Our Leadership Team

Leading with integrity, innovation, stewardship & service excellence. 

Sonasoft Leadership Team

Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose, California, the Sonasoft leadership team includes over 200+ years of combined experience with high technology with B2B companies that focus on data preservation, compliance, business continuity, and most recently artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Frank Velasquez

CEO

Frank leads Sonasoft with over 20 years of experience in business and technology sales leadership that he gained at companies such as AVCOM Technologies, Veritas, and Symantec Corporation.
The portfolio of early startup companies that Frank drove results for include: PIC Systems (acquired by Ingram Books), Azor Inc. (acquired by Tescom), Web Harbor a subsidiary of AVCOM Technologies, and Cornerstone Technologies.

Mike Khanna

PRESIDENT

Mike Khanna is a senior high-tech entrepreneur with a background in sales and business development. With over twenty years of experience in Silicon Valley, Mike has brought innovation to the industry. Mike and his team successfully created and launched six products, services, and solutions at Sonasoft and currently champions the business development of the Company’s artificial intelligence (AI) products and services.

In addition to product development, Mike spearheads the investor relations (IR) initiatives and raises capital for the Company.

Ankur Dinesh Garg

CHIEF OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)

Ankur Dinesh Garg is the creator and chief architect for Sonasoft’s AI platform, NuGene. Ankur spearheads Sonasoft’s AI initiatives, which includes business strategy, vertical solutions, OEM agreements, AI adoption, and cross-functional integration.

Prior to Sonasoft, Ankur was the CEO and Founder of Hotify, Inc., which Sonasoft acquired in early 2019. Ankur’s entrepreneurship, innovation, and enthusiasm for technology also led him to create several successful startups in mobile technology, advertising, content-led marketing, and e-commerce.

Ankur is a member of Forbes Technology Council and holds advanced degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Preethi Narayanan

Chief Product Officer

Preethi brings with her over 25 years of rich experience as a transformational and dynamic technology leader. Over the years, she has played leadership roles in India and USA, spearheading the evolution of innovative technical concepts to deliver enterprise scale products & solutions. She is recognized for her versatility in handling global, cross-functional initiatives.

Prior to Sonasoft, Preethi was President AI Solutions at Hotify, Inc., leading the solution strategy across verticals for both enterprise customers and strategic partners. Her impeccable team spirit, positive attitude and a laser focus to match are her key strengths. She has demonstrated exceptional drive in her prior roles that include CEO of India Operations at Invigor Group, Director-Product Centre of Excellence at iSOFT (CSC), and Technical Project Manager at Staples, USA.

Preethi is also a mentor at an organization that coaches startups in their entrepreneurial ventures, and supports a voluntary organization that enables access to higher education for meritorious children in India

Preethi has an MBA in Information Systems and is a certified PMP

Outside work, Preethi enjoys spending time with family and is interested in cooking, music and travelling

Vikas Agrawal

Chief Innovation Officer

Vikas Agrawal was the CEO and Founder of OPtimAIze, Inc., which Sonasoft acquired in 2019.

Vikas has a proven serial entrepreneur and is well known in Silicon Valley as a technology leader in data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).

Vikas’ leadership roles include being a Data & Analytics Strategy and Transformation Leader and Advisor to several Fortune 500 companies and C-Level executives. In this capacity, Vikas achieved millions of dollars worth of data monetization and successful data and analytics implementations.

Vikas is a regular speaker at many industry-leading summits and analytics forums. He also earned his Masters of Computer Engineering degree from the University of Derby and holds advanced machine learning (ML) credentials from Stanford University.

Outside work, Vikas is an avid sports enthusiast and is also a mentor to a volunteer organization that provides access to primary/secondary school and college education for children in India, which is granted based on need and merit.

Bilal Ahmed

VP of Data Products

Bilal Ahmed is the chief software architect for all of Sonasoft’s software products. He leads the company’s global engineering team in the development, delivery, and maintenance of these products.

With over 20 years of experience and several patents pending, Bilal is a technology leader with an entrepreneurial mindset. Achievements include successful product management, product strategy, software architecture, and innovative product development across start-ups and Fortune 500 corporations. His goal is to excel at understanding the latest technology trends, and incorporating these to address business problems and opportunities.

Jay Sen

VP OF CUSTOMER SUCCESS & DELIVERY

Jay Sen is a senior Bay Area tech veteran with over twenty years of experience of transforming the analytical landscape of Fortune 500 companies. Jay has helped to define some of the biggest tech companies’ data strategy roadmaps where he has moved their legacy technology stacks to artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) driven architectures.

Jay was a Co-founder of E-Connect Software, Inc. and OptimAIze, Inc., which Sonasoft acquired in 2019.

Jay started his tech career with senior positions at Oracle. He applied his expertise in deep technology transformation with his consulting experience. This enabled many organizations to optimize their technology spending by advocating ‘customer success’ models with strong ROI’s.

Jay is also a speaker in various tech industry summits and analytics forums. He is an engineering graduate from India’s premier Institute Regional Engineering College at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy. Jay has also completed technology and information management programs at UC Berkley.

Outside of work, Jay is closely involved in leadership roles with many socio-cultural and skill development initiatives in both in USA and India. Jay frequently appears in Indian television as a political analyst. He lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.

Eugene Alfaro

V.P. OF SALES

Eugene Alfaro brings over 17 years of IT leadership experience to Sonasoft and represents the Company as a member of the Citrix Partner Technical Expert Council (PTEC). Eugene’s true passion is helping customers achieve their end goals faster and more accurately by staying on the cusp of technological advancements.

From designing and speaking at conferences about VOiP architecture in VPIN environments in 1999, to achieving 82 percent virtualization in 2005, Eugene has a proven history of adopting and adapting new technologies before they are mainstream.

Jonathan Cook

Sr. Manager of Customer Success & Support

Jonathan Cook joined the Company in late 2015. With 8+ years’ experience, his primary focus has been the day-to-day management of the Professional Services, Managed Services, and Product Support Teams.

Prior to joining the company, Jonathan was the Technical Lead/Systems Engineer for Aplena. During his time at Aplena, he oversaw the data center build and relocation practices.