Chief Executive Officer
We are a company driven by inquisitive data scientists, having developed a pragmatic and interdisciplinary approach, which has evolved over the decades working with over 100 clients across multiple industries. Combining several Data Science techniques from statistics, machine learning, deep learning, decision science, cognitive science, and business intelligence, with our ecosystem of technology platforms, we have produced unprecedented solutions. Welcome to the Data Science Analytics team that can do it all, from architecture to algorithms. Download a brochure
Chief Executive Officer
Krishna Kallakuri is a founding member of DataFactZ. He has a passion for technology and a strong sense for business. These skills have allowed him to create one of the fastest growing analytics companies in the Midwest. He is responsible for long-term growth strategy, overall management and operations. He has a drive for delivering unique business solutions that leverage a global delivery model. He brings more than 15 years of expertise in the IT industry, as well as, senior management experience.
Prior to DataFactZ, he worked as technical consultant and was responsible for the design and implementation of several data-centric solutions to several Fortune 100 companies.
Mr. Kallakuri holds a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from Bangalore University, India.
Vice President, Sales
Adrian Gherghescu serves as Vice President of Sales at DataFactZ where he is responsible for nurturing client relations with memorable service and clear communication of their BI/DW, Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics needs, and expectations.
Mr. Gherghescu is a seasoned professional with a broad experience in all aspects of relationship building derived from twenty years of sales and customer service. He is dedicated in building relationships and passionate about continuous and never ending improvement. Always resourceful, he likes to engage in creative thinking to find ``a way`` for win-win client solutions.
Mr. Gherghescu holds Business Administration and Computer Programming degrees from UCC College and Chubb Institute of Technology in New Jersey.
Principal Data Science & Analytics Advisor
Alper Murat received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Industrial Engineering degrees both from Bogazici University/Turkey in 1998 and 2000. He completed his Ph.D. degree in Management Science/Operations Research from the Desautels Faculty of Management McGill University/Canada in 2006.
Alper Murat is an Associate Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Wayne State University and Principal Data Science and Analytics advisor at DataFactZ. At DataFactZ, his main responsibilities include architecting big data and advanced analytics solutions for business clients and providing guidance to the leadership on business analytics practice.
His academic research expertise is in the design and development of predictive analytics and optimization modeling and simulation techniques with applications to the fields of supply chain management, marketing and customer choice modeling, logistics and transportation, product development, quality, reliability and healthcare. His advanced analytics solution expertise spans more than 40 projects over 15 years and ranges from development and productionizing of advanced machine learning and optimization solutions to the integrated predictive and prescriptive analytics solutions.
He has successfully led numerous funded applied research projects with such companies as Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Visteon, HFHS, US DoT, DHS, General Dynamics, Southwest Airlines, and Veterans Affairs on various applications of descriptive analytics, predictive analytics, operations research and simulation tools and techniques. He is the author of more than 50 technical publications including conference proceedings and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles that appeared in leading academic journals. He has consulted and developed technology solutions for Dominos, Capgemini, Whirlpool, Steelcase, and General Dynamics. He graduated and mentored more than 15 doctoral students and visiting scholars. Dr. Murat and his students’ research is recognized through multiple best paper awards from national and international conferences, journals, and professional societies, including the 2007 UPS SOLA Best Dissertation and 2013 INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society’s and his students are placed in leading academic and industry positions.
Director, Sales & Marketing
Jim Salter is Director Sales & Marketing at DataFactZ and offers a unique blend of technical, consultative and personal skills to his clients. He joined EDS right out of school and spent 27 years with the company, mostly in technical roles, then transitioned to Sales later in his career. Mr. Salter earned a reputation as an innovator, developing several solutions over the years that were patented.
He is responsible DataFactZ customer base expansion and growth, and finds great satisfaction in helping companies become data driven.
Mr. Salter is married, the proud dad of two wonderful children and is a lifelong Michigander. He loves sports, is active in his church and serves in leadership roles in several non-profit organizations.
Founding partner & CFO
Sridhar Kodati, Founding partner and CFO of DataFactZ, has over 18 years of expertise in IT Industry and business management. He is financial savvy and has a great passion for technology. He has experience in business management, project management, technical architecture of Big Data and advanced analytical applications.
In his role as Managing Partner at DataFactZ, Mr. Kodati is responsible for budgeting, forecasting, optimize financial performance, leading strategic initiatives and long term objectives of the organization.
Mr. Kodati’s strong business management and Technical skills have helped DataFactZ to become one of the fastest growing IT Company in the Midwest.
Mr. Kodati holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Osmania University, India
Business Development Executive & Public Relations
As a Business Development Executive at DataFactZ is always displaying an innovative spirit in action with a forward minded thinking is involved in accounts development responsible for nurturing client relations with memorable service and clear communication of their data management needs and expectations.
Dedicated to continuous improvement, she work with the existing services to find new channels and markets for distribution; research and recommend new services; explore and negotiate, leverage partnerships and optimize opportunities, working with other businesses or brands that may be synergistic; find ways to meet the demands of new and existing customers by adjusting current systems and marketing approaches and helping the company to stay abreast of competition in an attempt to find and maintain a competitive edge.
Alina joined DataFactZ as account manager in 2014 and quickly became an integral part of the Executive Team also as the key point of contact to many of our client’s executive leadership.
Prior to joining DataFactZ, she was heavily involved in leadership projects with the millennials worked as an advisor in Financial Services and liaison in Healthcare. She holds an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts bachelor’s degree in Human Development from University of Connecticut and numerous certificates on Community and Human Improvement.
Chief Analytics Advisor
Ratna Babu Chinnam received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology/India in 1988 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1990 and 1994, respectively. Chinnam is a Professor in the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department at Wayne State University.
At DataFactZ, in the role of Chief Analytics Advisor, he provides guidance to the leadership on business analytics practice and advises the big data and business analytics teams on architecting effective solutions for business clients. His research expertise is in the design and development of algorithms for predictive/prescriptive analytics and machine learning with applications to the fields of service, warranty management, supply chain management, logistics, operations management, product development, sustainability, and healthcare. He has led numerous research projects funded by the US NSF, DoT, DoD, and VA and carried out collaborative research with such multi-national companies as Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, Intel, and consulted for such companies as Chrysler, Sirius XM, Energy Conversion Devices, Dominos, Capgemini, Faurecia, Whirlpool, Steelcase, MRF Tyres, and Tecton.
He has authored over 150 technical publications including conference proceedings and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles that appeared in leading academic journals. He graduated and mentored over 25 doctoral students and visiting scholars. He is the founding Director for the Big Data & Business Analytics Group at Wayne State University, led the development of a novel MS Program in Big Data & Business Analytics, and also directs a PhD program track dedicated for Global Executives. Dr. Chinnam and his students’ research is recognized through multiple best paper awards from national and international conferences, journals, and professional societies, including Best Dissertation Paper awards from INFORMS and POMS.
Vice President, Technology Solutions Group
As a Vice President - Technology Solutions Group at DataFactZ, Anil Hari is responsible for business strategy, leadership and working with clients/technology partners to deliver unique business solutions across all industry verticals. He brings 15 + years of experience working across global solution teams to deliver cutting edge technology solutions with deep expertise in Advanced Analytics and Big Data.
In his role as a Vice President - Technology Solutions at DataFactZ, his responsibilities include presales technical, cultivate client relationships, high level project planning, and managing the global delivery teams. During this time he has managed several high paced analytical implementations successfully and is a seasoned professional with extensive knowledge and deep understanding in all faucets of data centric technologies/solutions.
In his tenure as a consultant, Mr. Hari has successfully managed and implemented solutions for several clients such as Amway, Publix, Silverton Casino, Strata Care, HPS, La-Z-Boy, AAA Michigan, Adchemy and more.
Mr. Hari holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences.
As CEO, Dan Ponder oversees Franco’s business development and operations. He also provides strategic counsel in business and marketing to Franco’s clients with particular emphasis on the integration of an organization’s operations and communications disciplines. When he’s not servicing Franco’s clients, he’s providing leadership and support to several of Michigan’s key institutions and human service organizations.
Dan exemplifies Franco’s commitment to the community with his active involvemXCEent in civic and charitable organizations. They include Past Vice Chairman of the St. John Providence Health System Board of Trustees; Executive Committee member, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors including serving on its Foundation Board and Audit Committee; Past Chairman of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Inaugural Chairman of its Energy, Telecommunications & Technology Committee; Past Chairman of Crime Stoppers of Michigan Board of Directors, currently serving as Executive and Nominating Committee member; Salvation Army Metro Advisory Board; U.S. Army-SE MI Advisory Council (TACOM LCMC); and member of the Detroit Athletic Club Audit Committee.
Dan has received a number of awards and recognitions during recent years including the Michigan State University Executive MBA Alumni of the Decade Award (2015); Corp! Magazine Most Valuable Professional Award (2015); Michigan Youth Day Corporate Hero Award (2015); Crime Stoppers of Michigan Community Leadership Award (2014); Association of Fundraising Professionals Distinguished Volunteer Award (2013).
Prior to joining Franco, Dan was a member of Deloitte’s Private Company Advisory Service. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Michigan State University and an Executive MBA from Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business. He is a graduate of the United States Army War College 2015 National Security Seminar. He is also a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit X.
Barbara L. Whittaker is a business strategist and procurement and supply chain expert with extensive experience in the Automotive industry, both OEM and supplier base sectors. She has worked for the General Motors Company and Delphi Automotive in leadership positions of increasing responsibility over many years. During this time she was responsible for leading and managing diverse global teams through some major organizational shifts, demonstrating unique transformational skills and abilities.
In 2010 BW Limited llc was founded by Mrs. Whittaker utilizing her previous experience in a new way by assisting companies in developing, accelerating and executing business and procurement strategies that lead to improved preformance. Clients such as ACS (a Xerox company), Hollingsworth Global Logistics, Minacs, Aribia and The Rush Group, all have benefited from BW Limited’s expertise. In this capacity she lead the negotiations and strategy for the creation of a 2major joint venture between Rush Group a minority company and Faurecia one of the largest automotive component companies in the world. Most recenty she has added a new company to her portfolio, Diversity Connections llc which is focused on improving diversity programs and businesses in a variety of industries.
Mrs. Whittaker’s career began at Chevrolet Division of General Motors Corporation in Production Control and Scheduling, with an emphasis on Supply Chain. Over the years, she has delivered numerous game changing outcomes from leading the consolidation of the division’s scheduling department where she launched the single order processing system that consolidated several car divisions, to Executive Director Global Purchasing where she had responsibility for a spend of over $24 Billion.
The scope of Mrs. Whittaker experiences span the full array of procurement and and supply chain categories having been located in both the United States and Europe where she lead teams, through many complex supply chain situations. Mrs. Whittaker also lead the Supplier Diversity initiative for General Motors. In this role she directed GM’s efforts to identify and develop minority, women owned and small business suppliers, continuing GM’s commitment to support diversity in its supply base.
Mrs. Whittaker holds a Bachelor of Industrial Administration degree from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), an MBA degree from Wayne State University, and has also completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in France, and the Executive Development prograom at University of Michigan. In addition to this formal education, she holds Six Sigma Green Belt certification and is well versed in lean production systems (GMS). She has also held board positions, for Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Piston Group and ChannelNet.
Over the span of her career Mrs. Whittaker has been recognized by numerous organizations and publications such as“Woman of the Year “ in African Americans on Wheels, three GM Chairman’s Honors awards, 2009 Woman of Excellence from the Michigan Chronicle, 2011 Automotive Industry “Living Legend Award: from Real Time Media 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from Ariba and in 2013 Esteem Women of Michigan.
She also has experience serving on several nonprofit boards, the Board of Visitors for Wayne State University, Urban Entrepreneur Partnership Detroit 150 Task Force, Haven Women’s Shelter of Oakland County and McLaren Oakland Hospital Foundation.
Executive Vice President
Bob Sullivan is the Executive Vice President of Clover Wireless. Previously, Bob served as President and CEO of The Wireless Source which he founded in 1995 until he recently sold his business to Clovers Holding Group. The Wireless Source was honored as Automation Alley’s Emerging Company of the Year, Crain’s Salute to Entrepreneurs, the State of Michigan’s “Michigan 50 to Watch” and Global Trader of the Year.
In addition to being the Executive Vice President of Clover Wireless, Bob is the past Chairman of Automation Alley’s International Business Center. Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Michigan District Export Counsel and sits on several advisory boards including the Eastern Michigan University’s Entrepreneurial Council, Reverse Logistics Mobility Committee, United Way 211 2.0 initiative and the Global Trade Mission. Mr. Sullivan holds a BBA from Eastern Michigan University.
In his current capacity, Clover Wireless (CW) provides a portfolio of automated trade-in and recycling solutions and services for national retailers, Big Box stores and specialty stores designed to integrate the needs of business and the environment.
Clover Wireless is devoted to Simple, Safe, and Smart recycling solutions. Combining best-in-class recycling and asset recovery with best-in-class promotions and fulfillment, we aimed to deliver real consumer-facing electronics recycling that rewards people for their eco-friendly behavior. The company supports over 15,000 retailers nationwide supporting their recycling and take-back programs as well as their environmental initiatives. Clover Wireless is actively recycling cell phones, MP3 players, GPS devices, E-readers and laptop computers.
Clover Wireless is headquartered in Hoffman, IL and employs over 20,000 employees. The company is ISO14001 certified and maintains the highest environmental standards. Clover Wireless provides trade-in solutions to international organizations such a
T-Mobile, Research in Motion, AT&T Wireless, Sony, and Sam’s Club, Verizon Plus and many others.
Linda Marshall is currently an Independent Consultant providing strategic direction to a number of Companies in the Telecommunication and Wireless Industry. Most recently, Linda was the President of OnStar where she was responsible for leading the company’s worldwide safety, security and connected information services initiatives. She also served as an active Board Member to the Shanghai China division of General Motors.
Prior to the President OnStar position, Marshall served as the Executive Director, OnStar Global Business Strategy and Development since joining the organization on November 1, 2010.
Marshall has more than two decades of experience in the telecommunications industry focusing on strategic business and revenue planning, sales, brand and product marketing. Before joining GM she held the position of Chief Operation Officer of Revol Wireless in charge of restructuring the organization and re-launching the Revol brand and product portfolio.
Prior to that, from 1993 to 2004, Marshall held several executive roles at Sprint/Nextel among others the position of Vice President Strategy and Public Safety (Business and Market Operations) in charge of developing and executing Sprint/Nextel’s Public Safety Strategy. Before that she served as the Area President for the Midwest region managing the launch of the first Midwest digital wireless system for Sprint/Nextel.
Marshall started her career as Vice President Regional Finance at Verizon Wireless in 1986, where she became a Vice President Sales and Service Operations in 1991.
Jim Giordano is president and chief executive officer of CareTech Solutions, Inc., an information technology (IT) and Web products and services provider for more than 200 U.S. hospitals and health systems across the United States.
For 17 years, under Jim’s leadership, CareTech has pioneered many industry-leading initiatives, but his goal is to help both large and small clients expand their penetration into their own markets, through the targeted use of all of CareTech’s services.
Jim serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Ascension Michigan, part of Ascension Health. He also serves as chair of the finance committee.
Jim lives in Livonia, MI and is married with three children.
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