Blue.cloud Appoints Sampathkumar Raghava, Executive Vice President, Sales to Drive Sales Strategy and Expansion
Industry veteran and strategic sales leader will take Blue.cloud’s sales organization to the next level of revenue growth and market expansion
Blue.cloud, the cloud-only digital transformation company, today announced that Sampathkumar (Sampath) Raghava will join the company as Executive Vice President, Sales, a new strategic leadership role designed to transform its sales organization and prepare Blue.cloud for the next level of growth and market expansion. With more than two decades of leadership experience in business and technology consulting and services, Raghava brings to Blue.cloud deep expertise in helping large enterprise organizations expand client relationships, and design and execute on digital transformation strategies and initiatives.
“Data engineering, digital services and transformation solutions are in high demand, as enterprise organizations modernize and transform their operations to realize the efficiency and cost benefits of a cloud-only approach,” said Raghava. “Blue.cloud provides the knowledge and specialization these organizations need to leverage data to generate revenue and increase margins. With the right strategy in place -- and a solid means of execution -- Blue.cloud’s sales team will be armed and ready to expand existing partnerships with Fortune 500 clients, forge new ones and harness that growth to achieve the next step in our evolution as a company.”
Raghava joins Blue.cloud after a long and successful tenure at Cognizant, a business consulting, information technology and outsourcing services company specializing in Data and AI services. As Client Partner to many of Cognizant’s largest blue chip customers, Raghava partnered with executives in leading financial services organizations headquartered in the Midwest to solve key business problems and drive growth by leveraging digital technologies. Raghava led his sales team to acquire some of the best known corporate logos, demonstrated a consistent track record revenue growth YoY, increasing the company’s net portfolio revenue, and attain a CAGR of 25%+.
Raghava joined Cognizant in May 1998, and in 2009, he led a new client value proposition team that re-engineered the application management solution into a managed services offering. He then led Cognizant’s internal venture capital program to fund new ideas and products. Notably, Raghava launched Cognizant’s Business Cloud Solutions suite which delivered substantial revenue the first year and today contributes significant revenue.
Before transitioning into the role of Client Partner at Cognizant, Raghava led the Data/Analytics Transformation program there, to enable the business to adopt and implement data-based decision-making across various corporate functions. While spearheading this program, he implemented an organization-wide, Informatica-based master data management platform covering 250,000 employees and 40,000 projects, and established data governance across multiple functional areas, including HR, Finance, Administration and Procurement.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Sampath on board to power our sales team as we continue to build momentum and expand our presence in the data and analytics space,” said Praveen Ramineni, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Blue.cloud. “Sampath’s demonstrated ability to conceptualize, set and successfully implement business vision and strategy to support growth will be instrumental as he brings our sales team into expanding partnerships with clients. We look forward to leveraging his extensive knowledge and expertise as we strengthen our partnerships and continue to deliver best-of-breed technologies and services that enable their digital transformation.”
“Throughout his decades-long tenure with Cognizant, Sampath has applied his entrepreneurial spirit to spearheading successful data transformation projects that have generated significant revenue, as well as value for clients,” said Kerem Koca, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Blue.cloud. “He has an intuitive understanding of business complexities and market dynamics, and an uncanny ability to uncover and capitalize on new opportunities. He’s the ideal executive to drive our sales organization to the next level of business growth and success -- and we’re proud to have him on-board.”