Meet the Team
Bimal Das is the President for Distribution business and is responsible for expanding the enterprise partner base, take niche enterprise products to market and grow the cloud distribution portfolio by partnering with leading Cloud Service Providers. Bimal is spearheading the business to become India’s leading value added distributor and plays a pivotal role in forming new alliances, building new channel and partner eco systems, which is a key part of HCL Infosystem’s growth strategy as new partnerships also garner warranty and break-fix services that enables growth in the services business.
Bimal is a versatile professional who has over 25 years of rich and diverse experience in building and managing businesses. Prior to HCL, Bimal was the Managing Director of PT. Ingram Micro, Indonesia and has also held key positions within the same organization. Bimal’s key achievements among many include building strong teams including leadership teams to build businesses, setting up the Indonesian operation of Ingram Micro and making it successful. Bimal has also worked for Tulip India Limited, Hindustan Lever Limited and Usha Rectifier Corporation Limited. Bimal’s diverse experience across industries further strengthens HCL’s distribution.
Bimal is an MBA from FMS Delhi and holds a Masters degree in Physics from Ravenshaw College, Orissa. Bimal is a sports enthusiast & a travel buff. He also plays club cricket & badminton.
Sutikshan Naithani is the President – Consumer Distribution Business of HCL Infosystems Ltd. In his current role, Sutikshan is responsible for driving strategic and operational leadership of HCL Infosystems’ Distribution business and leads the company’s efforts towards becoming a dominant value added distribution partner in India.
He has over 25 years of rich experience in various business functions such as business strategy, sales and marketing, product planning & management and operations. He had worked in various industries including Telecom, Consumer Durables and FMCG. Earlier, Sutikshan had also played a pivotal role in single handedly creating and driving the Nokia distribution business for HCL from 1995 till 2003. Before re-joining HCL in January 2013, he was running his own entrepreneurial venture. Prior to this, he was associated with Samsung Electronics as a Country head for their Mobile Phone division, where he was entrusted with the responsibility of establishing Samsung as a premium aspirational brand in India. He has also worked with leading brands like BPL Sanyo and Dabur, where he began his career in 1989.
He is a graduate in commerce from University of Delhi and holds a master’s degree in Advertising & Public Relations.
Kapil Kapur is the Chief Financial Officer of the company. Kapil Kapur has been with HCL Infosystems since 1993 and carries with him a wealth of experience spanning strategic planning and implementation, risk and compliance governance, transformation and change management, finance planning and corporate finance amongst others. Kapil is responsible for providing leadership to the Corporate Finance Team including Finance Shared Services and support in formulating strategies to drive growth for the company. Kapil will also lead global finance operations of the company.
Nikhil Sinha is Chief Executive Officer of GSVlabs, a global innovation platform and Partner at Global Silicon Valley, a leading venture capital firm. Prior to joining GSVlabs as CEO in May 2018, Nikhil served as the Chief Business and Content Officer at Coursera, the world’s largest higher education platform. He continues to support Coursera as Senior Adviser to the CEO. Nikhil is a leading international expert on the information and communication technology industries and has extensive experience as an academician and corporate executive.
In his academic career, Nikhil was the founding President of the Shiv Nadar University from 2011 to 2015, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas from 2002 to 2005 and a faculty member at the University
from 1991 to 1999.
Outside the academy, Nikhil has served in senior positions in several organizations. In the past he has been President & Co-CEO of Silverskills, Executive Vice President of eFunds Corporation, President & CEO of iDLX
Technology Partners, and a Venture Partner at Adams Capital Management. Nikhil began his professional life in the Government of India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in 1983.
Nikhil serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. He is Chairman of the Board of HCL Infosystems, a Director of Silverskills Pvt. Ltd. and a member of the Advisory Board of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Director Emeritus of the US-India Business Council and a member of the Higher Education Committee of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Nikhil has an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. (Honors) from St. Stephen’s College,Delhi University. He has published numerous articles and papers in scholarly journals and conferences and has been awarded a number of research, publishing and academic grants and awards.
Mr. Pawan K. Danwar is the Executive Vice-President & CFO of HCL Corporation and Shiv Nadar Foundation. He brings over 24 years of vast experience to HCL. His association with the HCL Group spans over 18 years and he has served in different operational and strategic finance profiles within HCL; such as Business Finance, Corporate Restructuring, Acquisition & Business Integration, Treasury ,Planning & Strategy, Commercial, Business Development, Secretarial, Legal & Corporate Compliance and Investor Relationship.
He has not only been instrumental in shaping different financial strategies for HCL but he has also been associated with various new business initiatives. Mr. Danwar is a qualified Chartered Accountant & Company Secretary.
Mr. D.K. Srivastava is responsible for the Human Resources function of HCL Corporation & Shiv Nadar Foundation and is driving strategies around talent, culture and organizational effectiveness. He has been associated with HCL for 18 years out of a career spanning over 32 years. Nestle, Tata and L&T are some of the other major organizations that he has worked with. At HCL, he has been one of the key drivers of its transformation journey, and is passionate about empowering every HCL employee to optimize his or her capabilities and performance, and build a dynamic, future-ready organization.
He is an architect of several unique and innovative HR practices and is the driving force behind several groundbreaking people practices in the area of coaching, training and skill development.
In a career spanning over 30 years, Mrs. Talwar is a well-known name in the business world. She has set up businesses, turned loss-making products into profit-making brands and managed companies across diverse sectors. She has served on the Board of Directors of Tata Tea Ltd, Tata Coffee Ltd, Eight O’clock Coffee (USA), Oriental Hotels, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd.
Mrs. Talwar started her career in Nestle and was instrumental in creating and launching the ‘Maggi’ phenomenon, the first instant food product in the country. From the first woman marketing head for Nestle India she went on to become the Executive Vice President. She also had the opportunity to spend 3 years at the Nestle International HQ in Switzerland as Marketing Advisor to the ‘Drinks & Coffee’ and the ‘Chocolate & Confectionery’ Strategic Business Units.
Subsequently Mrs. Talwar joined Mattel India as CEO and Managing Director. She was responsible for turning around the India business and improving the bottom line substantially.
Mrs. Talwar has held the position of Executive Director for Tata Tea Limited and President-South Asia for the Tata Global Beverages Group, the consolidated entity. She led the launch of the “Jaago Re” campaign, repositioning Tata Tea, renewing consumer preference for the brand and taking it to a much wider target audience – a decision that made the company the unequivocal category leader. The “Jaago Re” campaign, based on social awakening, won international acclaim and several awards.
In Sep 2010, she was appointed Managing Director of NDDB Dairy Services – a new company she helped establish. The company was mandated by NDDB, and funded by the World Bank, to deliver the National Dairy Plan and usher in the second White Revolution. Mrs. Talwar spearheaded the design and establishment of an innovative business model for creating sustainable livelihood for dairy farmers. This novel concept is being used to setup farmer owned, professionally managed Producer Companies as a complimentary structure to Cooperatives.
She has won accolades and distinctions along the way:
– Business Today 30 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business – 2007, 2009, 2010
– FICCI FLO Woman Achiever in Corporate Excellence – 2008
– India Today Woman in the Corporate World – 2010
– Women Super Achievers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Marketing
An MBA from IIM Kolkata and an Economics Honours graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi, she is
– on the Board of Governors of IIM Kolkata
– an independent director on the board of Manipal Global Education Services
– an independent director on the board of Religare Enterprises Ltd
She is a well-known speaker on Leadership and Diversity initiatives.
Founder Director, Thought Arbitrage Research Institute
New Delhi, India
Kaushik is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India with over 25 years of experience. He retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers after spending over 22 years in the practice out of which 17 years have been as a partner. In PwC, he has been a member of the India Leadership Team of PricewaterhouseCoopers, managed the India Advisory Board of PwC, national IFRS leader, Corporate Governance Practice leader, amongst other national and global roles. He was earlier a partner with the Global Capital Markets Group of PwC International where he was extensively involved with work relating to cross border transactions including privatisations and listing of shares in the New York Stock Exchange and European stock exchanges.
Since retiring, he has been retained as an expert on Corporate Governance by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in matters relating to future of corporate governance in India. Kaushik, along with some of his ex-colleagues has founded Thought Arbitrage Research Institute, an independent not-for-profit research think tank working in areas of corporate governance, public policy and sustainability.
Mrs. Ritu Arora is a respected professional, vastly experienced in the BFSI and FMCG industries, with a career spanning 19 years. She has extensive experience in corporate finance and capital markets, with a passion for coaching and mentoring. As an economy specialist she has deep appreciation of emerging global and domestic macro-economic trends and their business impact. She has held key responsibilities such as Investment management and governance, P&L strategy, corporate finance, Strategic tie ups, merger and acquisitions, treasury, procurement etc. She is also presently the Non Executive Director of Canara Bank Securities Ltd.Mrs. Arora is founding member of one of the fastest growing life insurance company Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Co Ltd where she holds the responsibility of Chief Investment Officer and Head Procurements. Here she and her team manage over Rs.10,000 cr. of capital market investments.Mrs. Arora has worked with some of the most respected FMCG companies. She began her career in 1996 at Marico Industries, and later moved to Gillette India Limited. In 2002, she joined Coca Cola India treasury. During these years she had extensive exposure to different corporate Finance responsibilities, commercial finance, treasury, mergers & acquisitions, export markets etc.
After successful assignments in the FMCG industry, Mrs. Arora moved to the BFSI industry when she joined MetLife India Insurance in 2004 to head Investment and Treasury. Here she played an important role in launching ULIPS, strategic distribution tie-ups and piloted and implemented the global investment management system in India.Mrs. Arora has been widely recognized by the industry as economy and capital markets expert, and has been frequently featured in the national business media. She was awarded “Leading Women in Finance” by Women in Leadership Forum India and “Women Leader of Choice” Award in 2013 by WILL. She is a frequent speaker at CII and ASSOCHAM industry conferences and Women in Leadership Forum. She was also invited to speak at the Asia Investment Summit for Insurance in Singapore in 2013 and 2014 wherein her recent presentation on Currency Turmoil was very much appreciated.Mrs. Arora has a passion for coaching and mentoring senior management talent. She has a post graduate in Executive Coaching from CFI and has been certified in Mentoring by the Indian School of Business. An alumnus of SP Jain Institute of Management and Research(1996), Mrs. Arora is a graduate of commerce and a gold medalist lady topper from Osmania University. She is also a post graduate from ICWAI (Institute of Cost and Works Accountants).
Committees of Board
Accounts & Audit Committee
Mr. Kaushik Dutta
Dr. Nikhil Sinha
Ms. Sangeeta Talwar
Ms. Ritu Arora
Stakeholders Relationship Committee
Ms. Sangeeta Talwar
Mr. Rangarajan Raghavan
Mr. Pawan Kumar Danwar
Nomination & Remuneration Committee
Dr. Nikhil Sinha
Mr. Dilip Kumar Srivastava
Ms. Sangeeta Talwar
Mr. Kaushik Dutta
Mr. Pawan Kumar Danwar
Ms. Ritu Arora
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (CSR)
Ms. Sangeeta Talwar
Mr. Pawan Danwar
Mr. D.K Srivastava