Anant Gupta is President & Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies Ltd. (HCLT), a $5 billion global information technology services company.
Anant began his career with HCL in 1993. Since then he has held a series of leadership positions in the company, most recently as President of HCL’s Infrastructure Services Division. In this role, he led the company’s brilliant foray into global markets through its pioneering Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) Services and was responsible for its business results in all the global markets in which HCL operates. Having been a key architect of the RIM model, he led the Division to become a $1bn business for the company, growing its contribution to HCL’s revenues from 10.2% in 2005 to 30% today.
Anant has played a transformational role in the evolution of the IT Operations Management space, having pioneered three revolutionary delivery models - RIM as an alternate to the prevalent Total Outsourcing model, Business Ready Infrastructure (BRI) Service as a smart sourcing alternate for Utility Computing and the world’s first hosted pay-by-use Enterprise Systems Management Framework called MTaaS™. Under his able leadership these three models have not only helped expand addressable blue ocean markets for HCL, but also successfully delivered a differentiated value proposition to Global 1000 corporations.
Anant has also significantly contributed to the knowledge of the RIM Industry by authoring the world’s first book on the industry which earned much critical acclaim and emerged as a beacon of knowledge for this new space. In recognition of his immense contribution to the industry, India’s premier IT Consortium, NASSCOM, appointed him as the Founding Chairman of its RIM Forum.
During his tenure at HCL, he has led many other key portfolios for the company, including research and development, sales and marketing, and global delivery and corporate strategy. Notably he pioneered HCL’s rapid expansion in emerging markets like the Nordics and Continental Europe.
Anant serves as a Trustee of the HCLT Foundation and is also the Executive Sponsor for the company’s Sustainability programs. He has been a Task Force member of the New Energy Architecture project run by the World Economic Forum and contributed significantly to global research literature on next generation IT services.
Described as focused, passionate and futurist, Anant’s distinctive leadership style was profiled and commended in a business bestseller ‘Blueprint to a billion: 7 essentials to achieve exponential growth’ authored by renowned management guru David G. Thomson.
Anant holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Liverpool. He likes to blog on the emerging paradigms in the IT services industry.