Raj Ananthanpillai, InfoZen CEO, to speak on entrepreneurship – March 14

Raj Ananthanpillai, president and CEO of InfoZen, a company that provides software solutions for the federal government and select commercial customers, visits Elon University on March 14 as the latest speaker in the C. Ashton Newhall Endowed Lecture Series.

His talk takes place at 3:30 p.m. in the LaRose Digital Theatre.

Ananthanpillai has been with the company since January 2004. In this capacity he has guided InfoZen to substantial growth and profitability through inspired leadership and superior management.

He previously was a partner at The MIRA Group LLC, a business strategy and financial consulting firm. Prior to that, he served as the chief strategy officer of ePlus, Inc., a business process automation, asset management and financial services company, responsible for technology, marketing, analyst relations and business strategy. Prior to that, he was the president and CEO of NetBalance Corporation, a venture capital backed multi-million dollar software products and services company, which was successfully sold in February 2000.

Before founding NetBalance, Ananthanpillai was the vice president of strategy and marketing at I-NET, Inc., a $300 million dollar company, where he was responsible for developing new products, services, markets, strategic business alliances and overall strategy. He had also served as the vice president and general manager of one of I-NET’s business units, growing a multimillion dollar IT outsourcing and managed services business offering to Fortune 100 and public sector customers.

Prior to joining I-NET, Ananthanpillai spent several years at AT&T and was responsible for directing and managing the company’s global messaging system managed services.

Ananthanpillai holds graduate degrees in engineering physics and in electrical engineering, as well as executive management degrees in international business management and financial planning. He is also a Certified Financial Planner, with a U.S. patent on managing networked systems, and the author of two books in the area of systems management and managed services.

Additionally, he is a frequent speaker at executive forums and is widely profiled in industry trade and business publications. He has appeared on business television programs, and mentors several emerging companies, serving on the board of some of them. Ananthanpillai is also on the advisory board of Johns Hopkins Business School and is a practitioner faculty, teaching competitive strategy in the University’s MBA program.


The C. Ashton Newhall Endowed Lecture Series, named for Elon University trustee C. Ashton Newhall ’98, brings successful entrepreneurs to campus to share their knowledge and experience managing the risks and rewards of entrepreneurial endeavors.

Newhall is co-founder of Montagu Newhall Associates, a venture capital firm headquartered in Owings Mills, Md.