Mr. Shivkumar Subramaniam
GM & Geographic Head – Middle East, MindTree Ltd.
Alumnus 1999 Batch
“Having been an IT professional I have led teams of diverse nationalities for the past 18 years. I started my career with Microland Ltd. – India as Business Development Manager. Currently I am responsible for establishing MindTree’s presence in the Middle East and Africa region. Previously, I worked with companies like Larsen and Toubro InfoTech Ltd. and Satyam Computer Services Ltd., (both in Dubai) amongst several others.
I started my career with Microland which in a way is my second alma mater. The experience and exposure I got there helped me immensely in my years ahead. Subsequently I was sent abroad and worked with diverse multinational and Indian companies over the past 18 years. What saw me through all these years was a sense of dedication and commitment, an appetite for continuous learning and networking, a knack for managing teams of diverse cultures, thought leadership and integrity. “
Personal Satisfaction: The fact that I have to constantly keep pace with technology, assimilating and articulating it in a manner that provides significant value to your customer’s business is some-thing that brings me personal satisfaction.
Dissatisfaction: Sometimes my role tends to be of thankless nature. In a world where there are expectations of flawless service 24X7, we are often under pressure to put in long hours, work from home, be constantly on call, online, and available. This often makes us compromise on work-life balance.
Relationship between your work and experiences in college: What taught us how to deal with practical situations during our MBA days was not only the course content, but also the exposure to the corporate world that we were given. Investrix was our first foray into the real world in that sense. We were exposed to all the aspects of managing a mega event, right from interacting with PR agencies, working on creative aspects of the campaign, to doing media planning with our spon-sors and working on the venue.
Message to the students: You are on the verge of transcending from an academic environment to a world where challenges are enormous. To be successful in your corporate journey you have to don the hat of a professional, maintaining integrity all the while. Managing time and prioritizing work (which might entail saying ‘no’ sometimes) are some of the traits that we take for granted, but you need to hone these qualities which are bound to stand you in good stead as you embark on your corporate journey.
Perception about SIMSR and suggestions for our college: As alumnus of SIMSR, I am extremely proud of the quantum jump the institution has taken to being regarded as one of the top business schools in the country.