Our People

OSG (Optimal Strategix Group Inc) brings together a diverse and seasoned group of executives who share a common goal: uncovering what drives customer decision-making. Our executive team is experienced in helping companies uncover opportunities for growth in Life Sciences, Retail, Consumer Goods, Energy, Media, Telecommunications, Financial Services & Gaming.

Leadership Team

R Sukumar

CEO

Dr. Sukumar is the Founder and CEO of OSG. Passionate that the only way to drive growth is by becoming customer centric, Dr. Sukumar has worked on a large number of engagements, providing to our clients both methodological guidance on the use of behavioral analytics and continuous guidance on how to leverage the analytics for better decision making and continued growth.

Prior to founding OSG, Dr. Sukumar spent over twenty years as an academic, teaching marketing strategy and advanced analytics at top MBA and Ph.D. programs across the globe. He served as an Academic Dean for a global business school and has served as an expert witness on a number of patent infringement and class action law suits. As a renowned thought leader in the industry, he has been interviewed and quoted in notable publications such as Forbes, HBR and Inc magazine.

Dr. Sukumar has an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Marketing and Business Administration, and B.S., Mechanical Engineering, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.

Satya Varagoor

EVP Operations

Dr. Satya Varagoor is Executive Vice President and Global Head of Operations. Responsible for excellence in customer experience, she makes sure all our clients get the highest value out of OSG’s products and client teams.

Dr. Varagoor brings to OSG many years of experience on insights and analytics. She started her career at the BASES Group, and worked for companies like BMC Software, Coca-Cola Company (Minute Maid), Bristol Myers Squibb, and most recently with Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson and Johnson Company). During her career, she provided deep insights and analytics for products from pre-launch to post- commercialization.

Dr. Varagoor has a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Houston and a BA in Mathematical Statistics and MA in Operations Research from Delhi University, India and Pennsylvania State University.

Simon Dumville

CPO / CMO

Simon Dumville is Chief Product Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. Responsible for OSG’s end to end technology, he drives OSG’s governance and product development processes.

Originally from a Digital Design background, Simon has spent over twenty years building product solutions across many industries, and has worked  at both client and non-client side for companies such as EY, GfK, Vodafone, Zynga, BMW, Opodo, Sage and Barclays,

Most recently Simon has been a business mentor and coach for the Virgin Group, as part of its’ start-up incubator and accelerator programme for small businesses, advising on Product Management, Technology and Marketing.

Simon holds a a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Kingston University and a PGDip in Design for Communication Media from the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Arvind Vij

Legal Counsel

Arvind is a highly accomplished global lawyer with extensive international legal experience in the areas of corporate, commercial, project finance, private equity, securities, offshoring/outsourcing, governance, operations and legal entity management in varied industries as an in-house lawyer and in private practice.  Arvind has developed and implemented processes to increase productivity while decreasing costs with a focus on offshoring and outsourcing.  Arvind has tremendous experience in setting up offshore legal and corporate secretarial Centers of Excellence that manage end-to-end vendor contracts as well as the governance, information/data and regulatory reporting of legal entities.

Most recently, Arvind was Managing-Director and Operations Executive in Global KYC Operations at JPMorgan Chase & Co., working with the various Lines of Business to build a firm-wide utility creating consistent KYC processes to conduct KYC renewals/client onboarding which included building a Compliance Operations Center of Excellence in Hyderabad, India to migrate and centralize KYC functions.

 

Board of Directors

Michael Hammons

Co-founder, Managing Partner and Member of the Investment Committee

Michael Hammons is a co-founder, Managing Partner, and Member of the Investment Committee of the Sustainability Growth Fund. Michael Hammons has over 25 years of leadership experience in building operational value for portfolio companies. Previously, Michael Hammons was a Partner with SAIL Venture Partners, a leading private equity cleantech firm. Prior to private equity, he held senior leadership positions in the US and internationally. These leadership positions including CEO at Vigilistics, CEO at Nexiant, CEO at ARGO Tracker, VP of Global Operations at Cogent Communication, and Director of the South American Automotive Practice at Ernst & Young Consulting, headquartered in Sao Paulo.

Michael Hammons currently is the Chairman of one corporate board, one university board and The White House Roundtable on Manufacturing Technology Scale Up. Recognized as an expert in clean-tech, business development, supply chain, finance, operations, manufacturing, product development and logistics, Michael Hammons has spoken at multiple conferences and written numerous articles. He has also received multiple awards throughout his career, including Top 100 Most Innovative Vendors from Supply and Demand Chain Executive and Deloitte and Touche Fast 500. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Michael S Duffey

Board Member

Michael S. Duffey has held executive finance positions at a broad range of both public and private banking, manufacturing, and professional service companies, including First Advantage, IRI, Covansys Corporation, APW and M.A. Hanna Company. He helped navigate these businesses through successful transformations including consolidating numerous acquired businesses, optimizing operations, and repositioning each of these businesses for accelerated revenue growth.

Michael earned his undergraduate degree in accounting at Loyola University and his masters in economics, finance and international business at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

R Sukumar

CEO

Dr. Sukumar is the Founder and CEO of OSG. Passionate that the only way to drive growth is by becoming customer centric, Dr. Sukumar has worked on a large number of engagements, providing to our clients both methodological guidance on the use of behavioral analytics and continuous guidance on how to leverage the analytics for better decision making and continued growth.

Prior to founding OSG, Dr. Sukumar spent over twenty years as an academic, teaching marketing strategy and advanced analytics at top MBA and Ph.D. programs across the globe. He served as an Academic Dean for a global business school and has served as an expert witness on a number of patent infringement and class action law suits. As a renowned thought leader in the industry, he has been interviewed and quoted in notable publications such as Forbes, HBR and Inc magazine.

Dr. Sukumar has an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Marketing and Business Administration, and B.S., Mechanical Engineering, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.