Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Meet the people whose hard work and passion enables Cobra to create the best client experiences

The collective expertise in litigation, technology and management enables our leadership team to seamlessly deliver legal solutions at a global level. Cobra is proud to have a team with a complete understanding of the corporate law department and law firm requirements, stemming from decades of professional experience at various legal institutes and companies.

Candice Hunter Corby

Candice Hunter Corby

Principal, Chief Executive Officer, & President

Candice Hunter Corby is an incredible leader, heading our extraordinary team of legal experts and technologists who help corporate legal departments and law firms manage their information management needs consistently and cost-effectively. Candice provides strategic direction to global operations and manages all aspects of operations at Cobra. Under her leadership, the company has pioneered their technology services solution, CobraPulse™, an interactive dashboard that provides real-time performance metrics on all aspects of delivery. CobraPulse™ enables higher levels of productivity and client satisfaction.

Corby was named among the Top 10 Female CEOs of 2016 by dotCEO. She was the finalist in the 2015 Profiles in Power – Women of Influence in Central Texas. She is a motivational speaker and mentor who has been interviewed by the Harvard Business School Executive MBA program on "How Key Women Succeed". She has also moderated the panel discussions at The University of Texas McCombs Executive MBA Program on "Championing Women in the Workplace".

Corby was one of the panel members for the Four Seasons Hotel – Austin's program on "Women in Leadership." She has been featured regularly in numerous media outlets including: Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Dailycandy.com, India Express, West Publications, KTVT 11, Ellevate Network, dotCEO, Austin Business Journal and Profile Magazine.

Corby is a champion for various social causes including eradicating homelessness, women’s initiatives, diversity, arts and health. She is a board member of Zach Theatre, Austin Opera, University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music Directors' Council and was Co-Chair of the "I Am Waters Supermodel Luncheon" (hydrating the homeless).

Candice received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a certified public accountant. She in an avid runner, completing her first full marathon in Austin on February 14, 2016. She also enjoys travel, skiing, wine & cheese, and spending time with her family.

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Shaktivel Venkatraman

Sakthivel Venkatraman

Managing Director – India Operations

Sakthivel manages day-to-day operations and support services of Cobra in India. Prior to working at Cobra, he was the Director of the Legal and Transaction processing unit of OfficeTiger, a large professional outsourcing company in India. Sakthivel was a key member in this department since its inception to growing into a 500-member team in four years. He has also worked at NIIT and Tata Consultancy services.

Operations management, client engagement, implementation of service deliverables, creation and oversight of quality control processes and corporate sales account management are some of his areas of expertise. He serves on the Board of Directors for Rising Star Outreach of India. Sakthivel is a science graduate from the University of Madras, and holds a master’s degree in business administration and business law from NLSIU. He is a certified black belt in 6 sigma and lean management system. He is recognized and certified by the Forum of Free Enterprise (FFE) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Sakthivel is an avid speaker at various outsourcing conferences and prestigious universities, including Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM) and JSN School of Management.

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Mahesh Krishnan

Mahesh Krishnan

Global Director – Operations

Mahesh Krishnan is responsible for the continuous improvement of Cobra’s operational processes. He is a key member of the project planning and execution wing, playing a critical role in the delivery of client projects. Mahesh has over twelve years of experience in the outsourcing industry, including extensive experience in business process management – primarily in the fields of paralegal operations and transaction processing for litigation claims (including securities litigation cases and mass tort/consumer litigation).

Mahesh has also worked in project management and business improvement, business development, pre-sales, and customer satisfaction indexes. He is certified in Business Continuity Management (BS25999 standards) and has worked on Six Sigma quality standards. His employment track record includes RR Donnelley Global Business Process Outsourcing, IBM Global Services India, and TATA Info Media. Mahesh holds a master’s degree in business administration from Symbiosis Institute and a degree in commerce from the Bharathiyar University.

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Renee Meisel

Renee Meisel

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Legal

Renee Meisel will office out of the Cobra Headquarters in Austin, Texas, bringing two decades of leadership and expertise to Cobra. Renee has built a career translating complicated, multi-stakeholder legal and operational issues into efficient, repeatable processes in large international legal departments. Renee spent eleven years at Dell working in a variety of capacities, including Legal Director of the eDiscovery team, legal counsel to the Global Security Organization, Legal Director – Cybersecurity, and Senior Director on the Legal Strategy and Operations team specializing in contracts management and spend and matter management. Most recently, Renee headed up Legal Operations for a global investment firm. She has worked in a wide variety of legal areas, including patent litigation, products liability, regulatory matters, internal investigations, information governance, eDiscovery, and cyber governance and incident response. Renee is a published author, cybersecurity expert and frequent speaker at numerous eDiscovery conferences.

Earlier in her career, Renee was a litigation associate at K&L Gates, formerly Hughes & Luce. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and achieved dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma in French & English Literature. Renee resides in Austin, Texas with her family.

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Thandapani

Thandapani Ramachandran

Chief Technology Officer

Thandapani is responsible for maintaining Cobra’s IT infrastructure and data security. His scope of work encompasses planning, organizing, staff management, maintenance and support of network, server, data communications and telecommunication systems. His areas of expertise include implementation, analysis, optimization, troubleshooting, and documentation of LAN/WAN network systems. He is a Cisco and Microsoft certified professional. Thandapani has nearly four years of experience as a project coordinator at RR Donnelley Global Business Process Outsourcing (in India), which includes one year of onsite tenure. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Madras.

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