Chandrasekaran Ramakrishnan has had an exemplary career spanning over 34 years in the field of information technology. Chandra, as he is popularly known, retired as Executive Vice Chairman of Cognizant, India as of March 2019. He serves as an Independent Director on the Board of PNBHF, NSEIT and Aujas Networks (subsidiary of NSEIT). He is also part of Chairman’s council, NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies).
Chandra joined Cognizant as a member of the founding team. Chandra has been widely recognized as a significant contributor to growing the company to over 250,000 employees, $16+ billion in revenue and establishing the global delivery footprint.
After earning his engineering degree from R.E.C. Trichy (NITT), he started his career with Ashok Leyland, where he spent four years. After his MBA from IIM Bangalore in 1985, he joined TCS, where he held positions of increasing responsibility and stature including stints in the UK and US.
He has received numerous awards including:
- Distinguished Alumni Award from REC Trichy in 2008
- Distinguished Alumni Award from IIM Bangalore in 2015
- CXO of the year from Business Standard
- “For the sake of Honor”, an award given by the Rotary Club of T Nagar, Chennai.
He is very passionate about education and is on the Advisory Board of Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai and on the Post Graduate Program committee of NIT Trichy. Chandra is an active supporter of social causes, sponsoring education for under privileged children, promoting digital literacy in rural areas, offering scholarship to deserving students in NITT and also supporting research in IIM, Bangalore.