CP Gurnani (popularly known as ‘CP’ within his peer group), is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tech Mahindra. An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP led Tech Mahindra’s transformation journey, and one of the biggest turnarounds of Indian Corporate History – the acquisition and merger of Satyam. His inimitable style of leadership, combined with his sharp focus on customer experience has helped Tech Mahindra emerge as one of the leading digital IT solution providers of India.
In a career spanning 35 years, CP has held several leading positions with HCL Hewlett Packard Limited, Perot Systems (India) Limited and HCL Corporation Ltd. An outstanding people’s manager, CP has an entrepreneurial style of management that is a blend of enthusiasm and dynamism. He tends to focus on people’s strengths to bring out the best in them. ‘Work hard and play hard’ is his motto and he applies it to all aspects of his life with complete passion.
A chemical engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, he is a distinguished and active alumnus of the Institute. CP has been chosen as the Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year [Manager]’, CNBC Asia’s ‘India Business Leader of the Year’, Dataquest ‘IT person of the Year’ – for the year 2013 and Business Standard ‘CEO of the Year’ 2014. He was also recently awarded the ‘Best CEO of the Year’ at the Forbes India Leadership Awards 2015.
Recently added to the bucket was ‘Asia One Global Indian of the Year – Technology’ 2016. On April 6, 2016, CP was appointed Chairman of NASSCOM for 2016-2017. Mr. CP Gurnani has also been felicitated with an honorary Doctorate degree by Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology. He was also recently being featured among the top 100 global CEOs as part of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council 2016. CP strongly believes in promoting child education.
He is an active member of the Tech Mahindra Foundation – launched in 2007 to help the underprivileged children with 116,000 beneficiaries & counting. CP, along with his wife Anita, have founded ‘Titliyan’, an NGO located in Noida spreading smiles, happiness and education to more than 140 under privileged children – a dream project for the Gurnanis.