C. Vijayakumar

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, HCL Technologies LTD

As the company’s CEO & MD, C. Vijayakumar (CVK or Vijay) has spearheaded HCLTech’s strategy to leverage disruptive forces like Digitalization, Cloud, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence to create a growth blueprint which has made HCLTech one of the fastest growing companies in its chosen markets. He has also played a pivotal role in incubating and building a new products and platforms portfolio for the company, which is a billion-dollar business unit today.

Vijay’s personal leadership on this journey has been lauded across the industry with Business Today, rating him as the ‘Best CEO of the Year’ in IT/ITES Industry. He has also been included in the list of ‘Top 10 Disruptive CEOs’ by industry analyst group, HfS.

Vijay joined HCL nearly three decades back as a member of the core team that designed and implemented India’s first ever fully automated trading network at the National Stock Exchange. Previously, as President of HCLTech’s Infrastructure Services Business, he led its exponential growth and market dominance over the years. As part of the founding team of its wholly owned subsidiary HCL Comnet, he and the team are widely credited with having founded the Remote Infrastructure Management proposition which is today a multi-billion-dollar global industry.

Over the years, Vijay has held several technology, business and operational leadership positions at HCLTech and is widely recognized in the industry for his strategic thinking and impeccable execution. He is currently member of the World Economic Forum’s IT Governor’s Community, a Board Member of the US-India Business Council, a member of WSJ’s CEO Council and a UN Women HeForShe Champion.

Vijay is deeply invested in accelerating the company’s ESG agenda, efforts around which have resulted in HCLTech being recognized as an ESG leader in software and services industry in the MSCI ESG ratings and Sustainalytics’ 2023 Top-Rated ESG companies list. The company has also been designated an ‘Industry Mover’ in the S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2023.

Known for his hands-on approach, Vijay’s leadership style has been commended in the business bestseller ‘Blueprint to a billion: 7 essentials to achieve exponential growth’ by management guru David G. Thomson.

Vijay is a graduate in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from P.S.G. College of Technology, Tamil Nadu, India and lives in New Jersey in the USA.


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