Ritesh Patel, Co-Founder, Avivocom LLC
You can never get Ritesh to talk much about himself, which is why we are delighted to do so here. His contributions and influence within the media technology industry have been felt across many of the most respected Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Patel has over 15 years of operations and information technology experience. His professional profile includes senior positions with Euro RSCG, Dimension Data, Agency.com, Conduit Communications, Perot Systems, Forte PLC, Hospitality Perspectives, Inc, Citicorp/Citibank, Holiday Inn International, American Express TRS and BPF Travel, Inc.
Prior to co-founding Avivocom, Ritesh was the Global CIO for Euro RSCG, a division of Havas. There he was responsible for Information Technology Strategy and Operations for the 5th largest Advertising and Media companies in the world.
As co-founder, Ritesh has been instrumental in the success of the company's offering. Currently, Avivocom's technology uses a combination of video, VoIP and text chat to let its enterprise clients converse with online prospects. The company offers two products, LiveGuide and LiveBanner. It is widely used by IBM to support their Express Advantage product suite aimed at mid-sized businesses.
According to Click Z, IBM believes the ad unit helps it be accessible to the SMB community, which tends to think of the company as monolithic and aloof.
Prior to joining Euro RSCG, Ritesh worked for Dimension Data, a South African Systems Integration services business where he was responsible for the Architecture of solutions for global 1000 customers. The focus was mainly on Service Oriented Architectures for clients in the financial services, retail and health care industries. Ritesh joined Dimesion Data after 4 and a half years as the Vice President of Technology for AGENCY.COM in New York, where he was responsible for managing a team of nearly 40 professionals to create the technical infrastructures for web based applications.
In 1998, Ritesh was the Managing Director for the New York Office of Conduit Communications, an Interactive Strategy Consulting and Development company headquartered in the UK. During his tenure, Ritesh was responsible for building the NYC office and working with clients in the financial services, travel, health care and insurance industries. Ritesh joined Conduit after having worked in the Information Technology Strategy & Planning department for U.K. based Forte Hotels, Europe's second largest global hotel company.
Earlier in his career, Ritesh spent five years as the co-managing partner/founder of an information management consultancy that advised clients in the travel, financial services and catalog industries. He also spent four years with Citicorp Information Management services where, in the role of vice president of product development, he shared responsibility for the development and evaluation of information-based business opportunities in the corporate and consumer travel markets for Citicorp.