MR. Azim Premji
Azim Premji led Wipro since the late 60’s. Then a $2 million hydrogenated cooking fat company, Wipro Limited is today a $7 billion plus organization with presence in over 50 plus countries. Premji started at Wipro with one basic idea – to build an organization which was deeply committed to values, in the firm belief that success in business would be its inevitable, eventual outcome.
He takes personal interest in developing teams and leaders and invests significant time as a faculty in Wipro’s leadership development programs. In Premji’s view, the Wipro brand promise of “Applying Thought” is the driving force for delivering value for customers – which is the heart of business success. This has driven Wipro’s pioneering efforts in quality, culminating in the “Wipro Way”, which integrates the methods and practices of Six Sigma, PCMM, CMMi and Lean.
Over the years, Azim Premji has received many honors and accolades, which he believes are recognitions for each person who has contributed to Wipro.
He is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Committee for Trade and Industry in India. In January 2005 The Government of India conferred upon him the Padma Bhushana, one of the highest civilian awards in the country.
Premji is firmly committed to the belief that business organizations have deep social responsibility. Wipro through its not for profit Azim Premji Foundation; is deeply involved in trying to improve quality of school education through its “Wipro Applying Thought in Schools” initiative, in local community causes through “Wipro Cares” and is determinedly committed to a journey which weaves ecological sensitivity in every aspect of its business and organization.
In the year 2001, Premji established the Azim Premji Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with a vision of significantly contributing to quality primary education for every child, in order to build a just, equitable and humane society.
He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA.