lodestar

The people behind 'The Lodestar way'

The Team
Anand Sudarshan
Chairman
A visionary and a leader in the education industry, Anand was the Founder and Director of Sylvant Advisors. He was also MD and CEO of Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE). Currently, he also works on the board of NIIT.
Murlidhar S
Founder and CEO
Murlidhar was the Co-Founder and CEO of MeritTrac, India's largest skills assessment company. He has had successful stints with companies like L&T, Asian Paints and 3M.
Subodh Jindal
Co-Founder and COO
Subodh Jindal was the former Managing Director at Stanley Black & Decker (India). He was also Executive Director at 3M. Subodh has built, scaled, and launched many successful businesses/ brands over the last 20 years in Consumer, Automotive, and Industrial domains. He is also certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Rajeev Menon
Product Head
Rajeev Menon has over 18 years of experience in sales, product management and innovation. Rajeev’s understanding of the assessment industry and its customer needs has been instrumental in the developing a number of new offerings during his tenure at MeritTrac. Before joining MeritTrac, Rajeev has had rich spells with large multinational giants such as Wipro Corporation and Coats India.
Tarun Krishnamurthy
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Tarun Krishnamurthy is an information technology leader with 22 years of global experience in startups and leading technology companies in the US, Australia, and India. He has led multiple releases in the area of Data center, cloud security, telemetry intelligence analytics, dashboards and cloud identity management. In his last role, he led the growth for McAfee in India – from being a founding member to taking it to a global scale.
Advisors
Dr V Natarajan Advisor
Dr. V. Natarajan, Prof. Emeritus, an Engineer turned into Educationist and Researcher for the Last 4 decades. Produced 72 books on Assessment, 60 National and International research papers with 600 citations. He was on the Faculty of ETS, Vice President of IAEA and the first Governing Body Meeting of IACAT representing Asian Region. Also produced several PhDs in Learning, IRT, taxonomies and Curricula. Latest 2 PhDs won Gold medals for their effort. His passion for Assessment is well known.
Vikram D Rao
Advisor
Vikram has a career spanning 38 years, packed with rich and diverse experiences pan industries. He was President of shirtings and knits at Arvind Mills and President of Textiles at Coats Viyella. He was Director on the Board of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd (ABMCPL) - the US $ 40 billion Aditya Birla Group.
Madan Padaki
Madan was the Co-Founder and CEO of MeritTrac and is recognized as a thought leader in the education sector. Currently, he is the CEO and Executive Chairman of Head Held High Foundation.
P G Ponappa
Ponappa is a seasoned management professional with a diverse range of industry expertise that includes FMCG, durables, mobile VAS and the internet. He has held leadership roles at AOL India and mPortal.