Ashok Soota, Executive Chairman of Happiest Minds Technologies Limited (NSE:HAPPSTMNDS), is widely recognized as one of the pioneering leaders of the Indian IT industry.
Positioned as ‘Born Digital. Born Agile.’ Happiest Minds is a digital transformation company with business lines of Product Engineering Services, Digital Solutions and Infrastructure & Security. Happiest Minds expertise includes all digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, security, cloud, digital process automation, blockchain, augmented/virtual reality, drones/robotics etc.
Happiest Minds was listed on NSE/BSE in September 2020 and achieved a record increase in listing price. Ashok was earlier founding Chairman & MD of MindTree, a company he also led to a very successful IPO. Prior to MindTree, he led Wipro’s IT business for fifteen years, making it the second largest IT company in India. He also led the turnaround of Shriram Refrigeration into a highly profitable company after 4 straight years of losses.
Ashok has been the President of leading industry association Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force for IT and was on the Advisory Council for the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva. He is a Fellow of INAE and CSI and on the Board of Governors of Asian Institute Management (AIM), Philippines. He is a recipient of multiple IT Person of the year (Dataquest and Elcina) and Lifetime achievements awards including Financial Express (2016), Dataquest (2017) and Chiratae Ventures, earlier IDG Ventures (2018).
On April 5, 2021, Ashok launched SKAN (Scientific Knowledge for Ageing and Neurological Ailments), India’s first private sector-led, non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to carry out medical research on ageing and neurological disorders. Focus will be on under-researched areas in ageing ailments as well as Parkinson’s disease, bipolar disorders, and cerebrovascular disease. Ashok has committed US$ 30 million for SKAN and the goals are to find kinder and gentler remedies; to delay the onset and slow the progression of the diseases; and to enrich the lives of people afflicted with such ailments. Ashok is not new to philanthropic work. He is the founding Trustee of Ashirvadam, an NGO committed to caring for the environment and providing support to the needy including vocational training, education and medical assistance.
Ashok holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Roorkee (now called Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) and a master of business management degree from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines.
His hobbies include trekking, the outdoors, yoga, taichi, meditation and swimming. Ashok is co-author of the national bestseller – “Entrepreneurship Simplified: From Idea to IPO”.