Subroto Bagchi started as the Chief Operating Officer at Mindtree, after its inception in 1999. Mindtree was soon hit by the global economic slowdown and the unfortunate events of 9/11. Many early-stage companies collapsed during this time. Bagchi moved to the US and helped the leadership team stay together through the difficult years. During this time, he articulated a new positioning for Mindtree as the best mid-sized company from India. Through dedication and perseverance, this soon became a reality.
Serving as the COO from 1999 to 2007, Bagchi 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 very beginning. Mindtree’s distinctive physical locations reflect his visionary leader-ship qualities. 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 assumed the role of ‘Gardener’ at Mindtree. As the Gardener, he focused full-time on the Top-100 leaders at Mindtree, with a goal to expand the firm’s leadership capacity beyond the founding team. In 2010, he was appointed Vice Chairman to the Board. On April 1, 2012, he assumed the office of Chairman.
Bagchi serves on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a member of the Governing Council of the Software Technology Parks of India. He is a well-known writer, having penned a number of widely read books and columns for newspapers and magazines. He has been acclaimed as India’s No.1 bestselling business author in 2011.