Vivek Punekar is a passionate Business Leader and IT industry veteran with diverse experience in Information Technology, Education, Distribution and Skill development.
Vivek recently joined AuthBridge Research Services, India’s leading Screening Services and Risk Management Company, as Chief Operating Officer. At Authbridge, a start-up company in scale up stage, Vivek is responsible for ensuring AuthBridge’s scale up given the organization’s aggressive future strategy & growth trajectory. Vivek is responsible for ensuring that the four pillars of People, Processes, Technology & Clients are solid, secure and scalable. Innovative solutions, the hallmark of AuthBridge, will be the foundation for all his initiatives.
Prior to joining AuthBridge as COO, Vivek served nearly 30 years with HCL Infosystems. He held a number of senior leadership positions in various functions from Systems Support, Sales to Strategic Initiatives Group under 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..
At a time when AuthBridge prepares for its position as Global leader, Vivek brings in three decades of worthy experience that will anchor and catalyze AuthBridge's foray into newer growth segments across the geographies.
Vivek is University rank holder & has his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic engineering from University of Karnataka in 1985.
He lives in Noida with his wife Amruta. His daughter Gauri is an Electronics Engineer and son Prasanna is studying Computer Science.