Our Team

Leadership

Scala Computing is led by a team who bring experience in taking their prior companies to IPO, scaling past portfolio companies into significant acquisitions, and building high-performance delivery teams globally.
Shiv Kumar
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Rob Zecha
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Sam Rahman
Co-Founder, Chief Technical Officer
Ariel Hendel
Distinguished Engineer

Board Members

Shiv Kumar
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
David Miller
Board Member
Arjun Kapoor
Co-Founder, Board Member
Dr. Satya Sharma
Board Member

Board Of Technical & Strategic Advisors

Vyas Sekar
Advisor
Dr. Yuefan Deng
Advisor
Shiv Kumar
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Shiv is an entrepreneurial business leader with a successful track-record of incubating, scaling and managing global operations in the technology, data analytics and business process outsourcing industry.

With over 30 years of experience across multiple functional areas ranging from Sales & Marketing, Operations & Service delivery, Business HR and P&L management to Capital raise, M&A, structuring and operating JV's and IPO/exit processes, Shiv has distinguished himself making significant impact and contribution during his progressive tenures at HCL Technologies, EXL Service ( Nasdaq: EXLS ) and as an entrepreneur launching and mentoring start-up ventures in US & India.

Prior to launching the founding team and the Board at Scala, Shiv was Global P&L head for Banking Financial Services and Energy & Utilities industry verticals at EXL, in addition to serving as a member of the Board for EXL's JV at Colombia for LATAM operations.

Shiv is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and an active advocate of Social Enterprise & Impact investment initiatives. He also serves on the Boards of SAI SEVA BPO (a pioneering Rural BPO venture) and Prasanthi Trust, a 501c3 charitable entity that raises and deploys philanthropic capital into Education & Healthcare programs in rural areas of emerging economies including India.

Shiv resides with his family at Stamford, CT and works out of New York.
Rob Zecha
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Rob joined Scala as a founding member and serves as the Chief Operating Officer, contributing to all aspects of the business including sales, product strategy, partnerships, management, and hiring, amongst others.

Previously, Rob founded and served as president of Netvision, a VC-backed enterprise networking technology company, where he led the development of the world’s first non-blocking stackable Gigabit Ethernet switch. Netvision was acquired by Network Peripherals (NPI) where Rob served as a corporate officer and VP of Worldwide Engineering post-merger with NPI, where his unique technology led to a successful raise of $175Mn in capital. After leading NPI for 4 years, NPI underwent a reverse-merger with Falconstor Software (NYSE: FALC).

After working at Falconstor for a period of 1 year, Rob went on to start Afides, an enterprise network security start-up, served in multiple VP roles at SMSC, a $400mn semiconductor company where he led the product line of a $75Mn division, and served as VP of Operations at Altior, which was later acquired by Exar Corporation.

In 2013, Rob was brought back to Falconstor by one of their largest investors and Board Member at the time, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer for 3 years.
Sam Rahman
Co-Founder, Chief Technical Officer
Sam joined Scala as their Head of Engineering and founding member where he leads all aspects of development and the daily management of the engineering team. In this role, Sam has been driving many of the engineering efforts at Scala Computing and spearheading the development of the core platform.

Prior to joining Scala, Sam has served as CTO and Co-founder of DidItLabs, a VC backed startup specializing in NLP for location services. At DidIt, Sam raised $2.5Mn in Seed round financing from VCs in addition to leading all engineering and product development efforts within the organization.

Prior to starting DidIt, Sam started and sold another early-stage software start-up and served as the Head of Mobile and Connected Devices at BamTech (acquired by Disney for $1.6Bn) where he developed the AtBat app, one of the first applications on the Apple app store and, till this day, one of the most popular iPhone applications of all time.
Ariel Hendel
Distinguished Engineer
Ariel Hendel is a Distinguished Engineer at Scala Computing. With degrees from Technion, Haifa, and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, Ariel reached a Distinguished Engineer role at Sun Microsystems, and at Broadcom Corporation, both while developing networking and semiconductor products.

At Meta (then Facebook) Ariel was an Infrastructure Technologist for Networking. Ariel went on to co-found and jumpstart in 2020 Enfabrica Corporation (a semiconductor startup), and later joined Scala Computing in late 2021. Since 2008 Ariel’s industry work and academic collaborations have been around Data Center networks, and guiding silicon innovation to maximize large scale Data Center efficiencies.
Shiv Kumar
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Shiv is an entrepreneurial business leader with a successful track-record of incubating, scaling and managing global operations in the technology, data analytics and business process outsourcing industry.

With over 30 years of experience across multiple functional areas ranging from Sales & Marketing, Operations & Service delivery, Business HR and P&L management to Capital raise, M&A, structuring and operating JV's and IPO/exit processes, Shiv has distinguished himself making significant impact and contribution during his progressive tenures at HCL Technologies, EXL Service ( Nasdaq: EXLS ) and as an entrepreneur launching and mentoring start-up ventures in US & India.

Prior to launching the founding team and the Board at Scala, Shiv was Global P&L head for Banking Financial Services and Energy & Utilities industry verticals at EXL, in addition to serving as a member of the Board for EXL's JV at Colombia for LATAM operations.

Shiv is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and an active advocate of Social Enterprise & Impact investment initiatives. He also serves on the Boards of SAI SEVA BPO (a pioneering Rural BPO venture) and Prasanthi Trust, a 501c3 charitable entity that raises and deploys philanthropic capital into Education & Healthcare programs in rural areas of emerging economies including India.

Shiv resides with his family at Stamford, CT and works out of New York.
David Miller
Board Member
David co-founded and ran product and strategy for AvidXchange, the leading corporate payments company for the Mid-market. He is now an active advisor, mentor, and Board member for early stage software companies.
Arjun Kapoor
Co-Founder, Board Member
Arjun is a well-recognized thought leader and domain expert in the HPC sector. Prior to founding Scala, Arjun conducted research in the field of HPC for a number of years.

Notably, Arjun led teams at Brookhaven National Labs, Stony Brook University, and Sun Yat Sen University in creating optimal supercomputer network topologies reaching a 51% improvement over the industry standard and resulting in the allocation of a multimillion-dollar grant and partnership with ASUS - a multibillion-dollar enterprise. Additionally, under Arjun’s lead, the research received significant awards from organizations including Siemens, Intel, and Oracle, and was funded by organizations including the NSF, DOE, ARO, and China’s Ministry of Science.

Arjun studied Computational and Applied Mathematics and Economics at The University of Chicago, where he was a Stamps Scholar and Presidential Scholar. Arjun has also received the US Congressional Award Gold Medal.
Dr. Satya Sharma
Board Member
Dr. Satya Sharma is the President and CEO of Zortag Inc. He is also the Executive Director of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) and a Professor at Stony Brook University.

Dr. Sharma was previously Senior Vice President at Symbol Technologies (now part of Zebra Technology) from 1995 to 2003, overseeing global operations and engineering. During Dr. Sharma’s tenure at Symbol, the revenue increased from $450 Million to more than $1.6 Billion. While leading Symbols Mobile Computing & Wireless Engineering, the company won the National Medal of Technology in 2000, the highest technology award given by the US Government. He also led Symbol to win the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing in 2003 and established Symbol’s software center in India and its manufacturing facility in Mexico and oversaw its operations in US, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, China and India. Prior to his tenure at Symbol, he was Director at Bell Labs and at AT&T Power Systems. He led Lucent Technologies to win the Deming Prize, considered the Noble Prize in Management in 1994, making it the first and still the only American manufacturing company to have this honor. Dr. Sharma also led Lucent to win the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing in 1992. Under Dr. Sharma’s leadership, Lucent also won US Senate productivity Award and the Environmental Excellence Award from US President George Bush.

In 2009-2010, Dr. Sharma was advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Bilcare Technologies and served as Chief Operating Officer of RF Technologies. Dr. Sharma has been a consultant to a dozen startup and small / medium size companies worldwide. Dr. Sharma has written more than 70 technical publications and has received several patents. He holds a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA degree from the Ohio State University.
Vyas Sekar
Advisor
Vyas Sekar is the Angel Jordan Early Career Chair Associate Professor in the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon University, with a courtesy appointment in the Computer Science Department.

His research is in the area of networking, security, and systems and spans network appliances or middleboxes, network management, network security, Internet video, and datacenter networks. Vyas received a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal, and a Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon University.

He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award. His work has received best paper awards at ACM Sigcomm, ACM CoNext, and ACM Multimedia, the NSA Science of Security prize, and the CSAW Applied Security Research Prize.
Dr. Yuefan Deng
Advisor
Yuefan Deng entered Columbia University in 1983, after graduating from Nankai University with honors, through a special scholarship program CUSPEA organized by the Chinese-American Nobel laureate Professor T. D. Lee. His Ph.D. thesis on simulating gauge theory with supercomputers, completed in 1989, was supervised by Professor Norman Christ. After a brief stay at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences as Professor James Glimm’s postdoctoral fellow, he joined the faculty of Stony Brook University where he was promoted to full professor of applied mathematics in 1999. As visiting or adjunct professor, Dr. Deng worked at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1.5 years), the IBM T. J. Watson Research Lab (1.0 year) where he joined the group of Deep Blue, Columbia University (1.0 year), Nanyang Technological University (0.5 years), University of Singapore National University of Singapore (1.0 year), and the Singapore’s Agency of Science, Technology and Research (1.0 year). Dr. Deng has published more than 100 papers in physics, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, and biosciences plus three books: one on ODEs, one on PDEs, and another on parallel computing. He holds 13 patents in China or US or both. He has supervised and is supervising 30 doctoral students and has taught 10,000 undergraduate students. He is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Teaching (2016) and the Stony Brook University’s CEAS Dean’s Award of Excellence in Teaching (2016). His research is supported by the US DOE, NIH, NSF, New York State, and ARO, as well as China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.