Kunal Purohit

Chief Digital Services Officer
Tech Mahindra

Kunal Purohit is Tech Mahindra’s Chief Digital Services Officer (CDSO) and a Mahindra Group Tech Visionary committee member. A luminary in shaping market disruption through technology innovations, Kunal heads Tech Mahindra’s Digital & Next-Gen Services portfolio, harnessing the power of R&D and cutting-edge capabilities to reimagine, redefine, and revolutionize the business landscape. As the CDSO, Kunal leads Tech Mahindra’s Digital Business Units and is responsible for a robust portfolio across – Consulting, AI/ML, Data & Analytics, Quantum, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Metaverse, & Blockchain. He steers Tech Mahindra’s research and development strategies into Emerging Technology arenas such as Quantum computing, GenAI, and xReality. He leads a dedicated, high-performing team of 10k diverse global personnel who specialize not only in developing and delivering transformative business across industries and technology landscapes but also in investing and collaborating across the ecosystem of leaders and pioneers to enable clients on their Digital Transformation journey, realizing value with personalized experiences, scale, and agility. Over the last two decades, he has incubated several new practices and capabilities for the companies he has worked for. Previously, Kunal also led TechM’s Garage4.0, where the company creates its own SaaS businesses by incubating startups and providing initial seed round funding. Having launched three such startups, the objective of this endeavor has been to invest ahead of the market and build relevant capabilities proactively. Before joining Tech Mahindra, he led HCL’s digital and analytics practice in Europe. He also has significant experience in leading the corporate strategy offices for HCL Technologies. Kunal is highly resultoriented in his work style.  Kunal is passionate about leveraging emerging technologies to improve business and society. He also serves as a prominent NED for startups. In 2023, Kunal was featured in Entrepreneur India’s ‘Top 25 Trailblazers of the Tech Industry’ as a ‘Tech Modernizer’ pivoted on his vision for transforming technological innovations and organizations’ outlook in a rapidly disruptive landscape. He has a Master’s in Marketing & Finance from IIM Indore, where he is a distinguished alumnus.


Economic Disruption: We live in an era of disruption in which powerful global forces are changing how we live and work. Powerful disruptions are changing our world. The gig economy, remote work, and the sharing economy have disrupted traditional employment models. The new generation is often at the forefront of these economic changes, seeking flexibility and independence in their careers.

Technological Disruption: The new generation is witnessing rapid technological advancements and digital transformation. They are at the forefront of embracing and driving these changes, leading to disruptions in various industries. Examples include the rise of blockchain, artificial intelligence, and the gig economy. Frontier technologies such as the Internet of Things, smart robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence are boosting productivity growth, raising prosperity, and replacing mundane or dangerous tasks. They have the potential to do good across a wide range of domains, from healthcare to education

Cultural Disruption: Social movements and changing cultural norms are disrupting traditional societal structures. The new generation is actively involved in advocating for gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and racial justice, challenging the status quo and pushing for more inclusive societies. The connection between resilience, equity and inclusion is widely accepted by policymakers: evidence has shown that creating more equitable and inclusive societies is a crucial part of any economic strategy focused on resilience and recovery.

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Skill Development: The new generation places a strong emphasis on personal growth and development. They prioritize continuous learning, self-improvement, and mental well-being. Tools like online courses, self-help apps, and social networks play a significant role in their development journey. It is important to have a conversation about how to begin closing the gap between what our students are learning and what the demands of the workforce will be once they enter. Half of us will need to reskill in the next five years, as the "double disruption" of the economic impacts of the pandemic and increasing automation transforming jobs takes hold.

Sustainable Development: This generation of leaders bears the responsibility of preserving and advancing the legacies of their businesses while actively championing sustainable practices across businesses, governments, local communities, and personal lifestyle changes to secure a brighter future for the planet. Sustainability, the buzzword across the world today, will have to take on a new avatar and become the soul of every organization - business or otherwise. Businesses cannot succeed in societies that fail.

Social Development: The next generation is deeply rooted in creating positive change in society by incorporating CSR, promoting digital literacy, improving access to quality education, and supporting public health initiatives. Smart living is about adapting the fruits of technology through models that are scalable, profitable and, importantly, ecologically and socially more sustainable.

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Geographical Diversification: The prime focus of the new-gen leaders will be on a geographic diversification strategy, either domestically or internationally, aiming to integrate its products and services as a routine in consumers’ lifestyles. This will mitigate the risks associated with regional economic fluctuations. In an interconnected world, diversity, shaped by globalization and technological advances, forms the fabric of modern society.

Business Diversification: The strategic expansion and diversification of businesses with investments in newer business avenues, will enhance the return on investment, reflecting the forward-thinking approach of the next-generation leaders' eagerness to innovate. Companies are discovering that, by supporting and promoting diverse products and services, they are gaining benefits that go beyond the optics.

Workforce Diversification: To achieve geographical and business diversification, the next generation of leaders will aim at prioritizing workforce diversity, to boost job growth and create together a multitude of ideas and perspectives, igniting innovation and creativity. In times of increasing disruption and uncertainty, companies need to continue to prioritize diversity and inclusiveness (D&I) for the benefit of their culture — and their bottom line.

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