KARTHIK PADMANABHAN

Managing Partner
Globalization Excellence
Bengaluru, India
Managing Partner
Globalization Excellence
Bengaluru, India

Karthik Padmanabhan, Managing Partner for Zinnov’s Globalization Excellence practice, oversees strategy and consulting delivery for clients across the Globalization value chain- establishing top-tier global centres of excellence, optimizing delivery structures, and reshaping technology investments for innovation.

With deep ecosystem connects, he brings over 20 years of experience spanning consulting, delivery, and client-side roles. A prolific thought leader and ecosystem orchestrator, Karthik has a proven track record in driving multimillion-dollar portfolios and leading large-scale transformations for a global roster of clients. Karthik possesses formidable strengths in advisory, entrepreneurship, and practice development. His collaborative approach sets him apart, earning him the recognition as an exceptional people leader.

Karthik’s interest areas include Experience Transformation, Digital Strategy, Product Management, Digital Engineering, Digital Marketing, Content Services, and the Metaverse. Karthik’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion, coupled with a focus on people and relationships, reflects his holistic leadership style that extends beyond business excellence.

Prior to joining Zinnov, Karthik served as the head of global sourcing at Nokia Siemens Networks where he managed RFP processes and supplier relationships. Over the past 12 years at Cognizant, he took on various leadership roles and has also managed Cognizant’s Australia Consulting arm, guiding enterprises on their digital transformation journeys.

Outside the office, Karthik enjoys sports, outdoor activities and the invariable coffee catchup.

EDUCATION
Karthik holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Annamalai University and a Master of Science degree in Quality Management from BITS Pilani.

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