Our Team

Rahul Shah – Founder & CEO

Rahul Shah

Founder & CEO

Rahul Shah

Rahul Shah is the founder and CEO of Katalyst Technologies, Inc. A successful entrepreneur, Rahul has driven Katalyst’s growth since founding the company in 2001. Through his expertise, Katalyst has expanded to include more than 500 associates in the U.S. and India.

Rahul believes in management by walking around to stay in touch with associates and customers. In addition to his active role in overseeing Katalyst’s growth, he is also a mentor to many startups in the healthcare and e-commerce space.

Rahul is actively involved with the Young Presidents’ Organization, Executives’ Club of Chicago, and other civic organizations in the U.S. and India.

Shobha Shah, PhD – Chief Operating Officer

Shobha Shah, PhD

Chief Operating Officer


Shobha Shah is the Chief Operating Officer at Katalyst Technologies. Prior to joining the executive team in February 2008, Ms. Shah was a Senior Research Scientist at NORC, University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Since joining Katalyst, she has successfully led the Human Resources business support function, brought operational excellence to the company and continues to be instrumental in centralizing and streamlining Katalyst’s global processes while ensuring operational efficiencies.

Shobha’s expansive experience in integrated operations, project management, and large dataset analyses has been cornerstone to the success of Katalyst Technologies.

Ms. Shah has her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brigham Young University. She also has the distinction of being postdoc fellow at Northwestern University.

Manjari Gupta – Vice-President of Strategy

Manjari Gupta

Vice-President of Strategy


Manjari Gupta is the Vice President of Strategy at Katalyst. Manjari started her career in 1995 with ITW, a US based multinational firm. She has been with Katalyst since the company was founded and has played a key role in sustaining and facilitating the growth of Katalyst.

She continuously brings together a multidisciplinary team of leaders and subject matter specialists to help Katalyst stay ahead in the face of growing challenges and demands.

Ms. Gupta has a B.S. in Business and was awarded a gold medal in recognition of her academic excellence. She also received her MBA in finance from Indian Institute of Management.

Allen Frank – Chief Revenue Officer

Allen Frank

Chief Revenue Officer


Allen Frank is the Chief Revenue Officer at Katalyst Technologies. Prior to joining Katalyst, he had an accomplished career in account management, consulting, and business development.

Allen’s ability to troubleshoot, create solutions, implement and execute the strategies for our client's best interest, are impeccable. Highlights of his career include working in systems auditing for two Fortune 50 companies, acting as director of consulting at Price Waterhouse Coopers, attaining partner status at RSM McGladry, and acting as sales director at Oracle.

During the past decade, he has served in several senior leadership roles fora global IT consulting and staffing firms. Mr. Frank is also a C.P.A.

Praveen Minumula – Chief Technology Officer

Praveen Minumula

Chief Technology Officer


Praveen Minumula is the Chief Technology Officer for Katalyst Technologies. Mr. Minumula is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company. Praveen utilizes an active and practical approach. He sets the strategy for all Information Technologies at Katalyst to attain the company's strategic goals established in the company's strategic plan.

He has an innate ability to achieve results through strategic application of technology to business challenges. Mr. Minumula readily pursues "stretch goals", takes prudent management risks, and is grounded in a strong teamwork approach.

He holds a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, from Southern Illinois University.

Phani Paladugu – President

Phani Paladugu



Phani Paladugu is President of the Professional Services Business Unit at Katalyst Technologies. Phani is a seasoned executive who has over 20 years of experience in the services and telecommunications sectors. Phani was the founder of a successful services startup and grew it to healthy business with annual revenues of over 30M.

Phani brings with him a “hands on” leadership style and specializes in Custom development including BD, Oracle, Mobile Solutions (QA) and Portal Solutions.

Phani is based at Katalyst’s Atlanta, GA office.

Ray Bellan – President

Ray Bellan



Ray Bellan is the President of Global Engineering & Manufacturing at Katalyst Technologies. Over the past 30 years, Ray has led an incredibly successful career in the manufacturing industry. He advanced from floor-level engineering roles to recently acting as the CEO of a 2nd-tier defense contractor.

For the past 10 years, Ray has been a turnaround specialist, leading the return-to-profitability for distressed manufacturers in diverse manufacturing verticals. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. He speaks Spanish and German and has long-held a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Lynn Smith – Vice-President

Lynn Smith



Lynn Smith is the Vice-President of Katalyst’s Supply Chain Business Unit. Lynn is a seasoned leader and has over 20 years of global Supply Chain design and delivery experience. He is an integration specialist with an impressive background in leading ERP solutions, EDI and transportation solutions.

Lynn has led global project teams on 3 continents and had successful deliveries. He provides best in class solutions for our clients with an emphasis on quality and timely delivery that exceeds our clients expectations.

Bade Dahunsi – Vice-President

Bade Dahunsi



Bade Dahunsi leads Katalyst Technologies’ SAP Practice. He is an experienced leader with emphasis in management consulting with over 16 years of technology management, strategy, sales and project implementation experience.

His areas of specializations are program management, strategic planning and value realization leveraging technology applications, business systems implementation while combining deep operational industry knowledge with information system design. Bade is also a certified Project Management Professional.

He proactively manages stakeholder expectations and consistently delivers projects on time and within budget. Bade’s Industry experience includes Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Consumer Goods, High Tech and Pharmaceutical industries.

Dave Schuler – Chief Systems Architect

Dave Schuler

Chief Systems Architect


Dave Schuler leads Katalyst Technologies’ Digital and E-Commerce Practice. His areas of specialization are in: Global Consulting Delivery, Service & Support, Enterprise Support & Premium Engagement and Mobile Services.

Dave actively applies SCRUM methodology to Katalyst engagements and brings a wealth of experience, leadership and capabilities in project management, systems analysis and systems design.

Dave is a graduate of Northwestern University.