Jerry Rao

BSc, University of Madras; MBA, IIM Ahmedabad; MBA, University of Chicago Chairman, Value and Budget Housing; Founder, Mphasis

Jerry Rao is the founder and former CEO of the software company MphasiS. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions (including Former Country Head, Citibank Consumer Banking India) in Citibank across Asia, Europe, South America and North America.

In 1998, Rao started MphasiS Corporation, a software company based in California, which subsequently merged with BFL Software in 2000 to form Mphasis-BFL with twin headquarters in Santa Monica, California, and Bangalore, India.

Mr. Rao is actively involved with the Confederation of Indian Industry and with the Government of India’s Software Technology Park initiatives, and has been Chairman of NASSCOM. MphasiS Vice Chairman Jeroen Tas and Mr. Rao were named the Ernst & Young 'Entrepreneurs of the Year 2004' for the New York region, which followed his being similarly awarded in India two years previously.

Mr. Rao is a regular writer and speaker with interest in technology strategy, customer relationship management (CRM), financial services, and e-commerce – a subject on which he has testified before the US Congress.

He is a graduate of Loyola College, Chennai and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

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