Coacharya’s founders have over 50 years of senior corporate leadership experience upon which the credibility of their knowledge and skills rests.
Ram S. Ramanathan, MCC, BCC — Mentor Coach
Ram is the Founder and a Principal at Coacharya. As the resident mentor coach, Ram oversees and conducts all aspects of coaching and training services offered under the Coacharya banner. He is also responsible for creating the proprietary Coacharya coaching model. Ram brings an accomplished career of 45 years to the helm of Coacharya. As an engineer turned business builder and CEO, his career success has been due to a natural ability to form teams and motivate them to peak performance.
From 2005 to 2010, Ram taught self-development and emotional management programs designed as life solutions to a few thousand people globally from all walks of life as part of a spiritual quest. He also ghost wrote many books and served as an adjunct professor at The Vedic Hindu University, Florida for students in graduate programs studying Vedic Scriptures.
From 1999 to 2004, Ram was a Coach Consultant for Crucible Consulting Corporation, Singapore where he advised the Governments of Indonesia and Singapore on the development of small and medium entrepreneurs. He also personally worked to incubate several start-up operations as an angel investor. During this period, he designed, trained and taught programs in leadership, team building, quality, intrapreneurship, lean management, and corporate ethics in India, Indonesia and Singapore.
From 1991 to 1998, as Group Chief Executive Officer of Bakrie & Brothers, Indonesia, Ram coached and led a team of Indonesian and multinational managers from over 12 global joint ventures, while converting a ten million dollar facility to a billion dollar conglomerate.
From 1988 to 1991, Ram was Chief Executive Officer of two companies at the Anand Group, India. He turned both companies around to profitability, and led groups of executives in total quality management and productivity revolution, which enabled the Anand Group to become a market and technology leader.
From 1981 to 1988, Ram headed the technical operations of the Foods Division of Hindustan Unilever, India. He managed the rural development part of the company’s management traineeship program along with the dairy products plant in Etah, India. During this time, Ram coached, mentored and counseled about 200 young men and women, many of who have since bloomed into corporate chiefs.
From early in his career Ram had a deep interest in psychology and human behavior in corporate environments. He studied and attended programs relating to Transactional Analysis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Appreciative Inquiry, Meditation, Zen, Tao, Energy Psychology and several energy healing techniques, including Reiki. He put these philosophies into practice using his corporate duties of building teams, motivating and leading people as a muse. His analytical skills as an engineer, combined with the right brain activation through these learning’s’, integrated him holistically as a problem-solver who could stand aside and help others to solve their own life issues. He evolved from a Jungian archetype of an aggressive leader who ran companies and peoples’ lives to a more humane, sensitive and empathic fellow human. Ram transitioned from his formal corporate responsibilities to a serial entrepreneur and start-up coach, in order to help fulfill visions of people wanting to build successful institutions. He continues to mentor coach many colleagues and subordinates in furthering their careers, enhancing their performances and balancing their lives.
Ram has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Honors) from the University of Madras, India. He is a Fellow at the Institution of Engineers, India and a founding member of the TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Singapore chapter. Ram is a founding member of the Association of Indian Coaches. He is also a former member of YPO (Young President’s Organization) and a current member of Mensa.
Cindy Muthukarapan, MCC — Training Director
Cindy is an executive coach, trainer, assessor, mentor coach, and program director working with clients around the world. She is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Cindy has worked with corporate, organizational, government, small business, and individual clients. She is equally passionate about training, developing and mentoring coaches. Her expertise lies in creating masterful conversations with an awareness and knowing that for many, the coaching space and relationship is the one place they have to face their current situation, explore new strategies, discover their own best paths, and be supported in gaining new insights and making deep changes so that they can be their best for themselves and their organization.
‘My Coaching is always evolving, integrating the highest level of coaching skills, advanced coaching tools, models and processes, and over ten years of coaching experience, hence increasing my contribution footprint.”
Pranav S. Ramanathan, PCC — Managing Director
Pranav is a Principal and Managing Director at Coacharya. He oversees all aspects of Coacharya’s business operations, from ongoing strategy and best practices development, to day-to-day logistics (including business development, client management, marketing, and sales). Pranav also manages Coacharya’s affiliated technology, investment, and philanthropic arms. He is an ICF-accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC).
An entrepreneur with 18-years of experience, Pranav has deep expertise managing brand and product marketing services for companies in the consumer product, media, non-profit, and technology sectors.
Prior to Coacharya, Pranav provided executive consulting services in areas of brand strategy and product marketing. Most significantly, he consulted in the position of VP, Product Marketing to a technology startup in the cloud-based social commerce space.
Prior to this, as Online Marketing Director for a business media unit at The Nielsen Company, Pranav directed marketing strategy to support a $50M product portfolio across group-produced B-to-B publications and shows, catering to the $60B jewelry industry. He led an effort to build a digital product portfolio that contributed to a 125% profit increase across P&L. As one-of-five top performing marketers, Pranav was selected to be part of a strategic ‘dream team’ that developed best practices for Nielsen Business Media’s central marketing organization.
Prior to this, Pranav was the Group Marketing Manager for the licensing division of Advanstar, a B-to-B media company. He executed marketing strategy for a $60M product portfolio across group-produced trade media, providing content to the $187B licensing industry. Pranav began his career at a software consulting start-up during the 90s’ Internet boom in Silicon Valley as a web/graphic design intern and worked his way into the sales and marketing organizations.
Pranav sits on the National Board of Directors for Upwardly Global, is a member of the Chicago Co-Founder Team at FWD.us, and is a President’s Circle member at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. He is a Phoenix Society member at the University of Chicago and a benefactor to the University of Chicago Law School as well as The John Henry Wigmore Club and Leadership Circle at Northwestern University.
Pranav has a B.S. in Architecture from Arizona State University, and an M.S. in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University. Pranav’s perennial goals are to enable philanthropic projects, converse fluently in French, and to become a gourmet cook before age 40 (so far he’s mastered the eating, not the cooking part.) Pranav lives in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, Alexandra, daughters, Carys and Maeve, and Shar-pei mix, Coco.
Chaitra Ramanathan, PCC — Advisor
Chaitra is a Corporate Engagement Manager at Year Up, a national non-profit that provides corporate partners with a pre-trained, pre-screened, entry-level IT and QA talent pipeline while concurrently addressing a vast community need. In this role, she drives strategic partnership development, day-to-day account management and coaching and career development for the 240 young adults Year Up Bay Area serves annually as part of a one-year program providing technical and professional skills, paid corporate internships, and college credit to urban young adults ages 18-24.
Chaitra has ten years of experience in education management and leadership development. Her experience in education includes recruiting, career coaching, facilitation, instructional design, and program development to support and mentor others in this domain. She is deeply invested in cultivating talent and developing leaders to drive organizational growth and sustainability.
Prior to Year Up, Chaitra managed regional efforts across Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Denver at Education Pioneers, an organization focused on building a pipeline of top leadership and management talent for positions outside the classroom. In her role as Program Manager, Chaitra cultivated a portfolio of 40+ partners, designed and implemented 11 year-round professional development seminars and coached and mentored over 60 Fellows, providing direct and targeted support, ongoing professional development, networking opportunities, and long-term career planning.
Prior to joining Education Pioneers, Chaitra provided education programming, credentialing coursework and professional development for teachers at UC San Diego Extension. She has been actively involved with community development and educational outreach through various non-profits. She pursued her passion for community building to educate, empower and support youth enrichment through facilitating courses in leadership development at Shakti Rising, running a half-marathon to raise awareness and funding for Jeans for Justice, and coaching at Girls on the Run San Diego.
Chaitra received her M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University's Teachers College and has a B.S. in Communications from New York University. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and dog, Luca and together they love exploring local hiking trails and eating their way through the Bay Area.