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Striking the right notes - Aruna Jayanthi

twitter-logo Anand Adhikari        Print Edition: September 18, 2011

She has eagerly grabbed every opportunity that came her way in the last two-and-a-half decades to become, at 48, CEO of Capgemini India. But now Aruna Jayanthi also wants to dabble in music. She recently bought a piano. "I'm searching for a music teacher," she says. Jayanthi initially wanted a career in banking and finance, but when Tata Consultancy Services, or TCS, made her a campus offer, she changed her mind and accepted. She learnt the most at TCS, she says, where she spent 10 years. But the big turning point of her career came when she joined E&Y's consulting unit in India just before it was sold to Capgemini.

"Capgemini had no model for offshore then… it was also new to India," she says. She worked hard on building a successful model. "I spend almost half my time in leadership initiatives," she adds. On India's leadership deficit, all she will say is: "There is so much talent in this country… why can't we run it efficiently?"

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