A pioneer of the Indian IT industry, Arjun Malhotra has over 42 years of experience in the Technology and IT space with both Private and Public companies. He was until most recently Chairman and CEO of Headstrong where he led the turnaround and rejuvenation of that business. Under Arjun’s leadership, Headstrong became the leader in consulting to the financial markets and was sold in 2011 to Genpact for over $500m. He is also on the board of IIT, ISB, IIM, and many other educational and social organisations.
Prior to this, Arjun was a co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the HCL group for 23 years where he looked after their operations and new initiatives. He and the founding team grew this business from a six person “garage operation” to one of India’s largest Information Technology corporations that today has over 90,000 employees and a market cap of over $8b. He has been the most popular public face of HCL. His brilliance in sales and marketing, management in addition to his exemplary leadership skills, helped HCL to reach the ultimate mark of success.
Arjun started his career as a Senior Management Trainee at DCM in Delhi, India and was a key member of DCM Data Products that pioneered the digital electronics business in India. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Arjun Malhotra also founded TechSpan in 1998. TechSpan merged with the company named HeadStrong in 2003.
He studied at the Doon School, Dehradun, and at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. He graduated from IIT with a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering and received the Dr. B C Roy Gold Medal. IIT Kharagpur conferred on him a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) in September 2012.