Jimmy Anklesaria, F.C.A., LL.B., is the founder of ANKLESARIA, the world’s leading Total Cost Solutions Managed Service and SAAS company. Anklesaria is the recipient of the Institute of Supply Chain Management’s (ISM) 2022 Shipman Award. The award, created in 1931, is ISM's most esteemed and is presented annually to an individual who personally contributes to the advancements of purchasing and supply management while and guidance to other professionals.
He is the author of Supply Chain Cost Management: The AIM & DRIVE® Process for Achieving Extraordinary Results (AMACOM, 2007) and is co-author of Zero-Base Pricing: Achieving World-Class Competitiveness Through Reduced All-In-Cost with David N. Burt and Warren E. Norquist. Mr. Anklesaria holds the international service mark for the AIM & DRIVE® process. He has published several articles and cases in leading purchasing and financial journals and texts in the United States and abroad.
In Anklesaria’s 34-year career in procurement and supply chain, his passions gravitated to education and philanthropy. Since 1985, he has taught graduate, undergraduate, and executive courses in strategic cost management, finance, and investments at the University of San Diego (USD), where he was named Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1987. He has also lectured in strategic cost management at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago, Michigan State University, University of Southern California, Arizona State University, and several others.
One of the world’s most sought-after speakers on cost management, Anklesaria has positively influenced the procurement transformation process at numerous Fortune 500 companies resulting in cost savings of several billions of dollars. He has a unique ability to provide practical solutions to complex business problems and has been the keynote speaker and workshop leader for numerous organizations and companies. Anklesaria is a mentor to chief procurement officers and emerging professionals alike in the field of supply chain management.
Anklesaria currently teaches a graduate course in supply chain cost management at the Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he founded the Institute of Supply Excellence and Innovation and established the Jimmy Anklesaria Endowed Chair for Supply Chain Management. He also established the Anklesaria Family Supply Chain Innovation Endowed Fund at the Jacob’s School of Engineering and the Anklesaria Endowed Fellowship at the Rady School of Management at UCSD. Mr. Anklesaria is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, holds a law degree and an MBA.
Mr. Thekkethala is the Chief Strategy Officer overseeing the company's business strategy. development and execution. He is an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist with over twenty-five years of experience in financing and leading global technology companies. He is also the founder and Managing Partner of TOLIMA, which invests and provides advisory services to disruptive innovation technology companies in AI, Cloud Computing and Digital Engagement.
Prior to TOLIMA, he was the co-founder and Managing Partner of JT Ventures, which focused on investing and mentoring early-stage technology companies through their growth and successful acquisitions. Investments included CrosStor (acquired by EMC), Allegro (acquired by Cisco Systems: CSCO), Fidelia (acquired by NetScout: NTCT), Ibrix (acquired by HP) & Sixth Sense Media (acquired by Evolving: EVOL). He has been Founder, CEO and CTO at multiple private and public technology companies during his career where he developed the company’s vision, product, market and technology strategy and led the company’s business development and M&A leading to the companies’ growth and acquisitions.
Mr. Thekkethala received his Masters’ degree from the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University where he was also an adjunct faculty member for over five years and has spoken at numerous software and telecom industry conferences worldwide. He is passionate about children’s education as a catalyst to change lives and uplift communities and founded Learn for Life Foundation, a non-profit organization, focused on educating disadvantaged children in developing countries and communities.
Oliver Rossi has been with the Anklesaria Group since 2000 and is a member of the Leadership Team where he works with all aspects of the education and consulting practices. His responsibilities include development and management of key accounts, instructor of the Anklesaria Cost Management Toolkit and facilitator of customer-supplier cost management workshops using the AIM & DRIVE® process. He has worked on projects with numerous companies including Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, BP, Freeport McMoRan, Capital One, Deutsche Telekom, Hewlett Packard and Motorola. Oliver has also lectured in Strategic Cost Management and Supply Market Analysis at the University of San Diego, and is a native French speaker. He has a Master of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
Rob is ANKLESARIA’s Senior Vice President who has over 22 years of experience in developing the company’s online courses and conducting workshops and implementing projects using ANKLESARIA methodologies, processes and models to generate hundreds of millions in cost savings at Nike, IBM, Shell, HP, LG, Pfizer among others.