The Economic Times Factory of the Future Summit 2020


Speaker Profile

Venkatesh Natarajan

Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President – IT
Ashok Leyland

Passionate about driving the Digital transformation in the organization leveraging IT and deploying relevant Digital technologies that benefit the business.

Building a high performance team through mentoring & inspiration has been one of my core strengths and priority.

Passionate about helping business realize the value of technology.

Senior Management Executive leading IT Strategy & initiatives aligned to the organization’s vision & goals. Planned / executed business & operations strategy as member of the executive team reporting directly to the CEO. Re-engineered & implemented major IT Application Platforms in the area of Business Applications, Engineering IT Applications viz CAD, PLM & Customer Experience applications resulting in improved operational efficiencies of the organization like improved customer engagement, lower Inventory & Working Capital, Improved product quality, overall reduction in cost & improved EBIDTA.. Managing a User population of 10,000+ users & 200+ IT support professionals.

a) Group IT Head / CIO of the Information Management Services function of Ashok Leyland group operating on a Shared Services model.

b) Spearheading the Digital transformation journey of the organization on the business application & Engineering IT Platform & successfully managed the change. Led the migration of the Organization from an ‘IT Enabled’ to an ‘IT Led’ Organization.

c) Led the ERP migration program on SAP platform covering a user base of 10,000+ users, 10 Manufacturing plants, 100 + locations in India & Overseas & 3000+ business partners.

d) Led & guided both the In-house team and the Partner team in implementing one of the most complex & comprehensive SAP landscape in the Indian Automotive Industry with emphasis on adoption of best practices.

e) Architected the migration from an In-house model to an Outsourced support model & established a vibrant multi-vendor support environment working harmoniously.

f) Providing leadership & mentoring the IT team & to ensure the right Skills Inventory aligned to Organization business objectives with low attrition rate.

g) Driving transformational organization critical initiatives in the domain of SMAC technologies viz Social, Mobility, Analytics & the Cloud.


h) Responsible for gaining recognition / winning several industry awards for IT deployment.