Executive Leadership

Divya Vir Rastogi


Divya Vir Rastogi is co-founder and CEO of EXA. His subject-matter expertise spans manufacturing, industrial automation and information technology.

Divya Vir has over 30 years of industry experience, including significant leadership roles. As Vice President at SAP AG, Divya Vir was Head of SAP Custom Development in EMEA. He was instrumental in the rapid growth of SAP Custom Development in the Americas. Divya Vir has a strong track record of setting up and successfully managing regional organizations and international subsidiaries of various global manufacturing and technology companies.

Initially, he worked extensively on industrial automation in Europe. He designed, developed and successfully launched complete automation systems – from PLCs to SCADA.

Divya Vir has a B.E. (Hons.) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago.

Alan Southall


Alan Southall serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of EXA. His career in the IT industry spans over 20 years, during which time he has held various executive positions and became a thought leader in the areas of digital transformation and advanced analytics.

Prior to joining EXA, Alan was Senior Vice President of Engineering at SAP, where he was responsible for several big data, machine learning, technology, Internet of Things, and finance product lines, including Predictive Maintenance and Service, Smart Meter Analytics, Allocation Rescheduling Optimization, Dynamic Cash Management, and HANA time series support. As part of his executive role at SAP, Alan was responsible for the leadership of large end-to-end delivery teams consisting of development, product management, and design. Additionally, he successfully oversaw some of SAP’s largest digital transformation and IoT implementation projects, from inception to go-live, in both Europe and North America.

Prior to his role at SAP, Alan worked for ten years at Siemens, focusing mainly on the development of smart meter management systems, protection device control software, and group strategy for Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution.

Alan holds an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.