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Leadership Team

Bhushan Kulkarni
Chairman and CEO

Bhushan started GDI in April 1993, and he has grown GDI Infotech from a start-up to a profitable business solutions provider. Bhushan's team-building and open-book approach to management has had a powerfully positive effect on the company's development. This approach has allowed Bhushan to build a dynamic management team and respond to an ever-changing market by building new and innovative solutions.

Bhushan was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Michigan Technology Services for 2001. He has received the American Dreamer Award, "40 under 40" recognition and has been listed in Who's Who in Technology Services by Crain's Business Weekly Magazine. He strongly believes in giving back to the community and he has served / is serving on boards of several non-profit organizations in Michigan very actively. Some of these organizations include Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Walsh College, Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce, Ann Arbor IT Zone, Ann Arbor Art Center, Information Technology Association of Michigan (ITEAM) and the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI).

Bhushan was born in India and came to the United States in 1985 to pursue graduate studies at West Virginia University. After earning his M.S. in Engineering, he joined the Ford Motor Company as a Project Engineer before embarking on exciting journey of entrepreneurship. His ventures besides GDI include InTouch Communications (a Telecommunication Systems and Software company), and other two start-ups for Voice processing Software Development and CAD/CAM/CAE Services.

Madhuri Deshpande
President

Madhuri has over 25 years of impressive experience in technology-related industries. She was appointed President of GDI in March 2010. She is responsible for strategic development and growth of Professional Services and Solutions business at GDI.

In July 2009, following the Soft-Link merger with GDI, Madhuri joined GDI Management team as Executive Vice-President and COO of GDI. At Soft-Link, she served as President, where she was involved in leading the start-up operation to Inc 5000 award, Washtenaw FastTrak, Future 50 of Greater Detroit awards in less than 8 years. Her earlier experience is in Software modeling, design, development and project management which led to her successful transition as a leader in talent assessment and placement for technology services.

Ms. Deshpande has been involved with the Association of Women in Computing (AWC) and Michigan Council for Women in Technology MCWT. She is actively involved with mentoring young women to enter technology fields.

Swatee Kulkarni
Executive Vice President

Swatee has over 20 years of experience in the technology field. As Principal and founding member of GDI, Swatee has been working with GDI Infotech, Inc. for over 18 years. She is a key executive since its inception and is involved in varied areas such as corporate recruiting, business analysis and solution development and marketing. Her technology experience includes working in the software field including design, development and management of software projects. Her corporate experience includes developing training programs, team building, talent assessment and staffing operations.

Swatee holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering. Her past positions include Software Engineer and Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company. She is active in the local community and is involved in the Science and Math Olympiad programs for middle school and high school students.

Mark Fontana
Vice President, Business Development

Mark Fontana serves as our Vice President of Client Services and Financial Service Practice.

Mark has over 15 years of experience in IT fields. He has worked as a Practice Director at Commerce One in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In this position, he served both as an Operations and Engagement leader. At Commerce One, Mark helped clients such as CF Stinson, Toronto Dominion, Entergy and DaimlerChrysler to utilize the strengths of Commerce One's core applications and services. Prior to Commerce One, Mark was a General Manager and Director of Operations at Bowne Internet Solutions and a Software Development Lead at Ford Motor Credit in Dearborn, Michigan where he developed the world's first Internet-based commercial paper trading application.

Mark holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Michigan State University.

Bhushan Kulkarni
Chairman and CEO

Bhushan started GDI in April 1993, and he has grown GDI Infotech from a start-up to a profitable business solutions provider. Bhushan's team-building and open-book approach to management has had a powerfully positive effect on the company's development. This approach has allowed Bhushan to build a dynamic management team and respond to an ever-changing market by building new and innovative solutions.

Bhushan was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Michigan Technology Services for 2001. He has received the American Dreamer Award, "40 under 40" recognition and has been listed in Who's Who in Technology Services by Crain's Business Weekly Magazine. He strongly believes in giving back to the community and he has served / is serving on boards of several non-profit organizations in Michigan very actively. Some of these organizations include Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Walsh College, Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce, Ann Arbor IT Zone, Ann Arbor Art Center, Information Technology Association of Michigan (ITEAM) and the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI).

Bhushan was born in India and came to the United States in 1985 to pursue graduate studies at West Virginia University. After earning his M.S. in Engineering, he joined the Ford Motor Company as a Project Engineer before embarking on exciting journey of entrepreneurship. His ventures besides GDI include InTouch Communications (a Telecommunication Systems and Software company), and other two start-ups for Voice processing Software Development and CAD/CAM/CAE Services.

Robert Eaton
Former CEO, Chrysler Corporation

Robert Eaton grew up in the small Kansas town of Arkansas City before he went to KU and then became CEO of Chrysler's company, now called DaimlerChrysler AG.

Robert is the retired Chairman of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG, a manufacturer of automobiles and has previously been the Chairman of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 until 2000, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Chrysler Corporation from 1993 until 1998 and Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Chrysler Corporation from 1992 until 1993.

Other directorships and memberships Robert has been involved with are as a Fellow in the Society of Automotive Engineers, a Fellow in the Engineering Society of Detroit and in the National Academy of Engineering.

George Levy
Former Executive Vice President and CFO

George Levy earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA in 1968 and joined the General Electric R&D Center. After five years and publication of his first book, he moved into academia. George continued his career in academia as a professor for over 20 years. During his tenure, he taught in the Chemistry and Biophysics programs, as well as in an interdisciplinary graduate Entrepreneurship program.

At the beginning of the second decade of his academic career, George and his wife started a software firm that became an Inc. 500 company in 1989. That same year the company was sold, providing its investors with a profitable exit. The process of growing his first company enhanced his interest in entrepreneurship and developing technology businesses.

George offers broad experience in corporate and financial strategy and vast knowledge of how businesses work. GDI is George's fourth Inc. 500 company.

Richard "Dick" Beedon
Chairman, uRefer

Richard (Dick) Beedon is a seasoned business leader and serial entrepreneur, who successfully built two internet-based companies: University Netcasting, at one time the fourth largest sports site on the web, which he merged with Student Advantage and took public in 1999, and Entyre, a business process management applications provider serving the mortgage industry that he grew substantially and sold to Wolters Kleuer in 2005.

Through his previous experience at IBM and Prime Computer, Dick has demonstrated expertise in developing both solution-oriented sales processes and successful lead generation programs.

In addition to his expertise in sales and marketing and demonstrated success in growing companies, Dick brings an extensive network of human capital and demonstrated ability to raise funding. Dick is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Scott Sarasin
Executive Vice-President, Sales & Client Engagement

Scott brings 25+ years' experience in business development for IT professional services, consulting, and managed services to lead the growth. Scott has worked in sales and marketing leadership roles with technology based solutions to industries that include high-tech, automotive, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, electronics, transportation, and more. Scott has worked with companies such as Software Services Corp, AppNet, Commerce One, GoIndustry, and CDI Business Solutions. Previous experience also includes program development, service delivery, and client support/customer service. Scott holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northern Michigan University and is very active in sales and marketing affiliations.

Scott is responsible for client management and business development. His responsibilities also include expanding and managing GDI's professional services and business solutions including custom software development and customer-driven applications built on the InfoReady Platform.

Executive Team

Bhushan Kulkarni
Chairman and CEO

Madhuri Deshpande
President

Swatee Kulkarni
Executive Vice President

Scott Sarasin
Executive Vice-President,
Sales & Client Engagement

Mark Fontana
Vice President, Business Development