Mr. Valliappa is the founder of the Sona Valliappa Group (an extension of Sona Group). As a well-known industrialist in South India, his interests range from textiles to the construction industry and all the way to information technology.
He has had the privilege of being the President of both the Industrial (Greater Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and Trade (Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry) Chambers of Commerce. C. Valliappa was quintessential in putting India on the IT map when Texas Instruments decided to partner with the Sona Valliappa Group.
C. Valliappa was invited to visit the U.S. as a guest of the White House to understand American business and to identify the future growth of business between India and the US - a rare honor vested on only one businessman each year.
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Chocko Valliappa comes from a family of entrepreneurs, pioneering India's growth in textiles, agriculture, plantations and more. Recognizing the importance of new technology, he founded the Valliappa Software Tech Park launching Oracle, CISCO and VeriFone in 1995.
In the year 2000 he was the moving force behind 'Vee Technologies', a global services company focused in Revenue Cycle Management, Healthcare, & Engineering services.
Driving the business from success to success has not prevented him from indulging in a philanthropic spirit that recognizes that - the need of the day, the nation and people is skill development.
He has put in time and energy into the Sona Foundation's community centers, guiding a team of experts in developing skill and vocation based training programs for the under privileged. Another project dear to his heart is 'Sona Yukti'. This is a non-profit, initiative, where he can build a pool of skilled talent and trained professionals who will be able to find employment in the various segments of industry through direct placement.
Krishnan has a total of over three decades of corporate experience at management level. While serving in the Indian Air Force (IAF), Mr. Krishnan worked on Mainframes and PC networks for two decades in the fields of inventory management, personnel management and purchase management. He has accumulated abundant knowledge in the areas of system analysis, design, project management and application development for hi-tech defence missions. Being commissioned in the Logistics Branch of the IAF, his experience in planning, organizing and executing complex Logistics and Information Technology activities in the Defense Forces, including Defense Research and Development Organization is extensive. Upon his voluntary retirement from the IAF , Wing Commander Krishnan served as Chief of Operations for the Enterprise Software Division of Accel Frontline in Chennai for 3 years and worked with large U.S. clients on various assignments.
Associate Vice President
Soujanya has world-wide exposure to the labor laws and management of human resources in countries like Germany, France, Canada and United States. She has trained the alumni of NIIT, delivering high end technical training. Over the past 17 years(+) she has been instrumental in driving human resource teams of an organization, across IT, ITES and engineering services companies.
The experience and knowledge that accrued over time has resulted in a leader, aspiring to help young talent to achieve their dreams and career goals. This has been propelled forward through dedication to the goals of ‘Sona Yukti’( a non- profit organization), building learning and training programs for the under privileged and unskilled youth of India. She has overseen and monitored the curriculum and training delivery programs, so that every individual who completes the skill development program is equipped with all the tools and expertise needed to excel at work.