Mr. Vineet Nayar, Founder Chairman, Sampark Foundation & Former Chief Executive Officer, HCL Technologies receiving Golden Peacock Innovative Leadership Award for Philanthropy & Social Change - 2018



He is the Founder Chairman of Sampark Foundation and former CEO of HCL Technologies and author of the highly acclaimed management book “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down” (Harvard Business Press, June 2010) which has sold more than 100,000 copies.

Today, Sampark Foundation is transforming learning outcomes of 7 million children studying in 76,000 schools in Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand; making it one of the world’s largest primary school transformation initiatives by a Foundation. Forbes in its ‘Heroes of Philanthropy List 2016’ has cited Vineet for this ‘Innovation led large scale social change’. He was recently featured as a ‘Global Thinker 2016’, by a Foreign Policy magazine.

He is a radical thinker who steered HCLT’s transformation from $0.7 billion in 2005 to a $4.7 billion Global Technology Services Company with over 85,000 employees across 32 countries. This radical transformation led Fortune to recognize HCL as “the world’s most modern management” while BusinessWeek named HCLT as “one of the world’s most influential companies”; which led HCL’s innovative management practices to be taught as a case study at both the Harvard Business School and London Business School.

He was also chosen by Fortune Magazine for its first ever, global “Executive Dream Team” 2012 which has been described as an “all-star leadership”. He has featured in the elite “Thinkers 50 List”, a definitive listing of the world’s top 50 business thinkers. He received praise from the late C.K. Prahalad, Tom Peters, Gary Hamel and Ram Charan.

He joined HCL in 1985 after earning his MBA from XLRI. In 1993, Vineet founded Comnet and helped it grow into a $1.4 billion dominant leader in Technology Management Services. In 2005, Vineet became President of HCL Technologies and served as the company’s CEO from 2007 till January 2013.

He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Leadership Institute and Fortune 1000 companies. He is also the Founding member of Brookings India and has been a Juror of Harvard Business Review’s prestigious McKinsey Prize. He serves Gender Parity Program as well as a Community Partner of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum and has been a “Mentor” (Co-Chair) of WEF’s 2011 AMNC Conference.