Manigandan Gopalakrishnan, VP Enterprise Sales North America, Espire, is a senior management professional with more than 22 years of experience in global IT solutions and services. Known for his indomitable entrepreneurial spirit, Manigandan has worked with customers in the US and UK, Europe and APAC. He has held senior management roles in sales, business development, alliance and partner management, account management, operations and delivery for businesses across US, UK and India.
Mani has over 16 years of sales experience in IT services, and more than 13 years of sales experience in IT solutions. He also has more than 7 years of experience in managing operations, and over 6 years of experience in managing delivery. Furthermore, he has also headed start-ups, small businesses and mid-sized companies. A multifaceted personality, Manigandan's vertical experience spans communications, health and life sciences, financial services, media and entertainment, manufacturing, utilities and ISVs. His Horizontal experience spans Operational Excellence, CRM, Business Transformation, PLM, EC, BPM, BI, Analytics, AI and ML, ECM and Digital Marketing.
Passionate about entrepreneurship, he believes in driving success through team work, actions and results (STAR) team model for building successful teams. At Espire, he heads the North American (US and Canada) sales, business development, alliances and marketing division for enabling and supporting digital transformation for customers.
He received his diploma in business management from ICFAI after graduating from BITS, Pilani. He has certifications in project management professional (PMP - 2006-2012) from PMI, US and PM@Siemens from Siemens, certified internal auditor from TQMI and six sigma green belt professional and earned value management from IIPM. At Siemens, he lead the ISO audits and CMMi assessments for associated business units. At iLink, India, he had been an organizational sponsor for CMMi assessments and ISO audits.
An avid sports buff, he follows cricket, soccer, tennis, chess (plays them as well) and Formula One. A keen reader, he enjoys reading legal thrillers, science fiction, historical and mythological books.