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WCIR Business Insights - BAS

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WCIR Business Insights - BAS

Executives

Azim H. Premji, Chairman
Azim Premji has been at the helm of Wipro Limited since his return from Stanford University in the late 1960's, turning what was then a $2 million hydrogenated cooking fat company into the $ 6.9 billion revenue IT, BPO and R&D Services organization with a presence in 57 countries, that it is today.

Premji started at Wipro driven by one basic idea - to build an organization which was deeply committed to Values, in the firm belief that success in business would eventually but inevitably follow. Unflinching commitment to Values continues to remain at the core of Wipro. Premji strongly believes that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things when organized into highly charged teams. He takes keen personal interest in developing leaders and teams and invests significant time as faculty in Wipro's leadership development programs.

The Wipro brand promise of "Applying Thought", the driving force for delivering value for customers and the heart of its business success, has driven Wipro's pioneering efforts in Quality, culminating in the "Wipro Way". This integrates the methods and practices of Six Sigma, PCMM, CMMi and Lean and drives Wipro's focus on applying Innovation for direct customer benefits - improving their time-to-market, enhancing their predictability & reliability and helping cut costs.


Premji is firmly committed to the belief that business organizations have deep social responsibility which must be discharged not only through ethical, fair and ecologically sustainable business practices and in weaving ecological sensitivity in every aspect of its organization, but also by active involvement in fundamental societal issues. Wipro is deeply involved in trying to improve Quality of school education through its "Wipro Applying Thought in Schools" initiative and in local community causes through its "Wipro Cares" program.

In the year 2001, Premji established the Azim Premji Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with a vision of significantly contributing to improving quality and equity in school education in India, to build a better society. The financial resources to this foundation have been personally contributed by Premji. The work of the Azim Premji Foundation straddles key aspects of the public education system, from policy to capacity development of teachers. Today it works with school systems of 7 states, which have over 300,000 schools. The Foundation operates through a network of institutions that it has set up and runs; this includes a University, multiple field level institutions and schools, all focused on improvement in Education in India and related issues of Development.

Over the years, Azim Premji has received many honors and accolades, which he believes are recognitions for Team Wipro. Business Week which featured him on their cover with the sobriquet "India's Tech King" in October 2003, listed him amongst the top 30 entrepreneurs in world history in July 2007. Financial Times included him in a global list of 25 people "dramatically reshaping the way people live, work or think" (October 2005), and who have done most to bring about significant and lasting changes (November 2004). Time listed him amongst the 100 most influential people in the world (April 2004, April 2011), citing his contribution to improving the public education system in India. He was named by Fortune (August 2003) as one of the 25 most powerful business leaders outside the US, listed by Forbes (March 2003) as one of ten people globally with most "power to effect change" and by the Journal of Foreign Policy (November 2011) as amongst the top global thinkers. Premji became the first Indian recipient of the Faraday Medal and has been conferred with honorary doctorates by Wesleyan University, USA, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Roorkee amongst others.

A non-executive Director on the Board of the Reserve Bank of India, he is a member of the Prime Minister's Councils for National Integration and for Trade & Industry in India and also a member of the Indo-UK and the Indo-France CEOs' forum. In January 2011, the Government of India conferred upon him the Padma Vibhushan, one of its highest civilian awards and the Republic of France bestowed upon him the "Legion of Honor". In November 2012, Forbes India honored him as "Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year'.

Azim Premji is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA.
T K Kurien, CEO & Executive Director, Wipro Ltd.
T K Kurien (TK) is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Wipro Limited. TK is also a member of the Wipro Corporate Executive Council.

With over 27 years of global diversified experience, which includes the 10-years he has been with Wipro, TK has been instrumental in building and scaling many of Wipro's businesses successfully. He has a track record for customer centricity, passion for excellence and rigor in execution. He has proven to be a transformational leader and has been instrumental in turning around the various businesses that he has spearheaded within Wipro including the BPO, Media, Telecom and Consulting businesses. TK is also credited with building global leadership for some of Wipro's business units he led across the world.

Prior to taking over the role as CEO of the IT business, in Feb 2011, TK was President of Wipro's recently launched Eco Energy business. In June 2008, he took on the responsibility of heading Wipro's Consulting arm, WCS (Wipro Consulting Services), and spearheaded its growth, establishing it as a distinct offering by Wipro. From 2004 to 2008, TK headed Wipro BPO, during which time he turned the business around to achieve market leadership, best-in-class profitability and revenue growth. He was awarded the Global BPO Industry Leader award by IQPC (International Quality & Productivity Center) in 2007 for the exceptional performance of Wipro BPO. In February 2003, he became the Chief Executive of Wipro's Healthcare & Life Sciences, the new business segment of Wipro Ltd. formed in April 2002 to address the market opportunities in Healthcare and Life Science IT. In his early years at Wipro, TK started the Telecom Internet Service Provider business for which he managed to create a significant impact by accelerating revenue growth.

Before joining Wipro, TK served as the Managing Director of GE X Ray from October 1997 to January 2000 and prior to that was the CFO of GE Medical Systems (South Asia).

TK is a Chartered Accountant by qualification. He spends his spare time reading books on history and strategy.
Suresh C Senapaty, Executive Director & Chief Finance Officer
Suresh Senapaty heads Business Planning, Treasury and Controllership.

His association with Wipro goes back to Wipro Consumer Care where he was the CFO. He later became the Vice President Finance of Wipro Infotech. He moved to his present role as CFO, Wipro Corporation in 1995.

Suresh Senapaty has accomplished a number of significant milestones for Wipro Corporation. His first assignment was the merger of various companies such as Wipro Infotech and Wipro Systems with Wipro Limited. He played a key role in the New York Stock Exchange Listing of Wipro in 2000. This is the second time in the history of Wipro that it accessed the capital market; the first time was 1946.

He has been a committee member of the Confederation of the Indian Industry (CII) at the Regional Level and has made successful representations to the Government of India on a variety of Industry related issues.

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