6 October 1945 |
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
|Alma mater||University of Delhi
Indian Institute of Science
University of California, Los Angeles
|Occupation||Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, National Council on skill development
Chairman, Bombay Stock Exchange
Chairman, AirAsia India
Chairman, Tata Technologies
Independent director, Hindustan Unilever
Subramanian Ramadorai, CBE ( 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 also the chairperson of the governing board of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Bharathidasan Institute of Management, chairman of Tata Elxsi. Earlier, he was CEO and MD of Tata Consultancy Services from 1996 to 2009 & Vice - Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services till October 6, 2014 transforming TCS from a company with $400 million revenues and 6000 employees to one of the world's largest software and services company with more than 200,000 employees working in 42 countries and revenues over US$6.0 billion.
Early life and education
Ramadorai was born in Nagpur, Bombay Presidency on 6 October 1945 in a Tamil family. His father was a civil servant who served as the accountant general in Tamil Nadu state government while his mother was a housewife. Ramadorai was the fourth of five sons in the family and his ancestors hailed from Tiruvarur.
Ramadorai received his primary and secondary education at D.T.E.A Sr. Sec School, New Delhi. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Delhi University, 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, 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. Ramadorai also 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). He resigned as Vice-Chairman of TCS on October 6, 2014. His term as Chairman, Tata Elxsi has expired following which he no longer serves on the Board of Directors of the company. He no longer serves on the Board of Directors of TATA Communication and any of the subsidiary companies of TCS such as CMC Ltd., Computational Research Laboratories.
Ramadorai is the Chairman of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), TATA Technologies Limited and TATA Elxsi.He is also on the board of directors of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Nicholas Piramal India Ltd. He is also the independent director at Hindustan Unilever Limited. On 17 June 2013, AirAsia India announced that he has been appointed as the chairman of the airline. He was also invited to VIT University, Vellore & NMIMS 12th University day on 13 January 2015 as a chief guest.
Awards and recognitions
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. 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. On 28 April 2009, Ramadorai was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). 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.
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