C Vijayakumar is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of HCLTech. He succeeded Anant Gupta to become the CEO of the company in 2016.
As of July 2022, he is the highest-paid CEO in the country with a remuneration of Rs 123.13 crore ($16.52 million).
He started his career in 1990 and worked as an R&D engineer. In March 1994, C Vijayakumar joined the Indian multinational IT services and consulting company, HCLTech.
At the HCLTech he joined the core team that designed and implemented India’s first-ever fully automated trading network at the National Stock Exchange. He along his team are widely credited with having founded the Remote Infrastructure Management proposition which is today a multi-billion dollar global industry.
In 2016, C Vijayakumar was appointed as the chief operating officer(COO). After serving for a few months, in October 2016, he was promoted to be the CEO, succeeding Anant Gupta.
As the CEO of the company, he has spearheaded HCLTech’s strategy to help forward-looking enterprises reimagine their businesses through transformative technology solutions, services, and products.
Previously, when he worked as the President of HCLTech’s Infrastructure Services Business, he led its exponential growth and market dominance over the years.
At present, he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s IT Governor’s Community and a Board Member of the U.S.-India Business Council.
Applauded for his strategic thinking and impeccable execution, Vijayakumar was given the ‘Best CEO of the Year, 2020’ in the IT/ITES Industry, by Business Today. Also, he marked his place in the list of ‘Top 10 Disruptive CEOs’ by industry analyst group HfS.
In 2021, 'The Economic Times,' named the company as ‘Corporate Citizen of the Year’ 2021.
C Vijayakumar was born in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in India. He attended 'The Lawrence School,' in Lovedale, Tamil Nadu graduating in 1986. Vijayakumar did his graduation in electrical & electronics engineering from PSG College of Technology, Tamil Nadu, India.
At present, he is based in New Jersey, United States.