Subroto Bagchi

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Subroto Bagchi
Subroto Bagchi in his office.jpg
Born 31 May 1957
Residence Bangalore, India
Nationality Indian
Citizenship India
Alma mater Utkal University
Employer Mindtree
Home town Patnagarh, Odisha
Title Chairman, Gardener & Director
Board member of Bagchi is a Member of the Governing Council of the Software Technology Parks of India.
Spouse(s) Susmita Bagchi – Author
Website Subroto Bagchi Blogs

Subroto Bagchi (31 May 1957) is an Indian entrepreneur and business leader. He is the co-founder of Mindtree and a business author.

Bagchi was born to Makhan Gopal Bagchi and Labonya Prova Bagchi in Patnagarh, Odisha, where his father was a small-time government servant. He grew up mostly in the tribal districts of Odisha, moving from place to place because of the nature of his father's job. He has narrated the story of his life in his book Go Kiss the World published by Penguin Portfolio. In recognition of his contribution as a Business Leader and Author, the Utkal University conferred the degree of Doctor of Literature, Honoris Causa to Subroto Bagchi, under the faculty of Business Studies and Management in the 46th Convocation, 2015.[citation needed]


He studied Political Science at the Utkal University. In 1974, he underwent training with the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army and successfully completed the 5 mandatory jumps to earn the "Para Wings". In 1975, he was adjudged the Best NCC Cadet of India at the Republic Day Parade in Delhi where he was awarded the Prime Minister's Cane Honor. In the same year, he won the chancellor's cup as the best debater of the University.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

He started his work life as a clerk in the Industries Department of the Government of Odisha in 1976 after giving up his post graduate studies. After a year of working there, he qualified to be a management trainee in DCM in 1977 where he worked for the ensuing 5 years. In 1981, he entered the computer industry and worked for a number of computer companies between 1981 and 1999 in various functions like sales, marketing and operations. His longest stint was at Wipro where he became the Chief Executive of Wipro's Global R&D before working for chairman Azim Premji as corporate Vice-President, Mission Quality. He left Wipro in 1998 to join Lucent Technologies. He left Lucent a year after to co-found Mindtree in 1999 along with 9 other co-founders. Mindtree is a $500 million, Global IT services company with approximately 13000 people. It is listed at the National Stock Exchange and the Bombay Stock Exchange in India.

When Mindtree started, Subroto Bagchi began as chief operating officer. Soon after, the company was hit by a global economic slowdown and then the events of 9/11 took place. Many early-stage companies collapsed during this time and Bagchi moved to the US in response and helped the leadership team stay together through the difficult years.

Between 1999 and 2007, he was instrumental in articulating Mindtree's mission, vision and values. He led leadership development, marketing and knowledge management initiatives that differentiated the company from the beginning. Mindtree's distinctive physical locations reflect his thought leadership. He is also the face of the company's outreach beyond business. In 2007, he was part of the apex team that led Mindtree from an idea to IPO. Post-IPO, Bagchi took on the role of Gardener at Mindtree. In this new role, he focused full-time on the Top-100 leaders at Mindtree to expand their leadership capacity beyond the founding team. In 2010, he was appointed vice-chairman to the Board. On 1 April 2012, he assumed the office of chairman.

Subroto is also on the Board of White Swan Foundation.[1] White Swan Foundation for Mental Health is a not-for-profit organization that offers knowledge services in the area of mental health. The Foundation provide patients, caregivers and others with well-researched content that will help them make informed decisions on how to deal with mental health issues.[citation needed]


  • High-Performance Entrepreneur (2006)[2]
  • Go Kiss the World: Life Lessons For The Young Professional (2008)[3]
  • The High Performance Entrepreneur (2008)
  • The Professional (2009)
  • MBA at 16 (2012)[4]
  • Trouble in Gangtok (2012)
  • The Captainship: First-gen Entrepreneurs (2013)
  • The Elephant Catchers (2013)[5][6]
  • The Professional Companion (2013)[7]
  • On Leadership and Innovation (2014)


  1. ^ "White Swan Foundation to disseminate knowledge on mental health | India Medical Times". Retrieved 2015-06-22. 
  2. ^ "MindTree's Subroto Bagchi becomes best-selling business author". Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Soundarya, R. "Go Kiss the World". The Viewspaper. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ MUTHALALY, SHONALI. "Lessons from Bagchi's book". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "This one is for those seeking breakout success". Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Book Review: The Elephant Catchers". The Sunday Indian. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Professional Companion (article)". LiveMint. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

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