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President & CEO, HCL Technologies
C Vijayakumar (CVK or Vijay) is the President & Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies, a US$ 10.02 billion global technology company. Led by 159,000+ professionals working across 50 countries across the globe, HCL helps enterprises reimagine their businesses through transformative Technology Solutions and Services.
As the company’s CEO, Vijay has spearheaded HCL’s initiatives to leverage the transformative nexus of forces such as Digitalization, Internet of Things, Cloud, Cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence through a strategic blueprint called ‘Mode 1-2-3.’ His very recent efforts on adding products and platforms to the company’s portfolio have already resulted in a billion-dollar run-rate for the business, the fastest acceleration of its kind in the industry.
All these strategic bets have resulted in HCL becoming the fastest growing large global technology company in the world for the fourth consecutive year. Vijay’s personal leadership on this journey has been lauded across industry, most recently by the leading magazine, Business Today, that rated him as the ‘Best CEO of the Year, 2020’ in the IT/ITES industry. Previously, he has been included in the list of the ‘Top 10 Disruptive CEOs’ by leading analyst group HfS.
Vijay joined HCL close to 25 years ago as a member of the core team that designed and implemented India’s first ever fully automated trading network at the National Stock Exchange. With a strategic vision and global outlook, he relentlessly reinvented himself to emerge as a leader who could span the breadth of technologies and deftly navigate the shifting industry landscape.
Previously, as President of HCL’s Infrastructure Services Business, he led its exponential growth and market dominance over the years, leading to a contribution of nearly 40% to HCL’s revenues today. As part of the founding team of its wholly owned subsidiary HCL Comnet, he is widely credited with having founded the Remote Infrastructure Management proposition, which today is a multi-billion-dollar global industry.
Over the years, Vijay has held several Technology, Business & Operational leadership positions at HCL and is widely recognized in the industry for his strategic thinking and impeccable execution. He is currently the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s IT Governor’s Community as well as a Board Member of the US-India Business Council.
Vijay is deeply invested in promoting sustainable business practices in the communities where HCL operates in, with an emphasis on advancing STEM learning for the youth, and is also a passionate champion of the Diversity and Talent transformation agenda.
Known for his hands-on approach, Vijay’s leadership style has been commended in the business bestseller ‘Blueprint to a billion: 7 essentials to achieve exponential growth’ by management guru David G. Thomson.
Vijay is a graduate in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from P.S.G. College of Technology, Tamil Nadu, India, and lives in New Jersey in the USA.