Santhosh Ananthakrishnan has been appointed chief business officer of Dallas-based ThoughtFocus Inc., a global provider of digital services and technology-enabled digital operations focused primarily on the financial services market.
Ananthakrishnan will be responsible for defining the agenda and growth strategies, aligning the firm’s capabilities with market needs, leading revenue-generating functions, and providing executive sponsorship to key customer relationships.
In a statement, ThoughtFocus CEO Shylesh Krishnan underscored the strategic significance of Ananthakrishnan’s appointment, citing his “exceptional track record in crafting digital business solutions that drive transformation” and “deep expertise in strategic business growth.”
Ananthakrishnan will oversee strategic change initiatives and work towards creating long-term value for all stakeholders, the company said.
Krishnan emphasized that Ananthakrishnan is “ideally poised to spearhead and expedite the growth trajectory at ThoughtFocus,” indicating the high expectations for his role in the company’s future development.
Ananthakrishnan praised the company’s strong foundation of long-term customer relationships and its culture of excellence.
“I am very impressed with the rich portfolio of long-term customer relationships that the firm has built,” Ananthakrishnan said in a statement. “The culture of excellence built by the founders and their aspiration to leave a legacy resonates very well with me.”
And, he added: “All of this is getting a major boost with the latest round of growth investment from H.I.G. Capital. I am looking forward to working with Shylesh and the board to accelerate the firm’s growth.”
In his new role, Ananthakrishnan will directly report to Krishnan.
Ananthakrishnan has more than 25 years of experience in catalyzing substantial growth through comprehensive business technology innovation, the company said.
Before ThoughtFocus, he successfully led the global mortgage business at Tata Consultancy Services. Before that, Ananthakrishnan held various leadership roles at Freddie Mac, where he contributed significantly to technology, product development, and strategy formulation.
Ananthakrishnan is known for his insights into business model innovation as a speaker, the company said.
“Santhosh comes to ThoughtFocus with expertise in scaling businesses and leading high-performance teams. His extensive background in consultative sales and digital transformation aligns seamlessly with the growth trajectory we envision for ThoughtFocus,” Kevin Van Culin, managing director at H.I.G. Capital, said in a statement.
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