About Pingar

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

That’s the Pingar philosophy.

We have brought together a team of outstanding individuals who love the challenge of solving difficult problems. Because of this we attract people from around the world who all share the Pingar vision of making artificial intelligence and automation a reality. Together we’ve created an suite of tools for automating information management – we call this the PingarBot – our artificial intelligence bot that generates metadata for managing all aspects of the information lifecycle.

For too long our industry has been telling customers they can automate records management but it’s a myth as currently most customers say that only a small percentage of their content is finding its way into traditional EDRMS to be appraised and classified . It’s this myth that has driven us into developing a machine based solution that really works.   We believe it is only possible with a deep understanding of the principles of text mining combined with human curated intelligence built in to our data models.  So we developed data models for different industry content types and a methodology for rapidly creating models for new industries and customer sites.

Our Leadership Team

Ashwin Punichithaya

Ashwin Punichithaya

General Manager
Ashwin has 15 years of experience delivering digital transformation projects across Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, and India. Ashwin has worked with companies and teams from small enterprises through to Fortune-500 clients, and government agencies at a national and local level.

Renowned for his critical and innovative thinking, Ashwin excels in Distributed Computing, Cloud Services and Solution Architecture, helping bring Pingar’s innovative products to life.

Ashwin is a certified Microsoft Solutions professional. He holds a Master’s degree with Honours in Service-Oriented Computing from Auckland University of Technology, and a Bachelors of Computer Science & Engineering.

Rajesh Menon

Rajesh Menon
Vice President Sales

Rajesh heads up sales and operations for Pingar, with a focus on  clients in India and South East Asia.

Rajesh has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry in business development, strategy, and general management across the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. 

Before joining Pingar Rajesh was a director of an IT software solutions company overseeing the deliver of tech projects including CRM, ecommerce and analytics products to large multinationals.

Rajesh holds a Masters in Computer Applications and a Masters in Business Administration.

Linda Hodgson

Business Enablement Manager

Linda has joined Pingar after a career spanning Marketing, Customer Service, Corporate Social Responsibility and Professional Services. She has a huge passion for continuous improvement, and finds nothing more joyful than seeing people, policies, processes and systems all work in sync to make a business hum.


Prior to joining Pingar Linda held positions at Frank Accounting and Karrikins Group Community (now EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services) in New Zealand, and Unilever in Australia, Singapore, South-Korea and the Netherlands. 

Mike Riley

Mike Riley
Executive Chair

Mike is a seasoned Executive whose natural curiosity, thought leadership, and infectious optimism combine into a formidable talent for guiding teams to deliver actionable strategies, unexpected partnerships and dynamic collaborations.

Mike is a Managing Partner at Prior Cress; past roles include CEO of Compac Sorting Equipment,CEO of Endace,  and CMO of Boston-based Network Engines.

He is the Executive Chairman for Pingar, the Deputy Chair for ExportNZ, and has frequently participated in the judging for the New Zealand High Tech Awards, Export Awards and Amcham awards.