Sanjay Shah ’89G attended Hindi Vidya Bhavan School in South Bombay and received a degree from Sydenham College in Mumbai, India. He immigrated to the United States in 1988 to attend Lehigh University, where he completed his master’s degree in business administration a year later. The first of his family to leave his close-knit community, he chose Lehigh, in part, because of his admiration for business executive and corporate legend Lee Iacocca ’45. Sanjay also completed Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management program in 2010.
Sanjay founded technology company Vistex, Inc., in 1999 and serves as its CEO and chief architect. He has charted a visionary path that transcends the standard business mindset for Vistex, which is a melded word he created, derived from “vision” and “execution.” The global corporation manages the full cycle of Go-to-Market programs through strategy, software, implementation, execution, and analytics. Its services provide enterprise solutions to manage pricing, incentive, rebate, rights and royalty, and channel programs to enhance business performance. Customers are retailers, manufacturers, and distributors and include Apple, Walmart, 3M, Turner, Dell, and Bayer.
After Lehigh and prior to creating Vistex, Sanjay worked as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the United States. Then he joined General Motors’ operations and logistics in Canada, before moving to Germany software giant SAP. He departed SAP to create software that would extend the reach of the company’s services, thus forming Vistex. The company is an independent provider and collaborator with SAP and offers embedded solution extensions for SAP software, among other services.
Being a “self-made man,” Sanjay knows the importance of giving back. Establishing The Vistex Foundation, the organization’s philanthropy focuses on poverty, education, health, and humanitarian issues in the Chicago area and around the globe. Projects have included food drives, programs for inner-city children, and the construction of a birthing center in Sierra Leone. Sanjay’s wife, Hemali, works closely with Sanjay on Vistex Foundation efforts.
Committed to lifelong learning, Sanjay recognizes that a strong executive education program is key to any prestigious university’s larger traditional business school offering. Through an endowed leadership gift to Lehigh, he is elevating executive education at Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics. The gift established the Vistex Institute for Executive Learning and Research and allows the university to move forward with an ambitious plan to strengthen engagements with industry and business. The institute will focus on having research serve as the core foundation for the content and teaching in each class. The research will tap into timely and relevant business trends to enhance the learning environment and provide pertinent experience for program participants. Plans for a new state-of-the-art home for the institute are underway.
Sanjay and Hemali live in Chicago, Illinois, and have two daughters, Monica and Serena.