Passionate, but humble. Our leaders are no ordinary folks, driving GreyOrange’s phenomenal growth while knowing just how to make customers, vendors or employees feel like a family.

Samay Kohli

Global Chief Executive Officer

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Akash Gupta

Chief Technology Officer

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Nalin Advani

Chief Executive Officer, APAC

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Priyanka Kohli

Lead, People Operations

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Vartul Jain

Vice President, Finance

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Gautam Pande

Director - Operations

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Gautam Pande is currently serving as Director – Operations at GreyOrange, a multinational robotics firm head quartered in Singapore with offices in India, Hong Kong and Japan. He oversees the entire cycle of operations at GreyOrange including the Assembly Plant, Installation Projects & Customer Support functions.

Gautam comes with 13 years of rich cross functional experience in eCommerce, Technology & Consulting domains in a variety of industries across India, US & Europe. He also brings with him deep entrepreneurial experience of global best practices in setting up & scaling unstructured startups to data & process driven organisations. Apart from running his own food tech venture, he was also a founding team member at Jabong (Rocket Internet) and led Marketing & Business Intelligence at Goibibo (Naspers) through a 10x growth phase.

Gautam has a B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, MBA in Strategy & Finance from ISB Hyderabad & has completed the Harvard executive program on eCommerce by Naspers. An avid long distance runner and a keen adventure sports enthusiast, he has also been a guest speaker across business schools (IIFT, Bridge, MDI, ISB), Citibank investor meetings & Internet conferences (IAMAI) in India.

Priyanka joined GreyOrange when the company had 20 employees. Under her leadership, the team has grown to over 600 people globally. She has been instrumental in establishing a unique culture at GreyOrange, not just ensuring acquisition of the best talents but also ensuring an extraordinarily high retention rate with relevant processes in a multi-disciplinary environment. Today, GreyOrange has employees across streams such as mechanical, software, electronics, and firmware engineering, apart from strong business and operations teams. Prior to joining GreyOrange, Priyanka has been associated with companies such as Gallup and Cisco for their change management and organizational development strategy, Technical Marketing, and Research and Development. She is an alumnus of BITS Pilani, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.

All financial transactions at GreyOrange are in Vartul’s hands! With a competent team to support, Vartul’s focus is to ensure GreyOrange is a great partner to work with for all stakeholders globally. He comes with an extensive experience, having played different roles in Business and Financial Strategy for multinational companies such as Samsung Electronics, Wipro GE Healthcare, and General Electric. He has also featured in the list of Top 100 CFOs in India in 2013, published by the CFO Magazine. He is a Bachelors in commerce, holds an Associate’s degree from The Institute of Charted Accountants of India and Course on Advanced Corporate Finance from IIM – Ahmedabad.

Based out of Singapore, Nalin leads GreyOrange’s expansion plans in the Asia Pacific and Japan regions and is responsible for strategic sales and marketing, channel development and overall management. He comes with extensive experience having worked across Asia, and contributed in the start-up and turnaround of Asian businesses for global technology leaders such as Wind River, Wipro and Barco. As an entrepreneur and investor, he has been instrumental in the success for innovation leaders such as Centillium, Solid, eSOL, Kivera and Videogram. Prior to joining GreyOrange, he has led Barco in Singapore, Japan, India and Korea. He is a Founding Charter Member of TiE Tokyo, and a Charter Member of TiE Singapore.

The extraordinary growth pace of GreyOrange speaks volumes of Samay’s contribution as a leader. His aim is to acquire one of the largest market shares in the automation industry globally. Samay’s passion for Robotics started about a decade ago. He was part of the team that created one of India’s first indigenous humanoid robots – AcYut. Samay, along with Akash Gupta, has participated in robotics competitions across 13 countries; winning Gold medal at the ROBOlympics in 2009. An alumnus of BITS (Pilani), India, Samay has been a keynote speaker at several prominent technology conferences around the world, and has been featured in many publications including Forbes Asia, Economic Times, The Fortune and has made his way to MIT Technology Review’s global list of “35 Innovators under 35”.

Akash is the man behind the culture of innovation at GreyOrange. His key focus is driving research and development, pushing the efficiency benchmark, and hiring the best of talent globally for the company. He is the perfect combination of understanding mechanical as well as software engineering, which has helped the company create an R&D engine that continually produces cutting edge robotic products. He has led mentoring sessions and workshops at more than 25 educational institutions globally, including Stanford University, Louisiana University, MIT, IITs, IIIT. Akash is an alumnus of BITS Pilani, graduate in Mechanical Engineering. He has also undertaken projects such as the Design and Implementation of an active under water Sonar Stabilization System at the University of Louisiana; and RoboCup 2011-2012 as a part of the Chief Organizing Committee.


With a culture of collaboration, a roster of talent, and ample space in the office to detox, the Grey Orange team is active in the creative community, endlessly interested in what’s next, and generally pleasant to be around.