Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
D S Brar, Director, joined the Board of Mphasis in April 2004. Brar is a B.E. (Electrical) from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala; and a Masters in Management from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (Gold Medalist - 1974). He started his career with Associated Cement Companies (ACC) and later joined Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited where he rose to the position of CEO and Managing Director.
Currently, he is a promoter of GVK Bio Sciences Private Limited, Inogent Laboratories Private Limited and Davix Management Services Private Limited. He is also on the board of Maruti Udyog Limited, Moksha8, Wokhardt Limited, Gland Pharma Limited and Mountain Trail Foods Private Limited apart from being Special Advisor to KKR and to the board of Adamas Pharmaceuticals and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.
Mr. Brar was Director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) during 2000-2007.
Nitin Rakesh is a pioneer financial technologist and people leader with an unfailing ability to combine technology prowess with exceptional business insights. His entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with his trademark customer-first and lean startup philosophy, has led to the development and launch of disruptive new service offerings, consistent upgradation and accelerated growth trajectory of all the organizations he has served.
In the first 100 days of taking on the mantle as the CEO of Mphasis, Nitin has launched Mphasis X2C2 TM formula for success, (shift anything to cloud and power everything with cognitive); driving five dimensions of business value with an integrated consumer-centric Front to Back Digital Transformation, enabling Business Operations and Technology Transformation.
Prior to joining Mphasis, Nitin was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Syntel (a NASDAQ listed IT Services Company); where he established a track record of delivering profitable growth at industry leading operating margins. In the very first year as CEO, Nitin led the company to a 14 per cent annual revenue increase, accompanied by expanded geographic reach. He also developed and launched new service offerings such as, Syntel’s innovative SyntBots automation platform. This award-winning automation solution effectively positioned Syntel as a disruptive challenger in the industry.
Nitin was elevated to being a CEO after serving as President, Americas for Syntel, where he headed Business Development and North American operations. During this time, extended the company’s footprint to Europe, including setting up centers in Scotland and Poland. This was his second four year run with Syntel (2012 to 2016), the first being between 2002 to 2008. During his first innings, Nitin developed and launched Syntel’s Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) offerings. He also charted a strategy that propelled Syntel’s KPO practice as the company’s fastest-growing business unit, and quickly growing to account for 25% of Syntel’s overall revenue. From Vice President and Head of Syntel’s KPO operations, he was elevated to CEO of Syntel's joint venture, State Street Syntel Services, where he led its India operations, until 2008.
He then moved to head Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company as CEO and Managing Director; where he piloted Exchange Traded Fund (EFT) in India. This was recognized as the "Most Innovative ETF, Asia Pacific" at the 2011 ETF Awards in New York, and the "Most Innovative Mutual Fund, India" in 2010 at the Crisil - S&P Mutual Fund Awards.
Nitin is also on the advisory board or council at various institutions such as:
Nitin holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Computer Science) from Delhi Institute of Technology, Delhi University and has received his Master’s in Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and is also an alumni of Harvard Business School’s CEO Workshop.
Kumar joined the Board of Mphasis on February 15, 2013. He is the Vice Chairman of The Sanmar Group, a fourth generation family owned business conglomerate. The Group is a multinational US $ 1 billion conglomerate headquartered in Chennai, India and has manufacturing facilities in India, the US, Mexico and Egypt. It is engaged in three key business sectors - Chemicals (including Speciality Chemicals), Engineering (Products and Steel Castings) and Shipping.
Kumar is the Honorary Consul General of Greece in Chennai.
He is on the Board of various public companies and carries with him over four decades of experience in the spheres of Technology, Management and Finance. He is the Chairman of National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies, which is a constituent of Quality Council of India and is also a member of the Board of Governors of Institute for Financial Management & Research.
As a spokesman of Industry and Trade, Kumar had been a President of CII and participated in other apex bodies. He presently chairs the CII Institute of Quality, Bangalore.
Kumar has a wide range of public interests going beyond the confines of corporate management, in the areas of health, social welfare, education and sports. One special area in which he is involved is the Madhuram Narayanan Center for Exceptional Children.
He is an Electronics Engineering Graduate from Anna University, Chennai and a fellow member of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Ms. Jan Kathleen Hier (Ms. Hier-King) joined the Board of Mphasis in December 2015. Ms. Hier-King is currently a partner with a start-up (Bicycle Financial - www.bicyclefinancial.com).
Formerly, she was the Executive Vice President at Charles Schwab responsible for centralized support services including Schwab Technology Services, Operational Services, Corporate Project Management, Operational Risk Management and Offshore Services.
At Schwab, Ms. Hier-King held several other positions, including, Chief Information Officer; Executive Vice President of Human Resources; Head of Electronic Brokerage Technology that developed schwab.com; and Head of Schwab Institutional Technology.
Before joining Schwab in 1994, Ms. Hier-King served as a Vice President of engineering at Transaction Technology, Inc., a Citicorp subsidiary, where she was responsible for providing distributed technology to Citibank businesses worldwide. Previously, she was a telecommunications specialist at Bank of America.
As an economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, she was instrumental in the original development of a Producer Price Index for the telecommunications industry and was called on as an expert witness at the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ms. Hier-King earned her Bachelor's degree in Economics and attended Post-Graduate studies at Syracuse University, New York, USA.
David Lawrence Johnson (Dave Johnson) joined the Board of Mphasis in September 2016. Mr. Johnson is a senior advisor to Blackstone, where he has led many of their Private Equity technology investments. He joined the firm in 2013 and is based in New York. He is currently a Director of Optiv(Cyber Security), Cylance(Cyber Security), Pactera (IT Services), Intsights(Cyber Security) and Green Sky Labs(Planner). Before joining Blackstone, Mr.Johnson was Senior Vice President of Strategy at Dell Corporation, where he was responsible for corporate strategy, corporate development, and acquisition integration. Prior to joining Dell, Mr. Johnson held a number of positions at IBM, including Vice President of Corporate Development, responsible for the company’s acquisitions, divestitures, minority investments and acquisition integration. Mr. Johnson received a B.A. in English and an M.B.A. from Boston College.
Dario Zamarian joined the Board of Mphasis in September 2016. Mr. Zamarian is a senior business executive with broad experience in the IT industry focusing on cloud software, networking, information security, systems management and IT services. His operational experience spans Fortune 100 companies, Private-Equity firms and VC-backed start-ups. He is currently an Operating Advisor with The Blackstone Group.
Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Zamarian was Dell's Global Vice President and Worldwide General Manager of the Enterprise Systems & Solutions and the Networking Divisions, where he was responsible for strategy and operations. Prior to Dell, he was Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Security and Network Management Business Unit.
Mr. Zamarian is currently a Director of Optiv (Cyber Security Services and Solutions), Scale Computing (Hyperconverged Software) and Run-Time-Design-Automation RTDA (Cloud Capacity Management Software).
Mr. Zamarian has an M.B.A from INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration), Fontainebleau, France, and an M.S.E.E. from Polytechnic of Turin, Torino, Italy.
Paul James Upchurch joined the Board of Mphasis in September 2016. Mr. Upchurch leads the Enterprise Systems function within Blackstone’s Portfolio Operations group. He works with senior leadership to drive high performance outcomes through the effective implementation of enterprise systems and business operating models across over 50 Blackstone portfolio companies. In addition, Mr. Upchurch has been heavily involved shaping the business development strategies across the consulting firms owned by Blackstone.
Mr. Upchurch has a unique blend of private equity, operating, and consulting expertise that enables him to pivot across commercial, operational, and technical needs of companies seamlessly.
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Upchurch worked as Executive Vice President and member of the North America leadership team at Nielsen, previously owned by Blackstone. He also worked with The Cambridge Group, a strategy consulting firm owned by Nielsen, to drive demand strategies for clients. Mr. Upchurch led teams to elevate client relationships and tackle Nielsen clients’ most pressing business issues, including demand creation, pricing and trade optimization, innovation, and retail execution, leveraging data, analytics and client service platforms. Early on, Mr. Upchurch led the largest commercial portfolio in North America, overseeing hundreds of client relationships across Consumer, Financial Services, and Retail Brokers.
Prior to that, Mr. Upchurch had a successful career for over 18 years in management consulting, serving as partner at Accenture and Diamond Management Consultants. He guided clients on wide range of enterprise technology and operational improvements, serving as a leader on complex, multi-year, $1b+ transformations, outsourcing as well as rapid-turn carve-outs and integrations. He has extensive experience and passion for practice building in large and smaller consulting environments and deep functional acumen in sales and marketing across consumer and industrial industries.
Mr. Upchurch resides in Chicago, Illinois and received a BS in Information and Decision Sciences from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Amit Dixit joined the Board of Mphasis in September 2016. Mr. Dixit is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Private Equity in India, based in Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Dixit has been involved with various investments and investment opportunities in India and South Asia. Previously, Mr. Dixit was a Principal at Warburg Pincus. Mr. Dixit received an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai where he was awarded the Director’s Silver Medal for graduating at the top of his program. He currently serves as a Director of Intelenet Global Services, IBS Software, S.H. Kelkar, Trans Maldivian Airways, Jagran Prakashan, Mid-Day Infomedia, Hindustan Power Projects, Monnet Ispat & Power and NCC. Mr. Dixit was previously a Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals and Igarashi Motors India.
Amit Dalmia joined the Board of Mphasis in September 2016. Mr. Dalmia is an Executive Director in the Corporate Private Equity group in Blackstone and is based in Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Dalmia has primarily been involved in creating and driving value added initiatives across Blackstone portfolio companies in India. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Dalmia had diverse operational experience with Hindustan Unilever India ("HUL") in various management and business leadership roles ranging from finance and accounts to commercial and supply chain. Mr. Dalmia has undergone a management training program with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and subsequently worked extensively on in-company training at Unilever. Mr. Dalmia received a B. Com.(Hons. ) from St. Xaviers' College from the University of Kolkata, India. He is also a Chartered Accountant(CA), Company Secretary(CS) and Cost Accountant(ICWA) with three Gold Medals for securing first-ranks in the country.
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