CP Gurnani

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
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CP Gurnani (popularly known as ‘CP’ within his peer group), is a lifelong entrepreneur, who has committed his career to bringing products and services to customers to help them build their digital future through innovation and technology transformation.

He is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tech Mahindra and the Chairman of Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL). In a career spanning 40+ years, CP has held several leading positions with Hewlett Packard Ltd., Perot Systems (India) Ltd., and HCL Corporation Ltd. His exhaustive comprehension of company operations, business acumen, proficiency of global markets, strategic cerebration, and experience leading bold transformations, helped him to rise to the occasion numerous times. He was the force behind one of the biggest turnarounds of Indian Corporate History - the acquisition and merger of Satyam.

CP partakes in several organizations with a focus on economic, technology, and market trends, including the World Economic Forum. He is the Chairman of the CII National Committee on IT & ITeS. CP has also served as a Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2016-2017. He has also been part of the Indian Prime Minister’s CEO delegations to multiple countries.

He strongly believes in fostering opportunities for young adults through education, skill-building, mentoring, and hands-on learning. He has been instrumental in setting up three tech institutions for higher education. He has been an outspoken advocate for learning at every stage of one’s career. One of his many noticeable achievements has been an ambitious, company-wide initiative of retraining employees to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to remain competitive and survive the age of digital disruption.

CP leads the company in advancing its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), including expanding and accelerating efforts towards sustainable technology, and enterprise diversity, equity, inclusion, and equality. On a path to a low-carbon future, CP has set bold goals to be carbon neutral by 2030 and to reach net zero by 2035 to ensure a healthier planet for the people and communities that TechM serves. The progress of TechM has been recognized by several prominent organizations, including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, for eight consecutive years.

He is also dedicated to giving back to community and often prods people to invest their time towards the betterment of humanity and society. He is on the Board of Tech Mahindra Foundation, that helps underprivileged children. He serves in various capacities with the Mohan Foundation, Feeding Hands, and The Rotary Club at multiple locations. He is also the co-founder of ‘Titliyan’ with his wife Anita, an NGO that spearheads spreading quality education and developing the life and social skills of underprivileged children.

A chemical engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, he is a distinguished and active alumnus of the institute. CP has also been felicitated with an honorary Doctorate by four different Universities. He is on the Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, a promoter of Tech Mahindra Limited. His passion for education resonated in the various honorary positions he holds. He is on the board of Mahindra Educational Institutions (MEI) & a member of the Board of Management of Mahindra University, a private university promoted by MEI to educate future citizens for a better world. He is also the Chairman of IIM Nagpur and the Founding Trustee of Plaksha University.

The SKOCH Group and the CEO’s Association for Inclusive India (CAII) has conferred CP with the 'CEO’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award’ 2021 – the nation’s highest independent civilian honour. He has also been featured in a Harvard Case Study on ‘Tech Mahindra and the Acquisition of Satyam Computers.'

He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including:

  • People-Focused CEO of the Year’ award at The Economic Times Human Capital Awards 2023
  • Outstanding Citizens Award’ by Sindhi Chamber of Commerce
  • CEO of the Year’ award at the Raymond CEO Forum India Awards 2022
  • Most Inspiring Business Leader of Asia’ at The Economic Times Asian Business Leaders Conclave 2022
  • Business Icon of India’ by Zee Business in 2022
  • CEO’s Choice ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by SKOCH Group and CAII in 2021
  • Icon of India’ recognition by VARINDIA in 2021
  • Influential Leader of New India’ by CNN News 18 in 2021
  • Inspiring CEO’ at The Economic Times CEO Conclave 2021
  • Leader of the Year’ in IT at CEO Today Magazine Middle East Awards 2021
  • Technology Icon of India’ recognition by VARINDIA Brandbook 2020
  • Business Today ‘Best CEO’ Awards (IT & ITES category) 2019
  • Corporate Leader of the Year’ Award - 14th (I-ACE) Awards 2018.
  • Gold Winner in the ‘CEO of the Year’ for his organization’s wide reskilling initiative
  • Asia One Global Indian of the Year - Technology’ in 2016
  • Listed among the top 100 global CEOs as part of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council 2016

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Bringing Sustainability to the Centre of Manufacturing

CP Gurnani on adopting emerging technologies in the manufacturing sector to achieve environmental ambitions

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Path to 2030 is Paved with Technology and Sustainability

CP Gurnani talks about navigating towards a sustainable future with technology at the forefront

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Mission Davos: My Wishlist for 2023

CP Gurnani on his wishlist to ensure equitable growth opportunities for all

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Indian tech CEO to ChatGPT’s Altman: India can Dominate AI

CP Gurnani on how Indian IT industry has the potential to lead a cohesive mission toward global AI supremacy

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COVID-19 Underscored the Need for Change Towards a Sustainable Future

CP Gurnani on the progress made and vision for the next 25 years

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5 Key Insights to Script the Next Decade of Disruptive Growth

CP Gurnani talks about the World Economic Forum 2022 setting a stage for climate action and sustainability

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People, Planet and Profits: CP Gurnani

Keeping sustainability at the heart of all our endeavours is now a necessity

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New Platforms will Drive Consumption of Telecom

I have not stopped dreaming and I have not stopped executing

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Our Core Focus is on Digital Transformation Deals: CP Gurnani

Our strategic investments in 5G and digital modernization have shown good results

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Smart Cities and the Making of a Better World: CP Gurnani

The symbiotic relationship between humans and technology is showing greater promise every day

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“Make your dreams come true with a hunger to learn, upskill, and grow”

Need to become a master of multiple disciplines with the changing world

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Lessons from Tech Mahindra’s Covid-19 War Room

The pandemic has intensified our resolve to RISE, today and into the future.

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Embracing Disruption, Driving Change

CP shares how to make an organization future-ready amidst disruption.

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Resilience is the future of leadership

CP’s article in Forbes India covers, Leadership is a dynamic combination of roles across disciplines.

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How a circular economy can make India resilient

India must rely on circular economy, by laying emphasis on people, planet and profit

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India: 5G upgradation is a necessity

5G ecosystem will be a digital haven of opportunities laid out for each one of us!

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Acquisitions are vital to Tech Mahindra’s strategy

Tech Mahindra is betting on its NXT.NOW framework to leverage emerging technologies

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Power of Technology to Transform the World for Good

Industry 5.0, where humans will work alongside robots and smart machines

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Put planet before profits in the post Covid-19 world

Update more environmental friendly business models

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4 areas we can decode to achieve a sustainable decade

Our MD & CEO shares insights as part of WEF #DAVOSAgenda 2021

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