Ashok Soota: IT Is In His Blood

Ashok Soota is one of the foremost figures in the Indian information technology (IT) industry considering his renown as a successful serial entrepreneur coupled with his 30-plus years as an IT expert. He is currently the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Happiest Minds Technologies, a company that enables digital transformation among consumers via the delivery of secure, smart and connected experience through the application of disruptive technologies.

Happiest Minds Technologies was ranked #2 on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India, which ranked the top 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the country. It was also ranked #13 in Deloitte Technology’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing technology companies in the wider Asia Pacific region. It also claims to be on track in its goals of achieving break-even status by the end of 2015 and in $100 million in revenue by 2017.

For his achievements in the IT industry, Ashok has been recognized as Electronics Man of the year and IT Man of the year. He was also among the so-called 12 Gems, an honor given to people who helped in building the Indian IT industry; the award was given at the 2013 INFOCOM in Kolkata. His other awards include the Prof. SN Mitra Award conferred by the Indian National Academy of Engineering; the Most Innovative People award in Knowledge Innovation during the 2008 World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and the Golden Peacock Award for Technology Leadership.

Ashok worked with the Shriram Group of Industries as well as President of Wipro Infotech. During his 1984-1999 tenure at Wipro Infotech, he grew the company’s IT business from US$2 million to US$500 million run-rate.

In 1999, he co-founded Mindtree. Under his leadership, Mindtree also grew by leaps and bounds such that it is now a profitable global entity with several offices across North America, Europe and Asia. According to reports, it has approximately 9,000 employees and earns over US$350 million in gross revenues.

He is also a noted philanthropist. He is the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled’s founding chief patron and Ashirvadam’s founding trustee.

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