SkillNet’s executive team brings a variety of diverse backgrounds and unique experiences that provide strong leadership and drive our demand for innovation. Connect with our executives.
Vidya Damle is one of the founders of SkillNet Solutions. As the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, Vidya guides corporate operations worldwide and directly heads up operations for North America. Vidya also oversees the global project delivery teams. Vidya holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Vivek Damle is one of the founders of SkillNet Solutions. As the Chairman and Managing Director of SkillNet India, he oversees the corporate development and operations across all the offices. Vivek holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Management of Biotechnology and Agribusiness from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Damle is also the International Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Board.
Ray Allen oversees SkillNet’s internal digital transformation and migration to Agile, DevOPS, Microservices based services. Ray has over 30 years of customer engagement experience and leadership in the retail industry as a product vendor, retailer, and services provider. He has built, implemented, and helped guide multiple award-winning products, solutions, and services efforts including one of the first Java Retail platforms and the first self-checkout platform outside of the grocery segment. Ray has been personally involved with two successful retail company acquisitions. As a strong advocate for retailers to take control of their destiny in both strategy and solutions, Ray is also the CEO of Thynk Active Inc., a consulting and solutions startup empowering retailers. Ray holds a Bachelor of Science in Math and Computer Science from Furman University and has participated in many advisory groups and standards efforts.
Antonio Alvaro is based in our London office and oversees business development and account management operations in Europe, Africa, and Latin America. He is additionally responsible for go-to-market solutions for the company worldwide. Prior to joining SkillNet in 2012, Antonio previously worked in England at Phones4U in various roles including Director of IT Strategy and Head of Software Development. Before his move to the UK, he worked as IT consultant and development manager for CANTV, PDVSA and P&G in Venezuela. Antonio studied Civil Engineering and holds accreditations on Enterprise Architecture and Software Development.
Charlie Daggs oversees the account management for all existing North America customers and serves as head of consulting at SkillNet. Charlie joined SkillNet in 2009 but has been helping retailers for the last 30 years improve all aspects of their retail enterprise systems and operations through his direct experience in retail consulting and systems integration. Charlie provides expert business analysis and consultation to senior level executives to develop and implement highly successful business improvement plans in exceptionally competitive environments. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Florida.
Sandesh manages SkillNet’s project delivery teams located in North America and Europe. Sandesh works closely with our global delivery team to ensure our customers’ transformation projects are a success. For the last 15+ years, Sandesh has worked in the retail industry developing a deep understanding of various e-commerce and point-of-service platforms. Prior to climbing the ranks into a managerial role at SkillNet, Sandesh started out as a hands-on member of the delivery team joining SkillNet in 2000. Sandesh previously worked at Tata Unisys Ltd and received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from University of Mumbai.
Alan L. Krishnan oversees SkillNet’s human resource departments and participates in corporate strategy and growth globally for SkillNet Solutions. Alan also serves as the managing director for SkillNet UK and Canada. Prior to joining SkillNet, Alan has worked in 12 countries across 5 continents for leading retail, manufacturing, trading, and software service companies. Alan developed and managed India’s first consumer loyalty program which grew to be the world’s largest Philatelic Club in 1986. Alan has served as an advisor for the Department of Communications for the Government of India and participates in County and State government bodies while serving on the board of several non-profit and educational institutions.
Jagdish “Jack” Grover oversees global corporate finance and operations for SkillNet. Jack joined SkillNet Solutions in 2001. Prior to joining SkillNet, Jack held strategic finance positions at MSI, PepsiCo, and Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. Jack holds a Certified Public Accountant license from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance & Administration from California Coast University, a Chartered Accountant degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and Bachelor of Law LLB and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Mumbai.