After Hours: Varun Kapur

Varun Kapur, VP & Head of MEA, Tata Consultancy Services

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After Hours: Varun Kapur Varun Kapur, VP & Head of MEA, Tata Consultancy Services.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  August 11, 2014

Arabian Computer News delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the region’s IT leaders tick.

PERSONAL

Nationality: Indian (Global Citizen)
Number of years in the industry: 22 Years
Favourite food: Aloo Paratha
Holiday destination: Whitsunday
Music: Old Bollywood
Dream car: Anything with zero emissions
Gadget: My iPad
Movie/book:  The Longest Day
Piece of advice:  Don’t offer any

How did you come to be in your current role?
Prior to taking over this role, I was leading TCS operations in Australia and New Zealand. Having grown that geography at a CAGR of over 50% for four years, I was looking at something more challenging (preferably closer to home). That is when our CEO asked me to lead MEA operations. I was excited by this prospect and decided to grab the opportunity.

What is your management philosophy?
I have five important principles that I follow. They are consistency in message and action is important, especially for a leader; leave every situation better than you got into it; if something needs to be done, plan it well and do it right for the first time with a lot of passion; put the team first; and be true to yourself.

What was your first computer, and when did you first use it?
During my student days, I had the opportunity to do a summer internship at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. This is where I got my first direct exposure to a computer. It was some sort of a mainframe computer. I am amazed at how technology has evolved since from room size computing machines to palm-sized nano devices.

What is your greatest achievement?
I believe that my greatest achievement is yet to come.

What is your biggest mistake?
Repeating a mistake!

What is your fondest memory of working in the Middle East IT industry?
Of all the geographies that I have worked in starting from USA, UK, India, Japan and Australia, Middle East & Africa has been the most interesting and as well as challenging assignment for me. This region is so diverse economically, culturally, politically, in terms of doing business etc. You have world’s richest and the poorest nations in this part of the world. People here are technology savvy, they want the best of the world and are willing to explore and splurge.

What technology do you think will have the biggest impact on the market in 2014?
At TCS, we believe that Digital Technology and Automation in Business Processing Services are going to rule the industry in 2014 and beyond. Many analysts are already predicting the increased role of ‘Chief Digital Officer’ in organisations. The role may be transitionary but it will have long term impact. I strongly believe that ‘Internet of Things’ or ‘Internet of Everything’ will rapidly spread itself and more and more devices will come under its ambit.

What’s the best way to deal with stress?
For me time spent with my family helps me distress. Occasionally I cook for them, which again acts as a stress-buster for me.

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