About Us -> Leadership


Mr. Sharad Bal
Group Chairman
Mr. Bal is the founder and the driving force behind Automatic group of companies. As a qualified Chartered accountant, Mr. Bal has over 36 years of experience in driving various business functions in the industry verticals: Finance, construction, manufacturing, media and consulting.

Mr. Bal has proven expertise in:

  • Corporate finance and accounting
  • Investments and acquisition
  • Corporate strategy
  • Project management
  • Global collaborations
  • Business expansion
  • Vendor development
  • Human Resource management

Mr. and Mrs. Bal started business activities in 1977 and have managed to now grow the business into a diversified group which employs over 700 professionals across India.

Mr. Amit Kulkarni
Chief Executive Officer – Director
Mr. Amit Kulkarni is the founder, a whole-time director of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He is the driving force behind Automatic’s IT practice.

Prior to starting Automatic, Mr. Kulkarni was a founder member and director of NETPOINT-Pro GmbH leading the SAP practice, human resources, customer relationship and sales functions. Mr. Kulkarni has also spent over 6 years with fortune 500 German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp and was an integral part of the ThyssenKrupp Engineering global Center of Excellence. As a core member of the ThyssenKrupp Engineering global SAP implementation team, Mr. Kulkarni is credited with invaluable contributions in the successful implementations across South Africa, Australia, Mexico, USA and Germany.

Mr. Kulkarni has spent over 6 years in Germany, speaks fluent German and considers Germany to be his second home.

Mr. Kulkarni has over 20 years of experience in SAP and IT consulting with expertise in project management, business consulting, application design and development, system architecture and administration and information management.

Mr. Kulkarni has studied Computer Engineering from Mumbai university. He also holds a masters diploma in Computer Software and applications and has successfully received over 10 SAP technical certifications from SAP UK. Mr. Kulkarni has also completed the advanced diploma in German language from Carl Duisburg Gesellschaft, Germany.

Mrs. Vrinda S. Bal
Director
Mrs. Bal is master administrator and the details person of the group. Mrs. Bal is a qualified chartered accountant. Prior to joining the family business, Mrs. Bal, as a senior management member of Siemens has been responsible for various corporate responsibilities in India and Europe. Mrs. Bal has over 30 years of experience in driving various business functions in the industry verticals: Finance, construction, manufacturing, media and consulting.

Mrs. Bal has proven expertise in:

  • Corporate strategy
  • Project execution
  • Marketing and business development
  • Customer relationship management
  • Vendor management
  • Administration

Mr. and Mrs. Bal started business activities in 1977 and have managed to now grow the business into a diversified group which employs over 700 professionals across India.

Mrs. Pallavi Kulkarni
Director
Mrs. Pallavi is the legal backbone of the group. She is a qualified lawyer and has actively practised corporate and family law in Mumbai high court. Between 2004 – 2006, Mrs. Kulkarni also represented the group in Germany and rest of Europe strengthening the group’s relationship with European customers and partners.

During her stay in Germany, Mrs. Kulkarni has also completed advanced courses in German language and speaks fluent German.

Mrs. Kulkarni has proven expertise in:

  • Corporate law
  • Contracts
  • Commercials
  • Administration
  • Human resources