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Executive Management


N. Chandrasekaran

N Chandrasekaran
(Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director)

Natarajan Chandrasekaran (“Chandra”) is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of the company.

Responsible for formulating and executing the company’s global strategy, Chandra has been at helm of several key strategic transitions at TCS since 2002 when he took over the role as head of global sales. In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, he was the architect of the new organization structure unveiled in 2008, which created multiple agile business units focusing on domains and markets as well as built strategic business units in order to pursue new initiatives with the ability to invest, develop and mature new ideas.

Under his leadership, TCS pioneered the creation of its unique Global Network Delivery Model (GNDM™) across five continents and ventured into new markets including Europe, China and Latin America. It added new business lines like BPO and infrastructure and assurance services. Chandra has also driven the domain diversification drive that has seen the company enter new verticals like media and information services as well as high-tech. All of these have matured into sizeable businesses under his mentorship and guidance.

Chandra personifies TCS’ commitment to customer satisfaction and high quality of deliverables. Through his experience in a variety of operating roles across TCS, he has built a reputation in the IT services industry for his exceptional ability to build and grow new businesses and nurture long-term relationships. He has also been a champion of software and business quality for the industry.

Chandra represents TCS on several global and local forums. He is a member of Executive Council, National Association of Software & Service Companies (Nasscom) and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is on the board of Tata Business Support Services, as well as many TCS subsidiaries.

Chandra joined TCS in 1987 after completing his Masters in Computer Applications from Regional Engineering College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu in 1986. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu.

Beyond the office, Chandra is a passionate long-distance runner and has completed marathons in Mumbai, New York, Prague, Stockholm and Vienna.

Born in 1963, Chandra lives in Mumbai, with his wife Lalitha and son Pranav.

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S. Mahalingam

S Mahalingam
(Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director)

Seturaman Mahalingam, or “Maha” as he is better known, started his professional career with TCS in 1970. In his 40-year career with TCS, Maha has been involved in myriad aspects of the company’s operations and growth, before being appointed its Chief Financial Officer in February 2003 and Executive Director in August 2007.

A chartered accountant by qualification, Maha began his career as an IT consultant and, thereafter, played a major role in marketing TCS’ services across the globe, developing processes and creating large software development centers for the company.

As an early starter in the Indian IT industry, Maha has played a key role in helping TCS become a $10.17 billion global company with over 238,583 employees.

Prior to becoming the CFO in February 2003, Maha has managed many of the key functions in TCS including marketing, operations, education and training as well as human resources. He managed the company’s operations in London and New York in the early days of its global journey.

Maha’s experience, during the formative years of the IT industry in the 1970s and 1980s, has given him a significant standing within the IT industry. He is a former chairman of the Southern Region of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India’s apex industry body as well as a fellow of the Computer Society of India. He was also the President of the Institute of Management Consultants of India. He is a board member of several subsidiaries of TCS.

In 2006, Maha was conferred the “CFO of the Year” award announced by International Market Assessment (IMA). He was also the winner of CNBC TV18’s Best Performing CFO Award in the Technology Sector for 2007.

Born in February 1948, Maha is married with two children and lives in Mumbai. 

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