TCS Founder FC Kohli Passes Away at 96, NASSCOM Calls Him True Visionary of IT Industry
Mumbai: Faqir Chand Kohli, IT sector visionary and the founding chief executive of sector leader Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), passed away on Thursday at the age of 96.
Kohli was often considered the father of Indian IT industry.
In a statement, TCS said it mourns the death of Kohli, who died this afternoon, and added that it was JRD Tata’s insistence that had got the young Kohli to join the Tata Group in 1969.
“He pivoted first into management consultancy, and then over the next two decades, into software development, helping the organization navigate multiple technology waves over two and a half decades by continually investing in people and staying relevant to customers,” TCS said, adding Kohli stepped down as CEO of the business in 1996.
Condolence messages started pouring in from all across, with IT sector body NASSCOM terming him as a “visionary leader” who foresaw an opportunity in technology for India and built TCS.
Paying tributes to the legend, Founder Chairman of Wipro Ltd Azim Premji said, “Mr. Kohli was the true pioneer of Indian IT. We have all followed in his footsteps.