Spearheading positive change by nurturing and empowering the leaders of today and tomorrow
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Pathfinders are leaders who define their own destiny, bold enough to choose unconventional progression paths, pursue their ambitions, challenge themselves, bust stereotypes, look for opportunities to learn, and relentlessly drive progress for themselves, for their teams, and for the larger ecosystem.
Pathfinder Leonardo Ruoso: Driving digital transformation in banking and insurance
Moving from Brazil to Italy in pursuit of a work opportunity may seem like a bold and audacious career move, but Pathfinder Leonardo Ruoso saw it as a chance to chart out a new direction in his personal and professional life.
With a degree in social communication and as someone who has coded since the age of 10, Leonardo sees software as a means of communication—a language of our digital age. After moving from Brazil to Italy to gain new knowledge and experience, he now works in sales and innovation for the banking and insurance industry. What drives him is the opportunity to create a far-reaching impact through digital transformation, helping not just businesses realize better results but creating better outcomes for societies.
Pathfinder Jan Steenberg: Ensuring supply chain sustainability
For Pathfinder Jan Steenberg, Who heads TCS’ supply chain consulting practice in APAC and Europe, the field of logistics and supply chain management is about more than just getting things from Point A to Point B. He believes modern supply chains need to be more sustainable—a goal that digital technologies can enable and accelerate. Unfazed by the constant disruptions that demand agility and innovation of supply chain professionals that have ruled his work across decades and in different geographies, he sees the global, multicultural nature of work best served by a diverse and inclusive team.
Jan’s beliefs in diversity and inclusion, passion for his work, and commitment to the goal of creating positive impact on people and the planet make him the inspiring leader that he is. Here is how he’s working towards his goals of supply chain sustainability.
Pathfinder Sachin Nayyar: Driving Digital Transformation and Growth
A deep passion for improvisation and innovation is the force that drives Pathfinder Sachin Nayyar. He believes growth and transformation can be driven when we envision customer requirements from a place of empathy.
Sachin is enthusiastic about helping customers in their journey of digital transformation. And it is this enthusiasm that drove him to look for a new opportunity to challenge himself and channel his passion towards his ambition. Upon coming across an open position, he reached out to the LeaD team who considered his candidature and understood his aspirations. The process thereafter was “smooth and seamless”, he says.
Landing that dream role, Sachin moved from Europe to Australia, to build and drive growth for the Google business unit in APAC. His role allows him to help customers evolve by strengthening the core of their digital ecosystems. The constant interface with new clients and a varied set of stakeholders keeps him supercharged and motivated to deliver the best outcomes for end users.
Here is his story on pursuing personal aspirations and always having the will to improvise and innovate.
TCS Pathfinder Santha Subramoni on women in technology
TCS’ Head of Cybersecurity services, Pathfinder Santha Subramoni works with leaders from some of world‘s largest enterprises to rethink enterprise sustainability and to protect infrastructure, people, and their data. In a professional journey spanning over two decades, she has taken on increasingly complex, diverse, and demanding responsibilities, including pre-sales, sales, delivery, and eventually business unit leadership. Guided by some very real Yoda figures in her life, she has strengthened business partnerships and aims to continually develop diverse teams where every individual, their contributions, and ideas are valued.
An active supporter of women in tech and a humble and inspiring leader, here is her perspective on the journey to building a more inclusive team and industry ecosystem.
Pathfinder Sindi Jacobsson: Taking charge of your career progression
It is often easy to be consumed by the demands of everyday work and to lose sight of your ambitions and dreams. For Pathfinder Sindi Jacobsson, the realization that she needed to actively take charge of her career progression and grab new opportunities was the first step in what has since become a journey of learning and growth. Through TCS’ LeaD leadership development program, this South Africa-based manager is now training to take on the role of project manager for a banking client in Singapore. Sindi knows the transition will demand much of her—living in another country and working with diverse teams—but it is an experience she looks forward to. Growing up in South Africa, she witnessed widespread racial discrimination. If anything, today she draws on her experiences to highlight the value of diversity and inclusion, respect, and humility as she progresses on her path to leadership. Watch her journey here.
Developing leadership skills with Pathfinder Sarita Mishra | TCS LeaD
For Pathfinder Sarita Mishra, the greatest satisfaction comes from supporting others to do their best and realize their full potential. When Sarita took over as Delivery Center Head at TCS Bhubaneshwar, India, she was met with people who questioned her decision because not many women opt to be center heads. But unconventional paths have never fazed Sarita―her confidence has seen her through change and challenges.
LeaD’s ImaginAll leadership development program for senior women aspiring for higher leadership roles prompted her to move out of her comfort zone and chart the journey from being a Delivery Partner to becoming the Delivery Center Head.
Her innate leadership qualities of staying strong, focused, and determined, collaborating with others, and forging connections to overcome barriers have helped her succeed in a short span of time.