With more than 30 years of experience in the creation and growth of successful entrepreneurial businesses, Rajesh Rao provides Indus Health a critical combination of operational, financial, and systems management skills.
Mr. Rao began his career as a software engineer at IBM, later joining the founding team at Post Software International, where he ultimately became Director of Research and Development. Post Software became an established worldwide leader in retail systems automation and was acquired by Fujitsu ICL.
Subsequently, Mr. Rao co-founded and served as CEO of Empower Corporation, an innovative enterprise e-learning software company that served several large multinational companies. Empower eventually became MindLever, which was acquired by Centra Software (Nasdaq: CTRA). Mr. Rao continued as General Manager at Centra prior to co-founding Indus Health.
Having faced ever-increasing costs of providing health benefits to employees in his previous companies, Mr. Rao decided to dedicate his time and resources to the pursuit of viable alternatives. He believed that the leveling of the global playing field would result in effective cross-border solutions with the potential to substantially reduce health-care expenditures.
As Co-Founder and CEO, Mr. Rao has been instrumental in building Indus Health into a dominant player in the U.S. that has helped the “medical tourism” trend mature and evolve to an entirely new level. He enjoys being able to innovate and work with others to further expand Indus Health’s offerings and broaden its scope of influence.
Mr. Rao is recognized as an industry leader and is often asked to speak to audiences at meetings and conferences. He has been featured in several news articles, as well as in TV and radio interviews.
In June 2006, Mr. Rao appeared as an expert witness before the US Senate Subcommittee on Aging, extolling the advantages of employer-sponsored medical travel, and sparking a national debate over insurers’ and corporations’ roles in medical tourism. He was also invited to speak at a National Academies seminar that explored the potential role of medical tourism in providing a suitable alternative to Americans.
He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from North Carolina State University.