Our Team


Rahul Shah – Founder & CEO

Rahul Shah is the founder and CEO of Katalyst Technologies, Inc. A successful entrepreneur, Rahul has driven Katalyst’s growth since founding the company in 2001. Through his expertise, Katalyst has expanded to include more than 500 associates in the U.S. and India.

Rahul believes in Management by Walking Around to stay in touch with associates and customers. In addition to his active role in overseeing Katalyst’s growth, he is also a mentor to many startups in the healthcare and e-commerce space.

Rahul is actively involved with the Young Presidents’ Organization, Executives’ Club of Chicago, and other civic organizations in the U.S. and India.

Shobha Shagle – COO

Shobha Shagle is the COO at Katalyst Technologies. Prior to joining the executive team in February 2008, she was a senior research scientist at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. She was also a postdoc fellow at Northwestern University.

Shobha’s expansive experience in integrated operations, project management, and large dataset analyses has been cornerstone to the success of Katalyst Technologies.

Allen Frank – Chief Revenue Officer

Allen Frank is the Chief Revenue Officer at Katalyst Technologies. Prior to joining Katalyst, he had an accomplished career in account management, consulting, and business development. Highlights of his career include working in systems auditing for two Fortune 50 companies, acting as director of consulting at Price Waterhouse Coopers, attaining partner status at RSM McGladry, and acting as sales director at Oracle. During the past 12 years, he has served as vice president to several global IT consulting and staffing firms.

Ray Bellan – President, Global Engineering & Manufacturing

Ray Bellan is the VP of Global Engineering & Manufacturing at Katalyst Technologies. Over the past 30 years, Ray has led an incredibly successful career in the manufacturing industry. He advanced from floor-level engineering roles to recently acting as the CEO of a 2nd-tier defense contractor.

For the past 10 years, Ray has been a turnaround specialist, leading the return-to-profitability for distressed manufacturers in diverse manufacturing verticals. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. He speaks Spanish and German and has long-held a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

Joe Ciechomski – Business Development Manager of Supply Chain Management

Joe Ciechomski is the business development manager of Katalyst Technologies’ Supply Chain Management division. Over the Past 30 years, Joe has worked his way up from hands-on network engineering roles to management. His experience serves him well in creating custom solutions for clients’ most difficult technology challenges.

Joe has worked on projects for Honeywell, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Carlson Research center. He is also an MCSE-certified network engineer. Joe’s expertise guides the efforts of ERP systems, SCM solutions, and other technical endeavors at Katalyst Technologies.

John Restrepo – Business Development Manager of Sales

John Restrepo is the business development manager of Sales at Katalyst Technologies. He is one of the most successful business development experts in the state, and was named a Top 10 Producer in the State of Illinois by the Expert Achievers Circle in 2015.

John is an expert in the client relations field, and successfully drives business partnerships between Katalyst and companies in in the IT & manufacturing sectors. He speaks Spanish and holds an MBA in international business, and a bachelor’s in finance from Illinois State University.