Governing Body | International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore

Mr. Gururaj Deshpande

Gururaj Deshpande (Guru) is Chief Operating Officer at EdgeVerve Systems (an Infosys company).

In his current role as COO, Guru oversees the breadth of Operations across EDGE/NIA Products & Platforms, including Product Strategy, Product Engineering, Product Management, Go to market activities, Marketing/Branding, Service Delivery and overall Profit/Loss management of the entity.

Guru is also a Vice President at Infosys and heads the Bangalore Development Center (over 30,000 people). Key responsibilities include – Handling all day to day operations at the center, managing Disaster recovery and Business Continuity procedures, Employee engagement and satisfaction, Client visits, Growth of the center, Branding and external liaison, Corporate Social Responsibility etc.

During his 23+ year tenure at Infosys, Guru has donned various hats across Delivery (onsite and offshore), Program/project management, Client services as well as leading Corporate and Development center (DC) initiatives.

His initial years were spent working with Fortune 500 customers at Switzerland, Singapore and Korea. Guru lived in Australia for close to 5 years till 2006 and was instrumental in opening up and nurturing the region for Infosys through opening, growing and managing very large client relationships.

Guru is a keen learner and brings in an empathetic and collaborative leadership style while driving passionately and persistently on business goals.

Guru is an ardent follower of Indian classical music and loves going to concerts while also dabbling in some singing and playing the Tabla. Guru’s other interests include world business, gadgets, writing/reading and travelling. Guru with his wife Vidya and children Diya and Dhruv live in Bangalore