President & CEO, HCL Technologies
C Vijayakumar (CVK or Vijay) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies, a US$ 9.3 billion global technology company. Led by 147,000+ professionals working across 44 countries across the globe, HCL helps forward looking enterprises re–imagine their businesses through transformative technology solutions and services.
As the company’s CEO, Vijay has spearheaded HCL’s initiatives to leverage the transformative nexus of forces like Digitalization, Internet of Things, Cloud, Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence through a strategic blueprint called ‘Mode 1-2-3’. His very recent efforts on adding products and platforms to the company’s portfolio have already resulted in a billion-dollar run-rate for the business, the fastest acceleration of its kind in the industry.
All these strategic bets have resulted in HCL today becoming the fastest growing large global technology company in the world for the fourth consecutive year. Vijay’s personal leadership on this journey has been lauded across the industry, most recently by leading analyst group HFS who have cited him amongst the ‘Top 10 Disruptive CEOs’.
Vijay joined HCL nearly 25 years back as a member of the core team that designed and implemented India’s first ever fully automated trading network at the National Stock Exchange. With a strategic vision and global outlook, he relentlessly reinvented himself to emerge as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and deftly navigate the shifting industry landscape.
Previously, as President of HCL’s Infrastructure Services Business, he led its exponential growth and market dominance over the years leading up to a contribution of nearly 40% to HCL’s revenues today. As part of the founding team of its wholly owned subsidiary HCL Comnet, he is widely credited with having founded the Remote Infrastructure Management proposition which is today a multi-billion-dollar global industry.
Over the years, Vijay has held several Technology, Business & Operational leadership positions at HCL and is widely recognized in the industry for his strategic thinking and impeccable execution. He is currently a member of Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council and is on the Steward Board of World Economic Forum’s Strategic Initiative on ‘Future of Education, Gender and Work’ as well as a member of the Steering Committee of its IT Governors group.
Vijay is deeply invested in promoting sustainable business practices in the communities where HCL operates in, with an emphasis on advancing STEM learning for the youth and is also a passionate champion of the Diversity and Talent transformation agenda.
Known for his hands-on approach, Vijay’s leadership style has been commended in the business bestseller ‘Blueprint to a billion: 7 essentials to achieve exponential growth’ by management guru David G. Thomson.
Vijay is a graduate in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from P.S.G. College of Technology, Tamil Nadu, India and lives in New Jersey in the USA.