Life­time Achieve­ment

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Ashok Soota is an In­dian IT en­trepreneur who served for more than 30 years in the IT in­dus­try. He is a se­rial en­trepreneur and the ex­ec­u­tive chair­man and co-founder of Hap­pi­est Minds Tech­nolo­gies. Soota spent early years of his career with the Shri­ram Group of In­dus­tries in In­dia in 1965. He served as Pres­i­dent of Wipro In­fotech from 1984 to 1999. Un­der his watch, Wipro’s IT busi­ness grew from US $2 mil­lion in 1984 to a US $500 mil­lion run­rate in 1999.

Bit­ten by the global In­ter­net econ­omy bug, Soota co-founded Mindtree in 1999 as an In­ter­net con­sult­ing com­pany funded by Walden, Global Tech­nol­ogy Ven­tures, and Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional. He took Mindtree pub­lic in Feb 2007 with list­ing on BSE and NSE. He was in­volved with the com­pany till the end of 2010 when he left and cre­ated his sec­ond start-up Hap­pi­est Minds, just at the dawn of the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion.

Hap­pi­est Minds Tech­nolo­gies is a next gen­er­a­tion dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, in­fra­struc­ture, se­cu­rity and prod­uct en­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices Com­pany. The com­pany was judged a leader in the IAOP Global Out­sourc­ing 100 List 2017, the ‘Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion Ser­vices Provider of the Year- SMB 2017’ by Frost & Sul­li­van.

Ashok is a leader of in­dus­try. He was Pres­i­dent of Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII), In­dia’s largest In­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion and also Pres­i­dent of Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy. He has served on the Prime Min­is­ter’s Task Force for IT and on the Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for the World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Geneva. For his con­tri­bu­tions to In­dia’s IT in­dus­try, he has been rec­og­nized twice as IT Man of the Year by Dataquest, and also as Elec­tron­ics Man of the Year. Dur­ing his life­time, Ashok Soota was re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing nearly 25,000 jobs.

Soota is the found­ing chief pa­tron of the Sa­marthanam Trust for the Dis­abled. He is the found­ing trustee for Ashir­vadam, an NGO fo­cused on the en­vi­ron­ment and sup­port for the needy, in­clud­ing in terms of their ed­u­ca­tion, vo­ca­tional train­ing and med­i­cal sup­port.

For a life­time of achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tion to the IT in­dus­try, Dataquest con­fered the Life­time Achieve­ment Award in IT to Ashok Soota.

Ashok Soota, Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man & Co-Founder, Hap­pi­est Minds Tech­nolo­gies re­ceiv­ing the Life­time Achieve­ment Award from Pradeep Gupta, CMD, Cy­berMe­dia and San­jeev Bikhchan­dani, founder, Naukri.com

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