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Kalyan Kumar (KK) is the Global CTO & Head - Ecosystems at HCL Technologies and Chief Product Officer for HCL Software Products & Platforms LOB.
As the CTO, KK leads technology strategy, building strategic partner ecosystems, startup & exploration incubation, open Innovation/open source and next-gen technology blueprinting and also oversees the HCL Cloud offering - #HCLCloudSmart and Cloud Ecosystem Business Units (AWS/Google/Microsoft/IBM-Redhat/SAP) as well as Tech OEM Ecosystem Units (Dell Tech/Vmware/Cisco/Intel. KK Drives the Startup and Industry Forums/Open Source ecosystem engagement for HCL.
As Chief Product Officer of HCL Software (P&P) he leads product strategy, Product Specialists/Technical Advisors, Professional ServiceS, Product Management, Engineering and Operations for the business.
Over the past two decades in HCL KK has played various roles across Solutions, Business Development, Alliance Management, Practice & Delivery across IT & Digital Services starting of at the Infrastructure Management Services In 2000 and leading the entire Digital Foundation Practice for over 5Yrs driving peak growth. KK has deep product management & product engineering leadership including forming of the DRYICE.AI Software Division which pioneered new way to deliver outcome based AIOPS & Service Orchestration Products & Platforms and leading the world's first BSM SaaS Platform - MTaaS in 2008.
KK is a member of Wall Street Journal (WSJ) CIO Network, the CNBC Technology Executive Council , Fellow of British Computer Society and also part of WEF Global Future Council 2020 & 2021 for Quantum Computing. KK was also named in the Top 100 Technology Leaders of 2021 in the Technology Magazine. He serves on the Board of two startups and a midsize technology company in Hybrid Data/Analytics domain. KK has co-authored 8 books spanning the domains of Service Management, XaaS, CloudNative, Process Re-engineering.
Outside of work, KK is deeply committed to creating social impact through sports. He is a Trustee of a London based charity involved in engaging kids of State Schools in the game of cricket to keep them off the streets. He is also Vice Chairman of Tower Hamlets Cricket Club (THCC) and Patron of Cricket Performance Group - CricFitSport. KK is a life member of the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (Lords) and has memberships in over 8 other County Cricket Clubs in England.
KK lives in Royal Tunbridge Wells, England, with his wife and son. In his free time he loves watching and playing cricket, reading and playing music.