Som Mittal, Former Chairman and President, NASSCOM

Som Mittal

Som Mittal, Former Chairman and President, NASSCOM

Som Mittal, is the former Chairman and President of NASSCOM, the premier trade body for the IT-BPM Industry in India.



Ashutosh Garg engages in a one-on-one session with Som Mittal, Former Chairman and President, NASSCOM. A business executive with more than three decades of experience in the IT and automotive sectors has a handful of insights to offer to the future leaders.

From Japan to the United States- he remembers the differences in work cultures in the distant corners of the world.

“Earlier we used to see the face of technology, but now technology is going to be invisible”- Som Mittal. The proficient leader foresees the future of technology in business.

Before concluding, he addresses the mistakes that most start-up entrepreneurs make and offers solutions to tackle these challenges.

 If you wish to venture into the realm of business or if you are already doing business, listen closely to this conversation, and draw inspiration.


Som Mittal, is the former Chairman and President of NASSCOM, the premier trade body for the IT-BPM Industry in India. He steered the industry through one of its most challenging phases and helped the industry cross the USD 100 billion milestone.

Having completed his graduation and post-graduation from IIT Kanpur and IIM, Ahmedabad, Som has held senior corporate leadership roles for over three decades in the IT industry at companies such as Wipro, Digital, Compaq and HP. He also has extensive experience in the engineering, manufacturing and automotive industries, having held executive roles with Larsen & Toubro, Escorts, and Denso. He has held global CXO positions and managed businesses across geographies.

He has forty plus years of global experience across diverse industries (manufacturing, IT services, industry bodies) and has an established track record of scaling up and building lasting organizations by creating high performance leadership teams, known for strong integrity and balanced focus on customers and people. A coach and mentor with a strong conviction about building leaders who are future ready.

Mr. Mittal has worked and influenced governments of various countries in developing policies to promote trade. He served as member of the Prime Minister’s Committee on National e-Governance and was the Chairman of the Advisory Council to develop the IT Vision for Indian Railways.  He is a Board member of  Cyient Ltd., EXL Service Holdings, Inc. (USA), Sheela Foams Ltd., TATA SIA Airlines Ltd., and Vodafone India Services Private Limited (VISPL) and chairs several Board committees. He is also a former Board member of Axis Bank Ltd.

Besides corporate he is closely associated with the social sector and education. He chairs leading NGO’s’ like Charities Aid Foundation India (CAF), NCPEDP, Museum of Art and Photography (MAP). He is on Board of GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, trustee of Axis Bank Foundation. He is also on Governing Council of Lady Shri Ram College, Board of Governors NIIT University & IIIT Delhi.

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