Krishnakumar Natarajan

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Krishnakumar Natarajan
Other namesKK
Alma materXLRI, Jamshedpur, India, College of Engineering, Guindy
OccupationManaging Partner, Mela Ventures
ex Executive Chairman, Mindtree
ex Chairman, NASSCOM
Spouse(s)Akila Krishnakumar [1]

Krishnakumar Natarajan is one of the co-founders of IT company Mindtree,[2] and was until recently the Executive Chairman of the company. He is currently Managing Partner at Mela Ventures,[3] an early stage venture capital fund in India. He was appointed as the Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2013–2014.[4] He was earlier a senior executive with Wipro and is an alumnus of XLRI.

Early life and education[edit]

KK graduated in 1979 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai, India.[5] In 1981, he completed his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in marketing and systems from XLRI, Jamshedpur, India.[6]


KK started his career in Wipro and held various key positions there from 1982 to 1999. During this time, he started and grew the Ecommerce division as the Chief Executive of the Ecommerce and Financial Solutions Division from 1996 to 1999. He served as Group Vice President of Human Resources and also as Chief Marketing Officer for Wipro's IT business. .[7]

In August 1999, KK along with nine other businessmen in IT, co-founded Mindtree.[8] In the early years of Mindtree, KK was instrumental in setting up the U.S. operations and played a key role in building the organization. He then drove Mindtree's expansion into Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, transforming Mindtree's IT services business. He was until recently the Executive Chairman of Mindtree, until its acquisition by L&T Infotech.

KK is an Ex-Chairman of NASSCOM and chaired the ‘emerging companies’ forum. In this capacity, he worked towards bringing together large and emerging companies to make the Indian IT industry a globally competitive ecosystem.[9][10]

KK is an active member of several professional industry organizations, such as the Manufacturer's Association for Information Technology (MAIT) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).[11]

Awards and recognition[edit]

KK was ranked number 28 on the 50 highest rated CEOs list published by Glassdoor, 2013.[12]

Personal life and family[edit]

KK is married to Akila Krishnakumar.


  1. ^ "Morning Raga". Outlook Business. 21 Aug 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Krishnakumar Natarajan became CEO of Mindtree". Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Team". Mela Ventures. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Krishnakumar Natarajan is new Chairman of Nasscom". The Hindu. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  5. ^ Aruna Natarajan (30 August 2018). "Why alumni of Chennai's College of Engineering, Guindy are a worried lot today". Citizen Matters.
  6. ^ "Krishnakumar Natarajan PGDM". Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Krishnakumar Natarajan PGDM". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Mindtree debates insider vs outsider CEO issue". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Nasscom appoints SMB advocate as chairman". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Nasscom appoints SMB advocate as chairman". Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Krishnakumar Natarajan, Co-founder, CEO & Managing Director, Mindtree Ltd". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Top 50 CEOs – KK ranked at number 28".