General Counsel, P.C.