Krishnakumar Natarajan

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Krishnakumar Natarajan
NationalityIndian
Other namesKK
Alma materXLRI, Jamshedpur, India, College of Engineering, Guindy
OccupationExecutive Chairman, Mindtree
Ex-Chairman, NASSCOM
Spouse(s)Akhila Krishnakumar [1]

Krishnakumar Natarajan is one of the co-founders of Mindtree,[2] a global information technology solutions company, where he is currently the Executive Chairman. He was appointed as the Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2013–2014.[3] 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. In 1981, he completed his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in marketing and systems from XLRI, Jamshedpur, India.[4]

Career[edit]

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. .[5]

In August 1999, KK along with nine other businessmen in IT, co-founded Mindtree.[6] 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 is the Executive Chairman of Mindtree, and is responsible for ensuring quality of governance throughout the organization.

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.[7][8]

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).[9] He is a regular speaker at conferences and is a faculty member at management schools worldwide.[citation needed]

Awards & recognition[edit]

KK was ranked number 28 on the 50 highest rated CEOs list published by Glassdoor, 2013.[10]

Personal life and family[edit]

KK is married to Akhila Krishnakumar. The couple have 2 sons, Siddarth and Abhirath.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morning Raga". Outlook Business. 21 Aug 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Krishnakumar Natarajan became CEO of Mindtree". Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Krishnakumar Natarajan is new Chairman of Nasscom". The Hindu. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Krishnakumar Natarajan PGDM". Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Krishnakumar Natarajan PGDM". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Mindtree debates insider vs outsider CEO issue". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Nasscom appoints SMB advocate as chairman". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Nasscom appoints SMB advocate as chairman". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Krishnakumar Natarajan, Co-founder, CEO & Managing Director, Mindtree Ltd". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Top 50 CEOs – KK ranked at number 28".