Raju is the Founder and former CEO of Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be a best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years. Under his leadership, Sierra Atlantic grew from a startup to over 2400 employees worldwide and was consistently ranked amongst the best managed companies including the top 75 most admired companies in Silicon Valley, Top 25 great places to work in India and Top 10 best employers in South China.
Sierra Atlantic was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in 2010 and it is the largest acquisition by Hitachi Consulting to date. Prior to founding Sierra Atlantic in 1993, Raju spent 10 years at Intel in software development, marketing, and general management. Raju enjoys working with young entrepreneurs and mentoring to build great companies. He currently serves on the board of Hitachi Payment Services, Grey Orange, EspressoLogic and Seclore; and previously served on the board of RedBus (acquired by Naspers) and Cognovision (acquired by Intel).
Raju is active in not-for-profit initiatives and currently the Co-President and Board member of India community center in Milpitas,CA. He previously served as the Chairman of BITSAA Intl, the alumni body of BITS Pilani, India’s #1 ranked private university. He was invited to ring the opening bell on Nasdaq as BITSAA Chairman in December 2013, first time any University from India was recognized with this to honor and celebrate its entrepreneurs. Raju is also the co-founder of kakatiya Sandbox, an initiative in rural Telangana (India) focused on education and livelihood; that aims to build a local ecosystem for long term positive social impact. Raju also co-founded SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) in 1987. Raju holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronics engineering from BITS Pilani and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.