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20 behind us, our best ahead of us

Over twenty years of empowering talent and the HR management process globally, it’s a great
occasion to journey back in time, reminiscing about our successes, milestones and landmarks.


Our Story So Far

Founded in 2002, Adrenalin eSystems Limited is a pioneer in the HR Tech domain. With Mr. Arun Jain at the helm, Adrenalin leveraged the power of technology to enable core functions like HR to digitise its processes. Adrenalin is today a brand to reckon with. We enable organisations to streamline HR processes and transform HR into a cohesive and productive function.

Milestones and achievements

The Early Years - 2002 – Pioneering the HCM revolution

Founded Empower Works Limited in Chennai on 1st May 2002
  • Pioneer in the HRMS category in India
  • Original version of the product was in Lotus-Notes Domino
  • Product foundation re-laid  on Microsoft platform
Announced the availability of Adrenalin HCM Solution to the market
  • Released first product version (1.05) on Microsoft platform
  • Acquired Payroll Company to integrate with Adrenalin
Empower Works Limited was renamed as Adrenalin eSystems Limited on 18th November 2004
  • Laid HR Tech platform and started to focus on strategic HR
  • Steamlined delivery methodology for small to large enterprises
  • Introduced Global Support Desk
Adrenalin HCM on Cloud was launched. Entered Middle east and APAC markets
    Adrenalin was 4.0 introduced with new architecture & technology
    • Adrenalin roll out methodology(ARM) for delivery excellence was introduced
    • Multilingual Framework introduced
    Introduction of resume parsing in talent acquisition
      Introduced Adrenalin HCM on Mobile
      • Market Expansion in ME & APAC
      • Crossed 500+ customers globally
      Introduction of Social Connect – A Corporate Social Networking Platform
      • Adrenalin listed as ‘Exemplar’ in Nasscom’s Product Excellence Matrix – HCM Software 2014
      Focused on employee experience by introducing SMILE – (Reward and Recognition Tool) and MoodXpress
      • Released enhanced framework for Reports & Dashboards
      • Introduced Geo-Tagging & Geo-Fencing in Mobile app
      • Released contemporary Talent Acquisition Module
      Introduced Adrenalin Learning Management System
      • Launched Sara - The all-purpose HR chatbot for employees
      • Gartner listing: Adrenalin featured in ‘Global Market Guide for HCM Suite Applications 2018’.
      • Integrated Performance Management System
      Featured in Gartner Report titled ‘IT Market Clock for Human Capital Management, 2019’, in vendors to consider for Midmarket Cloud HCM suites. This encompasses software that helps organizations attract, develop, engage, retain and manage their workforce
      • Featured in Gartner’s report titled ‘HCM Technology for EMEA-Headquartered Organizations: Key Considerations When Investing’. Adrenalin was featured in ‘Selection of HCM Providers Considered When Payroll Is a Primary Requirement’
      Launched point solutions
      • Employee pulse survey
      • Adrenalin Form Builder
      • Extensibility
      • Created Labour Law Compliance through partner solutions
      • Featured in Gartner's report titled ‘Market Share: Enterprise Resource Planning Worldwide, 2021’
      Partnered with Vantage Circle and ICOG to enhance employee experience
      • DIY Dashboard
      • AI Resume Ranking
      • Certified by LHDN Malaysia as vendor for Payroll and HR software
      • GDPR Compliance
      • All new Talent 360
      • Advanced version Candidate Portal
      • BOTs on WhatsApp and MS Teams
      • Event Based Surveys
      • Featured amongst the primary providers for the Middle East market in Gartner's ‘How EMEA-Centric Organizations Build an HCM Technology Strategy’ report
      • Mentioned in ‘Selection of HCM Providers Considered When Payroll Is a Primary Requirement in EMEA, 2022’
      • Adrenalin’s 20 years of excellence

      At 20, we are at the forefront of enabling companies to create workplaces of the future

      Adrenalin’s growth has been exponential. What we are most proud of is our enduring client relationships, many of them over a decade or more. Over 2.5 million users has experienced our platform and solutions.

      The last 20 years have been truly incredible. We express our deepest gratitude to our customers, partners and most of all, to our colleagues who have been a part of the amazing two decades.

      The journey continues, and our promise to grow and serve our customers is unabated.

      What drives us

      Our focus on people, our dedication to innovation, and our passion for delivering
      customer delight drive us to develop innovative HR applications that enable and
      empower talent across various business verticals.

      Customer challenges are our business goals

      Our expertise lies in solving business problems

      We thrive on customer delight

      We create business processes and set new standards

      We respect human intelligence assisted by AI

      We help transform not change

      Our Accolades

      Leadership Team

      Srinivasa Bharathy

      Managing Director & Chief Executive

      Asif Mohammed

      Executive Vice President & Chief
      Delivery Officer

      Subramanian KS

      Executive Vice President & Chief
      Financial Officer

      Balamalai R

      Senior Vice President of Strategic Product Management

      Sanjay Kamath

      Senior Vice President & Business
      Head – South Asia

      Kumar Madhavan

      Senior Vice President – Technology

      David Madhan

      Vice President - Global Partner

      Patambi Anantharaman

      Vice President & Business Head - APAC

      Smithin Das Kundoly

      Vice President & Business Head –

      Srinivasa Bharathy

      Managing Director & Chief Executive

      Srinivasa is a business leader with an entrepreneurial flair and has a wide range of experience from Business Strategy Consulting, Enterprise Software Product Management, and Product Marketing & Sales from across multiple industry sectors.

      He holds an Engineering degree from NITK, Surathkal and an Executive MBA from OUBS, London, apart from being a Wharton Certified Digital Marketing Professional.

      As part of The Alternative Board (TAB) India, an international organisation offering business coaching and peer-to-peer advisory boards, Srinivasa has worked actively in the SME segment with progressive business owners, helping them scale and grow their business profitably. Having bootstrapped and run a Product Engineering Services organisation and being a Founding member of a pioneering SaaS ERP start-up, his expertise lies in conceptualising and building ground-up SaaS applications on cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, as well as mobile apps on contemporary technologies.

      He has held senior positions in Sales, Business Development, Marketing, Product Marketing, Product Management and Implementation in various global enterprises such as Whirlpool, TVS Group, iSOFT, and Ramco Systems, giving him a 360-degree understanding of the software products business.

      Bharathy enjoys ideation, solutioning and engaging with clients to solve business challenges that improve the quality of their professional life while helping them achieve their business goals.

      Apart from his professional interests, Srinivasa is deeply passionate about social causes. One such initiative is the Pooranavalli Foundation, a NGO he co-founded that provides sustainable livelihood to disadvantaged women and marginal farmers.

      Asif Mohammed

      Executive Vice President & Chief Delivery OfficerHead – Middle East and Africa

      Asif has over 20+ years of experience in Information Technology. He has been associated with Adrenalin since its inception and has played an integral part in shaping the digital transformation strategy of the business. As Delivery Head, Asif’s primary focus is to create customer success stories through product implementation. His contribution to building and managing highly efficient teams, and forging and nurturing customer relationships has been vital to Adrenalin's rapid growth trajectory. Asif takes his fitness goals very seriously and finds running a great way to unwind.

      Subramanian KS

      Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

      Subbu has over 13 years of experience in various aspects of finance including management of financial operations, developing financial strategies, compliance and laying down business practices. He has a sound knowledge on Financial Accounting and taxation related matters. Subbu started his career with M/s Grindwell Norton and had served various business units under Saint-Gobain. He loves to play chess and likes to listen to music.

      Sanjay Kamath

      Senior Vice President & Business Head – South Asia

      Sanjay Kamath, is our dynamic Senior Vice President and Business Head for the SASIA region. Fondly known as SRK, Sanjay brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise garnered over an illustrious career spanning nearly 33 years.

      No stranger to Adrenalin, Sanjay previously served as Vice President from October2003 to November 2012. His professional journey includes pivotal roles at Accton Technology Corporation, Cross domain Solutions (People Works), and Cnergyis Infotech India (ZingHR), where he spearheaded startup operations, built brands, and fueled business growth and market expansion.

      Sanjay's expertise spans a wide array of IT solutions, from hardware and peripherals to packaged software and consulting services. He has successfully navigated diverse industries such as BFSI, IT/ITES, manufacturing, pharma, healthcare, retail, hospitality, staffing, and facility management across geographies including India, South Asia, South East Asia, Africa, and North America.

      Known for surpassing expectations in challenging scenarios, Sanjay has a knack for expanding business territories both nationally and internationally. His leadership style emphasizes mentorship, with a passion for guiding team members and imparting knowledge in areas such as sales, marketing, and human resources.

      Holding a Master's degree in Marketing Management from Mumbai University and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Shivaji University, Sanjay is a seasoned professional renowned for his prowess in solution selling and driving positive impacts on business outcomes.

      On a personal note, Sanjay is passionate about sketching and enjoys singing at karaoke. His family consists of his wife Sajita Sanjay Kamath, a certified Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur who owns Style Diva, a Women’s Fashion Boutique in Mumbai; and their daughter Saloni, a Mass Media graduate with a PG in Digital Media, who is currently pursuing a certificate course in Fashion Designing.

      Kumar Madhavan

      Senior Vice President – Technology

      Kumar is a seasoned professional with an impressive career spanning over 22 years. His expertise encompasses Technology Leadership, Product Development, Enterprise Application Solutioning, and Delivering Strategic Initiatives, just to name a few.

      He is certified in both Project Management and TOGAF and backed by proven experience in developing multi stack products, applications and tools in Java, .NET, Python and R. In addition, he is passionate about new technologies and frameworks, exploring different ways for successful implementation of revolutionary solutions.

      Apart from his professional interests, he enjoys reading, listening to music, and designing electronic circuits to keep his creative juices flowing. In all, he loves solving complex problems at scale utilizing the latest technology and tools.

      David Madhan

      Vice President - Global Partner Ecosystem

      David comes with over 22 years of experience across South Asia and EMEA markets and is a specialist in managing high performance international sales teams, consistently delivering high performance whilst driving business growth and maximizing operational excellence. Prior to joining Adrenalin, David was the Sales Head, SPOCHUB (SaaS & PaaS Digital Marketplace) & International Business at ESDS Software Services Limited. David has also had a long stint as the Sales Director, Indian Subcontinent at Infor, a multi-billion-dollar ERP & HCM solutions organization. A family of ardent pet lovers, David, his wife and daughter live in Chennai along with their many dogs, cats and birds.

      Patambi Anantharaman

      Vice President & Business Head - APAC

      Patambi Anantharaman is a highly accomplished professional with over 27 years of experience in Digital Transformation, Project Management, Business Automation, Sales, Revenue Generation, and Data Analytics, playing a pivotal role in propelling businesses forward in the dynamic APAC region. He started his career as a chartered accountant in 1995 before transitioning to ERP solutions in 2000. During his incredible career rooted in excellence, he has maintained an impressive track record in Enterprise Business Consulting, consistently surpassing expectations and achieving outstanding results across industries in Chennai, Malaysia, and the Philippines.   Beyond the boardroom, he enjoys cricket, badminton, and golf, and has a unique interest in exploring music genres, travel destinations, and diverse cultures.

      Smithin Das Kundoly

      Vice President & Business Head – EMEA

      ‘Smithin is a seasoned professional with over 17 years of outstanding proven abilities in IT Sales and Business Development, Strategic Planning, Team Management and Customer Relationship Management. He has demonstrated excellence in handling International sales and marketing across geographies. Adept in new business development and managing diverse clientele across industry verticals. Smithin has spearheaded several prized deals, including signing long term business partnerships with major industry brands. He has exceptional interpersonal communication and people management skills. Prior to Adrenalin, Smithin worked with Oracle and Cisco WebEx. He holds an MBA in Sales Marketing. He believes in practicing a healthy work life balance; loves to read, travel and is an avid sports person.

      Balamalai Ranganathan

      Senior Vice President of Strategic Product Management

      Balamalai Ranganathan is our esteemed Senior Vice President of Strategic Product Management, a seasoned professional with over 26 years of diverse experience in HR-Payroll product business lifecycle and Payroll Managed Services Transformations.

      Bala's journey in the corporate world began at Ramco Systems, where he spent nearly three decades honing his skills and climbing the corporate ladder. Starting as an Analyst Programmer, he swiftly rose to leadership positions such as Head of Product Strategy, HRP, and Head of HCM Enablement Office, among others. His extensive experience includes a notable tenure in the United Kingdom, adding an international dimension to his expertise.

      With a track record of over 250+ global implementations, Bala is renowned for his ability to drive transformation through innovationand automation. He excels in strategic initiatives, global delivery, pre-sales,solution architecture, and requirements analysis. Bala's leadership has led toremarkable achievements, including 100% year-on-year revenue growth for fourconsecutive years and the establishment of partnerships with industry giantssuch as Workday, Oracle, Deloitte and BDO.

      As a visionary product strategist, Bala has introduced cutting-edge features driven by AI, facilitated blockchain integration, and enhanced financial wellness solutions. His proactive approach to product management includes engaging with analysts, driving product roadmaps, and securing global awards for excellence.

      With a strong academic foundation, Bala graduated with distinction in Electronics Engineering from the prestigious Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) in Chennai. His pursuit of knowledge led him to acquire a Master's degree in Yoga from the Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, highlighting his holistic approach to life and work.

      Balancing the corporate and yogic worlds with finesse, Bala finds joy in both meditation and professional engagement, epitomizing a harmonious blend of personal well-being and professional success. Bala's life partner Bhuvaneshwari is a former Cognizant employee, now dedicated to homemaking, who also possesses expertise in Yoga. Their daughter, Supraja, proudly embraces being thirteen and is currently pursuing her education.

      Arun Jain

      Chairman & Promoter of Adrenalin eSystemsLimited

      Arun Jain is the Chairman & Promoter of Adrenalin eSystems Limited. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Intellect Design Arena Limited. Arun's journey in the realm of technology and entrepreneurship spans over three decades, marked by pioneering initiatives and groundbreaking achievements. His dedication to value creation, rooted in the principles of People, Process, and Design Thinking, drives Adrenalin towards unprecedented heights of success.

      Arun Founded Intellect Design Arena with the dream of delivering from India world class IT Products, Platforms and Technologies for the Global Financial Sector. The experience of working with Global leaders in this space for over three decades as Co-Founder of Nucleus Software and Founder of Polaris Software provided him with the domain expertise which was blended with superior technology in realizing this vision.

      Intellect Design, the world’s first full spectrum Financial Technology Company in Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets, selling enterprise grade products and platforms in 57 countries, covering 270 leading Global Banks and Financial Institutions worldwide.

      Arun is a proponent of Design Thinking and champions its adoption and practice in Industry, Academics, Government and Entrepreneurs. He is passionate about Design Thinking as a science and philosophy to create the biggest impact on individual and organisational performance. Integrating his deep FinTech expertise and Design Thinking passion, Arun's latest creation is - the world's largest, most comprehensive and innovative open finance platform that empowers global banks to compose their own signature solutions

      Arun as an Institution Maker has founded:

      School of Design Thinking - focussed on shaping the thinking of young minds and professionals across different sectors through Design The Thinking© philosophy;

      Mission Samriddhi - a social impact enterprise dedicated to holistic development of rural India, through the design and development of projects that are sustainable and capable of scale to positively impact the larger population.

      UllasTrust - recognise academic excellence in students from economically challenged sections of our society and encourage a ‘can do’ spirit, for them to chase their dreams and aspirations.

      Arun has authored books namely “UnMukt: Science and Art of Design Thinking”, “Digital: The Art of The Possible” and “From Teenager to Achiever: The Power of5 Minds”.

      Healso leads/participates in Government Forums and Startup Ecosystems to further the spirit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the IT space viz (i) Chief Mentor of FinBlue (A Financial Technology Center of Entrepreneurship by Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Ministry of Electronics &Information Technology (MeitY) in association with ELCOT, Govt of Tamil Nadu),(ii) Member of National Software Product Mission (NSPM) of MeitY, Govt of India, (iii) Member of STPI Chennai's Standing Executive Board and Advisory Council for Incubation Facility (iv) Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Information Technology Ranchi. He has been honoured with many awards… prominent amongst them are Dronacharya Award by TiECON Chennai and Lifetime Achievement award by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

      Board Members

      Arun Jain

      Chairman & Promoter

      ArunJain is the Chairman & Promoter of Adrenalin eSystems Limited. He is alsothe Chairman and Managing Director of Intellect Design Arena Limited. Arun'sjourney in the realm of technology and entrepreneurship spans over threedecades, marked by pioneering initiatives and groundbreaking achievements. Hisdedication to value creation, rooted in the principles of People, Process, andDesign Thinking, drives Adrenalin towards unprecedented heights of success.

      Sridhar Ganesh

      Non-Executive Director

      Sridhar is a graduate in Physics with a post-graduation in Management from IIM Calcutta with special interests in organisational behaviour and
      achievement motivation. He is the former MD & CEO of Adrenalin eSystems Ltd. Sridhar is a seasoned business leader with a passion for business strategy and people management at both operational and strategic levels.

      S V Ramanan

      Non-Executive Director

      Ramanan is an Electrical & Electronics Engineer and holds an MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is also a Master Black Belt, Six Sigma. Ramanan comes with 25 years of experience in various capacities across General Management, Six Sigma and Project Management.

      Kumaran Mani

      Independent Director

      Kumaran Mani is a Computer Science Engineer and a seasoned IT professional and a passionate open source technology enthusiast with vast experience of over two decades in various facets of IT Services, at both operational and strategic levels.

      Arvind Mishra

      Independent Director

      Arvind Mishra is an HR leader with a post-graduation in Human Resources from XLRI, Jamshedpur. In his illustrious career
      spanning almost 3 decades he held significant roles at Polaris, IBM, EY, and many more, establishing Human Capital Consulting Practices in India, Middle East, Central and Southeastern Europe, and Africa. His core strengths include business alignment, organization development, and leadership development.

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