Vision-Aid, a Lexington, MA-based based non-profit organization, announced the election of its new President, Lalit Sudan who will assume office from July 1, 2021, for a term of five years. He replaces Syed Ali Rizvi who has served as President for the past 7 years and will stay as a Board Member.
The non-profit also welcomed several new, additions to its leadership team in the coming year.
“I am a true believer in Vision-Aid’s mission of enabling, educating, and empowering the visually impaired to lead productive and independent lives,” said Mr. Sudan. “I am looking forward to increasing its support for the disadvantaged and building upon the successes made possible by the year after year dedication of the volunteers, team members and gracious donors.”
Mr. Sudan is a Managing Director of Market Data Group LLC. For the past two decades, he has been an advisor to senior management teams at several leading global Information Technology & Networking companies. In these consulting roles, he guided their entry into several new global business initiatives to create profitable growth.
As Senior Vice President at Fujitsu Consulting, and during his engagements with Compaq, HP and several startups, he worked closely with their teams to formulate strategies for competitive advantage. He directed due diligence for US and India based acquisitions and managed their integration that resulted in accretive revenues and profitability by focusing on good customer and combined employee experiences.
Before starting Market Data Group Consulting in 1997, he worked for Digital Equipment Corporation, Motorola Codex and Honeywell where he launched and grew several new worldwide businesses. Noteworthy among them was the Digital and Microsoft Alliance Computing initiative that led to significant wins in numerous worldwide accounts.
Mr. Sudan has published extensively. He has been a keynote speaker at IT forums, a panelist at the Canadian Global Business Forum and has been interviewed by leading publishing and television business news programs. He holds a MS Management Sciences degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a MS Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a BS (Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering from Punjab University.
Mr. Rizvi, who has served as President of Vision-Aid for the past 7 years, will continue serving on the Board of Directors. Mr. Rizvi warmly welcomed the election of the incoming President saying “I have enjoyed a very productive and satisfying time at Vision-Aid serving it initially as a member of the Board of Directors and then for the last seven years as its President. From what Vision-Aid was in 2004 and to what it is now, it has grown exponentially. The reach, the programs, the funding, the exposure and the impact, have all been impressive due to the collective contributions of each board and advisory member and volunteers and well-wishers.”
He added: “I will feel that we have found an exemplary leader in Lalit Sudan. As someone who has successfully served in the corporate world in senior positions to one who has led his own company for so many years, Lalit Sudan comes with a very wide exposure and experience. He will be able to bring in new donors and a fresh infusion of ideas, thinking and networks that are so critical to the success of every non-profit. We also have advisory board members, Dr. Partha Ghosh, Akiki Ghosh, Madhu & Vijay Narang and Co-chairs of our Council of Ambassadors, Dr. Vivek Badami and Dr. Monica Minocha Wadhwa who bring leadership and a very rich experience with them. We welcome them to our Vision-Aid family.”
Vision-Aid Chairman, Mr. Puran Dang said “It is my great honor to welcome Mr. Lalit Sudan as our new President. His wisdom and compassion is a gift to Vision-Aid. I also welcome the Board Members to this journey to meet the noble goals.”
Welcoming the new leadership team, Vision-Aid founders Ramakrishna (Ram) Raju and Revathy Ramakrishna said “Vision-Aid is truly blessed to have a stellar leadership team which brings so many talents and so much passion to Vision-Aid. We sincerely thank our current President Mr. Syed Ali Rizvi for his many contributions to the cause, and warmly welcome our new President Mr. Lalit Sudan. We are sure under Lalit’s leadership, Vision-Aid will continue to scale new heights”.