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Atul Bapat


  • Atul is a multi-faceted and a die-hard optimist with many noteworthy professional, corporate and global achievements. His passion, dedication and determination to build a successful enterprise with rich understanding of corporate strategies rises from his nearly 23 years of work experience in Sales & Marketing with brands like Mercedes-Benz, Bosch, SKF and more than 9 years as a consultant, facilitator and executive coach.

  • He is the Chairman of Global Academy of Automotive Retail Excellence (GAARE) which is a unique Automotive Training Institution catering to the growing needs of Automotive Retail.

  • Atul is a Certified Executive Coach and Facilitator from Results Coaching System, Australia, Certified Professional of SHRM, USA, Accredited Facilitator from WorldsView Consulting, South Africa and Certified Consultant from Persona Global, USA.

  • Atul has also served as Member of the Board of Directors of Auto Hangar, Mumbai and Buhari Auto Group, Chennai.

  • He also served as Member of the Advisory board of MIT School of Business, Pune.

  • As an Executive Coach he has helped over 30 executives at the level of MD/President to General Manager/HoD across various industries in attaining their highly challenging goals.

  • He is a Certified Trainer and Assessor for C-Management, a global initiative of Daimler AG, Germany.

  • By qualification he is a Mechanical Engineer with Post Graduation in Management.

  • With his intense zeal and highly focused approach supplemented with the extensive knowledge that he has amassed over the years, he is all set to propel CATS Academy to the top of corporate league.


Our Team


P. S. Venkateswaran


Venkateswaran is a marketing and general management professional. He is a commerce graduate and a post graduate in management. His professional experience of over 40 years in India and overseas covers a range of industries like OTC Pharmaceuticals, Industrial Textiles & Consumer Fabrics, Leather & Leather Products and Automobile Dealerships. Having worked in senior management positions in India and at various overseas locations he has the experience of interacting, managing and guiding people with different international cultures.


Shalaka Gundi


Shalaka has a B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Personnel Management from Pune University. She is a highly self driven, knowledgeable, balanced and insightful HR professional with 10 + years of rich corporate experience in leading MNC’s like TCS, TATA Yazaki Autocomp and Thermax. She has handled HR functions like recruitment, inductions, training & development, employee welfare and benefits, employee engagement, compensation management, performance management systems etc.

Maitreya Nivsarkar


Maitreya is an ex- short service officer from the Indian Army and is one of the brave hearts who was posted on the Siachen Glacier. He has over 17 years of experience in Outbound training and has worked for companies like L&T Infotech in their training division. Maitreya has conducted a wide array of training programs ranging from Leadership to Induction for people at all levels in the corporate ladder.
Maitreya is a keen sportsman and has played basketball at the National level.

Hazel Francis


Hazel is a corporate trainer and an academic consultant.She holds a first class B.A in English,an M.A in English,an MBA in Human Resource and an M. Phil from Pune University.In addition, she also is an NLP practitioner,a certified BEC trainer from the British Council and a certified corporate trainer from British Connections. She has over 12 years ofexperience, 9 of which are into corporate training. She is an expert in outbound training and has trained employees from various sectors such as IT, banking, retail, manufacturing, BPO’s, KPO’s etc.


Gaurav Gore


Gaurav has over 12 years of experience in sales, process outsourcing with reputed organizations such as JP Morgan Chase, IBM, Tech Mahindra, Bay Area Credit. He has worked as a trainer, senior facilitator with HDFC Ergo, ICICI Lombard, IST Pune, Du Mobile, VVFT Software, Solitaire Group. He has successfully developed and executed several experiential trainings overseas which include leadership camp in Malaysia, leadership acceleration program in Dubai, outbound trainings in Indonesia, Singapore, Dubai and Turkey. He is also a certified six sigma black belt.


T Suresh Kumar


Suresh Kumar has more than three decades of rich experience in IT and Telecom sector including some key positions in Top Management. After his B.E in Electronics and Tele Communication, Suresh pursued a post graduation in Operations Research management. He is a Certified Executive Coach from RCS Australia, is a CPBA (Certified Professional Behavior Analyst), a CPVA (Certified Professional Values Analyst) and TriMetrix (Axiology); from TTI- USA. He is the founding member and CEO of a training organization-Pravarra, Chennai.


Satish Mandora


Satish works as a Trainer and Success Coach and is the Chief promoter of Square Circles. He is certified REBT practitioner and certified coach from Results Coaching System Australia. Emotional Intelligence and EI based Leadership has supported sustainable change initiatives for many of his clients. Satish works on all aspects of behavior sciences and has addressed seminars and workshops for different walks of life. He is B.E Mechanical and MBA Marketing with over 20 years of work experience.


Ashwini Rao


With an M.A in Sociology, Ashwini has an experience of 12+ years in software quality assurance and quality control and 5+ years in manufacturing industry. She has worked with organizations such as Motorola, Kshema Technologies, Honeywell and MindTree. She has also participated in bench-marking activities for over 5 years in Software Process Improvement- Special Interest Group (SPI-SIG), an off-shoot of SPIN Bangalore. She has been a freelance trainer for over 3 years.


Ninad Patil


Ninad has a total of 22 years of solid experience in Manufacturing and Engineering Industry and has served as a New Product Launch Coach and a Lead Trainer for Product Management. He inculcates logical and methodical approach for achieving goals and objectives. He holds Masters in Mechanical Engineering and has a PMP Certification from PMI, USA, BEC – level 3, ISO 9001:2008 – Certified Internal Auditor, ISO/TSI 16949:2002, ISO 14001.


Dr. Vasudeva Naidu


Dr. Vasudeva Naidu is a qualified trainer with over 30 years of professional experience. He has held HR leadership roles with reputed companies like Karle group, Boom energy, Strides Arcolab, American Power Conversion, Waters India, Essae Teraoka. He has delivered several behavioral trainings in India, Singapore, Nigeria, Philippines and US. He has also facilitated ‘effective leadership for excellence’ program covering 650 educational leaders. By qualification he holds a PhD in management, MBA in HR, MA in Personnel Management and LLB.


N Satyanarayan


Satya has over 30 years of rich experience with British and Swiss multinationals in various Management and Leadership positions in domains such as Commercial, Sales, Supply Chain, Human Resources including Learning and Development functions. He is a Certified Coach from Results Coaching System, Australia, Certified Facilitator on Situational Leadership by Ken Blanchard, USA and has also been Certified by DDI, Singapore on Interviewing skills. He has conducted corporate trainings in the areas such as selling skills, leadership, coaching, soft skills in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Philippines and Indonesia.


Aashima Agashe


With over 10 years of experience in the field of international education, Ashima’s expertise lies in training and development, career counseling, establishing collaborations and global initiatives and spear heading management development programs for national and international clients. Aashima spearheaded the International Office of a leading university in India, where she was responsible for guiding and implementing all efforts for internationalization of higher education. She has authored many academic papers and articles in leading newspapers in areas of her professional interest.


M K Tribhuvan


An alumnus of IIT- Mumbai and IIM- Kolkata, Tribhuvan has a professional experience of over two decades in a wide range of industries from Consumer Electronics, Machine Tools, Material Handling, Telecom and Management Consultancy. He provides a deep and intuitive understanding of business, management and people. His successful stints heading companies for large corporate houses like BPL, Crompton Greaves, Tata and Godrej groups, in India, USA and Europe, have resulted in his emergence as a globally networked professional.


Alka Nayar


Alka, a Certified Trainer from City & Guilds Institute, London has more than ten years of experience in corporate training. She specializes in the field of communication, voice and accent and team working skills across cross-functional and multi layered groups from diverse industries like outsourcing, insurance, IT, consulting and telecommunications. She is a certified coach from Results Coaching Systems, Australia. Alka holds an MBA in International Trade and Marketing from IIFT, New Delhi with graduation in Arts and Journalism.


Col. Vinay Verma


Col. Vinay Verma has 44 years of valuable experience in the defense services and the corporate sector. He has served in the corporate sector for 18 years as VP and as Director- Human Capital in prestigious organizations in diverse business sectors such as IT, Finance, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Education and NGO. He is an Honors Graduate, post graduate in Strategy Management, graduate of the Defense Services Staff College, Wellington & holds an MBA degree from the FMS, Delhi.


Vishwas Mahajan


Vishwas is the co-founder and ex-CEO of Compulink Systems Ltd, a leading consulting and IT organization. He was associated with various organizations in India and UAE in multiple roles. His entrepreneurial journey has come to a full circle now that Compulink has been acquired by Glodyne. He is ready to take off again with his newly formed company ‘Smiles enTrust Technologies Pvt. Ltd’. He is the President of TiE Pune Chapter and also Co-ordinator for NASSCOM SME Forum. He was awarded “Distinguished Alumni” of SIBM.



Satish Mandora


Satish works as a Trainer and Success Coach and is the Chief promoter of Square Circles. He is certified REBT practitioner and certified coach from Results Coaching System Australia. Emotional Intelligence and EI based Leadership has supported sustainable change initiatives for many of his clients. Satish works on all aspects of behavior sciences and has addressed seminars and workshops for different walks of life. He is B.E Mechanical and MBA Marketing with over 20 years of work experience.


Dhananjay Gokhale


Dhananjay Gokhale, a trainer & mentor in the field of Project Management has demonstrated and proven track record of achievements in his field of work, spanning 16 years of experience. He has trained more than 5200 professionals across the globe. He is a Mechanical Engineer with Post Graduate in Management. He is a PMP, PMI-RMP accredited by PMI USA and is also accredited MBTI practitioner. He is certified by TOCICO in Fundamental Theory of Constraint.


Gitesh Agarwal


Gitesh is a Certified Trainer from Indian Society for Training & Development, holds a Diploma in Sales & Marketing Management from National Institute of Sales and an MBA in International Business from University Of Western Sydney, Australia. In his 13+ years of experience, Gitesh has worked as Trainer for NIS, has been a marketing & product manager for the Taj Group of Hotels and currently works for the International Government Trade & Investment promotion agency.


Sucheta Deshpande


Sucheta is a BSc in Electronics and has a passion of bringing out the best in individuals through her interactive training programs. Her keen interest in Insurance and Investment Banking gives her an opportunity to work closely with her clients, particularly educational institutes and banks. She has to her credit a position of Founder and Charter President of Lions Club of Pune Classic. She is a certified trainer in leadership from Regional Leadership Institute, Lions Club.


Tamanna Naik


With a Post Graduation from Pune University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Symbiosis, Tamanna has worked in the fields of training and dealership operations for over a decade. She has organized brand promotion activities for Mercedes Benz and product launches for Millennium Motors and Millennium Mobility. She is a trainer for certified Service Advisor?program for Mercedes Benz and has designed and conducted training modules like team building and leadership skills for various dealerships in Maharashtra.


Madhu Purohit


Madhu has over three decades of rich corporate experience of working with reputed organizations such as Mercedes Benz, Tata Motors and Franklin Covey in India and abroad. He is a Certified Trainer and has delivered host of elite and internationally renowned training programs such as 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Focus, Leading at the speed of trust, bridging the execution gap. He is a senior assessor for Management Assessment Centre. He is also Certified Trainer by DOOR Training South Asia Academy. He has conducted several behavioral and soft skills training programs across diverse industries.


Charudatta Bhave


Charudatta has done his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering & Masters in Personnel Management from Pune University. He has worked in Core Manufacturing area of Kirloskar Cummins / Cummins India Limited for 20 years. Later because of his passion towards training he moved to behavioral , leadership , team management , motivational training for more than 10 years. He is a knowledgeable , caring , soft spoken , experienced & balanced professional having a blend of technical & HR. He has established a strong Induction process at Cummins & was instrumental in Graduate Trainee Engineers recruitment.


Lalit Khaneja


Lalit has over 3 decades of experience in the corporate world particularly setting up Sales and Marketing operations for many divisions with companies like Lupin Laboratories, Ranbaxy, Cadila, Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Vitabiotics. For the last 8 years he has accomplished himself as a corporate trainer and has served in the role of Vice President, Franklin Covey Door South Asia. He is a Certified Master Trainer for the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He has trained over 150 organizations on team, organization and leadership effectiveness.


Brig. S C Achtani


A dynamic professional with over 20 years of experience as a corporate trainer and facilitator. Has been associated with reputed corporate such as IBM, Tech Mahindra, Bharti Airtel, Syntel and many notable management institutes in Pune. He is an Electronics Engineer with a Post Graduation in Management and a Masters in Defence Studies. He has a conducted a number of workshops/sessions in Behavioral Skills as well as Value Labs, Business Ethics, diverse areas of Human Resources and Management. A keen golfer, he attributes his success in facilitation to his vast experience in the Army from where he retired as a Brigadier, and his interest in the study of human behavior.

Swanand Umaranikar


Swanand is a highly skilled and professional Business Transformation Coach, having more than 17 years of hands on experience in Enterprise Software product development organizations. He is a certified PMI-ACP, SCRUM Master, Blackblot Product Management Professional and consultant of Persona Global, USA with ITILv3 foundation certification. With unique mix of technical and business background, Swanand drives Operational Excellence by cultivating the Values of Agile Methodologies like “Built in Quality” culture, building Self-Organized and High Performing teams. Swanand is very instrumental in helping Teams of large IT organization like BMC Software, Amdocs, Symantec, Schlumberger and more than 300 individual IT professionals from various enterprises and startups. His experience in Agile Transformation has not only helped the IT professionals within India but also the e-government officials from countries like Bahrain.


Parag Mahajan


Parag has over 16 years of professional experience across core engineering, banking and software industry. His professional certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Certified Scrum Master, Certified CEM+ consultant and ITIL Foundation (ITIL v3) certified professional.Parag is passionate about sharing his experiences as a trainer, mentor and facilitator. His experience of having worked in diverse cultures and virtual teams with stakeholders across the globe gives him an edge as a facilitator. Parag has conducted workshops in India as well as overseas in areas of project management, agile methodologies and leadership. He is associated with Symbiosis Institute of Business Management as a visiting faculty.