Careers in India
Indian IT firms contributed to almost every sphere of America’s scientific and technological achievements in California’s Silicon Valley in the 1980s and 1990s, and they introduced shared services and outsourcing concepts. Even as other developing countries emerge as major rivals, India has maintained its competitive edge, holding on to its spot as the destination of choice for nearly 80 percent of European and U.S. firms that outsource.
Low costs and a diversely skilled and talented English-speaking workforce are just part of the reason. Just as important is a customer-centric approach among Indian IT firms, which results in innovative, customized solutions in their partnerships. Much of tomorrow’s success, however, will depend on new domain solutions and technology platforms.
HCL is proud to be part of India’s heritage of IT innovation. In 1976, when there were only 250 computers in the country, Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL, led a team of eight young people who passionately believed in the power of information technology and the potential to create a thriving IT industry in India. From that vision, born in a Delhi “barsaati” (a small rooftop room), has grown a global enterprise. Today, leading IT research and advisory firms report that HCL is one of the top five Indian IT service providers. In India, HCL serves Union Bank, Punjab National Bank, National Stock Exchange, Deutsche Bank, Kotak, and several conglomerates in the financial services sector; NTPC, Indian Oil, and National Informatics Centre amongst others in the public sector; and Eureka Forbes, Future Group, and Oxford University Press amongst other large businesses.
As it pursues economic growth, HCL never wavers in its commitment to employee well-being, environmental responsibility, and society at large. HCL has been widely recognized for its contributions to India’s business and societal goals.
HCL’s APAC Customer Advisory Council helps HCL align solutions with local market requirements and serves as an exceptional platform for HCL clients and their industry peers to exchange ideas and best practices. The Council has been recognized through several awards — including the Forrester Groundswell Award in the B2B category — for the trust it fosters between HCL and its customers.
In 1994, with a mission to develop global leaders in India through focused philanthropy, Shiv Nadar established the Shiv Nadar Foundation. Today it is one of the largest philanthropic institutions in India. The foundation is investing generously in creating leadership institutions that serve urban and rural populations: Vidya Gyan, which nurtures leadership in rural India; Shiv Nadar Schools, which creates a community of independent, lifelong learners; Shiv Nadar University, which specializes in specific disciplinary areas and develop a broad-based learning foundation; and SSN College of Engineering, which has created leaders in diverse fields since 1996.
HCL’s Learning and Development Group helps employees become effective leaders and drive positive business outcomes. HCL Certified Professional Program for young graduates, Collaborative Value Creation Program, Career Coaching, and Onsite Success to develop cultural competence are among several learning programs HCL offers its employees.
Vice-President and Head of India Business at HCL Technologies
Rajesh Thakur is Vice-President and Head of India Business at HCL Technologies. With more than two decades of IT industry experience, Rajesh has been associated with HCL since June 2000, when he joined the Infrastructure Services Division (ISD). Since then, he has led several key initiatives in the company’s Infrastructure Management business.
Rajesh has an independent charge of HCL Technologies’ India and SAARC countries’ business. His team is responsible for Sales, Business Development and Alliances/ Partnerships across all verticals in the geo. This responsibility is across all horizontals of Infra and Application sales including IT Outsourcing, Application-led Transformational Deals, Infra-led System Integration projects, and Single/ Multi-tower Infra engagements.
At HCL, Rajesh has handled multiple client-facing and management roles for the India business and has incubated and nurtured several business lines and propositions for the India and South-Asia markets. He has also successfully guided HCL India to grow from a limited-line Infra-services provider to a full-service System Integrator and Strategic Outsourcing provider.
Rajesh started his career with DCM Data Systems and worked for a startup in the VSAT industry. An Engineering graduate from Pune University, Rajesh is married to Kalpana, a food and nutrition expert, and has two sons. Rajesh is crazy about cricket and loves to participate in various adventure sports in his leisure time.