A lifelong learner and a disrupter is what best describes CP. An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP led Tech Mahindra's transformation journey, and one of the biggest turnarounds of Indian Corporate History - the acquisition and merger of Satyam.
His inimitable style of leadership, combined with his sharp focus on customer experience has helped Tech Mahindra emerge as one of the leading digital IT solution providers of India.
In a career spanning 40+ years, CP has held several leading positions with Hewlett Packard Ltd, Perot Systems (India) Ltd. and HCL Corporation Ltd. CP has also served as a Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2016-2017. An outstanding people manager, CP has an entrepreneurial style of management that is a blend of enthusiasm and dynamism. He has always focused on his team’s strength to bring out the best in them. 'Work hard and play hard' is his motto and he applies it to all aspects of his life with complete passion.
A chemical engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, he is a distinguished and active alumnus of the Institute. CP has also been felicitated with an honorary Doctorate degree by Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology and Sharda University. He is on the Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, a promoter of Tech Mahindra Limited. His passion for education is resonated in the various honorary positions he holds - He is on the board of Mahindra Educational Institutions (MEI) & a member of the Board of Management of Mahindra University, a private university promoted by MEI to educate future citizens for and of a better world. He is also the Chairman of IIM Nagpur and the Founding Trustee of Plaksha University.
CP’s endeavours are self-explanatory which won him numerous accolades that include winning Gold at the CEO World Awards 2018 for his Organization’s Wide Reskilling Initiative and the Business Today 'Best CEO' Awards 2019 in the IT & ITES category. His clinical leadership strategies have always been honored at various platforms over the years counting in the 'Asia One Global Indian of the Year - Technology' in 2016, 'Best CEO of the Year' at the Forbes India Leadership Awards in 2015, Business Standard 'CEO of the Year' in 2014, Ernst and Young 'Entrepreneur of the Year, CNBC Asia's ‘India Business Leader of the Year', Dataquest 'IT person of the Year' - in 2013.
CP strongly believes in promoting child education. He is on the Board of an active member of the Tech Mahindra Foundation – launched in 2007 to help the underprivileged children with 116,000 beneficiaries & counting. CP, along with his wife Anita, have founded 'Titliyan', an NGO located in Noida spreading smiles, happiness and education to more than 240 under privileged children – a dream project for the Gurnanis.
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