Executive Team

Sudhakar Palisetti Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.

This quote from Forrest Gump, a 1994 movie production, shapes the personality of the 1970-born Sudhakar Palisetti, who thanks his mother for the foundation of a strong and uncompromising value system that presides all his decisions.

In 2013, he established Cerium Systems with Jayakumar Gorla. As the CEO, Sudhakar is responsible for driving the strategic direction for Cerium Systems as well as delivering on company goals.

Under his stellar leadership, the Company Systems has seen an expeditious organic growth in both revenue and people with a global footprint. His drive and unswerving focus on excellence has helped position Cerium as one the fastest growing and trustworthy partners in the semiconductor industry. But most emblematic of the company’s growth and success is its continuous year-over-year revenue growth.

In his rich industry experience of over 26 years, 1970-born, Sudhakar has built Center of Excellence and high quality teams from scratch. In his most satisfying corporate experiences at Synopsys and Cortina, he also delivered several IPs and chips from concept to production.

He is a strong believer in leadership that motivates and inspires people to make a difference in everything they do and in turn, brings out a profound impact on our future. He enjoys spending time with millennial generation. He loves to explore new cultures and understand different religious ethos. He believes in the power of music to recharge himself and enjoys Illyaraja and R.D. Burman, in particular. He is also a sports enthusiast and likes playing Table Tennis, Badminton and Lawn Tennis in his leisure time.

An electrical and electronic engineer from REC Warangal (now NIT, Warangal), Sudhakar graduated in1992, before pursuing his Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Sudhakar lives in Bangalore with his wife and two daughters.

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Sudhakar Palisetti Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.

This quote from Forrest Gump, a 1994 movie production, shapes the personality of the 1970-born Sudhakar Palisetti, who thanks his mother for the foundation of a strong and uncompromising value system that presides all his decisions.

In 2013, he established Cerium Systems with Jayakumar Gorla. As the CEO, Sudhakar is responsible for driving the strategic direction for Cerium Systems as well as delivering on company goals.

Under his stellar leadership, the Company Systems has seen an expeditious organic growth in both revenue and people with a global footprint. His drive and unswerving focus on excellence has helped position Cerium as one the fastest growing and trustworthy partners in the semiconductor industry. But most emblematic of the company’s growth and success is its continuous year-over-year revenue growth.

In his rich industry experience of over 26 years, 1970-born, Sudhakar has built Center of Excellence and high quality teams from scratch. In his most satisfying corporate experiences at Synopsys and Cortina, he also delivered several IPs and chips from concept to production.

He is a strong believer in leadership that motivates and inspires people to make a difference in everything they do and in turn, brings out a profound impact on our future. He enjoys spending time with millennial generation. He loves to explore new cultures and understand different religious ethos. He believes in the power of music to recharge himself and enjoys Illyaraja and R.D. Burman, in particular. He is also a sports enthusiast and likes playing Table Tennis, Badminton and Lawn Tennis in his leisure time.

An electrical and electronic engineer from REC Warangal (now NIT, Warangal), Sudhakar graduated in1992, before pursuing his Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Sudhakar lives in Bangalore with his wife and two daughters.

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Jayakumar Gorla Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer

Jay, as he is fondly called, has over 20 years of experience in the industry. As the co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer at Cerium Systems is responsible for overall operations of the company. His leadership has been focused on developing and delivering technology-driven business services and solutions, providing outstanding customer service and team growth and retention.

He is a people’s leader with a focus on detail and one who balances a breadth of experience and knowledge with an ability to manage strategically.

He began his career with Wipro in 1999 as ASIC design engineer and within five years, was responsible for end-to-end chip delivery. After a decade-long tenure, he started NVLogic Technologies in 2008, an engineering service provider in the field of VLSI design that offered services in ASIC front-end and FPGA implementation areas. In 2011, the Company merged with SiCon Design Technologies and there he led the IC design and verification group for more than a year. But his entrepreneurial spirit and complementary skillset, made him join hands with Sudhakar Palisetti to start Cerium Systems in 2013.

He got his Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics from SV University, Tirupati in 1998.

Born in 1973, Jay believes in leading from the background and honesty being unconditional. He is a firm believer in what he was told as a child, ‘never cross the line’. Apart from chips, Jay finds his pleasure and passion in Physics and Cosmology. Being a teacher’s son, he recognizes the joy of learning and igniting the light of knowledge in students.

Jay lives in Bangalore with his wife, Veni, a medical professional.

Vimal Kumar Yalburgi Vice President, Engineering

Vimal Kumar Yalburgi is a veteran in the industry with over two decades of experience and a stellar track record for linking technology with business. As the Vice President of Engineering at Cerium, he ensures on-time delivery with prescribed KPIs to Cerium’s key clients. He is responsible for nurturing the talent and the overall technical growth of the engineering teams across the domains.

Prior to Cerium, Vimal helmed the VLSI vertical at Infosys and was responsible for an exponential growth in revenue and team within a period of 4 years. He began his career with Wipro as senior engineer and contributed in developing IPs including AV Link Layer Controller, with 5C content protection design and validation. He took over technical front-end role in Japan from 2000 mid to 2003 end and built strong customer relationship and delivery mechanism with major semiconductor companies. He was pivotal in winning and executing key programs like security SoC- based on Iris recognition, re-engineering of ASICs for Industrial Automation products. Soon he climbed up the corporate ladder and by 2007 he was the APAC Head for Semiconductor unit. Later he was responsible for building Analog practice.

He is an Electronics and Telecommunication engineer from BIET, Davanagere and graduated in 1991. He earned his Master’s degree from SJCE, Mysore in 1994 and the same year, he pursued Ph. D in Biomedical instrumentation from IIT, Madras until 1997. During this period, he published 14 papers in various international journals.

His relaxation mechanism is a choice between cycling, jogging and playing Table Tennis and even cooking. In fact, his love for culinary experiments stemmed from his mother’s teaching to be independent in all aspects of life. This learning also enables him to appreciate the diversity of thought process in people around him.

He lives in Bangalore with his wife, Rajani, an Ayurvedic medical practitioner, and a son.

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Vimal Kumar Yalburgi Vice President, Engineering

Vimal Kumar Yalburgi is a veteran in the industry with over two decades of experience and a stellar track record for linking technology with business. As the Vice President of Engineering at Cerium, he ensures on-time delivery with prescribed KPIs to Cerium’s key clients. He is responsible for nurturing the talent and the overall technical growth of the engineering teams across the domains.

Prior to Cerium, Vimal helmed the VLSI vertical at Infosys and was responsible for an exponential growth in revenue and team within a period of 4 years. He began his career with Wipro as senior engineer and contributed in developing IPs including AV Link Layer Controller, with 5C content protection design and validation. He took over technical front-end role in Japan from 2000 mid to 2003 end and built strong customer relationship and delivery mechanism with major semiconductor companies. He was pivotal in winning and executing key programs like security SoC- based on Iris recognition, re-engineering of ASICs for Industrial Automation products. Soon he climbed up the corporate ladder and by 2007 he was the APAC Head for Semiconductor unit. Later he was responsible for building Analog practice.

He is an Electronics and Telecommunication engineer from BIET, Davanagere and graduated in 1991. He earned his Master’s degree from SJCE, Mysore in 1994 and the same year, he pursued Ph. D in Biomedical instrumentation from IIT, Madras until 1997. During this period, he published 14 papers in various international journals.

His relaxation mechanism is a choice between cycling, jogging and playing Table Tennis and even cooking. In fact, his love for culinary experiments stemmed from his mother’s teaching to be independent in all aspects of life. This learning also enables him to appreciate the diversity of thought process in people around him.

He lives in Bangalore with his wife, Rajani, an Ayurvedic medical practitioner, and a son.

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Suresh Kumar Varupula Vice President, General Management

Suresh Varupula brings a wealth of operational proficiency to Cerium Systems as his 15+ years of experience in the technology sector has helped him garner knowledge managing a growing company in a robust industry.

As the Vice President, General Management, Suresh has overall responsibility for all major operational functional areas including all general business, finance, legal, and regulatory activities for Cerium. He is responsible for establishing standards and implementing policies and procedures in support of the compliance programs established by the company. He ensures operational efficiencies in enabling functions and designs strategic initiatives to increase the profitability of Cerium.

Prior to joining Cerium, Suresh held responsible positions in various MNCs. In his longest corporate career at Sapient where started as senior software engineer, he grew to look after their digital marketing in Asia and held various management roles during his thirteen years with the company.

Suresh believes in the joy of giving and contributes 10% of his annual savings towards philanthropic causes.

Suresh graduated from Andhra University in 2001 and further pursued his Master’s in Information Systems from the College of Engineering in Andhra University in 2003.

He currently resides in Bangalore with his wife Krishnaveni and two children.

Pawamana Sanjeevi Ramachandra Prinicipal Architect

Pawamana Sanjeevi, a veteran in the VLSI industry with over two decades of experience has an impressive corporate documentation of being an expert par excellence in Verification. In his current role as the Principal Architect at Cerium Systems, he aims to build a standard framework that can decipher any given verification problem.

He is the key mentor to the newcomers in the VLSI industry. Given his expertise in the Verification domain, he builds a critical mass of support for the domain. He is responsible for the development of verification IPs, to bring in automation in the process and for sustainable research. His sharp acumen to resolve issues and rich experience in the industry helps Cerium Systems solve any technology-related issue.

Prior to joining Cerium Systems, Pawamana had a fulfilling career with Cisco where he set up the test lab and experienced the complete product lifecycle and developed four chips. His additional corporate experience includes fruitful tenures at Sun Microsystems and Cortina Systems.

He is an Electronics and Telecommunication engineer from BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore in 1993. He earned his Master’s degree in Electronics and telecommunication Engineering from Indian Institute of Science in 1995.

He is an avid reader and loves abstract mathematics. He enjoys reading on philosophy, Indian History and science-fiction.

He lives in Bangalore with his wife, Pratibha and two children.

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Pawamana Sanjeevi Ramachandra Prinicipal Architect

PawamanaSanjeevi, a veteran in the VLSI industry with over two decades of experience has an impressive corporate documentation of being an expert par excellence in Verification. In his current role as the Principal Architect at Cerium Systems, he aims to build a standard framework that can decipher any given verification problem.

He is the key mentor to the newcomers in the VLSI industry. Given his expertise in the Verification domain, he builds a critical mass of support for the domain. He is responsible for the development of verification IPs, to bring in automation in the process and for sustainable research. His sharp acumen to resolve issues and rich experience in the industry helps Cerium Systems solve any technology-related issue.

Prior to joining Cerium Systems, Pawamana had a fulfilling career with Cisco where he set up the test lab and experienced the complete product lifecycle and developed four chips. His additional corporate experience includes fruitful tenures at Sun Microsystems and Cortina Systems.

He is an Electronics and Telecommunication engineer from BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore in 1993. He earned his Master’s degree in Electronics and telecommunication Engineering from Indian Institute of Science in 1995.

He is an avid reader and loves abstract mathematics. He enjoys reading on philosophy, Indian History and science-fiction.

He lives in Bangalore with his wife, Pratibha and two children.

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Sridhar DVJS Vice President, Embedded Software

Sridhar DVJS, an industry veteran, brings over 25 years of experience to the company and has a proven record of taking customer-centric technology companies likes ours to the next level by steering it to new growth trajectory. He strongly believes that the growth potential of Embedded Software sector in India is on the upside and as Vice President of Embedded Software is responsible for development of new businesses while growing the existing customer base at Cerium Systems.

In his illustrious corporate career, Sridhar has demonstrated team building and successfully delivered several innovative applications management and applications engineering solutions while managing large technology teams regionally across the Asia Pacific with leading global financial institutions like Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered.

After his B. Technology from JNTU in Anantpur, he earned his Master’s degree from NIT Warangal in 1992. His first job at ITI offered him with the most nourishing experience of his career where he successfully demonstrated a robotic arm picking 1mm by 1mm from point A to point B.

In 1995, he joined the Banking Technology industry where he grew from Systems Analyst to Senior Vice President and eventually, managed multiple cost centres. He believes in the brand of leadership that makes the leader redundant and empowers the team to achieve greater heights.
He unwinds by driving long distance and is fond of music created by Boney M, The Carpenters and John Denver. He also believes in continuous learning to remain relevant.

He lives in Bangalore with his wife, Madhavi and three sons.

Abhishek Budhiraja Vice President, Sales and Marketing

As Vice President, Sales and Marketing,  Abhishek Budhiraja is responsible for driving global sales  and marketing for Cerium Systems with a focus on expanding the Company’s stronghold in the VLSI and Embedded Software customer bases. Abhishek brings to the position a distinguished career spanning over two decades that includes recognized sales achievements in the high-tech industries. He started his career as an engineer with Deccanet Designs (now, Flextronics Software Systems) and later moved to Japan to work with NEC. He continued his tenure with hi-tech companies and while at Sasken Technologies Ltd., he re-architected the global sales organization, resulting in the doubling of revenue in 1.5 years. He specializes in forming strategic alliances and programs that add value to the customer relationship.

Abhishek holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering and a Master’s in business Administration from IIM, Bangalore.

An eternal optimist, Abhishek loves to trek and play badminton. He lives in Santa Clara with his wife, Neha.

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Abhishek Budhiraja Vice President, Sales and Marketing

As Vice President, Sales and Marketing,  Abhishek Budhiraja is responsible for driving global sales  and marketing for Cerium Systems with a focus on expanding the Company’s stronghold in the VLSI and Embedded Software customer bases. Abhishek brings to the position a distinguished career spanning over two decades that includes recognized sales achievements in the high-tech industries. He started his career as an engineer with Deccanet Designs (now, Flextronics Software Systems) and later moved to Japan to work with NEC. He continued his tenure with hi-tech companies and while at Sasken Technologies Ltd., he re-architected the global sales organization, resulting in the doubling of revenue in 1.5 years. He specializes in forming strategic alliances and programs that add value to the customer relationship.

Abhishek holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering and a Master’s in business Administration from IIM, Bangalore.

An eternal optimist, Abhishek loves to trek and play badminton. He lives in Santa Clara with his wife, Neha.

Core Technology Team

Jeevan Sukumaran

Senior Director of Engineering (Physical Design and Full Chip)

Eshwar Chandra Jog

Senior Director of Engineering (Mobility, Networking and IP)

Mangesh A.Thakare

Director Of Engineering

Akash Apasangi

Director Of Engineering

Vedantham A. Krishnan

Director Of Engineering

Jigneshkumar H. Panchal

Director Of Engineering

Manoj Kumar Bareja

Director Of Engineering

Ramagopal Tummala

Director Of Engineering

Srinadh Dornala

Director Of Engineering

Krishna Potluri

Senior Architect