Board of Directors

Board Of Directors

Adrenalin's Board of Directors consists of highly experienced individuals who bring

expertise from various industries. They provide an objective , direction and
guidance to the organization.

Arun Jain
Arun Jain, Chairman

Arun Jain founded Polaris in 1993 with Rs. 10,000, to create a globally respected institution out of India, focusing on high performance and long-term relationships. Today, Polaris is a Global Leader in the Financial Technology space, and is privileged to have won the trust of leading Banks and financial institutions in the global arena,

including 9 of the top 10 global Banks and 7 of the top 10 global Insurance companies.

Arun's core agenda has been toward three specific outcomes to drive a positive and powerful impact:

  • Create globally competitive FT products out of India
  • Drive a High-Performance culture in Polaris to exceed the expectations of Polaris' customers
  • Integrate Polaris with a larger community and build sustainable models for inclusive growth in the weaker sections of the society.

As the Chief Architect, Arun's unwavering focus has been toward simplifying the complex world of Financial Technology by seamlessly connecting technology to business. He believes that Design Thinking is the most powerful bridge to balance the financial institution's Acceleration, Rationalization, and Transformational agendas. He is the brain behind creating the World's First Design Center for Financial Technology, the 'FT 8012 Design Center' in Chennai, India, which has been thoughtfully created to connect Business, Technology, and Operations, and engineer solutions that drive unprecedented value.

Arun is a passionate advocate of ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things, with a subconscious alignment for a larger purpose. He founded the Ullas Trust to integrate Polaris employees with the larger community. The Trust has awarded over 36,000 scholarships to students in Government and Corporation Schools in India.

Polaris was rated Forbes 'Best Under a Billion Company', and is uniquely positioned as a pioneer in Financial Technology. In recognition of Arun's achievements, he is the recipient of many special awards including the 'Indo-ASEAN Business Initiative Award', 'ICICI Venture - CII Connect Entrepreneur Award', and so on. His contribution was recognized by the Times Group, with an award and a feature in a book titled 'Pathfinders' that lauds the achievements of extraordinary personalities in the IT & ITES industry. Arun is a member of the Advisory Council of the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) and a member of the Governing Council of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India. Arun holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering (1983).

Balaji Ganesh
Balaji Ganesh, CEO & Managing Director

For over two decades, Balaji has been involved in Product Design & Development, Implementation, Customer Support, Pre-Sales Support, as well as Strategic IT planning across diverse industries. A professional accountant and a qualified CISA, Balaji, in his brilliant Careers so far, has worked with Pond's, Unilever, SAP and Ramco Systems.

Prior to joining Adrenalin, he was with Satyam Computers where he managed the delivery and support team for Microsoft, one of their strategic customers. Balaji's vision for Adrenalin is to achieve growth through operational excellence.

V Balaraman
V Balaraman, Director

Mr. V. Balaraman is a B.Tech Chemical Engineer from the University of Madras and a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He was the MD and CEO of Pond's India ltd between 1991 and 1998 and was Director Exports in Hindustan Lever Ltd. between 1998 and 2002; He became MD and CEO of Adrenalin E systems ltd., a Polaris group company between 2002 and 2006.

Today, he is a non executive director on the Boards of M/s India Nippon Electricals ltd., Mahindra world city developers Ltd, Parry Enterprises India Ltd, Computer Age Management systems Ltd, and Adrenalin eSystemsLimited. He is also a Director of Computer Age Management Services Pvt. Ltd., Pond's Exports Ltd., and CAMS Repository Service Ltd.,

Outside the corporate world, Mr. V. Balaraman also served as the President of the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Madras Management Association, Indian Shoe Federation, Federation of Indian Export Organizations Southern Region and as Chairman of the Footwear Design and Development Institute.

Mr. V. Balaraman is passionate about Brand Marketing and Human Development and in pursuit of these interests, provides consultancy to companies besides coaching / mentoring business leaders. Frequently he is a speaker at Management seminars and business events in India and abroad.

Mr. V. Balaraman joined the Board of Polaris in April 2013.

Prof Ashok Korwar, Director

Dr. Korwar is an Electrical Engineer from IIT Mumbai and a Doctorate in Management from the University of California, LA. Prior to joining Polaris & Adrenalin, his earlier assignments were with Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), in the US & later with IIM, Ahmedabad, as Professor of Management.

His Book 'Creating Markets Across the Globe', was selected as the Escorts-DMA best management book of the year, 1998.

Jaideep Billa
Jaideep Billa, Director

JaideepBilla is the Joint CEO - Consumer & Institutional Money Management. JaideepBilla has over 25 years of experience predominantly in the Financial Technology business. He has served in Polaris in various capacities including Chief Technology Officer as well as Strategic Advisor to CEO.

His previous stints include NCR, where he headed their system integration business in India and where he was recognized as 'Global great performer.

Early in his career he worked with TCS in their products division. Jaideep has a B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Sridhar Ganesh
Sridhar Ganesh, Director

Sridhar Ganesh is the Chairperson of the Management Development Centre of Loyola Institute of Business Administration at Chennai. He is a graduate in Physics, and holds a post graduate diploma in Management from IIM, Calcutta. He has over 40 years of experience in varied facets of human resource management, at both operational and strategic levels.

He started his career with Guest Keen Williams Limited in Kolkata and then had a stint with Metal Box prior to joining Berger Paints as head of personnel. He subsequently moved to Mumbai to join Cadbury India as their Director-HR and was a member of the board. In 2002, he was appointed HR Director for the Africa, India and the Middle-East region based in the UK.

He is an advisor at IIIBFT ( Indo - International Initiative for Billions of Fruit Trees). He is also a member of the Advisory Council of Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), the Academic Council at XISS, Bhubaneswar and the Expert panel of Coaching Foundation of India.

He retired in late 2013,as the Director - HR and Lead Director for the Diversified Businesses of the Murugappa Group and a member of the Murugappa Corporate Board, the highest strategy and policy making committee of the 4bn USD Conglomerate. Prior to joining the Group, he was the Director of Learning & Development, Cadbury Schweppes plc-Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

Apart from this he also serves as an Independent Director in the Boards of Limited, Adrenalin eSystems Limited (a subsidiary of Polaris, an IT major) and Equitas Housing Private Limited. His area of work and interest in recent times is on Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.


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