Hiten Varia

Business Development

Operating Partner

30+ years of technology experience

Board Member | CarPro, Mapex, Omatic Software

M.S. | University of Kentucky

Hiten Varia is a serial entrepreneur, investor and technology evangelist with broad leadership experience across multiple business and technology sectors. He’s equally passionate about helping companies understand and position their true customer-oriented value proposition, and providing the operating guidance to help them succeed.  


Hiten currently serves as Chairman and Founder at Autoplant Systems, a Mumbai-based technology firm blending AI, machine learning, advanced analytics and mobility platforms to help companies improve supply chain and operational efficiency. Additionally, he is an active Board Member with Efrac, a leading Testing Services company based in India; Cleo, a B2B-led cloud integration category leader (Chicago), Riverside Insights an education assessments cos (Chicago), an AI platform cos DeepBay Technologies China; and Omatic Software, which provides data and integration software tailored for non-profit organizations (Charleston, S.C.). He also serves as an operating partner with Singapore-based Tembusu ICT, a software venture capital fund; and Mandala Capital, an investment fund that helps food and agriculture companies on the Indian subcontinent scale to realize their full potential.

Prior to these current positions, Hiten was a Board Member with Angoss, an analytical software tools company, and also spent 17 years in various executive roles at i2 Technologies (now JDA Software), a leading supply chain software player. While with i2, he held multiple leadership roles including: EVP of Global Customer Operations and Chief Customer Officer; EVP of Greater Asia Pacific Region; EVP of Worldwide Delivery; and VP of Worldwide Development. In these positions, Hiten contributed significantly to i2’s growth strategy, helping the company expand its revenue from $5 million to $1 billion in just five years. Hiten also spent ten years with EDS working on Factories of the Future Technologies, System Integration and Hosted IT Operations


Hiten holds an M.S. in Computer Architecture and Software Design from University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Baroda, India.