Guru Mantra: Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, CEO, Zensar

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan
Vice Chairman & CEO of Zensar Technologies

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Vice Chairman & CEO of Zensar Technologies, a Global firm that transforms Technology and Processes for Fortune 500 companies. He is also President of the IT Sector and a member of the Management Board of the 3.25 billion USD RPG Group. He is also the Chairman for IT and ITES, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

An alumnus of IIT Bombay and the Harvard Business School, Ganesh is a fellow of the Computer Society of India and chairs the Higher Education forum of the Confederation of Indian Industries in Western India. He is a member of the Board of Governors of NITIE Mumbai and member of the Executive Council and Chairmen’s Council of NASSCOM.

Ganesh is the author of three McGraw Hill Books on Business Process Reengineering and Knowledge Management and recent publications on the IT industry and inspired leadership. He was recognized by Ernst & Young for exceptional entrepreneurship and has received many awards for outstanding innovation and leadership.

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Q. What do you find exciting about your role as Vice Chairman & CEO of Zensar Technologies?
GN – The quality of people we employ and the kind of innovations in services processes and business models we have been able to demonstrate continues to be a major source of excitement. Our agenda for the future is equally compelling and new services we have launched to help our customers do “Impact Sourcing” in recessionary times have caught the attention of many existing and new business partners all over the world.

Q. You have written earlier about the challenges of skills gap in India and you are also engaged with innovative skill development models like Global Talent Track. What are the major trends/opportunities you are witnessing for skill development models like GTT in India?
GN – With fifteen million people joining the workforce every year we have the opportunity to create a new Singapore every year but if we ignore the need to build employable skills in our youth we could be creating a sub Saharan Africa every two years. GTT aims to address this gap by providing a four part solution – Awareness for young students in High School, Employability skills while they are still in college, Employment oriented Finishing Schools through dedicated centers in India, China and other emerging countries and finally the Europe Asia Business Schools which provide the management layer after they get some work experience. We aim to transform the lives of 500,000 aspiring youth in the next couple of years.

Q. You have exceptional ability to multitask, lead and excel with all your engagements. What advise do you have for future managers, who are aspiring for career excellence?
GN – Our biggest legacy as managers will be the inspiration we leave in the minds and hearts of those who have worked with us and whose lives we have touched. Life is short and the mountains we all have to climb are steep and there is no value in being obsessed with one narrow pursuit. With the industrialisation of the internet, the opportunities to reach out to many more people than ever before and engage with their lives and work is tremendous and all managers and leaders must take this opportunity and endeavour to make a difference.

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