6 October 1945 |
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
|Alma mater||University of Delhi
Indian Institute of Science
University of California, Los Angeles
|Occupation||Chairman Bombay Stock Exchange Vice-Chairman (Non-Executive), Tata Consultancy Services|
Subramanian Ramadorai, CBE (Tamil: சுப்ரமணியன் ராமதொரை) ( born 6 October 1945) is the Adviser to the Prime Minister of India in the National Council on Skill Development, Government of India. He holds a rank equivalent to an Indian Cabinet Minister. He is the Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He is the current chairman of Tata Elxsi and Vice-Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS). His tenure as CEO and Managing Director of TCS ended on October 5, 2009.
S. Ramadorai was CEO of TCS from September 1996 to October 2009. Ramadorai played an integral role in the international development of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) -- he took over when TCS earned a mere $400 million and had 6000 employees. His efforts have helped make TCS one of the world's largest global software and services companies with more than 200,000 consultants working in 42 countries, operating out of over 151 offices worldwide, and with revenues over US$ 6.0 billion (FY 2008-09).
Early life and education
Ramadorai was born in Nagpur, Bombay Presidency on 6 October 1945 in a Tamil Brahmin family. His father was an Indian civil servant who served as the Accountant General of Tamil Nadu while his mother was a housewife. Ramadorai was the fourth of five sons in the family. His ancestors hailed from Sengalipuram in Tiruvarur district.
Ramadorai received his primary and secondary education at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Delhi University, India, a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1993, Ramadorai attended the Senior Executive Development Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Beginning his career with TCS as a junior engineer in 1969, he rose through the ranks and eventually was charged with setting up TCS' operations in the United States in 1979 in New York City, which has since grown to over 40 offices throughout the country. Since taking on the role of CEO, Ramadorai focused his efforts on building relationships with large corporations and academic institutions, planning and directing technology development and acquisitions and overseeing the company's research and development activities.
He has played a pioneering role in establishing Offshore Development Centers (ODCs) in India to provide high-end solutions to major corporations including IBM, Microsoft, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Morgan Stanley, Tandem-Compaq, American Express, Merrill Lynch, Capital Bank, Target Corporation, Citibank, Qwest, Lucent Technologies, Ericsson and Nortel.
Under his leadership TCS set up Technology Excellence Centers in India that have acquired knowledge, expertise and equipment in specialized technology areas like IBM, Oracle Corporation, SAP, AS400, DEC, HP, Microsoft, Silicon Graphics, Sun and Tandem. Recently, he led TCS in forging new partnerships and alliances with the American International Group of Companies, Citibank, Microsoft, Oracle and Keylabs, and widening existing relationships with Capital Bank (Bank of Scotland Group), Prudential Insurance Company of America, Hewlett Packard and Unigraphics Solutions Inc.
Ramadorai spearheaded TCS' quality initiatives, taking sixteen of its Development Centers to SEI's CMM Level 5, the highest and most prestigious performance assessment issued by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). TCS also attained the distinction of being the World's first company to have all Centres assessed as operating at Level 5 of PCMM (People-CMM).
Ramadorai is the Chairman of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), TATA Technologies Limited, Chairman of CMC Ltd, Chairman of TATA Elxsi (India) Ltd, and Chairman of Air Asia (India). He is also the chairman of Computational Research Laboratories Ltd. He is also on the Board of Directors of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Nicholas Piramal India Ltd, TATA Limited (India), TATA Infotech Limited (India), TATA Internet Services Limited, Nelito Systems Limited, and several other companies.
He is also the Independent Director at Hindustan Unilever Limited.
Ramadorai is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), President of the Indo-American Society, Member of the Corporate Advisory Board, Marshall School of Business (USC), and is also on the Advisory and Governing Boards of a number of reputed Indian academic institutions.
Ramadorai continues to maintain strong links with the world of academia. He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board, Marshall School of Business (USC) as well as other Boards of reputed Indian academic institutions. Among his other distinctions, Ramadorai is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
In 2006, on India's Republic Day, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour. In 2004, he won Business India's "Business Man of the Year" award. During 2003, Ramadorai received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indore Management Association, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and a Fellowship of the Institute of Management Consultants of India. He has also been honoured with CNBC Asia Pacific's prestigious 'Asia Business Leader of the Year' Award in 2002, as well as the 'Management Man of the Year' award by the Bombay Management Association. He was named in June 2002, by Consulting Magazine (USA) as being among the Top 25 Most Influential Consultants in the world, the only Indian CEO on the list. He has been honoured with the position of 'IT Advisor to Qingdao City', People's Republic of China. Silicon.com has named him as an agenda setter (position 22) in 2006.
On 31 January 2011, TCS Vice-Chairman, Ramadorai was appointed by the Indian Government as the advisor to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for the National Skill Development Council. In this role, Ramadorai will hold the rank of a Cabinet minister, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a release. The Council, which is headed by the Prime Minister, seeks to develop a strategy for skill development at the national level along with variations at the state level and formulate strategies to address the skill deficit.
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