New Delhi: The Indian IT industry lost a legend on Thursday.
Faqir Chand Kohli, the founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), better known as the Father of the Indian IT industry, has passed away. He was 96.
Before his TCS sojourn, Kohli had also worked as the deputy general manager of Tata Power Company and as the chairman of the Board of Governors of College of Engineering, Pune.
"Tata Consultancy Services mourns the passing of Padma Bhushan Shri FC Kohli, its first CEO, and the Father of the Indian IT Industry. Mr Kohli joined the company in 1969 at the behest of JRD Tata. He pivoted first into management consultancy, and then over the next two decades, into software development, helping the organization navigate multiple technology waves over two and a half decades by continually investing in people and staying relevant to customers," TCS said in a statement.
"He stepped down as CEO in 1996 and continued to play an active role in promoting technology to solve the country’s social problems," the statement added.