Phani Nagarjuna


Harvard Business School Association of Northern California

Phani Nagarjuna is a successful high-tech entrepreneur, executive and investor with a distinguished 20+ years of experience. He has held virtually every C-Suite role at marquee venture/private equity backed and mature technology firms. He has expertise in launching software products, opening global markets, and scaling organizations from zero to multi-million dollars in revenues. Nagarjuna has founded/founding executive at three different software startups, all with successful exits. Most recently, he was the Founder & CEO of Nuevora, which merged with Sutherland – a TPG backed company. Nuevora was ranked as one of the top 10 Big Data Analytics/AI companies by As a core member of the senior executive team of Sutherland and CEO of Nuevora, Nagarjuna was instrumental in driving the accelerated digital transformation of a $1B+ business. As a founding executive at OneCommand, Nagarjuna built the auto-retail industry’s first customer loyalty SaaS platform, made strategic acquisitions, attained #1 market share, and helped the company qualify to Inc. 500. Earlier at Caritor, as the youngest member of the executive team, Nagarjuna led one of the fastest transformations in the high-tech industry transforming the company into a nimble, IP-driven, vertically focused information technology solutions company tripling revenues, opening new geographies, launching SaaS venture Certido, raising private equity and laying the foundation for Caritor to later acquire Keane and become a $1B company. Nagarjuna is known for building nimble organizations with high performance cultures and trusted business relationships through silo-breaking collaboration and inclusive people leadership. Equipped with a growth mindset, he combines the best in strategic thinking, trenchant business analysis and digital-enabled execution to drive profitable growth in organizations. He has unlocked hundreds of millions of dollars in shareholder value while spearheading accelerated digital transformation of stagnant business models through AI-driven innovation and inspirational people leadership. Early on in his career, Nagarjuna held product leadership roles at Siebel Systems. Nagarjuna is a recognized expert on Big Data analytics/AI, often quoted in major publications, has written for Forbes, and has advised Fortune 1000 executives on next-generation digital transformation initiatives. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has guest lectured on Entrepreneurship at UC Santa Barbara. He is currently the President of the HBS Alumni Club of Northern California and serves on its board. Nagarjuna has an MBA from Harvard, an MS from University of Cincinnati, and a BS from Osmania University.