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Sri Manchala

Chairman & CEO of Trianz

Humans have a limited capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed- the consequence is Future Shock.

The only way to beat this “future shock” from digitalization is to methodically confront, predict, outsmart, and shape the change it causes.

Sri Manchala is the Chairman and CEO of Trianz, an organization that shepherds companies through their digital transformations. Today, Trianz employs associates across its eight offices across the globe.

Sri earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science and International Relations from the National Defense Academy, India. He went on to earn a Master’s in Advanced Military training from the Indian Military Academy before joining an infantry unit of the Indian Army in 1988. Sri was selected to join the elite Parachute Regiment of the Indian Special Forces, eventually earning the rank of Major.

Upon entering civilian life, Sri found a job with India’s largest paint manufacturer, Asian Paints. He spent a year at one of the company’s leading manufacturing locations overseeing the import of materials, logistics, and human resources. This was his foray into corporate life and he decided to sharpen his skills to make the most of it. To this end, Sri would go on to get an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Now in California, a freshly minted MBA in hand, Sri found a job at KPMG Consulting in Silicon Valley. Working with top-tier clients like Microsoft, Cisco, Hitachi, Logitech and Philips, Sri managed supply chain strategy, systems implementations and operations engagement for two years. He then found a job with one of those blue-chip clients, working in information technology for Cisco.

In 2001, Sri took a leap and founded Trianz, the company he still heads to this day. He and his team are leading digital transformations and sustainable growth for their clients.

“More than 70 percent of companies fail to fully understand or use the analytics required for digital transformations,” Sri explains. “Analytics will be the number one area of investment in the years to come. While marketing will continue receiving attention, R&D and human capital will see the highest level of investments. Only 4–7 percent of companies succeed in digitalization and are producing superior business performance.”

In addition to his business, Sri serves on the Board of Advisors of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He and his family live in Silicon Valley