Purandar Das and Shanthi Boppana founded Sotero with a conviction that today’s data protection is insufficient and leaves companies, customers, and investors exposed. With their decades of experience leading some of the world’s largest data and analytics organizations, they knew first-hand that the lack of confidence in cybersecurity was leading to lost revenue opportunities and unnecessary risk. With a passion to solve this challenge for organizations around the globe, the Sotero team set out to reimagine data security for the digital economy.
Today, our team of industry experts, with more than 120 years of cybersecurity experience, is delivering a revolutionary approach to data security.
Founder & CEO
Purandar is the Co-founder & CEO of Sotero. Purandar has held senior management and leadership roles throughout out his career. He adopts a pragmatic approach that enables business to leverage technology to power growth and gain trust.
Purandar has built world class organizations that have fueled growth through new product offerings. Purandar has been on the leading edge of embracing new technology to help organizations transition their product & technology offerings, creating new revenue streams.
Purandar started Sotero with the conviction that today’s data protection was deficient and that a better approach was needed to protect data. He is a firm believer that security solutions, where the core focus is not the data, are not viable option.
Purandar was most recently the CTO at Infogroup. Prior to Infogroup, Purandar was the CTO at Epsilon, where he lead the Digital Solutions organization.
Purandar is a graduate of Texas A&M University (MS – Mechanical Engineering) and Bangalore University (BS – Mechanical Engineering).
Founder & CTO
Shanthi Boppana is Sotero’s Co-founder and CTO, overseeing the company’s technology development.
Shanthi has held several senior technology positions throughout her career built innovative analytical solutions on a broad range of modern platforms. Before co-founding Sotero she worked as Vice President of Big data and Analytics at Infogroup where she is responsible for modernizing legacy platforms and re-architecting applications to leverage Cloud Computing.
Previously, Shanthi worked at a startup Syncra Systems where she architected the Value Chain Collaboration Platform which was acquired by Oracle in 2005. Shanthi also led the mobile advertising and data analytics platform at Nokia. She earned an M.S degree in Engineering Science from LSU.
VP of Business Development
Kevin Keane is Sotero’s VP of Business Development, helping drive and scale collaborative go-to market activities with clients and partners so they can adopt Sotero solutions and derive meaningful business value. Kevin has built and led successful partner programs for several technology solution providers including Unica/IBM, APT/Mastercard and Visual IQ/Nielsen. He is a graduate of Colgate University.
Strategic Sales and Business
Bob is a Strategic Sales and Business Development Leader adept at bringing innovation through technology and engineering with deep experience in all aspects of product development, integration, training, support, sales, partner sales, marketing and business development.
Bob has spent most of his 40 year career as a technical leader, mentor and advisor. As a problem solver who moved into a sales role after many years and now working with companies to provide technology that solves real business problems, Bob reduces cost and improves operational efficiency.
As a senior technologist the best vendors to work with were those you could trust and delivered value not only with product but with quality support and had a desire to understand the business. As a sales professional these traits are the reason for success. Understand the needs, build trust, provide value and long term everyone wins.
Director of Software Engineering
Aboo Thanikkal is the Director of Software Engineering at Sotero. Aboo is a technology leader with more than 25 years of experience in the Software Industry. He leads the development of Sotero Software Platform and Applications.
Aboo has held senior technology positions in many small and large companies including EBSCO Information Services, CloudHealth Technologies and DataGravity. He has extensive experience in architecting and building highly scalable platforms and applications by making use of the latest technologies and tools. As the Director of Architecture at EBSCO, Aboo led the development of a premium online research platform used by libraries throughout the world called EBSCOhost serving hundreds of millions searches per day. At CloudHealth, Aboo worked on next-generation micro-services based technology platform for analyzing and optimizing cloud cost, usage, and performance.
Aboo holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut.
Director of Marketing
Anne is the Director of Marketing at Sotero. Anne manages the marketing strategy and execution and is thrilled to be the first marketing member. Throughout her career Anne has helped B2B organizations build out sales and marketing technology and strategy from the ground up to achieve business goals.
Anne has worked in the cybersecurity startup space over the past seven years and has held various roles in marketing. She holds a Masters degree in Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity from New York University, and a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Communication from Southern Connecticut State University.
Marketing Operations Manager
Chantel is the Marketing Operations Manager for Sotero. She owns the Martech stack, including all integrations and operations that enable marketing and sales to operate efficiently and at scale. Chantel has a strong operational background and has focused on helping organizations meet and exceed their objectives to establish and streamline processes and provide the required structural support throughout her career.
Chantel was previously Chief of Staff at Sotero and has held various roles assisting executives at Epsilon and Abiomed. Prior to Sotero, Chantel took time away from her professional career to focus on her growing family.
Chantel has served on the Georgetown, MA Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) to bring education and support to her community. She is a graduate of Endicott College and also studied Interior Design and Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Chief of Staff
Michaelene is the Chief of Staff at Sotero. Michaelene manages all back office and administrative functions for the organization and is a Business Development Sales Representative.
Through her career Michalene has focused on providing exceptional support to companies. Dedicated to making the daily functions of busy executives easier. Michaelene has a can do attitude and has a willingness to learn. Michaelene has had various roles as an accomplished contributor, building pipelines and managing offices at Epsilon, Avaya, Lucent and NEC Technologies. Prior to joining Sotero, Michaelene had spent time supporting Directors at a Charter school in NH and volunteering at her young daughter’s school.
Michaelene attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV and Ohio University in Athens, OH. Currently she is enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University in a continuing education program to complete her B.A., Business Marketing.
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