Top 30 Chief Operating Officers of India 2023
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 –
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- Kamadeba Mohanty
- N. G Subramaniam
- Pravin Rao
- Sandeep Bakhshi
- Prabodh Parikh
- Mohan Shenoi
- Amit Choudhary
- Soumendra Sahu
- Rahul Singh
- Sanjay Singal
Company – Reliance Retail
Linkedin – Kamadeba Mohanty
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
Linkedin – N. G Subramaniam
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.
Company – Infosys Ltd
Linkedin – Pravin Rao
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.
Company – ICICI Bank Ltd
Linkedin – Sandeep Bakhshi
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.
Company – State Bank of India
Linkedin – Prabodh Parikh
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.
Company – Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.
Linkedin – Mohan Shenoi
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.
Company – Wipro
Linkedin – Amit Choudhary
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.
Company – Bharti Airtel Ltd
Linkedin – Soumendra Sahu
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.
Company – HCL Technologies Ltd
Linkedin – Rahul Singh
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.
Company – ITC Ltd.
Linkedin – Sanjay Singal
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.
Company– Vedanta Ltd.
She is an industry veteran and a trailblazer, currently leading the Sterlite Copper as Chief Operating Officer. She is also serving as the Non-Executive Director in the Board of Electro Steel Limited & Board of Malco Energy Limited, which are under Vedanta’s diverse natural resource portfolio. She is also part of Vedanta‘s top strategic leadership forums like HSE Mancom & HR Mancom, which are decision making bodies for the Vedanta group and she actively contributes towards implementation of best practices, through continuous industry benchmarking, with an objective to strengthen Vedanta’s position as one of the most sustainable natural resource companies globally, with a greater purpose.
He is the Chief Operating Officer, Maruti Suzuki India Limited. He leads Production vertical at Maruti Suzuki India Limited. He is responsible for rolling out 1.2 million cars from Maruti stable every year with assets under control (AUC) of USD 5 billion (Rs 30,000 crores).
Company- Avenue Supermarts Ltd
He is the Chief Operating Officer of Avenue Supermarts Ltd. Prior to that he was the senior vice president of supply chain management.
Company– Larsen & Tubro Ltd
He is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Whole Time Director at LTTS, focusing on quality, cost-efficient delivery, and client and employee satisfaction. Key Vertical and Horizontal Heads roll up to him.
A professional with over two decades of industry experience, Abhishek has a demonstrated track record in Business Leadership on both Engineering and Enterprise Software areas. His key strengths are making the business competitive through strategy formulation and execution, operational excellence and talent leadership. Clients, peers, senior leaders, and team respect him for his commitment to driving results and transforming concepts to reality. Prior to joining LTTS, Abhishek was the Chief Operations & Personnel Officer and Executive Board Member at KPIT, where he was responsible for laying out the operational framework and operational governance of all businesses within KPIT to help in achieving profitable growth. In the past, Abhishek was the Vice President and Global Head for Product Engineering Services (PES) at KPIT.
Company- CRIF India
Mr. Sunil Agithakaliya is the senior vice president heading Credit Bueau Operations and also is the Data Protection Officer at CRIF High Mark Credit Information Services Ltd. He is setting up Quality Center for Excellence in Lines with Lean Six Sigma principles and implementing data protection and privacy processes.
Of his 24 years of experience, he has spent over 16 years in in setting up / supporting Credit Bureaus in over 15 countries in South Asia, Middle East and Africa where he had the exposure in interacting with diverse global organizations ranging from Private Credit Bureaus, Public Credit Registries, Central Banks, Financial Institutions, Insurance Providers, Telecom and Utility Providers.
He has a track record of consistently recovering distressed projects to successful implementation and experience in transforming a business concept to a product meeting the expectations of all stakeholders. He has established high performance teams and is a strong believer of outcome-based metrics driven delivery management.
He is certified Data Protection Officer, ISO 27701 Lead Implementer, and ISO 20000 Senior Lead Implementer from PECB. He is certified in ITIL from PeopleCert and Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt from KPMG.
Gajraj Singh Rathore
Company– JSW Steel Ltd
He is the COO of JSW Steel. He is an Articulate and confident individual who fits in all levels with gravitas in the board room and empathy at operational level. In his journey heading the various steel plants he has maintained operational excellence by establishing and managing operational structures, systems creating and environment which rewards success.
Developed a strong focus on cost management across operations and new projects ,keeping sharp checks and balances driven control across functions. A strategic thinking has always been my key method of assessing, identifying issues and to generate ideas to be implemented in delivering the desired results to meet organizational goals.
Company– Adani Enterprise
He is the COO of Adani Enterprise. He is a senior technical professional with an ideal blend of Engineering , Managerial and leadership skills .Experienced in Planning ,Design ,Project & Construction management , technical site due diligence , site acquisition, operations of large and critical Data centres / telecom infrastructure. He is a keen believer and propagator of ” responsible , sustainable & green engineering ” practices , have over the years developed unique skills of customizing design to meet these requirements.
Company– Titan Company
She is an experienced leader with 25+ years in the TATA Group as a Tata Administrative Services (TAS) officer; worked with and led businesses & verticals for several TATA companies including Rallis India, Tata Tea (now Tata Consumer Products) , Indian Hotels (Taj Hotels ) & Titan Company Ltd across diverse sectors and portfolios of FMCG & Lifestyle products & Services , Hospitality & Luxury goods.
Specialised in P& L responsibility, Business Transformation, Operations & Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions, Seeding & scaling new businesses , Finance , Digital , e- Business & eCommerce , International & Exports , Retailing , Go To Market & building High Performance Teams.
Company– Tata Steel Ltd
He is the COO of Tata Steel since 2021. Initially, he was the Chief of marketing and sales of Tata steel.
Shatendra Kumar Singh
Company– Adani Ports
He is the COO of Adani Group. His strategies include Strategic Planning and development of ports.
*Port master planning leading to tailor made solutions.
*Comprehensive Port Project Management.
*Concept planning, basic and detailed engineering for port equipments and systems.
*Construction and operational expertise of Bulk and Container ports.
*Techno commercial management of tenders and contracts.
*Business development and Liasioning functions.
Company- Hindustan Zinc Limited
Praveen Sharma is the Chief Operating Officer of Hindustan Zinc Limited. He is the Senior Vice President Mining at Vedanta group, thirty years in underground mechanized mining operations (Lead, Zinc and Copper) in variety of roles and worked in different culture that is India, Australia and Zambia.
Company- HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd
Parvez Mulla is the Chief Operating Officer of HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd. He is a retail banking, insurance and financial services professional with 28 years experience across sales, distribution, channel management , retail liability sales, retail branch banking, retail banking assets, retail banking collections , retail banking operations, insurance technology, emerging tech , digital transformation, enterprise.
Company- Pidilite Industries Ltd
Debabrata Gupta joined Pidilite in November 2019 as head of the Operations team. Prior to joining Pidilite, Debabrata was with UPL Limited as the head of the Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations where he was responsible for the multiple Supply Chain functions across the entire range from Procurement to Customer Service. Before UPL Limited, Debabrata had a long stint with a generic pharmaceutical business at USV Limited, where he headed Supply Chain and Operations exposing him to the compliance part of operations, which the pharmaceutical business is known for. He has had shorter and significant stints in the Consumer Goods space with Coca Cola India and Reckitt Benckiser, after his first long assignment of 14 years with Hindustan Unilever Limited. Debabrata is a graduate of B Tech (Chemical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is passionate about music, photography and cycling. Debabrata’s inspirational quote: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs.
Company- Bajaj Auto Ltd
Rakesh Sharma is the Chief Operating Officer of Bajaj Auto Ltd. Being a business leader and member of the Board of Bajaj Auto Ltd. is a high privilege and an exciting opportunity. Bajaj Auto is an ambitious and a responsible enterprise striving for global leadership in motorcycles and intracity mobility. The mission of building a global business and a brand in the face of intense competition.
Company- Tata Motors Ltd
Adarsh Kumar is the Chief Operating Officer of Tata Motors Ltd. He is an Industry Veteran in Retail & Consumer Loan & Corporate Finance with about 3 Decades of Experience. Previously he was the CXO of the companies like Tata Group, Bajaj Finance Group, Citi Group and General Motors Group. His main skills include Entrepreneurship, Scaling Up, Financial Performance, Risk & Portfolio Management, Managing Startups, Strategic Partnership, Trading & Investments and so on. He has immense Knowledge in Finance, Sales & Marketing, Fundamental & Technical Analysis, Merger & Acquisitions, Restructuring, Private Equity & Capital Markets, Technology & Operations, HR, Training & Skill Development, Audit, Compliance & Legal, Corporate Governance and much more.
Company- Tech Mahindra Ltd
L. Ravichandran occupies the position of President & Director at Tech Mahindra IPR, Inc. and President & Chief Operating Officer at Tech Mahindra Ltd., Chairman of Tech Talenta, Inc. (a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra Ltd.). Mr. Ravichandran is also on the board of Tech Mahindra South Africa Pty Ltd. In the past he held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Perot Systems TSI (India) Pvt Ltd. and Head-Application Solutions Division at Tata Infotech Ltd. He received a graduate degree from Indian Statistical Institute.
Company- Zomato Ltd
Gaurav Gupta was the Global Head of the Advertising sales of Zomato and was later promoted to the COO position of the company. After 4 years of exceptional contribution towards his work and leading the launch of a wide range of the services of the business, Gaurav Gupta was again elevated to the rank of the Co-founder of Zomato on March 2, 2019. He became Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum 2020 and
Senior Principal, Kearney – Led large scale, transformational engagements in consumer industries and retail. However, after a brief stint of a little more than 2 years as the Co-founder and COO of Zomato, Gaurav Gupta resigned from the company on September 14, 2021.
Company- SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd
Rajnish Madhukar is the Chief Operating Officer of SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd. He is Seasoned professional with a demonstrated track record in versions fields of insurance, client servicing and managing growth. Skilled in Underwriting, Claims Administration, Health Insurance, Business Relationship Management, Management, and Bank assurance.
Company- Dabur India Ltd
Shailesh Khurana is the Chief Operating Officer of Dabur India Ltd.
Company- SIS Alarm Monitoring & Response Services Private Limited
Shankar Subramanian is the Board Member and Chief Operating Officer at SIS Alarm Monitoring & Response Services Private Limited. He has an accomplished C-Suite Executive with more than 20 years of experience in Corporate India across the Technology, Consumer Durable & Industrial sectors. During this period, He has developed a deep understanding of the Indian business environment; successfully build profitable businesses in both MNCs as well as Indian companies including start-ups with a strong focus on team building, environment & stakeholder management, managing strategic challenges, and excellence in execution.
Company- Godrej Consumer Products Ltd
Anand R is the Chief Operating Officer of Godrej Consumer Product Ltd. He is a senior Supply chain Leader and Outstanding performer in areas of Supply chain and Consulting across Consumer Goods Industries. He has proven success in leadership, operational excellence and organizational development with keen understanding of elements of delivering lasting shareholder value. Recognized for inspiring management team members to excel and encouraging creative work environments.
Company- ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd
Girish Nayak is the COO of ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd. He is responsible for managing technology, as well as, operations for the largest private non-life insurer in India. I also spearhead the Customer Service function, responsible for maintaining the overall quality of service delivery. He joined ICICI Group in 1994 and after successful completion of the Business Head of Corporate Banking Group, he moved to the current role in 2013.