Executive Leadership Team
R S Pawar
Chairman & Managing Director
Chairman and Managing Director
Rajendra S Pawar is the Chairman and Co-Founder of NIIT Group that encompasses NIIT Limited, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation, and NIIT Technologies Limited, the software and services arm. As a co-founder of the NIIT Group, Pawar has not only revolutionized the IT training industry, but is also recognized as a global technology thought leader.
As the Chairman of India’s IT industry body- National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), Pawar has led several ICT industry initiatives, giving voice to the sector’s aspirations and goals. Earlier during 1990-92, as President of MAIT (Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology), Pawar integrated MAIT’s activities with other leading industry associations in India.
A Fellow member of the Computer Society of India (CSI) and the Institution of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), Pawar was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree by Rajiv Gandhi Technical University (MP) in 2005.
Awards and Accomplishments
- Acknowledging his contribution to the IT industry in India, Pawar has been awarded the country’s prestigious civilian honor, Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2011
- Pawar is a member of the Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development and has served the Prime Minister’s National Task Force (1998) commissioned to develop India into an IT Superpower
- An advisor to the Hunan Province of China, he has also been a member of PIAC (Presidential International Advisory Council) of the Government of South Africa for IT
- As a founding member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, Pawar is deeply engaged in addressing issues of global significance
- Global Business Intelligence firm, Ernst & Young conferred Pawar with its prestigious “Master Entrepreneur of the Year” award, in 1999. He has also been named as the “IT Man of the Year” by IT industry journal, Dataquest
- Pawar has been awarded ‘The Global India Splendor Award’ on the occasion of the 60th year of Indian independence, for his work in developing human resource potential
- He has received ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ from IIT Delhi in 1995 and ‘Madhav Award’ from The Scindia School
- Pawar has also been honored with the prestigious ‘Nayudamma Award’ in 2012, for his continued contribution to the IT industry in India
Chief Executive Officer and Joint Managing Director
Arvind Thakur is the CEO and Joint Managing Director at NIIT Technologies Ltd, a global IT solutions and business services organization. He has led the business to be among the top providers. In 2012 he was conferred the prestigious global Gold Stevie award as Executive of the Year in the computer services category.
Mr Thakur serves as Chairman on the board of Esri India Technologies, Incessant Technologies & NIIT Smart Serve, and also serves on the Board of Management of NIIT University, a not for profit institution.
He is active in industry forums and an elected member of NASSCOM Executive Council where he served as a member of its IT Services Council and Chairman Domestic Council. Currently he chairs the Investment Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee of this premier industry association.
Mr. Thakur graduated in engineering from IIT, Kharagpur where he received the Institute Silver medal. Thereafter he pursued post graduation in Industrial Engineering from NITIE, Mumbai.
Amit Kumar Garg
Chief Financial Officer
Amit Kumar Garg is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Company. In his current role he is leading the global finance function for NIIT Technologies.
Amit Garg brings over 20 years of extensive experience having worked as Director-Finance in Fidelity International and American Express Financial Centre in India. He started his professional career in India with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Audit & Business Advisory Services. Prior to taking up the appointment with NIIT Technologies he was the Regional Finance Director and CFO at Intertek India, the South Asian arm of the leading international provider of quality and safety services, and served on the board of the entity. He has extensive experience in Corporate Finance, Corporate Restructuring, Cash Management, Compliance, and Controllership, as well as in driving value creation through operations optimization and managing strategic initiatives.
Amit is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge.
EVP and Head of NITL
Adrian Morgan is the head of NIIT Insurance Technologies Ltd (NITL), the specialised insurance technology arm of NIIT Technologies, providing software solutions and services to the commercial insurance sector. He comes with over 20 years of experience and expertise in delivering technology services to the global Insurance industry.
Adrian joins NIIT Technologies from CSC where he was the UK Digital Transformation Practice Head and most recently held the position of UK Head of Digital for Insurance. Prior to that, Adrian was Head of Insurance Software at Xchanging where he established and led Xuber, a globally recognised software and services supplier to the broking, commercial insurance and re-insurance markets.
Adrian will be instrumental in driving the insurance business strategy and engagements with customers.
President and Global Business Head - Infrastructure Management Services
Arvind Mehrotra is President and Global Business Head - Infrastructure Management Services at NIIT Technologies. In this leadership role, he spearheads the company’s global strategy and related initiatives to strengthen the solutions and service offerings. He has been with NIIT Technologies for over a decade and has played a key role in the growth of the organization.
Arvind has over 25 years of corporate experience in which he has held various middle and senior management positions across IT services and publications sectors. As an evangelist who believes in the ‘can do’ spirit, Arvind has helped organizations improve their business processes and critical business strategies through effective management, development, implementation, and maintenance of business application systems.
Chief Delivery Officer
Bhaskar Chavali is the Chief Delivery Officer in the corporate leadership team. In this role he focuses on strengthening the organization delivery capability, its process maturity and technology competency. He is responsible for the resource management function as well as the ADM and IMS service practices. His team supports the Business Units in solution design, architecture, frameworks and technology partnerships. He operates from the Company’s Head Office in New Delhi.
He has extensive experience in working with customers across many countries, and has led many transformational initiatives in software engineering, workforce competency and information security. Bhaskar is known for his execution and attention to detail.
Prior to joining NIIT Technologies, Bhaskar was with Tata Infotech Ltd (now part of TCS).
Bhaskar is an Engineering Graduate with a Masters in Computer Technology from IIT Delhi.
He likes reading fiction and listening to Bollywood music, with duets of Kishore & Asha being his favorites.
President – Asia and Australia
Deepak Khosla is President – Asia and Australia. In this role, he is responsible for driving profitable growth across Australia, Asia, India and Middle East across all services, industries by adding new clients and growing existing ones.
Deepak has over 28 years of experience in areas including consulting, systems integration and strategic outsourcing. During his career, he has operated globally in a variety of market sectors, both public and private, and has led teams providing solutions and services to respond to significant change driven by regulatory reform, market liberalization and market disruption.
He is a seasoned industry speaker and has represented the company at many leading industry forums.
Prior to joining NIIT Technologies, Deepak was part of the Executive Leadership team at Patni Computers Systems Ltd.
Deepak holds an engineering degree and is a management graduate from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. Beyond office, he is a passionate and avid golfer
EVP and Head of Digital Services
Joel Lindsey is the global head for Digital Services at NIIT Technologies. In his role he is responsible for spearheading the Company's digital services growth globally. He comes with a rich experience of over 20 years with deep understanding of “Digital”.
In his last role Joel was leading digital transformation globally for Hewlett-Packard (HP) Enterprise. Prior to HP, he led next generation digital offerings (including cloud and mobility) and corporate strategy for EDS. Apart from these large corporations Joel also spent time with two Silicon Valley “digital” start-ups focused on e-commerce (Open Market Inc.) and cloud computing (Loudcloud Systems).
Joel is married and has three teenagers. He is an avid traveler who enjoys reading, painting, and local politics while watching activities that his three kids are involved in.
Lalit Dhingra oversees the Americas operations of NIIT Technologies. He joined NIIT Tech in 1990 and was responsible for building the software services division from inception. He moved to the United States in 1997 as Vice President, Software Services and in 2006 took charge as President, Operations. Lalit was a catalyst in the growth of NIIT Tech in the North American market. He has been working in the software industry since 1979, and before joining NIIT Technologies, he was involved in developing software products and managing large applications and system software products.
Lalit Dhingra is focused on developing tomorrow’s leaders in IT services. An alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), he is frequently asked to speak at Ivy League schools on leadership and mentors students and working executives. Lalit has been quoted by leading publications like Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Silicon Valley and CIO Magazine for his business outlook and ability to comment on executable strategies and transformational models in the technology services outsourcing industry. One of the highlights of his career was to represent India at the 2009 United Nations Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Summit.
Chief People Officer
S. Viswanathan is the HR head at NIIT Technologies and has been associated with the organization since it was established in 2004.
Viswanathan has rich and varied experience of over 25 years, much of it in different roles within various businesses in the NIIT group. In his last role he was heading Strategic Alliances and has played a pivotal role in all the mergers and acquisitions, most recent being the strategic investment in Incessant Technologies for building the Digital Integration capabilities of NIIT Technologies. Earlier he has worked as the Chief Operating Officer of NIIT SmartServe.
He holds a master degree in Business Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur and Applied Mathematics from Anna University, Chennai.
Viswanathan is married and has a daughter. As a family they enjoy travelling.
Executive Vice President and Head of Europe
Satya Samal heads NIIT Technologies’ Europe business and personally drives some of the transformational Digital initiatives of NIIT Technologies’ clients. He started his career with SAP serving High-tech clients in Silicon Valley. He later worked with McKinsey & Co. for several years helping clients in their strategic business technology issues. Satya has worked across a variety of industries – airlines, financial services, retail, manufacturing, oil and gas etc. and continues to dabble in programming from time to time to stay close to technology.