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AKKA USA, a Leader in Engineering and Technology Consulting

As an international engineering and technologies consulting group, AKKA is at the forefront of the digital and connected world, accelerating innovation for the world’s largest industrial groups. We support our clients globally throughout the entire life cycle of their products.

Our global portfolio and centers of excellence provide US clients with expertise that encompasses the entire technological product environment, as well as system integration skills. As the largest aerospace market, the United States is the third pillar of AKKA’s international expansion alongside France and Germany.

Passionate about technologies, we continuously promote innovative concepts to our clients. AKKA offers a unique recruiting capacity close to major innovation hubs and major US industrial groups.

Areas of expertise

The AKKA Group supports the US operations of its global client portfolio and has developed a prestigious US client base, spanning major OEMs and industry players with a focus on aerospace and automotive throughout the complete product development process that relies on 7 areas of expertise:

  • System engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Process engineering
  • Support engineering
  • Embedded software and electronics
  • Digital solutions
  • Consulting

 

In the US, AKKA supports its clients with these expertise in the following sectors:

Our Solutions

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— Aerospace & Defense

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— Automotive

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— Life Sciences

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— Railway

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— Energy

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Digital Transformation

— Digital

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— Telecom

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USA News

AKKA Acquires PDS Tech

AKKA and PDS Tech – An Innovation Powerhouse for the US Industry

AKKA enhances its talent base in North America through the acquisition of PDS Tech which has allowed AKKA to:

  • Service a globally operating industrial customer base in the US, with a focus on the aerospace sector.
  • Combine its established expertise in high value-added solutions with the tremendous recruiting capacity of PDS Tech across the entire US territory to accompany the growth of the market.
  • Strengthen its capacity to support European customers in the US market.

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In line with the Group’s strategy and ambition, AKKA continues to develop and strengthen its positioning in North America, a key pillar in the Group’s strategy.

  • It is within this context that we are pleased to announce that Dharam SHEORAN has joined our management team today as CEO AKKA North America. He will be part of the Group Executive Committee.
  • In his role as CEO AKKA North America, Dharam will be responsible for leading the North American Teams in achieving our development in this market, with a strong focus on developing AKKA’s solution offers.
  • In his role as CEO AKKA North America, Dharam will be responsible for leading the North American Teams in achieving our development in this market, with a strong focus on developing AKKA’s solution offers.
  • AKKA NA enters today a new phase of transformation and development, two years after the acquisition of PDS Tech. We are confident that Dharam, supported by Cash Nickerson as Chairman of AKKA North America, will be successful in his new role.

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Key Figures

Million Dollars

$315

2020 Revenues in $M

End of December 2021

4300

Talents

Seattle, Westlake, Phoenix, Irving, Wichita, St Louis, Green Bay, Hartford, Charleston, Auburns Hills, and Birmingham

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Dharam Sheoran

CEO North America and India

Dharamveer has 15+ years of leadership experience in the United States, Europe, and India at Wipro Limited – a global information technology, consultancy, and engineering services company. His most recent position there was Global Head of the automotive vertical. Prior to that, Dharam led the aerospace and defense vertical and headed the strategy and large transaction functions for the Manufacturing & HiTech business unit. As CEO of AKKA North America since March 2021, Dharam is responsible for leading the teams in the US and Canada, as well as developing AKKA’s presence in India.

Cash Nickerson

Chairman AKKA North America

Steven “Cash” Nickerson has held a variety of legal and executive positions in his 30-year career. He served as an attorney and marketing director at Union Pacific Railroad, an associate and then partner at Jenner & Block, one of the five largest law firms in Chicago, and President and CEO of an internet company operating in the digital economy that he took public through a reverse merger. He then held the position of President and CFO of PDS Tech, Inc. for fifteen years, before joining the AKKA Group as Chairman of AKKA North America’s Business Unit in 2018.

Mikael Boulanger

CFO AKKA North America

Mikael Boulanger is responsible for all of the company’s financial functions, including accounting, controlling, audit, treasury, payroll, and billing operations. He also oversees and manages all human and IT resources. His career spans more than 15 years of varied experience in financial management and IT strategy in the United States and Europe. As CFO of AKKA North America since January 2019, Mikael is leading the finance teams in the US, Canada, and, more recently, India.

Ferreol Marande

Vice President / COO of Aerospace AKKA Group North America

Ferreol Marande received his Aerospace Engineering degree from ESTACA, his Management Degree from EM Lyon, and participated in INSEADS's Advanced Management Program. He joined AKKA in 2001 and has held successive managerial positions in France, the UK, Italy, and Dubai. In 2010, he expanded AKKA and became Regional CEO of Dubai where he created AKKA Middle East. As CEO, he received the Creative-Next-UAE prize and triumphed in the World Autonomous Transport competition. In 2019, he came to the USA with a new challenge to grow AKKA North America by bringing added value solutions to customers in Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0, Big Data, AI, Connectivity together with various AKKA’s Innovations.

Rajkumar Madhavan

Vice President / COO of Automotive & Hi-Tech AKKA Group North America

Raj Madhavan is a business and technology executive with extensive experience in the product engineering services industry. In his past role at Wipro, Raj led North America engineering services business for Automotive & Aerospace. He has held various senior roles in Sales, Business Development, Product Management, and Technology strategy. As COO for Manufacturing & Hi-Tech Segments, Raj will be responsible for growing our business in these industries, building solutions & delivery capabilities and establishing AKKA brand in the North America market.

AKKA North America Board of Directors

— Cash Nickerson

Steven “Cash” Nickerson has held a variety of legal and executive positions in his 30-year career. He served as an attorney and marketing director at Union Pacific Railroad, an associate and then partner at Jenner & Block, one of five largest law firms in Chicago, and President and CEO of an internet company operating in the digital economy that he took public through a reverse merger. He then held the position of President and CFO of PDS Tech, Inc. for fifteen years, before joining the AKKA Group as Chairman of AKKA North America’s Business Unit.

— Michael Foley

Michael Foley is the Corporate Secretary of and Head of Legal for PDS Tech, Inc., which he joined as a Staff Attorney in 2011. After graduating with honors from Michigan State University’s James Madison College, Mr. Foley obtained a Juris Doctor and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He joins the AKKA Group as the Head of Legal of the AKKA Group’s North America Business Unit.

— Sid Ashworth

Ms. Sid Ashworth recently retired as the Vice President of Government Relations for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a global leader in security. In this role, she was responsible for providing effective management, coordination and support to the company's relationships with the United States Government. She has also been a member of the Northrop Grumman Corporate Policy Council.

— General John F. Campbell

General John F. Campbell took office as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army on March 8, 2013. The Son of a senior American Air Force sergeant, General Campbell grew up in military bases around the world before attending the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. He graduated in 1979 with a commission in the infantry division.

— Lieutenant-General Bob Durbin

Lieutenant-General (Retired) Bob Durbin is the Chief Operating Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association, the most influential American trade association representing the country's leading manufacturers and suppliers to the aerospace industry.

— Benjamin Ricci

Benjamin Ricci graduated with honors from the prestigious Swiss Business School EHL. After working for TEDx and the French energy giant Engie, Benjamin Ricci joined AKKA's head office where he implemented the AKKADEMY, AKKA’s digital talent incubator.

— Jean-Philippe Carbonel

Jean-Philippe Carbonel is Group Head of Legal Operations of AKKA TECHNOLOGIES SE. Before joining AKKA in 2014, Jean-Philippe held various senior positions in listed IT companies for more than 15 years, including a position as Chief Legal Officer with a leading player of the French mobile phone and accessories market.

OUR CUSTOMERS

— Automotive

Daimler
FCA
Honda Motors
Porche
Renault Nissan
Mitsubishi
Volkswagen
BMW
FCA
Volvo Trucks
Jaguar
Valeo
Faurecia
Continental
Bosch
TRW
Aston Martin

— Aerospace

Airbus
ATR
Boeing
Bombardier
Fincantieri
GE Aviation
General Dynamics
GKN Aerospace,
Gulfstream
Honda Jet
Honeywell
Lockheed Martin
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp.
Northrop Grumann
Safran
Thales
Air France
UTC

— Railway

Alstom
Bombardier
Ansaldo
SNCF
RATP
Deutsche Bahn

— Life Sciences

GSK
Sanofi
Novartis
CARMAT
Eli Lilly
Johnson & Johnson
Roche
Pfizer

— Energy

Areva
General Electric
EDF
Engie
Total
Schneider
Siemens
Air Liquide

— Defense

Airbus Defence & Space
Airbus Helicopter
Thales
Dassault Aviation
Nexter
HONEYWELL

— Telecom

Orange
Rhône Telecom
Casino
Amadeus
French Government
Credit Agricole
Société Générale
Ericsson

Where to find us

AKKA:

Dallas, TX.

PDS Tech Inc, 300 E John Carpenter Fwy #700, Irving, TX 75062

300 E John Carpenter FWY, #700, Irving, 75062, Texas

Auburn Hills, Mi.

975 Opdyke Rd, Auburn Hills, 48326, Michigan

Birmingham, AL

22 Inverness Center Pkwy, Suite 550 Hoover, AL 35242