C. P. Gurnani, MD, Tech Mahindra and CEO, Mahindra Satyam

C.P. Gurnani is Managing Director, Tech Mahindra and Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Satyam. Mahindra Satyam is a global business consulting and information technology services company leveraging deep industry and functional expertise, leading technology practices and a global delivery model to help businesses transform their processes and improve performance.

The company's professionals excel in enterprise solutions, supply chain management, client relationship management, business intelligence, business processes, engineering and product lifecycle management, infrastructure services, among others. The company has development and delivery centres in the US, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Germany, France, Hungary, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia and serves numerous clients, including many Fortune 500 organisations.

According to C.P. Gurnani, if elected to the NASSCOM EC he will focus on enabling social inclusion and nurturing intrapreneurship. He intends to encourage companies to invest their time, effort and money to developing applications that are social enablers even if they are not bottom line enhancers. E-governance, he believes, is another area where NASSCOM can play a significant role.

C.P. Gurnani feels that as a member of the NASSCOM EC he will encourage risk taking and innovation, inspiring companies and individuals to invest in new product development. In his view, the next Google must emerge from India and for that to happen, there is need to celebrate failure and provide an enabling infrastructure for innovators to experiment, fail and succeed.

Regarding NASSCOM’s agenda going forward, he feels the organisation can help the industry strengthen its position and move up the value chain. While preparing to meet tomorrow’s opportunities, NASSCOM must help the industry overcome its current challenges, he says. At the same time, according to C.P. Gurnani, NASSCOM must encourage members to innovate, to be perceived globally as value added partners and not just software vendors. Focusing on product development will be key here, he says. NASSCOM must focus on all emerging technologies and platforms and create concrete plans around them, he adds. C.P. Gurnani also believes NASSOCM should focus on widening its reach within the industry, creating programmes and certifications and reaching out to the average IT professional. It must play a more proactive role with the government, working alongside the decision makers and helping expand markets by promoting free trade.

Finally, he says, NASSCOM needs to sell the India story harder and faster. It must ensure that the industry is more involved in strategic global industry initiatives so as to be more visible and position the India Inc. brand better.

In C.P. Gurnani’s view, SMEs, by virtue of their limited scale of operations will need NASSCOM’s backing and mentoring the most. NASSCOM may need to look at offering special concessions to a larger number of SMEs and providing tthem with overseas market access, he adds.

Brief Profile

C P Gurnani, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Satyam CP Gurnani (popularly known as CP) is the CEO of Mahindra Satyam and MD of Tech Mahindra. CP played a pivotal role in the three year transformational journey of Mahindra Satyam and is spearheading the eventual merger with Tech Mahindra. An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP in many ways led Tech Mahindra’s transformation journey, where he contributed significantly to the company’s strategy and philosophy. His inimitable style of leadership combined with his sharp focus on customer experience has helped Tech Mahindra to emerge as one of the leading providers of IT Services and Telecom Solutions to the global telecom ecosystem. In a career spanning over 31 years, he has held several leading positions with HCL Hewlett Packard Limited, Perot Systems (India) Limited and HCL Corporation Ltd. CP received a chemical engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela.