CARMEL, Ind. (Dec. 4, 2018) – Carmel-based software product design and development
company, SEP , has announced that founder and CEO, Jeff Gilbert will be retiring from the
company, effective March 31, 2019. Gilbert will remain on the Board of Directors as Chair
Emeritus for SEP, and Raman Ohri , SEP’s current president, will be stepping into the CEO role
upon Gilbert’s departure.
Gilbert, along with 3 colleagues, founded SEP in 1988 after graduating from Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology. The top-ranked engineering college honored Gilbert with a Career
Achievement Award in 2005 and the Honor Alumni Award in 2010. At SEP, Gilbert has created
a culture that values employees, which was demonstrated in one of his greatest
accomplishments, when he transferred ownership of his company to the employees through an
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
As part of Gilbert’s succession plan, he focused on ensuring the future success of SEP by
creating a strategic plan and putting the right leaders in place. This is evidenced by the low
turnover in the company, with the average tenure for an employee being between 9 and 10
years. Gilbert is excited that the company will continue its people-first philosophy through Ohri’s
Ohri started at SEP as a software engineer in 1993. Since, he has held several positions within
the company such as project manager, vice president of engineering, and president.
“We definitely picked the right person to lead SEP. Not only does he have an excellent skill set,
but he has a deep understanding of SEP at the core,” said Jeff Gilbert, current CEO. “My entire
heart has been in SEP since I founded the company in 1988. My biggest focus over the past
few years, apart from providing unparalleled products and services to our customers, was to
create a strong succession plan that helps SEP continue to excel for many years to come.”
“Jeff has the rare ability to get out of the way, and not micromanage. He is able to recognize
rising leaders and let them take the reins. He has a futuristic vision for his company, and that’s
proven by the appointment of Raman to CEO of SEP,” says Martha Walker, a member of the
SEP Board of Directors. “Raman began his career at SEP and we have all the confidence that
he will do a fantastic job taking the company that Jeff founded, and continuing to propel SEP
SEP has won a ‘Best Places to Work’ award every year since 2010, placing number one in
2010. Since its founding in 1988, they’ve had steady and intentional revenue and employee
growth. For more information about SEP, visit www.sep.com .