Leadership

With a unique combination of deep domain knowledge and technology expertise, XVELA is leading the way to a more connected ocean supply chain. Backed by Navis, the leading provider of software and services for terminal operators and ocean carriers, XVELA operates as an independent entity focused on enabling collaboration and operational visibility.

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Ajay Bharadwaj

Senior Director, Product Management

Ajay Bharadwaj heads product management and strategy for XVELA, Navis Carrier and Vessel Solutions and Navis Cloud Services, Navis' suite of SaaS offerings. Ajay brings deep expertise in launching products to cloud environments, operating systems, security, logistics and M&A. Prior to joining Navis, Ajay held leadership positions in product management in the networking and security domains. His educational background spans the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the University of California (Santa Cruz and San Diego campuses) with BS and MS degrees in computer science. He also holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Business, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Ajay Bharadwaj

Ajay Bharadwaj heads product management and strategy for XVELA, Navis Carrier and Vessel Solutions and Navis Cloud Services, Navis' suite of SaaS offerings. Ajay brings deep expertise in launching products to cloud environments, operating systems, security, logistics and M&A. Prior to joining Navis, Ajay held leadership positions in product management in the networking and security domains. His educational background spans the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the University of California (Santa Cruz and San Diego campuses) with BS and MS degrees in computer science. He also holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Business, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Abhi Verma

Senior Director, Software Development

As part of Navis, Abhi heads the research and development wings of XVELA, Navis Carrier and Vessel Solutions and Navis Cloud Services. Abhi brings rich experience in engineering leadership building world-class products in the security, networking and automotive industries, including highly available and scalable cloud-enabled services. Abhi holds a BS degree in computer science and business administration from the Indian Institute of Management.

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Abhi Verma

As part of Navis, Abhi heads the research and development wings of XVELA, Navis Carrier and Vessel Solutions and Navis Cloud Services. Abhi brings rich experience in engineering leadership building world-class products in the security, networking and automotive industries, including highly available and scalable cloud-enabled services. Abhi holds a BS degree in computer science and business administration from the Indian Institute of Management.

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Sumitha Sampath

Vice President, Operations

Sumitha takes to heart the popular adage, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” She brings to the team an ideal balance of strategy, execution, and technology, TOS and business management experience. As Vice President of Operations for XVELA, Sumitha is responsible for ensuring a superior customer experience throughout the entire customer lifecycle. She and her team of passionate and highly talented individuals focus on implementing, training and supporting XVELA users. Prior to XVELA, Sumitha was part of the Navis Strategy team charting the vision of “Making global trade smarter, safer and more sustainable for everyone.” Sumitha holds an M.S. in Computer Applications and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Go Bears!

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Sumitha Sampath

Sumitha takes to heart the popular adage, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” She brings to the team an ideal balance of strategy, execution, and technology, TOS and business management experience. As Vice President of Operations for XVELA, Sumitha is responsible for ensuring a superior customer experience throughout the entire customer lifecycle. She and her team of passionate and highly talented individuals focus on implementing, training and supporting XVELA users. Prior to XVELA, Sumitha was part of the Navis Strategy team charting the vision of “Making global trade smarter, safer and more sustainable for everyone.” Sumitha holds an M.S. in Computer Applications and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Go Bears!

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Craig Halford

Director, Global Sales

With a history of pushing the boundaries and traditional views and processes in the shipping industry, Craig Halford leads the worldwide go-to-market strategy for XVELA’s innovative cloud collaboration platform as Director of Global Sales. Prior to XVELA, he was the Regional Sales Director for Navis, where he brought a fresh approach to understanding, defining and delivering Navis terminal solutions to ports in EMEA. Craig rapidly established himself as a sales and professional services leader during his eight years with Navis, winning both Top Sales Performer and Professional Services MVP awards. His efforts have resulted in the successful deployment of Navis software in countless marine, rail and inland terminals. Educated at Manchester Business School, Craig is currently based in Dubai, U.A.E.

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Craig Halford

With a history of pushing the boundaries and traditional views and processes in the shipping industry, Craig Halford leads the worldwide go-to-market strategy for XVELA’s innovative cloud collaboration platform as Director of Global Sales. Prior to XVELA, he was the Regional Sales Director for Navis, where he brought a fresh approach to understanding, defining and delivering Navis terminal solutions to ports in EMEA. Craig rapidly established himself as a sales and professional services leader during his eight years with Navis, winning both Top Sales Performer and Professional Services MVP awards. His efforts have resulted in the successful deployment of Navis software in countless marine, rail and inland terminals. Educated at Manchester Business School, Craig is currently based in Dubai, U.A.E.

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Martin Bardi

Vice President, Global Sales

As Vice President of Global Sales for XVELA, Martin Bardi leads worldwide sales for the connected suite of applications from XVELA and Navis Carrier & Vessel Solutions. Prior to XVELA, he was VP and General Manager for Latin America at Navis, where he was responsible for all sales, support and professional services in the Latin American region and successfully grew the customer base from 11 terminals to over 65. With over 23 years in the container shipping industry, Martin has deep knowledge of the business, including hands-on operational experience in all phases of software and process implementation. Prior to joining Navis, Martin worked five years at the terminals in the region as a yard and ship planner and was responsible for implementing new technologies that helped to improve operational performance, safety and reduced costs.

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Martin Bardi

As Vice President of Global Sales for XVELA, Martin Bardi leads worldwide sales for the connected suite of applications from XVELA and Navis Carrier & Vessel Solutions. Prior to XVELA, he was VP and General Manager for Latin America at Navis, where he was responsible for all sales, support and professional services in the Latin American region and successfully grew the customer base from 11 terminals to over 65. With over 23 years in the container shipping industry, Martin has deep knowledge of the business, including hands-on operational experience in all phases of software and process implementation. Prior to joining Navis, Martin worked five years at the terminals in the region as a yard and ship planner and was responsible for implementing new technologies that helped to improve operational performance, safety and reduced costs.

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