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Leveraging Business Prospects
Vimali Swamy
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Ajith Karunakaran has recently joined GemStone as the Director of Business Development for the South East Asia region. A results-driven sales enthusiast, Karunakaran has over 17 years of international experience in India, Africa, and South East Asia markets. Previously, he served as a National Business Manager, Data Solution Services, India, for Imation Singapore. In this role he successfully launched a range of storage technologies, which attained leadership positions in IBM Media, SLR, VXA, and LIC. He also played a pivotal role in launching Digital Factory; India’s first Enterprise Content Management solutions suite to focus on TAPE services and also was presented with President's Gold Medal for his growth performance in 1999.

Karunakaran has in-depth knowledge and understanding of international market dynamics, which has helped him formulate business strategies for some of the well-known companies he served for, like Birla 3M, Imation Singapore, Imation India, and Modi Olivetti. An excellent team motivator, he believes in his ability to mentor and develop teams, adapt to changes, and communication and interpersonal skills that help him deal successfully with employees at GemStone.

He has earned a bachelors degree in physics from Mumbai University and did his post graduation in computer hardware engineering as well as management from Cambridgeshire University, U.S.A. Karunakaran also has done Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Practitioner (Level 1), from AIIM International.

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