A chartered accountant by qualification, S Mahalingam started his professional career with Tata Consultancy Services in 1970. In his 42-year career with TCS, S Mahalingam has been involved in numerous aspects of the Company’s operations and growth, before being appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company in February 2003, and as Executive Director in August 2007. Until his retirement from TCS in February 2013, he played a key role in helping TCS become a $11.6 billion global company with over 275,000 employees.
Since his retirement, he has been connected with both for-profit and nonprofit organisations. He has served as the non-executive Chairman of Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd and City Union Bank. Currently, he is on the Boards of Sundaram Finance Ltd, Lucas TVS Ltd, Kasturi & Sons Ltd (and its subsidiary THG Publishing Pvt Ltd), TVS Supply Chain Solutions Ltd, JSW Steel Ltd and Sundaram Fasteners Ltd. In the social sector, he is the Vice President of the Society for Rehabilitation of Crippled Children (SRCC), Chairman of the Vidya Bharathi Trust, a Board member for the IIT Madras Research Park, IIITM-K (Educational Institution in Kerala founded by the State Government for Graduates and PhD) and CSI Publication.
S Mahalingam has previously served as Chairman of the Southern Region of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), President of Computer Society of India, and President of the Institute of Management Consultants of India.
Over the years, S Mahalingam has often been recognised as the best CFO by Business Today, International Market Assessment (IMA), CNBC TV18, CFO Innovation, FinanceAsia and Institutional Investors.