Arvind Thakur

Former Vice Chairman and Managing Director, NIIT Technologies Ltd

Mr Arvind Thakur has been the CEO, Vice Chairman & Managing Director at NIIT Technologies Ltd, a global IT solutions organization, which was spun off from NIIT Ltd in 2004. He led the company since inception for 15 years to be among the top IT Services provider from the country. In 2012 he was conferred the prestigious global Gold Stevie award as “Executive of the Year” in the Computer Services category.

Through his career Mr Thakur has served on the boards of many companies including the innovative Hole-in-the-wall Education Ltd which leveraged technology to educate the underprivileged. He has been the Chairman of specialised tech companies like Esri India Technologies Ltd and Incessent Technologies Ltd. Currently he serves as Member, Board of Management at NIIT University, a leading not for profit institution.

Mr Thakur has been an elected member of the Executive Council at NASSCOM for 3 consecutive terms. He is also the Chairman of the National Committee on IPR at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He served as a member of the Indo Spanish CEO Forum supported by FICCI.

Mr. Thakur graduated in engineering from IIT, Kharagpur where he received the Institute Silver medal. Thereafter he pursued post graduation in Industrial Engineering from NITIE, Mumbai and started his work career with BHEL as an Industrial Engineer. He teamed up with the founders of NIIT in 1985 and has since been part of the promoter group at NIIT Ltd.

His leisure time is engaged in golf.