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Forum on World Class IT - 319 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

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June 15, 2015: Gopichand Katragadda, CTO of Tata Group

Among other topics, Gopichand discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • His role as the within Tata, and his mandate as the first CTO of the organization
  • The ways in which he has pursued the goal of shifting the organization to become one of the 10 most technologically innovative companies in the world
  • The structure he has set between members of his team at the group level and on a company-by-company level
  • Areas of innovation that he has pursued
  • The extent to which he has focused on the Indian market compared to the global market
  • His role at General Electric India’s technology center, and how he has leveraged talent processes in India across the global reach of the company
  • The rise of Indian education and his diverse set of hobbies including film, writing, and music development

Gopichand Katragadda’s Biography

Dr. Gopichand Katragadda is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Tata Group, a large multinational company, headquartered in Mumbai, India.  Tata Group grosses more than one hundred billion dollars in revenue annually.  As Tata Group’s first Chief Technology Officer, Gopichand is responsible for technology at the group level, managing research & development operations, and creating cross-company synergies from a technology and innovation standpoint.

Prioir to joining Tata Group, Gopichand served as the Managing Director of the General Electric Technology Center in India, where he led a technology team of more than 5,000 engineers and scientists.  He also previously served as Vice President of research and development of Karta Technologies and was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas.

Gopichand received his masters and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Iowa State, and he was selected as a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology in 2014.

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