Narendran Mohana Sundaram’s family has been residents of Chennai for over a hundred years. A bright student in school, he had several options to choose from for his higher education. He joined the SSN Institutions to pursue his undergraduate degree in engineering, despite the fact that it was a relatively new institution. Narendran credits the background of the promoters, and the HCL connect as the driving factors of his decision. He remembers how the promoters interacted with the students on a regular basis and how that became an immense learning experience for him during his time at SSN. After graduating from SSN in 1999, Narendran spent over a decade working with HCL. This was also the time when both HCL and the global IT industry were shifting focus from hardware to software.
His education and subsequent years at HCL, prepared Narendran to always think ahead of the curve and continuously work towards investing in learning about new technologies. Not surprisingly then, while the subject of data analytics has attracted widespread interest only recently, Narendran has been working as a data analyst for close to 20 years now. He has led teams in different countries across the world, including the US, Mexico and India. After several years in other parts of the world, Narendran recently decided to move back to India and pursue a career here. In a short time he has emerged as a strong leader in his organization that works in the area of bringing a more human touch to the traditional business of mortgage. Narendran attributes this success to his learnings at HCL. He also sees a strong philosophical connect between SSN and HCL. “My personality, my character, my values were formed there,” he says, “In both SSN and HCL, it was a culture of taking ownership, of doing. We were very natural. No one wasted time on posing.”
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