India, Born 1944
Acknowledged for putting Indian IT on the world map, Subramaniam Ramadorai is well known for spearheading the development of Asia’s biggest software and services company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), of which he is now vice chairman.
Ramadorai, who says he “imbibed” a passion for mathematics and physics from his father, earned degrees in physics and electronics in India before attaining a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Having joined TCS in the early 1970s, he served as CEO and managing director from 1996 to 2009 and built it into a US$6 billion business. During this period, among his many accomplishments, he pioneered offshore development and technology excellence centres in India.
Ramadorai, a director and non-executive chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange, also heads Tata Elxsi, dedicated to technology design, and several other Tata companies. In 2011, he was appointed to the Indian Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development, with the rank of cabinet minister.
Innovation and R&D are “the big game-changers in the IT industry” for Ramadorai. The recipient of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours, he is equally recognized for his charitable activities. In 2009, Ramadorai was made a commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Published in 2012