This month we are highlighting Sujatha and getting to know more about who inspires her, what her favorite memory from grade school is, and the most important lesson she's learned.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I like to read magazines, paint, color, enjoy Indian Rangoli art, and try out new Indian recipes!
Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?
A: I would buy some goodies for myself and my family. I'd also donate some money to nursing homes and education for children in orphanages.
Q: What kind of car do you drive?
A: Honda City
Q: For your great great grandchildren reading this years from now: is there any wisdom you’d want to pass on to them? What would you want them to know?
A: Be honest, have self-respect, don't have an ego, and follow your passion.
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: As a good and loving human being
Q: What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
A: Accept people and situations as they are, have mutual respect, and don't react - only respond to the situation.
Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
A: My Grandmother. She taught me how to face life with courage and determination.
A: In high school, I won an all rounder award. It was a very memorable experience!
Q: Do you have a nickname? How did you get it?
A: SB. I got it from my colleagues.
Even with a busy schedule, Sujatha still has time to make a clay Ganesha (Lord who removes obstacles).
Q: When and where were you born?
A: October 13, 1959 in Kannur, Kerala, India.
Q: Favorite drink of choice?
A: My favorite hot drink is Masala tea, and my favorite cold drink is Orange Juice.
Q: What is the best advice for those about to enter your field?
A: Be passionate in whatever you do, never stop learning, continue to innovate and make every single day very memorable and lively, be yourself and follow your dreams.
Q: What was the inflection point in your career that led you to your current role?
A: I began working as Head of Quality Assurance and Quality Control. I then accepted the responsibility of Delivery Head and continuously showed more and more interest in learning. I soon realized I wanted to try out new things in the organization, such as Agile Transformation, digital transformation and merging of acquired entities. Eventually, I became fully operational to head India!
Q: What is your most poignant professional moment?
A: April 14, 2013 is very memorable because it's the day I was announced as MD of Valtech India by my management. I felt great, and it was a great moment of pride for me in my 36 years of professional life in the Indian IT industry.
Q: What has been your favorite project so far?
A: Transformation of the India delivery team to Agile in 2006. A team of 400+ were part of the journey!
Q: How did you get into your line of work?
A: After graduation I was selected to work for the government as a Junior Engineer in telephones. I had always wanted to have a job involving computers, so I wrote an all Indian test that was conducted by one of the biggest organizations in the IT industry. I then started as a Trainee Programmer and learned the languages BASIC and COBOL. I began as a developer, and moved up to Executive Consultant working on multiple application development activities for different domains and for different customers across Singapore, Malaysia and India. I soon took an interest in Quality Assurance and Quality Control, became ISO 9001 certified auditor in 1994 by IRCA UK, and took several roles that helped leadership in companies be equipped to deliver high quality standards using ISO 9001, ISO 27001, CMM Level 5, and Agile using SCRUM.
Q: What does success look like for you?
A: For me the definition of success is little different. I feel happy if we make all of our stakeholders happy which may include team members, internal and external customers, and my management. If we make the ecosystem very happy and healthy, I feel very satisfied and successful. It is not about money, fame, hierarchy, or designation. It is the added value of what we bring to the organization in that makes the difference to feel delighted and successful.
Additional comments from Sujatha:
It is great to be part of the Valtech Family. I have been part of Valtech since 2004. It's nice to work with people from different cultures across the world. Very rarely do you see a mid-sized company with diverse people, culture, languages, and aspirations that still work as a single family to deliver results. Wishing all the best to all my fellow "Valtechers," may we continue to grow and feel proud of our work.