Sukumar Rajagopal

Founder & CEO, Tiny Magiq, xSVP/CIO & Head of Innovation, Cognizant Technology Solutions


Sukumar has 27 years of experience in the IT services industry. He runs a behavior change startup called Tiny Magiq with 5 co-founders since Feb 2015. He left Cognizant in April 2014, after nearly 19 years, where he served as Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Officer & Global Head of Innovation. As someone who ran a mentoring program for 16 years, he uses a Mentoring style of leadership. The 3 major transformational initiatives executed by Sukumar's teams - the OneCognizant Small Apps Platform program by the IT team, the Managed Innovation Program by the Innovation Team and the Cognizant 2.0 Delivery Excellence program by the KM/Process Quality teams - all of which have won several industry honours, are the highlights of Sukumar's 8 year CxO stint. In the last 19 years at Cognizant, Sukumar's teams have delivered over $400MM (not including IT infra costs) of software projects for Fortune 2000 clients as well as internal clients with consistently high customer satisfaction. Prior to Cognizant, Sukumar spent 7 years at TATA Consultancy services as a software engineer/technical project manager with significant experience in CASE [Computer Aided Software Engineering] Tools. By actively teaching, writing, speaking & continuously improving through deliberate practice, Sukumar has acquired significant expertise in Innovation, Knowledge, Technology, Program, Transformative Change and P&L management. Sukumar is an avid blogger/twitterer, a fitness enthusiast and a travel bug. He researches the Indus Valley Civilization in his spare time. Sukumar takes keen interest in the community serving on the boards of local charities. Sukumar received lifetime recognition for his work in IT through the 2014 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders program. Sukumar is rated by Huffington Post as one of the Top 100 Social CIOs in 2014 & 2013.


Knowledge management, Project delivery, Team building, P&L Management, Innovation management