As BOT continues to grow, it continues to broaden its leadership foundations, most recently by creating and filling a new role: that of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Anand Rajagopal joins the BOT as its new COO. Anand brings a wealth of leadership experience and credentials to the role, including significant leadership responsibilities at LTI-Mindtree, Cognizant, and HCL Technologies, as well as strong academic background including a Master’s in Computer Applications and an Advanced Business Leadership program at ISB-Hyderabad. Many of the responsibilities at LTI-Mindtree and Cognizant revolved around the Media and Entertainment vertical, giving him exposure to multiple studio clients including Disney and Paramount. At various points in his 26 year career, he has managed teams of 1,500+ employees, and has had accountability for $90M+ revenue streams.
Hitesh Shah, BOT’s CEO, notes, “For filling this critical role, we sought not only strong leadership credentials but also a strong fit with our values and culture. After an extensive search over the last 9 months, we’re pleased to have selected a person as strong as Anand. He is not only well credentialed, but his calm demeanor, measured assessment of situations, and even-keel temperament are crucial to being effective in our organization, and we’re excited about the positive impact he’ll create at BOT.”
Anand has carried a passion for the movie industry that pre-dates his Media and Entertainment focus at the IT companies. He’s an avid movie enthusiast who revels in flicks across many languages and genres, ranging from Tamil to Hindi to English, and from action to drama to comedy. Anand is also known to have a green thumb. When he’s not busy curating business processes and operations, he’s often curating his many plants and cultivating his horticultural passions. He resides with his wife and Son in Chennai, a city which he has called home for most of his life.