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The strategist behind the Satyam takeover

April 20, 2009

The man behind one of the biggest M&A deals in India's information technology space isn't a conventional techie.

In fact, he started his software career pretty late in life -- at an age most of India's IT gurus consider suitable only for writing memoirs or mentoring.

Meet Vineet Nayyar, 70, vice-chairman, managing director and CEO of Tech Mahindra, which surprised many with its winning bid for Satyam.

Text: Shyamal Majumdar

Image: Anand Mahindra, chairman, Tech Mahindra, and Vineet Nayyar (right), its CEO and MD, address a news conference in Mumbai after winning the bid for a controlling stake in Satyam Computer Services Ltd. | Photograph: Arko Datta/Reuters

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