Rajesh Uppal, Chief General Manager and CIO, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
Mr. Rajesh Uppal is the Chief General Manager and CIO of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. Maruti Suzuki India Limited, a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan, has been the leader in the Indian car market for about two decades. Maruti’s contribution as the engine of growth of the Indian auto industry, indeed its impact on the lifestyle and psyche of an entire generation of Indian middle class, is widely acknowledged. Mr. Uppal oversees the IT infrastructure and applications for Maruti Udyog Ltd. The IT team at Maruti, which Mr. Uppal heads, has numerous firsts to credit including the MS Exchange, Sharepoint Portal, Vehicle Tracking System implementations, Hosted Dealer Management System. The IT systems have played a key role in enabling Maruti to enhance the efficiency and flexibility of key business Processes. Under his able guidance, the IT infrastructure at Maruti not only focused on improving Internal efficiencies but has also looked to enhance the value across the supply chain, be it in terms of deploying extranets or a centrally hosted Dealer Management System, MUL has been the leader in using technology for improving visibility and efficiency across the value chain. Mr. Uppal’s association with Maruti began in 1985 when he joined the IT team as an executive and was responsible for the initial adoption and evolution of the IT systems at Maruti. During his long career with Maruti, he has successfully established the IT department as a critical business function that he heads today as the Chief General Manager (IT) since 1998. Prior to joining Maruti, Mr. Uppal worked with the IT department of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, India’s leading heavy electrical equipment manufacturer. Mr. Uppal is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Punjabi University. He is a member of the Management Committee of Maruti Udyog. He is also the Chairman of the IT Committee of SIAM (Society of Indian Auto Manufacturers), apart from being a member of the National IT Task Force of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)