Nagarajan will champion innovation efforts to serve people
with developmental disabilities
Sri Nagarajan has
joined Bethesda as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, a key leadership role
responsible for advancing the organization’s innovation strategy on behalf of
people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“Sri brings to Bethesda
a uniquely impactful combination of experiences and competencies in technology,
digital and information management across several industries,” said Mike
Thirtle, Ph.D., President and CEO of Bethesda. “As a strategist and product
developer, he has consistently helped businesses achieve competitive advantage,
with a strong focus on customer experience. He is exactly the leader we need at
this time to take our technology initiatives to the next level.”
Nagarajan co-founded Camino Ventures, a North Carolina-based financial technology
firm, and he previously served in senior leadership roles with AAA Carolinas, AIG
Insurance and Bank of America. A true innovator, he is the holder of five
patents, with about two dozen more pending.
thrilled to be joining an iconic, mission-focused team making a real and
significant impact on the lives of people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities,” Nagarajan said.
“The team’s culture, commitment to the mission and future-focused vision sets
them apart in the I/DD space.
“We live in absolutely
phenomenal times where technology has the power to not only drive but shape
human outcomes. I’m very impressed by how Team Bethesda has leveraged the power
of technology to drive the mission, and I look forward to working with the team
to take us to the next levels of innovation-driven outcomes.”
Nagarajan lives in
Charlotte, N.C., and spent his formative years in Oman and India before
emigrating to the U.S. to attend graduate school. He earned a master’s degree
in information management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; an MBA
from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston,
Ill.; and a master’s degree in financial management from Pondicherry University
in India. His bachelor’s degree in commerce is from the University of Madras,
also in India.
“I am excited to support the mission of Bethesda and empower people with disabilities to live full lives with real independence and promise,” Nagarajan said. “There are endless possibilities that smartly conceived technology can deliver, and no limits on what we can achieve together as a team.”
Bethesda’s technology innovation efforts are varied and evolving, such as bringing smart home technology to the residents of Bethesda Cornerstone Village, a first-of-its-kind residential development in Minnesota integrating people with disabilities with individuals age 55 and older. Bethesda is also developing a game-changing quality platform that will enhance the lives of people with disabilities and beyond.