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Mr. Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman and CEO of HCL Infosystems Limited, India’s premier information enabler and country’s leading ICT system integrator and distribution company was today declared the ‘Dataquest IT Man of the Year’ for 2007. The Dataquest award resented to Mr. Chowdhry by Mr. Nandan Nilekani, Co-Chairman, Infosys Technologies Ltd., on December 11, 2007 at a function in Delhi that will bring the top CEOs and leaders of the Indian IT industry.


Mr. Ajai Chowdhary, co-founder of HCL, has been an influential force in driving the growth of IT adoption in India. His ideas have found shape in several landmark events in the history of IT revolution in India, including the launch of country’s first desktop PC –BusyBee in 1985 and India’s first branded home PC – Beanstalk in 1995. He has also led a sustained campaign to bridge the digital divide in the country by working closely with the government and the industry on various initiatives to boost the PC penetration in India.


Establishing India’s largest vertically integrated ICT manufacturing company, he had envisioned bringing recognition to Indian ICT manufacturing and putting India strongly on the ICT manufacturing map of the world. It is due to his vision and leadership that HCL has become a major IT force in the country and has constantly set higher benchmarks in creating new product categories, and new markets for the IT industry. Mr. Chowdhry’s contribution to the evolution of Indian IT hardware industry and boosting IT penetration in the country has been well recognized.


“Recognizing the hugely influential role that computers and ICT infrastructure can play in transforming the Indian economy and society, It’s been an earnest quest to work towards bringing IT closer to Indian people by making IT more affordable and accessible,” said Mr. Ajai Chowdhary.


Mr. Ajai Chowdhary was selected for the Award by a panel of highly distinguished judges, headed by Mr. Nandan Nilekani, and comprising of eminent achievers and IT industry leaders.


Mr. Chowdhary has led HCL Infosystems to emerge as India’s largest PC manufacturer, the country’s largest ICT products distribution company and the leading Systems Integration Company. He has played a pivotal role in launching innovative products for the domestic market including India’s first low-cost PC and a PC that can withstand harsh operating conditions in rural India.


Instituted in 1993 by Cyber Media India, the Dataquest IT Man of the Year Award recognizes industry leaders whose foresight and vision have resulted in creating new opportunities for themselves and the country in the core sector of the national economy like information technology and telecommunications.


About HCL Infosystems

HCL Infosystems Ltd, with revenue (TTM) of US $ 2.9 Bn (Rs. 12162 Crores) is India’s premier information enabling and ICT System Integration company offering a wide spectrum of ICT products that includes Computing, Storage, Networking, Security, Telecom, Imaging and Retail. HCL is a one-stop-shop for all the ICT requirements of an organization.


India’s leading System Integration and Infrastructure Management Services Organization, HCL has specialized expertise across verticals including Telecom, BFSI, E-Governance & Power.


HCL has India’s largest distribution and retail network, taking to market a range of Digital Lifestyle products in partnership with leading global ICT brands, including Nokia, Apple, Casio, Kodak, Toshiba, Bull, Ericsson, Cisco, Microsoft, Konica Minolta and many more.


HCL today has India’s largest vertically integrated computer manufacturing facility with over three decades of electronic manufacturing experience HCL desktops is the largest selling brand into the enterprise space.


With India’s largest ICT services network that reaches to every corner of India, HCL’s award winning Support Services makes it the preferred choice of enterprise and consumers alike. For more information please visit us at www.hclinfosystems.in


About HCL Enterprise

HCL Enterprise is a $4.4 billion (Rs. 18,525 crore) leading Global Technology and IT enterprise that comprises two companies listed in India – HCL Technologies & HCL Infosystems. The 3-decade-old enterprise, founded in 1976, is one of India’s original IT garage start-ups. Its range of offerings span Product Engineering, Custom & Package Applications, BPO, IT Infrastructure Services, IT Hardware, Systems Integration, and distribution of ICT products. The HCL team comprises approximately 51,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, who operate from 18 countries including 360 points of presence in India. HCL has global partnerships with several leading Fortune 1000 firms, including leading IT and Technology firms. For more information, please visit www.hcl.in

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