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Leadership Team

  • Praveen Panchakarla
    President

    Praveen has over 20 years of experience in management and his strength lies in his ability to strategize, plan effectively and build an interface with all levels of personnel using his strong communication and technical skills.

    Prior to Prudent Consulting, he has managed multiple projects in Duke Energy and previously has served Acadian Environmental Inc. in Eunice, Louisiana.

    As one of the founders and key stakeholders in Prudent Consulting, Praveen has been providing the leadership, decision making, and direction in these demanding times.

  • Mary Ann Knecht
    Vice President of Operations

    Ms. Mary Ann Knecht has over 30 years of experience in the IT Services industry holding various positions that allow her to understand the client market, delivery of resources needed and strategic partners to align with. She is involved with defining strategy, define and implement operational procedures and processes to meet growing business demands, contract compliance, establish strategic partnerships to allow for more comprehensive offerings for clients and customer satisfaction.

    Ms. Knecht has experience in Quality Assurance, Proposal Preparation, Employee Retention, and building successful Diversity Vendor/HUB Programs. She provides direction and continuity to match client expectations.

  • John “Gid” Lockhart
    Vice President

    Gid has over 24 years in the IT and Engineering Professional Services industry, with experience across several industry verticals. His dedication to building strong customer partnerships and delivering successful customer experiences has driven him throughout his career, and he brings that same commitment to excellence and dedication to his work every day.

    Specifically, Gid is responsible the design and execution of the business development strategy for Prudent’s product and services delivery platform, which includes developing and managing relationships with Strategic Alliance Partners specific to Prudent’s Cybersecurity and Data Sciences practices.

    Gid is a proud graduate of the University of Texas in Arlington, and makes his home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where he enjoys time with family, friends, and the occasional round of golf.

  • Jason Dokken
    Vice President

    Jason Dokken has over 30 years of experience as a Principal IT Consultant, working with enterprise level customers across virtually every vertical and technology platform. Jason has worked as an Architect and Technical Consultant with some of the largest software and consulting organizations including Deloitte, EDS, TIBCO, and more. Jason began working with Splunk in 2015, and has quickly become one of the top Splunk Consultants in the US. At Prudent, Jason oversees our Splunk Professional Services practice, which includes driving the field consulting effort, monitoring all associated deliverables, and making sure the customer’s expectations are met.

    Originally from Montana, Jason received both his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He lives outside of Denver with his family where he enjoys several outdoor activities, including snow skiing, hiking, and golf.

  • Rajesh Cherukupalli
    Managing Director - Salesforce

    Rajesh has 20 plus years of experience with proven expertise in delivering highly complex CRM, ERP, IT infrastructure and software development projects across multiple clients. Successful record in increasing productivity, quality and customer satisfaction, including 15 years in leadership roles managing SDLC projects in ISO regulated software engineering environments. Strategic consulting and customer delivery management across industries including manufacturing, financials, HLS, retail, digital marketing & advertising. Certified program manager and salesforce professional.

    Specialties: Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud, Configure, Price and Quote (CPQ), Financial Services, Software development, Call Center, CRM, Retail, Banking Industry, Extensive experience in managing both Agile and Waterfall project methodologies.

    Rajesh heads our Salesforce practice. He has master’s degree from University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Currently lives in DFW Metroplex with wife and two kids.

    Extremely passionate about cricket. ICC Level 2 certified coach. Have been coaching youth cricketers in North Texas, USA since 2008.

  • Rakesh Neunaha
    CIO - Head of Delivery

    Rakesh Neunaha is the Practice Head for the Data and Analytics at Prudent. He has 18+ years’ experience in the IT Services & Data Analytics.  Rakesh holds MBA from IIM Calcutta and a DBA from SIU Carbondale with a focus on Information Systems and Operations Research.  During his DBA, he worked extensively with Advanced Statistical Research methods, OR Analytic techniques and Machine and Generational Learning algorithms.

    Rakesh was the Head of Technology and Product Innovation at Antuit, Inc (a Goldman Sachs company) - a big data and advanced analytics startup.  He helped shape Antuit’s product strategy in the analytics and data engineering space and build capability to deliver end-to-end solutions encompassing data engineering, advanced analytics and visualization.

    Rakesh also led the Technology Services practices at WNS Global Services N.A. and CIBER.   His experience also includes vast Process and Transformation Consulting, custom application development and BI platform initiatives for clients in the Energy Services, Telecommunications and Public Sectors.  He was marked as a turnaround specialist with a capacity to deliver complex technology projects and the ability to engage with the C-suite and drive strong client relationships.

  • Ron Brantley
    Vice President

    Ron has extensive leadership experience working for large IT firms and has led successful sales team(s). He attributes his track record of success to his genuine understanding of his clients’ businesses and in helping them tailor a solution for their IT needs.

    He has a primary responsibility for developing and managing all sales, delivery, and personnel development activities for Prudent. In this capacity, he provides leadership in the day-to-day operations of the sales and delivery department, while seeking out and targeting new customers and sales opportunities, and initiating action plans to approach and secure new business for Prudent Consulting.

    Ron earned his Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and is a military veteran. He currently lives in McKinney along with his wife and two daughters (14 and 9).

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