Vineet Nayar

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Vineet Nayar
Nayar at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos, in 2013
Born1962 (age 61–62)
EducationB.Tech, MBA
Alma materPantnagar University, XLRI
Occupation(s)Former Chief executive officer of HCL Technologies, Chairman of NSE Foundation and founder of "Sampark Foundation"
Known forAuthor of 'Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down' (Harvard Business Review Press, 2010)

Vineet Nayar (born 1962) is an Indian business executive, author and philanthropist. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies (2007–13), Founder Chairman & CEO of Sampark Foundation and author of a critically acclaimed management book "Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down” (Harvard Business Press, June 2010).[1] which has sold 100,000+ copies.


Nayar was born and spent most of his childhood in Pantnagar, a town in the foothill of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. He completed his schooling from Campus School Pantnagar. He studied for a B. Tech in mechanical engineering from the College of Technology of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology and a Masters in Business Management at the XLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur in India.[2]

Currently, Nayar serves as a Senior Advisor to HCL Corporation. He joined HCL in 1985 after earning his MBA from XLRI. In 1993, he founded Comnet, which grew into a $1 billion dominant leader in the Technology Management business.[citation needed] In 2005, Vineet became President of HCL Technologies and served as the company's CEO from 2007 until January 2013. During these years he helped it grow revenues and market cap by six times which led HCL to win awards for the WorldBlu certified Most Democratic Workplace in the world, Workforce Management Optimas Award for HR Innovation in US, Britain's Top Employers, Best Employer in Asia, and many more.[2]

He has served as Governor of ICT, member of the Global Advisory Board of Women Leader's and Gender Parity Program as well as a Community Partner of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum. He has served as a "Mentor‟ (Co-Chair) of WEF's 2011 Annual Meeting of New Champions conference. Vineet has taken up a position on the board of the National Stock Exchange. He is also a member of NPC Tech Platform, National Focus Group (Educational Technology in School Education) Ministry of Education, Government of India. As a mentor to multiple technology start-ups, he continues to follow his passion of turning conventional management wisdom, upside down.[3]


Nayar narrated the story of his company in the book Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down (Harvard Business Review Press, 2010),[1] and also outlined the intellectual basis for transformation and lessons learned.

Nayar continues to share knowledge through two blogs—his own scrapbook[4] and a blog at Harvard Business Review website.[5]

Social change advocate[edit]

In 2005, Vineet co-founded Sampark Foundation with his wife Anupama Nayar with “innovation-led large scale social change” as the central idea.[citation needed]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Selected to the 'Thinkers 50 List', 2011/2012[6]
  • Conferred with the 'Leader in the Digital Age' Award at CeBIT, 2011[7]
  • Conferred with the 'Business HR Champion Award' at the European HCM Excellence Awards, 2011[8]
  • Selected in Fortune Magazine's 'Executive Dream Team' List, 2011[9]
  • Ranked No. 2 HR Influencer in India by SHRM India, 2011[10]
  • Adjudged as the 'CEO of the Year' in Bloomberg UTVi CXO Awards, 2011[11]
  • Conferred the 'IIM Lucknow-Vijaypat Singhania Award for Leadership', 2012[12]
  • Conferred with Manpower HEC Prize[citation needed]
  • Felicitated with France's prestigious Oliver Lecerf Prize[citation needed]
  • Cited among Forbes magazine '48 Heroes of Philanthropy 2013'[13]


  1. ^ a b "Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down". Harvard Business Review.
  2. ^ a b "Vineet Nayar Profile".
  3. ^ Barman, Arijit. "Abhijit Sen, Sanjay Bhandarkar and Vineet Nayar set to join NSE board". The Economic Times. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Vineet Nayar's Blog".
  5. ^ "Vineet Nayar's Harvard Business Blog". Harvard Business Review. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Vineet Nayar Thinkers50 Profile". Thinkers50.
  7. ^ "HCL CEO Vineet Nayar wins Digital Age Award".
  8. ^ "Vineet Nayar – Recipient of Business HR Champion – HCM Excellence Awards 2011". Youtube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Fortune Dream Team". CNN.
  10. ^ "SHRM India releases first ever report on top-20 Indian HR influencers on social media". Business Standard.
  11. ^ "BloombergUTV Concludes The CXO AWARDS 2011".
  12. ^ "Pranab Mukherjee confers the Lakshmipat Singhania - IIM Lucknow National Leadership awards" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  13. ^ "48 Heroes Of Philanthropy".