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Kumar Mahadeva (Tamil: குமார் மகாதேவா) was a Sri Lankan American founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Cognizant Technology Solutions. He has held senior positions at BBC, McKinsey, AT&T, and Dun & Bradstreet. He is of Sri Lankan Tamil descent.
Kumar holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University(1973) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Role in Founding of Cognizant Technology Solutions
Cognizant has its roots in The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, a joint venture between Dun & Bradstreet (76%) and Satyam Computers (24%). Kumar Mahadeva played a major role in convincing D&B to invest $2 million in the joint venture.In 1996, Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) spun off several of its subsidiaries including Erisco, IMS International, Nielsen Media Research, Pilot Software, Strategic Technologies and DBSS, to form a new company called Cognizant Corporation. Three months later, in 1997, DBSS was renamed as Cognizant Technology Solutions. In July 1997, D&B bought Satyam's 24% stake in DBSS for $3.4 million. Headquarters were moved to the United States, and in March 1998, Kumar Mahadeva was named CEO of company. "cognizant".
Resignation from Cognizant Technology Solutions
He resigned from Cognizant Technology Solutions in 2003. His exit from Cognizant was typical of him. One day, by some accounts, he stormed out of the boardroom, and that was it. A senior official would only give this as the reason: He is a different type of person. He suddenly decided ‘this is not the thing for me’, and he decided to go.
- "Cognizant Founder Kumar Mahadeva Named Operating Partner At New York PE Firm GRS Partners". VCCIRCLE. 2006-02-17. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
- "Kumar Mahadeva". HarvardBusinessSchool. September 2003. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
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