Management Team

Asit Shah

SVP – Identity Management

Asit heads the Security and Identity Management Business Unit at GS Lab. He brings with him over 30 years of experience working with large technology companies across the globe.

As a business unit head, he is responsible for growing the company by building best Security and Identity-Access practice. His business unit helps customers integrate identity, provisioning securely with cloud applications.

Asit started his career at Intel in the areas of VLSI, Architecture, and Networking. Prior to GS Lab, he was a Business Unit Head at Persistent Systems, where he handled IBM SWG product engineering and IBM GTS services.

Asit holds an MSEE from the University of Wisconsin and a B.E. from the University of Bombay.

Yogesh Deshpande

SVP – Connected Experience

Yogesh heads Connected Experience Business Unit at GS Lab. He brings with him about 20 years of experience working with technology companies across the globe. As a business unit head, he is responsible for growing the company by building best products / solutions for Industrial IoT, smart connected experience, video surveillance, IP telephony, UCaaS and Telecom. He is also responsible for leading various strategic initiatives, building strong technology capacity and running the practice with the goal of achieving a greater global presence. One of the key focus of the business unit also involves developing own IP and solutions in the identified focus areas.

Prior to GS Lab, Yogesh has worked with Veritas, AT&T and few start-ups where he deepened his skills in building scalable middleware products.

He received his Master in Science from BITS, Pilani and Master and Bachelor in Technology degree from VIT, Pune.

Pankaj Kharode

SVP – Cloud

Pankaj leads Cloud Business Unit at GS Lab, with a mission to work closely with business and technology partners in their journey to Cloud. As a business unit head, he is responsible for GS Lab’s Cloud portfolio: strategy, engineering, managed services and related offerings across verticals. His focus is to grow the company by building company’s capabilities both in-house as well as nurturing strategic partnerships for initiatives around Cloud Consulting, DevOps, and Cloud-Native solutions & Infrastructure engineering.

Pankaj comes with a strong technical hands-on background of problem-solving and engineering solutions for customers across the globe – with specialization in Networking, Virtualization, Cloud and Management systems.

Pankaj over the years has grown through the ranks at GS Lab. He holds a Master of Science degree in software engineering from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and Bachelor of Engineering in computer science from Pune Institute of Computer Technology, Pune, India.

Nikhil Joshi

VP – Business Development

At GS Lab, Nikhil is responsible for new business acquisition, key customer account management, development of channel partners and market research of new services. He focuses on understanding customer pain points / challenges and finding suitable solution fit from GS Lab’s services portfolio. He is keenly interested in various tools and technologies that reduce overall TCO, increase security and minimize technology risk for GS Lab customers.

Prior to GS Lab, Nikhil managed key customer engagement in European region for Quinnox Ltd. with responsibility spanning service delivery, account management, and account growth. Before this role, Nikhil lead the Pre-sales function for Quinnox. At KPIT Ltd, he managed large-scale program management for a leading European retailer. Prior to KPIT, as a consultant at Oracle, he delivered complex systems in the capital markets.

Nikhil Holds a BS and MS in computer science from Indore University.

Pratap Pawar

VP – HR & IT

Pratap is the VP – Shared Services at GS Lab, where he leads Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Enrichment, System Administration & IT Applications teams. Pratap’s role is focused on the creation of highly skilled workforce, to meet the growing needs of GS Lab, both in terms of Employee and customer satisfaction. Pratap and his team strive to ensure that employees have a congenial, fair, stress-free and professionally challenging work-life where their career goals and aspirations can be fulfilled effectively. Pratap is also the key custodian of rigorous internal standards and best practices, and also manages change within the organization to drive innovation to GS Lab’s culture and internal processes – all focused on one overarching goal : making GS Lab one of the best places to work.

Before joining GS Lab, Pratap had a distinguished career as a Commander in the Indian Navy. A combat hardened veteran of 21 years, Pratap was instrumental in induction and indigenisation of many state of the art weapon systems for the country. His efforts at training greenhorns and role as the Navy’s Goodwill Ambassador to foreign countries was awarded at the highest levels. Although he has formally hung his “whites”, Pratap still remains a sailor at heart.

Pratap has a dual MBA in PM, HR & IT in addition to his degree in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering. An ethical hacking enthusiast, Pratap is a qualified System Administrator, Cyber Law specialist, and Software Quality specialist. A certified ISO Lead assessor and Six Sigma Green belt, Pratap is also conversant with 7 languages.

Kshitij Kulkarni

VP – Marketing

Kshitij brings an outside-in approach to GS Lab’s strategy and operations. He helps grow the business by tapping into newer segments, unlocking expansion opportunities and creating better brand experiences.
Prior to joining GS Lab, Kshitij worked in various sectors such as construction, automotive, manufacturing and information technology and in different functions such as sales, marketing, product management, customer support, application engineering, business development and management consulting. Including some of his own startups, Kshitij has worked with companies of varying sizes. Kshitij has an M.S. in automotive systems engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad.