People: Infosys Ltd (INFY.BO)
3 Jul 2015
Mr. Ravi Venkatesan is Independent Director of Infosys Ltd., since April 15, 2011. Mr. Venkatesan is a Director of AB Volvo, and a Fellow of the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership, Boston. He is an advisor to several family businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Bunge Ltd., the Global Alumni Board of Harvard Business School, and of Marico Innovation Foundation. Ravi is a founding partner and Chairman of Social Venture Partners, India – a network of engaged philanthropists attempting to address complex social issues through venture philanthropy. Between 2004 and 2011, Ravi was the Chairman of Microsoft India, which, under his leadership, became Microsoft's second largest and one of its fastest growing geographies. It was also consistently rated among the best employers and most respected companies in India. He was instrumental in helping Microsoft India create ‘Shiksha’, a large computer literacy program that helped train over 35 million students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Prior to Microsoft, Ravi spent sixteen years with Cummins Inc. As Chairman of Cummins India Limited, he oversaw the company’s transformation into a leading provider of power solutions and automotive engines in India. He also played a key role in establishing the Cummins College of Engineering, India's first engineering college for women, in Pune. Ravi was voted the most influential MNC CEO for 2011 by the Economic Times daily. He is currently completing his book, “Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere”. Ravi holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; a master’s in engineering from Purdue University; and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Ravi was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus award in 2011 by Purdue University, and the Distinguished Alumnus award by the Indian Institute of Technology.
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