Siva Sivaram appointed Akshaya Patra Foundation USA chairman

Los Angeles: The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA has announced important changes to its Board of Directors. The new incoming chairman, Dr. Siva Sivaram, president of Western Digital joins Srivatsan Rajan, partner at Bain & Company, serving as vice chairman. Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, president and chairman of Sparta Group LLC, will remain on the board as chairman emeritus. 

Inspired by the organization’s mission to ensure no child is deprived of education because of hunger, Dr. Desh Deshpande, started the Akshaya Patra Foundation USA from his home office in Boston in 2006, “I will continue to serve on the board and look forward to working with all of the supporters under the leadership of Vandana, Siva, and Sri to make sure we create opportunities for many, many more children in India,” stated Dr. Deshpande. He has founded several successful companies including Cascade Communications and Sycamore Networks and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation. 

Dr. Siva Sivaram, president of Western Digital, was appointed executive vice president of Memory Technology in 2016 when SanDisk was acquired by Western Digital and is responsible for the ongoing development of next-generation technologies. He has held executive positions at Intel and Matrix Semiconductor, and at SanDisk after its acquisition of Matrix. 

Siva has been an Akshaya Patra supporter for the past 6 years. 

Srivatsan (Sri) Rajan, a partner at Bain & Company’s in San Francisco, has been a supporter of the organization for over 5 years. “It is my endeavor to make sure that no child in India goes hungry. There is a lot of work to be done to get there and we cannot rest until we get to that point.” Rajan has served as the Chairman and Managing Director of Bain’s India offices and has over 20 years of management consulting experience in India and the United States.

Image courtesy of Akshay Patra Foundation USA

Share this post