K Krithivasan is the newly appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The board has nominated the company veteran Krithivasan after Rajesh Gopinathan, the existing MD and CEO, resigned on Thursday. Gopinathan has served for 22 years in different roles.
Krithivasan, the CEO-designate is the global head of banking, financial services, and insurance business at TCS. He is based out of Chennai, has been part of the global technology sector for over 34 years.
Krithivasan joined TCS in 1989. During his long tenure at the company, he has held leadership roles in delivery, customer relationship management, large programme management, and sales. “The Board has nominated K Krithivasan as the CEO Designate, with effect from 16th March 2023. Krithivasan will go through a transition with Rajesh Gopinathan and will be appointed as the Managing Director and CEO in the next financial year,” the statement said.
His profile on TCS website mentions that in the role, he was responsible for planning and executing growth strategies, improving financial performance, and increasing customer mindshare and market positioning.
According to the company, he has assisted key clients with digital transformation, change management cycle acceleration, achieving value beyond cost optimisation, and establishing IT programme governance. He is a member of the board of directors of TCS Iberoamerica and TCS Ireland, and the supervisory board of TCS Technology Solutions AG.
He has a bachelor’s of mechanical engineering degree from the University of Madras and a master’s of industrial and management engineering degree from IIT Kanpur.
The current CEO Gopinathan was elevated to the role of CEO in February 2017 after serving as the chief financial officer since 2013. In 2022, he was re-appointed as MD and CEO for five more years.
Gopinathan has played a key role in making TCS the partner of choice for Fortune 500 companies embarking on their growth and transformation journeys. He has been instrumental in helping TCS become a $25.7 billion global company at the end of FY22 and the largest private sector employer with over 613,000 associates.