Today we are talking to Raj Sethuraman, the CTO at Wolters Kluwer ELM. And we discuss his unique thoughts on the 3 levels of leadership, the importance of having a mentor to help guide you, and how humility and vulnerability can help you to be a better leader.

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

About Raj:

As CTO, Raj Sethuraman oversees all product engineering and software development activities as a member of Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions Executive Management Team (EMT). A member of the Forbes Technology Council, Raj brings substantial leadership experience in managing software development teams with global companies, including Intuit Inc., United Health Care Group, Brillo Inc., and Agilent Technologies.  Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions is the market-leading global provider of enterprise legal spend and matter management, contract lifecycle management and legal analytics solutions.

Most recently, Raj was with Entertainment Partners (EP), a California-based technology company and an industry leader in entertainment payroll with 16 global offices. As the Senior Vice President of Technology, Raj developed EP’s technology vision and strategy, and was responsible for delivering the business road map. He also directed the ground-up development and launch of Smart Studio™, a cutting-edge studio ecosystem that was rapidly adopted by production studios such as Sony, NBC and Disney. Additionally, he was the technology leader behind the launch of an industry-changing mobile application designed to streamline the onboarding process for cast and crew members.

Raj is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He earned his MBA from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science from the SJCE School of Engineering in Mysore, India, and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Instrumentation from Annamalai University in Chidambaram, India.

ABOUT Wolters Kluwer:

Wolters Kluwer ( is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services. 

Founded in 1836 and headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, the company serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 18,600 people worldwide.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2019 annual revenues of €4.6 billion. Listed on Euronext Amsterdam, Wolters Kluwer shares (WKL) are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY)

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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