Leadership Team

We are a team triggered by our passion for addressing the critical challenges of software product quality improvement, and supplier software quality management. We aim to connect the dots between systems, software, development processes through product-aided consultancy and an agile working framework.

Jochen Ladwig, the CEO & Managing Partner at KNOT Consulting GmbH, has over 20 years of expertise in corporate procurement, quality assurance, strategy, and lean management at OEM and Tier1 executive levels. With a diverse background spanning industries from automotive hardware to software, Jochen’s leadership is marked by a holistic view of organizations, trend analysis, and a focus on future-oriented technologies.
He’s known for his analytical mindset, goal-driven approach, and effective communication across all levels of hierarchy. His international experience, including managing diverse teams across 18 countries, has led to significant improvements in quality, cost reduction, and supplier relationships, making him a key figure driving success at KNOT Consulting GmbH.

Ramkumar Krishnakumar, our distinguished Tech Trailblazer & Partner, brings a wealth of experience, spanning over 16 years, to the automotive industry. His invaluable contributions include collaborating closely with major OEMs to shape and implement processes, conducting meticulous assessments using ASPICE v3.1, and exhibiting expertise in Functional Safety (ISO 26262), Cybersecurity (ISO 21434), and process transformation solutions. Ramkumar’s unwavering commitment to overcoming engineering challenges has left an indelible mark on the automotive software development landscape. His insatiable thirst for knowledge and passion for refining processes make him a truly inspiring leader in the field.

Neeraj Narang, possesses a versatile background spanning software and telecom engineering, business development, and operations. A serial entrepreneur, his career has spanned over 30 years in both established corporations and startups, where he has excelled in product management and customer relationship management roles. Neerajā€™s distinct leadership abilities include leading global teams, nurturing customer-focused relationships, and propelling business development strategies, establishing him as a visionary leader within the software development automotive market and a pivotal figure at Knot Consulting.

Datta Hegde, a distinguished Engagement Alchemist & Partner at KNOT Consulting GmbH, offers more than 25 years of global leadership experience in the software and automotive industry. With a versatile background spanning operations, procurement, sales, marketing, and business development, Datta has successfully led international teams at renowned companies like Visteon Corporation and HARMAN International. His expertise has been instrumental in shaping the automotive software development landscape, fostering sustainable systems, and driving long-term success, making him the trusted partner for excellence in automotive software services.

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Knot Consulting GmbH
76689 Keplerstr. 8,
Karlsdorf – Neuthard, Germany