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Executive Leadership

Stralto, founded in 2018, is a team of former public servants, technology architects, and Microsoft veterans.

Girish Chhugani

Girish Chhugani

Founder

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Chief Executive Officer

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Girish is a technology executive, solution architect and a developer.

 

Girish is the Founder and CEO of Stralto, Inc. With over 12 years in New York City government in various technology executive roles under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he has established himself as a leader and expert in smart cities and crisis management.

 

He architected and led the implementation of various transformational systems including but not limited to NYC Open Data, Notify NYC, Business Express, NYC Scout and  Citywide Event Management System.

 

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Girish was appointed the CIO of the Housing Recovery Office where besides managing the build out of the office and the recovery center from grounds up, he architected and led the implementation of the Build It Back Case Management System, which was the first major NYC system to be completely hosted in the Cloud seamlessly integrated with the City’s 311, Analytics and other backend systems.

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Joe Peter

Co - Founder

and 

Chief Operating Officer

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As a key executive team member, Joe is responsible for ensuring the company's operational efficiency and financial strength. With 25 years of proven expertise and strategic vision in IT leadership, planning, governance, delivery, operations, quality, and change management, he is a seasoned IT professional.

In his role as Director of Operations at I&I Software, Joe successfully managed the entire New York City operations and cultivated key customer relationships in the public sector vertical. Under his leadership, the NYC team achieved an impressive USD 3 million growth in just 2 years.

During his tenure as Project Director at Hexaware, Joe played a pivotal role in establishing a Center of Excellence for Quality Assurance. He skillfully managed accounts exceeding USD 25 million and led diverse teams across locations, including Ernst & Young in Washington DC, and New Jersey.

Before joining Hexaware, Joe served as a senior technology manager at Saksoft, overseeing teams dedicated to development and quality assurance for renowned clients such as Citigroup NA, Citigroup Europe, Standard Chartered Bank, Morgan Stanley, and other Fortune 500 companies.

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Bill Branch

Chief Strategy Officer

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Bill Branch is a Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Stralto.  He is responsible for developing, communicating and executing Stralto’s sales & marketing strategy across the U.S., including sales operations, market penetration strategy, customer & partner relations, and government affairs.   

       

Bill is a career Sales & Business Development Executive with over 30 years of experience, helping Public and Private Sector clients automate and transform their businesses utilizing modern technologies.   

His background in Business Growth Strategy includes Sales and Sales Leadership roles at global consulting firms KPMG, BearingPoint and Accenture, and 17 years at Microsoft Corporation, where he built and managed Sales and Marketing teams within Microsoft’s Public Sector business unit. 

Bill’s passion for improving the Government-to-Citizen relationship spans the Public Sector industry from Health & Human Services to Justice & Public Safety to Transportation & Emerging Technology. 

With a focus on Digital Transformation leveraging the world’s top Cloud & AI Platforms, Bill’s insights and best practices learned from past project experience with clients across the U.S. add tremendous value to Stralto’s client experience.  

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Chris Lohret

Chief Technology Officer

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Chris brings over 25 years of professional experience in software sales, consulting, and information technology. He is an innovative and creative professional with deep technical and business skills gained through the management of numerous large-scale sales and delivery efforts for some of the largest public sector organizations in the United States.

 

Chris had his longest association with Microsoft corporation and worked with Microsoft’s largest public sector clients in New York State and New York City to help them accelerate towards their business goals and maximize the business value from their Microsoft technology investments, using industry-proven business and architectural advice, combined with technical expertise.

 

He was responsible for business development and operational activities related to government and public sector practice in New York state. This includes identifying key programs and budget initiatives for governmental agencies and developing strategies for businesses to deliver positive outcomes.  Projects include enterprise modernization, process automation, CRM, and infrastructure software deployment.

 

Chris is a detail and results-oriented professional with excellent people, communication, project management, and development skills with experience in handling people of all levels of an organization, from IT professionals to developers, to CxOs.

 

He holds a B.S in management and A.A.S in computer information systems. Chris is on a mission is to fully “execute” solutions using his breadth of business and technical expertise.

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A global finance transformation leader with over 25 years of experience spanning Technology, Telecommunications, Metals, Insurance, and Consulting. Salil has served as CFO for US-based companies for the past six years, overseeing global finance operations for 35+ countries remotely. He brings extensive expertise in startups, scaleups, and large organizations, with a proven track record of creating value for organizations and investors.

Salil Ravindran

Chief Financial Officer

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Nilima Balpande

VP-Professional Services

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With more than 15 years of extensive experience in managing projects across both public and private sectors, Nilima is distinguished by her ability to devise and execute advanced strategies that achieve impactful results. Her expertise in overseeing high-stakes projects for various New York City agencies has consistently promoted enhanced operational efficiency and elevated stakeholder satisfaction.

Nilima has skillfully led and implemented key strategic initiatives, significantly optimizing organizational processes and spurring considerable business growth. Grounded in a robust foundation of project management and business analysis across diverse industries, she is steadfast in her commitment to delivering exceptional value to clients, driving innovative solutions, and fostering a culture of excellence and teamwork within the organization.

In her four years at Stralto, Nilima has played a crucial role in pivotal projects and continues to champion a trajectory of innovation and outstanding performance. She is dedicated to nurturing a workplace that is synonymous with excellence and collaborative success.

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Shyam Kumar

Co-Founder

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Strategic Advisor

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Shyam is a serial entrepreneur, technologist, investor, coach and brings deep-tech expertise with over 25 years of proven product development and program management know how. Shyam founded I&I Software in 2001 which was recognized as one of the fastest growing MBE (according to Inc.5000) in America 7 years in a row, leading to a growth of over $10 Million in revenue in a short time.

 

He co-founded GrantCare and Stralto and established new technology driven channels with a vision to bring ideas, innovations and future-ready packaged technology solutions to the public sector. The products were deployed to build solutions in major cities in the US for their Disaster Recovery programs which also includes the recent Coronavirus Relief Fund program management.

 

Building a billing software for the deregulated market of the energy and utility industry, Shyam has also walked the full life cycle of forming a start up product company that was funded and acquired. 

 

He is on advisory boards where he coaches multiple start up companies, and has also been selected as one of the 6 advisory members for USPAACC to mentor Asian American, and other small and minority businesses.

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Hon. Michael Balboni

Strategic Advisor

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Hon. Michael A.L. Balboni is the President and Managing Director of RedLand Strategies. Balboni has both the expertise and strategic knowledge to understand and react to the most difficult problems that you might face in both government and business. Before entering the private sector, Balboni served the public in New York State for 19 years, beginning with his election to the New York State Assembly in February of 1990. He was re-elected to the NYS Assembly four times before winning a seat in the NYS Senate. He then served in the New York State Governor’s Office as Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and Homeland Security Advisor for New York State, overseeing 13 state agencies.

In March 2023, Balboni achieved the National Association of Corporate Directors CERT Certificate in Cyber-Risk Oversight, a certification created in partnership with Ridge Global and the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2017 – 2023, Balboni,  appointed by the NYS Governor and confirmed by the NYS Senate, served as Chair of the Cyber and Physical Security Committee to the New York Power Authority’s Board of Trustees. He is currently a Board Member of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) at George Washington University, a member of the Board of Trustees for Adelphi University, and a Trustee for the New York State Trooper Memorial Foundation.  In 2019, and in response to his public safety and homeland security experience and leadership, Michael Balboni was appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, commonly known as the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC).

Balboni currently serves as the Executive Director of the Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association, a trade association providing regulatory compliance and life-safety services to more than 80 nursing homes in the NYC metropolitan area.

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