Sukumar Rajagopal, 2014 Honoree

Senior vice president, CIO, head of innovation
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Chennai, Tamilnadu
How have you incorporated social media into your own work?
I have been blogging since June 2004. We rolled out blogging inside Cognizant in July 2006, and it's quite popular -- and even our CEO blogs regularly. I am a passionate advocate of social media. I joined Twitter in 2007, which has helped me tremendously with my social footprint and improved my effectiveness by giving me the opportunity to spot trends very early.
Skills you'll hire for this year:
Design thinking skills are becoming very critical for us given our development approach. We have formed a design community of excellence within IT led by one of our best design thinkers, Sanjay Radhakrishnan, a senior director who is also my direct report.
A career surprise:
That I couldn't speak one full sentence in English when I started working and am now a public-speaking enthusiast who can engage a 1,000-person audience for an hour or more.
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