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Top 10 COOs in India 2023

The daily administrative and operational tasks of a company are managed by the chief operating officer (COO), a senior executive. The chief operating officer (COO), who is regarded as second in the chain of command, often reports directly to the chief executive officer (CEO).

The CEO is more concerned with long-term objectives and the overall outlook for the firm, whereas the COO is primarily focused on carrying out the company’s business plan in accordance with the defined business model. In other words, the CEO creates the plans, and the COO carries them out.

For instance, a CEO may request more quality control when a company’s market share declines in order to improve the company’s standing with clients. In this scenario, the COO might carry out the CEO’s directive by directing the human resources division to increase the number of quality control employees. Initiating the deployment of new product lines is another potential responsibility for the COO, who may also be in charge of marketing, production, and R&D.

Here is the list of Top 10 COO’s in India –

Kamadeba Mohanty

CompanyReliance Retail

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Kamadeba Mohanty is the Chief Operating Officer at Reliance Retail. He is operating for store operations and Jiomart.

N. G Subramaniam

Company – Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

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N. G Subramaniam is the Chief Operating Officer at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. He is also an Additional Director and Chairman of Tata Elxsi Limited since November 2014 and the Additional Director (Non-Independent; Non-Executive) of Tata Communications Limited since December 2021. 

Before taking over the COO’s role he served as the Executive Vice President and Head of TCS Financial Solutions, a strategic business unit of TCS. In that role, he was responsible for steering the non-linear growth strategies, Products, and Platform businesses of TCS for over five years.  He has held many key leadership positions in TCS across Client Delivery, Business Development, integration of businesses, and Product Development. As head of the Banking and Financial Services practice for TCS for close to five years, he was instrumental in consolidating TCS’s knowledge base, calibrating domain-centric offerings, creating opportunities, and laying the foundation for its verticalization.

He has been a part of TCS and the Indian IT Industry for the past 40 years. He has played a strategic role in several landmark projects that TCS undertook across geographies. He has in-depth knowledge of technology trends and systems policies of leading corporations. As a thought leader, he has spoken at global conferences and actively interacts with and shapes opinions among industry analysts.   

Pravin Rao

CompanyInfosys Ltd

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Pravin Rao is the Chief Operating Officer at Infosys Ltd and a Whole-time Director of the Board. Started as Software Engineer Trainee in Aug 1986 and Superannuated in Dec 2022. He was inducted on January 10, 2014, as a member of the Board. He was a member of the Stakeholder Relationship Committee and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the Board.

He has over 35 years of industry experience. He has held a number of senior leadership roles including Interim Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Management Services, Delivery Head for Europe, and Head of Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Logistics, and Life Sciences. As the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Rao had overall strategic and operational responsibility for the entire portfolio of the Company’s offerings. He oversaw the key functions of global delivery, HR, and business enablement.

Mr. Rao holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University, India. He was a member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from 2015 thru 2021. He also serves on the Executive Council of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) since 2015. He was the Chairman of NASSCOM in FY21. He currently serves on the boards of Axis Financials Limited, Zensar Technologies, and Indegene Pvt Limited as an Independent Director.

Sandeep Bakhshi

Company ICICI Bank Ltd

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Sandeep Bakhshi is the Chief Operating Officer at ICICI Bank Ltd. Mr. Sandeep Bakhshi, as Wholetime Director & Chief Operating Officer, designate,

ICICI Bank. His appointment as COO will be for a period of five years, subject to regulatory approvals. He will take over as the COO from June 19, 2018, or on the date of regulatory and other approvals, whichever is later. Mr. Bakhshi will be responsible for handling all the businesses and corporate centre functions at the Bank. All Executive Directors on the Board of ICICI Bank and the executive management will report to him. Mr. Bakhshi will report to Ms. Chanda Kochhar, who will continue in her role as MD & CEO of ICICI Bank.

In line with the highest levels of governance and corporate standards, Ms. Chanda Kochhar has decided to go on leave till the completion of the inquiry as announced on May 30, 2018. The Board has noted and accepted this. During her period of leave, the COO will report to the Board. Mr. Bakhshi has been the Managing Director & CEO, of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, since August 01, 2010. During his tenure, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. has been a leading private life insurance company in the country. Prior to this role, Mr. Bakhshi was the Deputy Managing Director of ICICI Bank. In this role, he headed the retail and subsequently the wholesale business at the Bank. Before moving to the Bank, Mr. Bakhshi was the MD & CEO of ICICI Lombard General Insurance. Under his leadership, ICICI Lombard grew to be a leading private general insurance company in the country.

Prabodh Parikh

Company – State Bank of India

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Mr Prabodh Parikh – Dy. Managing Director & COO joined in 1985 as Probationary Officer, is presently overseeing the functioning of the Operations Department in Retail & Digital Banking Vertical and Customer Service and Branch Redesign Department of SBI.

Mohan Shenoi

Company Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.

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Mohan Shenoi is the Chief Operating Officer at Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd, and oversees numerous support verticals such as human resources, IT, operations, digital initiatives, customer experience, and marketing. Prior to this, he was the Chief Integration Officer responsible for spearheading the integration of ING Vysya Bank with Kotak Mahindra Bank, one of the largest mergers in Indian banking.

Before taking on the mantle of overseeing the integration, Mohan was President of – Group Treasury & Global Markets at Kotak Mahindra Bank, heading the integrated treasury (forex, fixed income, money markets, derivatives, and bullion), primary dealership, debt capital markets, and balance sheet management unit.

Amit Choudhary

CompanyWipro

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Amit Choudhary is the Chief Operating Officer at Wipro. Amit will be responsible for improving organizational operational efficiency and helping drive sustainable growth. He will work closely with Wipro’s leadership teams across the organization on transformation initiatives with the aim of improving customer-centricity. Amit will manage Global Business Operations, Delivery Excellence, CIO, CISO, and Enterprise Risk Management functions.  

Soumendra Sahu

CompanyBharti Airtel Ltd

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Soumendra Sahu is the Chief Operating Officer at Bharti Airtel Ltd. With Over twenty years of experience in intensive sales and marketing roles in the Telecom & Paints industry. Fourteen years of experience in sales and marketing of telecom services including managing product and retailing of Telecom services in various geographies like Karnataka, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar & Jharkhand. Ability to manage cross-functional teams set up to achieve specific objectives. Excellent at internal communication and inter-departmental co-ordination.

Rahul Singh

CompanyHCL Technologies Ltd

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Rahul Singhis the Chief Operating Officer at HCL Technologies Ltd. He is responsible for the People, Information Technology, Marketing, Risk & Compliance and Administration functions of HCLTech.

Sanjay Singal

Company ITC Ltd.

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Sanjay Singal is the Chief Operating Officer at ITC Ltd. He joined ITC as Chief Operating Officer for the Dairy & Beverages cluster of ITC’s Foods business on July 1, 2016. Prior to that, he was Head of Marketing for the Foods business of Dabur India Limited. In a career spanning over two decades, he has handled senior responsibilities across brand management for Personal Care and Foods businesses and also in Sales and Pricing.

He joined Hindustan Unilever Limited in 1995, after completing his MBA from IIM, Bangalore. He handled various responsibilities across Sales & Marketing for Unilever over 11 years in India and overseas. He was Senior Marketing Manager at Yum! Restaurant International, where he handled the ‘Pizza Hut’ brand for South Asia from 2005 to 2007.

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