Vivek Punekar

Key Organization

HCL Group

Authbridge Research

Area of Expertise

Business & Leadership Transformation

Innovative Business & HR Strategies

Mentoring Start-Ups to Scale-Ups (B2B)

Vivek Punekar

Vivek Punekar is a passionate Business Leader and IT industry veteran with diverse experience in Information Technology, Education, Distribution and Leadership Transformation. He is currently pursuing his passion in the areas of Business & Leadership transformation.

He held a number of senior leadership positions in various functions from Systems Support, Sales to Strategic Initiatives Group under the direct supervision of HCL founder & Chairman, and in 2002 was appointed CHRO of HCL Infosystems. During this period, Vivek was also part of many start-ups in HCL group including HCL Learning and HCL Care. Known for innovative HR strategies Vivek created many ‘firsts’ in IT industry – including HCL Education program, a finishing school for Engineering graduates that imparted high end IT training & ensured 100% Job guarantee way back in 2002. He was also the brain behind the launch of EPAT [Empowered People Action Team], including Women Empowered PAT to build HCL as the Employer of Choice. Under his leadership, HCL won “Best Employer” awards for consecutive 9 years.

Education & Certifications

Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Karnataka in 1985

Major Projects

Mentoring & Coaching Leaders in HCL

Mentoring Startups within HCL Group

HCL- Talent Factory – Industry First

Start-Up to Scale Up journey of AuthBridge


Student of Leadership – through Sports, Films, Music, Business, Politics etc.