Vinod Neelakantan currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Development for CTS Corporation based in Lisle, IL. He has overall responsibility for leading the strategic planning process and the development and execution of company-wide Mergers and Acquisitions.
Vinod’s most recent role prior to joining CTS was with Sysmex where he was responsible for leading the strategic revenue generation team and driving the financial planning and analysis function for the company. He also held Finance and Corporate Development roles in companies like Schneider Electric and Littelfuse. He has extensive experience in financial planning and analysis, business analytics, strategic planning, and all aspects of business development and merger and acquisitions. Vinod spends the first 11 years of his career in Cognizant Technology Solutions in multiple global consulting and management roles.
Vinod is a graduate of the College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram (1992-96) with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Finance and Strategy.
Vinod served as the President of MEANA during 2017-2018. Under his leadership, MEANA organized a successful fundraising campaign for Kerala Flood victims and raised over $18,000 directly assisting 60+ families in Kerala.