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Surya "Sury" Kant is currently the President of TCS North American, UK and European operations based in New York City. Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS) is the largest global IT consulting and services company headquartered in India. According to the TCS results for the Financial Year 2011-12, TCS North America contributed over half (53%) of the total TCS revenues. It has crossed a significant milestone of a billion and a half dollars revenues per quarter. Apart from growth in business, TCS today has a number of large delivery centers in North America, including a sprawling campus of 220 acres at Cincinnati, OH, a Business Process Service Center at Midland, MI and a Solutions Center at Minneapolis, MN.
In his career, spanning over 30 years to date, Sury has made a significant contribution to the Indian and Global software industry. He established the presence of Indian software industry in Japan, in 1987. In the 1990s, he was appointed the head of operations for the United Kingdom (UK) where he recorded substantial increase in visibility and business for the organization, and the Indian software industry. Until 2005, he served as the Head of Operations, for the India Northern Region of TCS.
Working in the areas of software quality assurance and later delivery center management, he also contributed significantly to the quality journey in the Indian software industry – TCS has had the distinction of being the first organization in the world to have four of its delivery centers achieve PCMM version 2 level 4, and later the first enterprise-wide CMMI level 5 and PCMM Level 5 in the world.
Sury is also known as a strong people-person; he initiated the Employee Satisfaction Survey in TCS many years ago. This survey, now branded as ‘Pulse’ has been recognized as a good practice, within the Tata group. TCS as a company is known for its strong people practices – it has been ranked as the Best Employer in India by several surveys over the years. Recently the North American operations received a number of awards in the HR areas of Leadership Development and Diversity.
Sury has traveled widely and worked all over the world, such as in the U.S., New Zealand, Japan, the UK and India. He has an excellent grasp of cross-cultural issues and international business. He speaks several languages, including Japanese.
He is currently a member of a number of bodies connected with various academic institutions. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and academic institutions. Sury is also an advisory board member of the British-American Business, a board member of the Commercial board of TechAmerica, and the past Chairman of the India Business Forum (IBF) of the Confederation of India (CII) in the USA. He is also actively connected with various social causes, one of them being the Adult Literacy program in India and the Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer in the US. TCS is now the technology partner for three marathons at New York, Chicago and Boston. The Amsterdam Marathon proudly bears TCS' name and is known as the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. TCS is one of the co-sponsors of the Berlin Marathon.
Sury received his Masters in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Computer Technology from Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Delhi, in 1978, and his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering with specialization in Electronics from Delhi College of Engineering, in 1976, both at the top of his class. He was recognized as a 'Distinguished Alumnus' by the IIT Delhi Alumni Association in 2004. He has been announced as one of 'The 2011 Top 25K Consultants' by the Consulting Magazine. He is a senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), United States.