CP Gurnani

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
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CP Gurnani (popularly known as ‘CP’ within his peer group), is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tech Mahindra - a USD 6+ billion digital transformation, consulting and business reengineering services and solutions provider with 157,000+ professionals across 90 countries, helping 1290 global customers including Fortune 500 companies.

An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP played a pivotal role in Tech Mahindra's transformation journey, and one of the biggest turnarounds of Indian Corporate History - the acquisition and merger of Satyam.

Living by the credo, ‘don’t work hard, work smart’, CP brings an inimitable leadership style combined with a laser-sharp focus on customer experience, which has helped Tech Mahindra emerge as one of the leading global digital transformation providers.

He strongly believes that one just cannot ride the growth path with resources that are out of sync with market dynamics. One of his many noticeable achievements in the past year has been an ambitious, company-wide initiative aimed at retraining Tech Mahindra employees to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to remain competitive and survive the age of digital transformation.

In a career spanning 40+ years, CP has held several leading positions with Hewlett Packard Ltd, Perot Systems (India) Ltd. and HCL Corporation Ltd. CP has also served as a Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2016-2017.

He is an ardent supporter of Individual Social Responsibility, and often prods people to invest their time towards betterment of humanity and society, at large. He is on the Board of  Tech Mahindra Foundation that was launched in 2007 to help the underprivileged children. He also founded ‘Titliyan’, a NGO that spearheads spreading quality education and developing life and social skills of more than 240 under privileged 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 degree by Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology and Sharda University. He is on the Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, a promoter of Tech Mahindra Limited. His passion for education is 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 and of a better world. He is also the Chairman of IIM Nagpur and the Founding Trustee of Plaksha University.

CP has been conferred with CEO’s Choice ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ 2021 – the nation’s highest independent civilian honour –  instituted by SKOCH Group and CEO’s Association for Inclusive India (CAII). 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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CP's Blogs

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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