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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

      J. H. Thirumalanath

      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.

      J. H. Thirumalanath

      Senior Vice President& Business Head – South Asia

      Thirumalanath, aka Thiru, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years in Sales & Marketing, Strategy and other management functions. His industry experience spans Software, IT Services/BPM, HR Services, Energy, Engineering, Consumer Durables, Infrastructure and Hospitality. He has a proven track record of turning around and helping scale up businesses. Thiru has played key roles in Indian and Fortune 500 companies, including Randstad, ADP, Hilton, Ma Foi, GEA, to name a few. A degree in Chemistry and Masters in Human Resource Management, Thiru also holds an MBA. He has also completed a Senior Leaders Programme in IIM-A and is an alumnus. Thiru loves music and is an avid reader of books on management, strategy, leadership, economics, Human Resources and Tamil literature.

      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.

      Board Members

      Arun Jain

      Chairman & Promoter

      Arun Jain is the Chairman & Promoter of Adrenalin eSystems Limited. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Intellect Design Arena Limited. Intellect is a specialist in applying true Digital Technologies, the world & first full spectrum Banking and Insurance technology products company, across Global Consumer Banking (iGCB), Central Banking, Global Transaction Banking (iGTB), Risk, Treasury and Markets (iRTM) and Insurance (Intellect SEEC). With revenues of USD 124 Mn and an employee base of around 4,000, Intellect powers over 200 leading Banks and Financial Institutions around the globe with its suite of Products.

      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.

      Aravind Mishra

      Independent Director

      Aravind 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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