LEADING WITH EXPERTISE
An accomplished leader in the tech industry, Rajesh Pathak knows what is best for a company’s growth. Over the past 20 years, that is what he has learned during his stints with major multinational tech firms such as BT Group, Alcatel Lucent, Ciena and Novell. From beginning his career as an engineer at Hughes Networks Systems to now holding the position of Country Director – India & SAARC at Accedian, Rajesh’s career graph has added to his job profile and expertise with each responsibility. He is now using the same experience to help Accedian understand its customers’ experience and support them throughout their digital transformation efforts.
In the past two years since he joined the company, Rajesh has successfully accomplished rapid business growth and a fair market share. In simple words, he is making the change Accedian needs to make to be in a strong position in the Indian market.
MOVES THAT MATTER
Before Accedian, Rajesh held several crucial positions responsible for multifold growth. He helped companies such as Ciena and BT Global incubate, develop and create a sustained market for security products, network solutions across the enterprise and service provider networks, artificial intelligence and machine learning based analytics solutions, network and applications analytics, and network detection. He handled the teams with a cross-cultural mix and ensured smooth functions. Rajesh further created new markets and increased market and segment growth by understanding the pulse of the tech field. His experience shows that he can grow a mid-size business into a sizeable profitable organisation, thereby creating immense stakeholder value.
Leadership and mentorship are also inevitable parts of Rajesh’s work. He is known for his inclusive leadership style in the industry. During his stint at British Telecom, he was credited for creating a strong partner ecosystem in India. His stints are marked by unprecedented moves he made as a leader. Whether developing large teams for India and SAARC market or setting up a Product Centre for Excellence, he has always proved his mettle.
Rajesh’s life beyond his corporate life is equally fascinating and ambition-driven. He often chairs multiple juries for evaluating start-up ideas by young professionals.
The famous mentor also helps entrepreneurs through incubation for commercialisation — another branch of the inclusive growth strategy he uses for leadership roles. The only difference is that, through these mentorship programmes, he aims to assist new-age entrepreneurs in achieving bigger goals in life. Rajesh understands that a combination of hard work and a sense of accountability helps get to the best results. It is what he passes on to the next generation in the hope that it will create a positive impact at large. For his role as a mentor, he credits the inspiration he himself received from a few of his mentors, who shaped his thinking and leadership style during his early years. He also practices astrology and guides people who seek help on the larger aspects of life beyond work.
THE AWARDS AND FELICITATIONS
A leader who does excellent work never gets unnoticed. Rajesh, too caught the eyes of the industry. For his work and achievements, he has been awarded several times. In 2015, he was given the People Leadership Choice Award by Business Today. In 2021, he was felicitated with the “India Achievers Award for Business Leadership” by the Indian Achievers Forum. In 2022, he was given Pathfinder Award and APAC Sales Award for his incredible work at maximising sales and revenue across the APAC region.