A dual postgraduate in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University, Kansas, USA and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Began his career in 1989 as Development Engineer in Cirrus Logic Inc., a semiconductor company in California, USA. He returned to India in 1992 and joined as Works Manager in Elico Ltd. an Analytical Instrument Company and held various positions over the period.
In 1998 he was appointed as Managing Director of Elico Ltd. In 2009 was named Chairman of the Board.
In 2007 Ramesh Datla was appointed as Board of Director in State Bank of Hyderabad.
Ramesh Datla is actively associated with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and is presently the Chairman, CII National MSME Council. He has been actively associated with the industry chamber and held several advisory roles to the Government on behalf of the Industry. He represented India as a speaker in the OECD Conference-Tokyo, GTZ Conference-Berlin, Gulf Cooperation Council Meeting-Muscat, UKIBC Conference-Manchester, etc.