N Chandrasekaran: One of the youngest CEOs of the Tata Group, what he says about Work-life balance

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Natarajan Chandrasekaran

Natarajan Chandrasekaran is an Indian business executive who is the CEO and managing director of Tata Consultancy Services. Chandrasekaran took over as the CEO on October 6, 2009 prior to which he was COO and Executive Director of TCS. Born in 1963, Chandra is one of the youngest CEOs of the Tata Group. Chandra has spent his career in TCS, joining the company in 1987 after completing Masters in Computer Applications from Regional Engineering College, Trichy, (now National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli) in Tamil Nadu.

Chandra has received several awards and recognition in the business community. India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India appointed him as director on its board in 2016. He has served as the Chairperson of the IT Industry Governors’ at the WEF, Davos in 2015-16. Aside from being a member of Indo–US CEO Forum, he is also part of India’s business taskforces for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and Malaysia. He served as the chairman of NASSCOM, the apex trade body for IT services firms in India in 2012-13 and continues to be a member of its governing Executive Council.

He was voted as the ‘Best CEO’ for the fifth consecutive year by the Institutional Investor’s 2015 Annual All-Asia Executive Team rankings. During 2014, he was voted as one of CNBC TV 18 – ‘Indian Business Icons’. He was also awarded CNN- IBN Indian of the Year 2014 in business category. Chandra was presented with the “Best CEO for 2014” by Business Today for the second consecutive year. He has also received the Medal of the City of Amsterdam – Frans Banninck Coqc – in recognition of his endeavor to promote trade and economic relations between Amsterdam and India. He was awarded Qimpro Platinum Standard Award 2015 (Business) and Business Today’s Best CEO 2015 (IT & ITEs).

Chandra was conferred with the honorary doctorate by JNTU, Hyderabad, India (2014). He has received Honorary Doctorate from Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Netherland’s top private business school (2013). Chandra has also been conferred honorary degrees by many Indian universities such as the Gitam University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (2013) KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (2012); and the SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2010)

Tata Consultancy Services’s top man N Chandrasekaran follows a different ethic: he does not believe you can maintain a work-life balance. But you can certainly make your life easier. At an industry meet in Mumbai some time ago, Chandrasekaran revealed that the key to multi-tasking was having a strong team and maintaining a simple list of priorities. “With a strong team, you get a lot of things done. Apart from that, I try to keep things very simple. I have a single list. I don’t believe you need .

Source: Wikipedia


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