Abhishek is the industry leader for the “Tech” industries at HCL Technologies, which includes internet platform, semiconductor, OEM, ISV, and consumer electronics industries. As a part of this function, Abhishek is directly responsible for creating a higher mindshare, thus augmenting the market share. This role involves leading a business, which keeps HCL at the helm of the digital transformation-led industry solutions, directly influencing growth, business cycle times, and productivity of client organizations, while keeping pace with the speed of tech disruptions. At our group, we call this journey “Occupy with Tech.”
An early appreciation for writing software and an engineering education introduced a career at HCL Technologies way back in 1999. After a sabbatical at B-School, he enrolled into HCL’s SMT (Senior Management Trainee) program that put him into multiple role rotations in years to come. His first assignment as an Executive Assistant to HCL C-Suite included stints across operations management, corporate planning, and marketing. This led to an opportunity to incubate HCL’s North American Life Sciences business in 2004 .
In a later rotation, Abhishek took a corporate position to lead HCL’s Digital and Brand Marketing functions. Here, he put in efforts around brand positioning activities that reached out to HCL’s target audiences through multichannel marketing across ATL and BTL initiatives. This stint was followed by leading HCL’s North America Telecom Industry segment and steering the firm’s focus on “Software Defined” Journeys. Later, he returned to lead the Life Sciences Business involving strategic acquisitions and competencies that solved complex industry challenges. From industry that is R&D driven to a new role to lead “Tech” for HCL, Abhishek sees a lot of parallels.
As someone who has been around for a while in the IT industry, he consults extensively on solving native industry problems through technology as an enabler, and tries to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of “Tech.” Abhishek has kept alive the process of learning through teaching case studies and delivering lectures at leading institutions, including the Harvard Business School, Stern School of Business, Imperial College of London, and IIM Lucknow, amongst others, on subjects ranging from brand to human technology.
Abhishek is based out of the Sunnyvale headquarters in the Bay Area for HCL Technologies.