IT Managers of the Year

ACN reveals the ten most outstanding individuals in regional IT for 2010.

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IT Managers of the Year GV Rao, General Manager for ICT, United Development Company of Qatar (UDC)
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By  ACN Staff Writer Published  January 10, 2010 Arabian Computer News Logo

GV Rao

Position: General Manager for ICT

Company: United Development Company of Qatar (UDC)

As an regional IT professional, GV Rao confounds virtually all the known stereotypes.

He's outspoken almost to a fault, frequently calling out his fellow CIOs for their lack of vision. He's not afraid to work on projects that are notoriously difficult to pull off successfully such as ERP and indeed has become a well-known expert on the latter. He's a keen sportsman, having played professionally for a number of years now and has collected a cabinet full of trophies. He's keen to try out new verticals, with a CV that includes companies as diverse as AT&T, Pepsi and at present UDC, where he is engaged in building the network infrastructure for the Pearl mega-construction project. He's highly experienced in different geographies having worked across the GCC in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, among others.

We could go on and on, but it would become redundant and no doubt futile to sum up a career that stretches across more than two decades, during which time he's racked up gong after gong for his impressive list of achievements. While always a close contender for the prestigious CIO of the Year award, in 2009 we felt it was finally time to bestow upon him an honour that recognised the his superlative efforts over the years. As such, he was the first-ever recipient of our Editor's Award for Outstanding Achievement.

They say the sky's the limit. For GV Rao, even that boundary simply does not exist.

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