Qimpro Platinum Standard 2017

Nandan Nilekani


Non-Executive Chairman, Infosys; Chairman, EkStep; and, Former Chairman, UIDAI

NANDAN NILEKANI is a role-model Indian entrepreneur. His achievements are largely traceable to an extraordinary proficiency in the complex science and art of risk management. Particularly, for mega projects.

Mr Nilekani believes in good governance. He walks his talk. multiple achievements do justice to this belief. also firmly believes that ‘The World Is Flat’.

In 1978, Mr Narayana Murthy recruited Mr Nilekani for his first job at Patni Computer Systems, Mumbai. Thereafter, in 1981, he along with Mr Murthy, and five others, founded Infosys, in Pune. With an initial capital of US$ 250. Extreme risk. Arisk that was generously rewarded.

For over two decades at Infosys, Bangalore, Mr Nilekani held various posts, such as managing director, president, and chief operating officer. During his five years tenure as chief operating officer (2002 to 2007), Infosys’ top-line grew six-fold to 3 billion. His focus: collective fine balance that glued process management, customer focus, employee focus, quality, and innovation. Mr Nilekani is blessed with risk management in his soul.

For the subsequent two years Mr Nilekani served as the co-chairman of the board of directors at Infosys. With distinction.

In 2009, Mr Nilekani retired from Infosys, to satisfy a larger mission: Giving Back to Society. As a result, he invested his talent, time and wealth for a better India. More specifically, for the betterment of society and the environment.

In the same year, he also published a best seller, ‘Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation’. The wisdom contained in the book is that of a visionary.

Concurrently, in 2009, Mr Nilekani was appointed as the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India. This was a cabinet-ranking position. He was personally invited by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. The mandate from the Prime Minister was: Build a centralized, reliable and secure repository of personal demographic and biometric data, for the total population of India; and the unique identification number for each citizen should be known as ‘Aadhaar’. gigantic systems assignment. Now, a global benchmark.

Effective 2017, Mr Nilekani is the Non-Executive Chairman of Infosys. To facilitate disruptive growth. Through well crafted risk management.

Padma Bhushan Nandan Nilekani. Inspiring Indians. Making India proud.

We salute Mr Nandan Nilekani. Our Qimpro Platinum Standard 2017 for Business.

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