Natarajan Chandrasekaran

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Natarajan Chandrasekaran
Natarajan Chandrasekaran - India Economic Summit 2011.jpg
Born Mohanur, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Mumbai, India
Alma mater REC, Tiruchirappalli
CIT, Coimbatore
Occupation CEO & MD, Tata Consultancy Services
Spouse(s) Lalitha
Children 1

Natarajan Chandrasekaran or N. Chandra, is an Indian business executive who is the CEO and managing director of Tata Consultancy Services.[1] Chandra took over as CEO on October 6, 2009 prior to which he was COO and Executive Director of TCS.[2] Born in 1963, Chandra is one of the youngest CEOs of the Tata Group.[3] As of 2013, his income was INR 11.6 crore per annum.[4] His salary for the fiscal year ending March 2014 at INR18.68 crores was 60% more than the previous year.[5] Nyenrode Business University, Netherlands conferred Chandra with Honorary doctorate for his significant contributions toward business and society.[6]

Education and career[edit]

Chandrasekaran completed his Masters in Computer Applications from the Regional Engineering College, Trichy (now National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli), in Tamil Nadu, India in 1986[7] after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Chandra took over as CEO on October 6, 2009 prior to which he was COO and Executive Director of TCS.[8] Chandra has the unique ability of somehow managing to become CEO of India's number one IT company despite having minimum education qualification among his peers. Chandra is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and an active member of Computer Society of India and British Computer Society. He was nominated as the Chairman of Indian IT industry body NASSCOM in April 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Chandrasekaran was born in a Tamil Brahmin family in Mohanur near Namakkal in Tamil Nadu. He currently resides in Mumbai, with his wife Lalitha and their son, Pranav.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • NDTV Business Leader of the Year IT, 2012
  • Top 25 most influential consultants in the world, 2006 [9]
  • AIMA Business Leader award for 2011[10]
  • Distinguished alumni award of NIT Trichy, 2013[11]


  1. ^ Lee, K.P. (29 September 2008). "TCS: Eyeing Strategic Acquisitions". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "N Chandrasekaran takes over as TCS CEO". Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  3. ^ "N Chandrasekaran takes over as CEO of TCS". The Times Of India. 7 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "5 Indian IT CEOs With Highest Salaries". Silicon India News. 3 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Why TCS is betting again on Chandrasekaran". Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  6. ^ "TCS, neoIT on top consulting list". 
  7. ^ "Sundowner with N Chandrasekaran". The Economic Times. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "N Chandrasekaran takes over as TCS CEO". Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  9. ^ "TCS, neoIT on top consulting list". Business Standard. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "AIMA Managing India Awards 2011". All India Management Association. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "TCS to create model for curriculum change". 3 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014.