Vivek Paul (born 1958) has been a public company CEO, investor and entrepreneur, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University.
Paul received Bachelor of Engineering degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani and MBA from University of Massachusetts Amherst . He did his schooling from St. Columba's in New Delhi.
In 1990, Paul was part of the founding team of WiproGE Medical Systems, and became its CEO in 1994. The joint venture started as a sales and service arm, went on to manufacturing, and then design and build of medical equipment, becoming India's largest exporter of high value electronics goods. It was later recognized as the best joint venture in Asia by The Economist. Paul was then asked to lead GE's worldwide CT scanner business. Reorganizing operations across its China, Japan and US operations, and by launching GE as the first major multi-detector CT provider, Paul took the business to new levels of market share and profitability. The work in complex product development became a foundation of "Design For Six Sigma".
In 1999, Paul was asked to become Vice Chairman of Wipro and CEO of its outsourcing unit. Wipro was a $150-million company when Vivek Paul took over, and it had all the tendencies of a small, traditional company. Paul has been credited with creating a global business and for much of Wipro's growth into a multibillion-dollar company. On October 19, 2000, Wipro was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Paul was recognized as among the top 6 managers in the world by Jack Welch in one of his books, as well as by several business magazines.
In June 2005, Paul joined private equity firm, TPG Capital, as an investing partner spanning various fund classes, from buyout to Asia to venture capital. He went on to be a Founding Partner of TPG Growth, a fund focussed on growth capital for midsize companies. He resigned from TPG in December 2008.
Founded KineticGlue, a cloud based enterprise social media application in 2008. Sold company to BMC in 2013.
Paul co-founded the Microbiome Alliance at Stanford, and was the driving force behind the first Microbiome Symposium at Stanford in 2014. The second annual Stanford Microbiome Symposium will be held in September 2015. Paul also co-chaired the Biodesign program of 2014-2015.
Paul has been on the board of Electronic Arts since 2005, and was Chair of its CEO Selection Committee in 2013.
Paul has served on the advisory council of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, on the board of the California Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the U.S.-India Business Council, and on the Senate of BITS, Pilani.Ranked among the best managers in the world by BusinessWeek in 2003
Among the top global business influentials by Time magazine in 2004
Among the top 30 most respected global CEOs by Barron's.