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KK Natarajan

Co-founder, CEO & Managing Director
Krishnakumar (KK) has over 30 years of IT industry expertise and is a respected authority in the global IT sector. KK has played key roles in Mindtree, including setting up the US operations, driving expansion in Europe, Asia Pacific and transforming Mindtree’s IT services business. Today, KK’s mission as CEO is to lead the company to be an expertise-led organization. KK is the Chairman of NASSCOM and chairs the ‘emerging companies’ forum. In this role, KK is working towards strengthening the Indian IT industry to be a globally competitive ecosystem, comprising large and emerging companies. KK is an active member of professional industry organizations, such as the Manufacturer’s Association for Information Technology (MAIT) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is a regular speaker at reputed conferences and is a faculty member at management schools worldwide. As a member of the Mindtree board, KK is actively engaged in ensuring a high quality of governance. He has been involved in recruiting and bringing diversity to the Mindtree board, resulting in a highly valuable group of Independent Directors. Prior to co-founding Mindtree, KK was Chief Executive of the ecommerce and financial solutions division at Wipro, and held several key positions from 1982 until 1999. During this time, KK started and grew the ecommerce division of Wipro, served as Group Vice President of human resources and was also Chief Marketing Officer for Wipro’s IT business. The industry has honored KK with several awards, including the AIMA award for India’s best young manager; Bloomberg UTV’s award as the CEO of the year 2010 in the emerging company category; and Chief Executive Magazine’s recognition as one of the twelve global leaders of tomorrow. KK was ranked as one of highest rated global CEOs list published by Glassdoor, 2013. KK has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering, Chennai, India, and a Master’s in Business Administration majoring in marketing and systems from the Xavier Institute, Jamshedpur, India.