Who's soota

Written by fe Bureau | Updated: Jan 29 2011, 06:26am hrs
Ashok Soota, now 68 years old, was born in North West Frontier Province of Pakistan

* Soota did his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Roorkee University (now IIT, Roorkee) and an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines.

* Soota began his career in 1965 with the Shriram Group of Industries in India.

* In 1978, he became CEO of Shriram Refrigeration.

* Soota was president of Wipro Infotech from 1984 to 1999. Under his leadership, Wipros IT business grew from $2 million in 1984 to $500 million run-rate in 1999.

* Soota co-founded MindTree in August 1999 along with nine others.

* Under Sootas leadership, in a span of 11 years, MindTree ramped up to revenues of $300 million.

* Soota was the president of Confederation of Indian Industry (2002-03) and also president of Manufacturers Association of Information Technology.

* He has served on the Prime Ministers Task Force for IT and on the Advisory Council for the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva.

* Ashoks hobbies include trekking, yoga and meditation.