Landmark, the book and music retail chain, has been ramping up significantly over the last few years.
 

With a collective experience of over 50 years in the IT industry, the management-team members have a thorough understanding of the payments domain and a proven track record in providing technology and management leadership.

In their past assignments, the team members assumed significant roles in product engineering and management and delivered multi-million-dollar product lines (ranging from USD 25 million to 100 million) catering to global markets. In addition, they had also been instrumental in setting up India operations for global enterprises and managing large teams (200+) serving several product lines.

Kumar Sudarsan (Founder & Director)

Kumar has about 15 years of IT-industry experience spanning various aspects of technology, project, product, general management, and customer-relationship management.

During his 6-year stint at VeriFone, Kumar was involved in designing, developing, and implementing products for credit- and debit-payment switches and processors, stored-value payments at large financial institutions, third-party processors, and retailers.

As General Manager–Delivery at Aztecsoft, Kumar successfully engineered a number of web, middleware, and database-technology products. At Hewlett Packard, he managed the engineering function for multi-million-dollar product lines, as Section Manager-R&D.

Kumar holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India.

Pratap T.P (Chief Marketing Officer)

Pratap has over 15 years of experience in Strategic Marketing, Product Launch Initiatives, Media Campaign management and Public Relations. He has a passion for new media propositions and innovative ways of reaching out to consumers.

Pratap has been a part of many startup teams across segments and categories – setting up channels of distribution, product development and growing retail networks. He was involved in the launch of leading brands and companies across sectors in India like Timex watches across India, Lighting Business of Wipro Ltd, & Polyurethanes Paints Business of ICI.

He also has experience of the Middle East markets – having handled the marketing function at Kuwait Danish Dairy for the GCC markets for over 3 years.

Pratap has a Bachelors degree in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from BITS Pilani and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Shankar Balan (Vice President - Strategic Alliances, Activations & Business Development)

Shankar is a seasoned professional with over 18 years of experience across leading brands in the Hospitality and Retail business. He has worked with two of India’s largest chains of Five Star Deluxe Hotels, the Taj and the Oberoi Groups. In Retail, his experience ranges through Premium brands like ColorPlus, Indian Terrain, Hidesign, Madura Garments and Levi Strauss India and encompasses a wide range of responsibilities from Retail through Marketing to other Intra-preneurial assignments of strategic importance.

He has come on board as a "key stake-holder" with QwikCilver to drive strategic alliances, merchant/ brand partner acquisitions and otherwise help build and cement business relationships in the customer facing, consumer-led business space.

Thirumalesh C (Vice President – Technology)

Thirumalesh has over 15 years of experience in software product engineering with experience in architecting solutions, managing teams, project management, customer interactions.

His experience spans key architecture, product and technology roles in Databases, Transaction Processing, Datawarehouse and Analytics, Middleware application with varied global organizations like IBM, Oracle, Aztecsoft, Hyperion amongst others

Thirumalesh was instrumental in architecting and managing a robust, multi-threaded, multi-database, first of its kind java based data integration product. As a data integration architect at Hyperion and then Oracle, successfully lead many key projects.

Thirumalesh holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Communication from KREC, Suratkal (NITK).