Shajy J. Mathai, 2009 Honoree

Managing director
Guy Carpenter & Co.
New York
First job:
Salesman at a camera store
Most valuable career advice:
"Study things that interest you, and you will use that forever."
Title you'd like to hold someday:
Chief innovation officer
What do you love about IT?
"A colorful palette for an artist to work from."
Passion outside of work:
What's in your MP3 player?
Michael Card
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Butter pecan
Favorite book:
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Favorite movie:
It's a Wonderful Life
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"IT should focus on being a software company and not a back office. Align vendors with your business needs so that they become partners. Working at 100% and having fun is OK, but not having fun means management is required. Non-client-facing, low-value p
"Aha" leadership moment:
"The project plan for every client-facing project can be structured in a way that ensures that the business gets interim products frequently and the overall project risk is reduced. The high frequency of product releases gives the development team a cont
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