Prior to founding LevaData, Rajesh Kalidindi and his sourcing team faced a dramatic challenge: quickly deliver a fifty percent increase in savings, above and beyond the reductions they’d delivered just a few months earlier.
There wasn’t time to develop a new sourcing event, and no IT resources were available, so the team was forced to innovate.
The team developed an entirely data-driven approach that incorporated every bit of relevant internal data alongside external market intelligence. The outcome was a comprehensive negotiation strategy and playbook - customized to each supplier. They kicked off negotiations armed with tailored insights and opportunities, and countered every subjective argument with hard numbers.
At the end of the process, the team delivered almost double the savings requested by the company - adding sixty million dollars to the bottom line. Rajesh imagined the impact his experiment could have once it was aided with artificial intelligence and a scalable platform, and LevaData was born.
LevaData’s Cognitive Supply Management Platform offers customers these data-driven negotiating tools with the same focus on delivering a sustainable value proposition.
Our SaaS platform is purpose-built for the procurement and sourcing functions. It’s always on, which means it can find opportunities well before you need them. It uses crowd-sourced intelligence, unlocking the wisdom of the market for you. An innovative, AI-powered platform provides recommendations on when to act and how to optimize your negotiations.
It allows supply management teams to deliver real, hard dollar ROI, and transform their team into a new competitive advantage for the company.
LevaData’s team of strategic sourcing leaders, software, and data engineering innovators has one relentless mission – to make strategic sourcing capability a competitive advantage for enterprises.
LevaData’s management team includes leaders with extensive experience as Sourcing and Procurement executives at Fortune 500 corporations as well as technologists with a deep understanding of AI and cognitive technologies.
This combination of operators and innovators allows us to maintain focus on issues that truly matter to our customers.
Rajesh has over twelve years of experience managing strategic sourcing and supplier management for multiple commodities and third-party manufacturing operations. He’s delivered significant bottom-line savings through data-driven procurement practices for Cisco and Palm. An MBA with concentrations in supply chain management and information systems from Michigan State University, he is a thought leader on fusing human with artificial intelligence for procurement innovation.
Akwasi brings over fifteen years of experience driving sourcing process transformation and margin improvements at organizations like Cisco, IBM, and the Alabama Department of Transportation. He’s passionate about building high-performance teams, which for his Operations team means relentlessly pursuing the highest metrics of value creation and delight for our customers. Akwasi holds an MBA from University of Minnesota and B.S. in Computer Science from Alabama State University.
Iru is an innovative technology leader and software patent-holder with over 25 years of experience in retail and supply chain. He’s delivered value-driven SaaS solutions to companies such as Sony and Caterpillar and leveraged data science and machine learning in his partnerships with Amazon and Google. Iru is a strong believer in teamwork and the agile approach, and has leadership experience at HCL & HP, i2 Technology, JDA Software, Revionics, and Toyota. Iru has an executive education from Harvard and has an MBA along with a Masters in Computer Science and Engineering.
Kent wakes up every day with one focus: to enable clients and teams to achieve their goals. Over his twenty years of supply chain transformation experience he has lead teams at start-ups, Accenture, IBM, The Home Depot, and national energy companies. His passion for technology, AI, and the value it enables is second only to his drive to ensure that internal and client teams exceed their own expectations. Kent holds an MBA in Supply Chain and a BS from the University of Tennessee.
Adeel is a recognized pioneer in supply chain management, with 30+ years leadership in product management, engineering, and data science. As an executive at JDA Software, One Network Enterprises, and Symphony RetailAI, he guided dozens of successful digital transformations for Fortune 500 companies. Adeel is a multiple Supply Chain & Demand Executive “Pro to Know” selectee. He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from University of California at Berkeley.
An accomplished transformational leader, Angel is captivated by the intersection of software and industrial use cases. As an executive at Cisco Systems, he was responsible for the company’s enterprise transformation program and global supply chain. He most recently served as COO for HERE Technologies, where he led the core business, product innovation and corporate transformation. A native of Cuba, Angel earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and an MBA from the Crummer School at Rollins College.
You’ve read about our founding story – the key insights and desire to create real, tangible value that drove the creation of our company. You’ve read about the innovation behind LevaData, the world’s first AI advisor for strategic sourcing. We feel that being part of an organization with a vision for the future that delivers measurable results is deeply satisfying.
But beyond that opportunity, on a day-to-day basis, there are other great reasons to join us. These are encapsulated in the culture that every LevaData team member helps to forge.
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