Ramesh Ratan is an experienced technology CEO, industry leader and board member with 15+ years of corporate governance and 30+ years of Global Operations, Strategy and Product Innovation experience in IOT systems and services, e-commerce, retail and telecommunications. He has held multiple C-level roles delivering turnarounds, EBITDA and new revenue growth in industry leading firms including Bell & Howell, Pitney Bowes, VocalTec, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T Bell Labs.
Most recently Ramesh was CEO & Vice-Chairman of the board of directors of Bell and Howell LLC until its successful sale by private equity firm Versa Capital Management in December 2018. Additionally, he sat on the board of BCC Software LLC, a Bell and Howell spinoff and Versa Capital company until its sale in 2017.
As CEO at Bell and Howell, Ramesh drove the successful reinvention, turnaround and digital transformation of this iconic American business from being a distressed manufacturing pioneer of production mail hardware systems, into a profitable and high growth technology solutions leader in IOT enabled services, software and robotics automation solutions. Today, Bell and Howell is serving several of the world’s largest companies in retail e-commerce, while maintaining its leadership in the print and mail.
Ramesh’s prior operating executive roles include President of the $600 Million Pitney Bowes Document Messaging Technologies business division and President of Pitney Bowes Marketing Services Solutions. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer at the DMA, the world’s largest data and digital marketing trade association. His earlier roles included President of Americas and SVP Global Strategy at Vocaltec, the company that pioneered Internet telephony. Prior to this Ramesh held senior executive roles at Lucent Technologies, where he led the development and launch of the Saras Softswitch business, which was central to digital disruption of the telecom network switching industry worldwide.
Ramesh has a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Pittsburgh, and MBA with honors from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, University of Bombay, Mumbai, India, established in partnership with Stanford University. His BSc is in mathematics, physics and chemistry, and he graduated with Distinction and Honors at the University of Poona in Poona, India.