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ICON's IT Giants Series - An evening with A.S. Lakshiminarayanan, President - Telecom, Media & Hi-tech Tata Consultancy Services

Lakshmi was appointed the President of the Telecom, Media & Hi-tech businesses of TCS in July 2011, formerly he was head of the Tata Consultancy Service’s European operations which span 21 countries.

Date: 9 November 2011
Start Time: 16:00
Finish Time: 19:00
In association with: Intellect
Venue: Intellect, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London


It isn't often that you get to sit down with the world's most influential visionaries and technology CEOs. Lakshmi will give you first hand insight into the game-changing IT trends and technologies, and take a frank look at this pivotal period in the global business cycle for UK technology companies.

The ICON IT Giants evening presents a unique bite-sized session where you will hear business journalist Chris Middleton, managing editor of Professional Outsourcing magazine interview AS Lakshminarayanan.

Run by Intellect in association with ICON, the series provides business insights that demonstrate how these giants have become leaders in the IT industry.

What is being talked about?

The evening starts with an in-depth interview by Chris who will question Lakshmi on the strategy that brought TCS from Indian giant to global powerhouse:

Dont miss this thought provoking insight into the strategy that has made TCS so successful. The evening will end with a Q&A session followed by networking where you will have the opportunity to meet with Lakshmi.

Who's speaking?

AS Lakshminarayanan (Lakshmi) was appointed President of the telecom, media & hi-tech business units of TCS in July 2011.  Prior to this he was Head of TCS Europe and UK Country Head since 1999.

Lakshmi has led a strong expansion of TCS' business in these markets, through a relentless focus on understanding and answering the mission-critical needs and concerns of customers. In particular, he has made sustained, strategic investments  into enhancing TCS' services, notably in consulting, business process outsourcing, infrastructure services and engineering. The UK today represents some 20% of TCS' global revenues of $8.2billion (2011); and has teams working on over 50 client sites, including British Airways, National Grid, BT and Somerfield. The company also has a major delivery centre and innovation laboratory in Peterborough, which is also the home of TCS' subsidiary Diligenta.

Lakshmi is a sought-after authority on regional and global IT and business developments, appearing in global business publications such as Forbes magazine as well as numerous national news and trade media. He is also a well-known public speaker. He has addressed UK parliamentary select committees and all party parliamentary groups. Through Lakshmi's leadership, TCS participates in the activities of leading UK institutions such as the Confederation of British Industry, Intellect and Business in the Community,  as well as several academic partnerships. He is today a board member of the UK e-Skills Council, which explores ways to enhance the UK IT industry and professional skills.

Lakshmi first moved to Europe in 1992, when he helped establish TCS' regional services in the UK South West region.  He subsequently spearheaded client relationships such as AXA Sun Life, CMIG Bristol, British Airways and London Electricity.  The AXA Sun Life migration project was awarded a British Computer Society citation in 1993. Lakshmi also initiated and led TCS' global insurance practice.  He headed this practice until 1999, when he assumed his UK leadership role.

Lakshmi, who joined TCS in 1983, has performed IT consulting and management roles with clients all over the world. He has lived and worked in USA, Australia and Hong Kong as well as in India and the UK. He holds has a Bachelor Honours Degree in Electronics from BITS Pilani in India.  He is a long-standing member of IEEE Computer Society and the British Computer Society.  He is also an alumni of London Business School.

Who is the Interviewer?

Chris Middleton is Managing Editor of Professional Outsourcing magazine. He is a respected freelance business and technology journalist; an experienced magazine and website editor; the author of several successful books and the commissioning editor of more than 50 books.

Chris is the former Editor of Computer Business Review (CBR), the leading B2B
business and technology monthly.  He is also the former Deputy Editor of Computing and former Features Editor of Business & Technology magazine. He has written news and features for numerous industry portals, including and He has also written for many national and international newspapers, magazines and companies, including The Guardian newspaper, the BBC, Publishing News, Computing, Computer Weekly, Personal Computer World, and many others, and has both radio and TV experience as a commentator on industry stories.

Why should I attend?

Hear the secrets behind TCS' innovation and growth story and identify what lessons you can adapt and adopt for your own business.


Do you have any questions you'd like to submit ahead of time? If so, Please email them to me at


16:00 Registration

16:30 Interview by Chris Middleton is Managing Editor of Professional Outsourcing magazine

17:20 Q&A session

17:30 Drinks and canapés

19:00 Close

Intellect Members £75.00 + VAT
Non Members: £95.00 + VAT




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