Patni appoints Jeya Kumar as Chief Executive Officer

18 December 2008

Patni Computer Systems (BSE: PATNI COMPUT, NSE: PATNI, NYSE: PTI), a leading global IT services provider, today announced the appointment of Mr. Jeya Kumar as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kumar will come on board February 2009 and will be responsible for driving the company’s operations. Mr. Narendra K. Patni will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Loek van den Boog who was appointed as Executive Director earlier this year will handover the operational responsibilities to Jeya and continue as a non-executive director on Patni’s board.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Narendra K. Patni, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Patni said, “This is in line with our succession planning and strengthening the operational leadership of the company. I am excited with Jeya joining as CEO of the company in view of his extensive experience in this market segment and his excellent track record.”

Mr. Jeya Kumar said, “Patni has been a pioneer in the IT Services industry and while I eagerly await taking over as its CEO, I realize that I am stepping into the shoes of an illustrious leader. I look forward to working with Mr. Patni, the Board of Directors and employees to maximize shareholder value and take the company into its new growth phase.”

Jeya was until recently the CEO of MphasiS and has more than 25 years of global experience spanning several geographies. Prior to MphasiS, he was Senior Vice-President of Sun Microsystems and a member of Sun's Executive Management Group. As head of a $5 billion a year services business, Jeya was responsible for the business unit's financial performance, strategy, marketing, portfolio management, in-market management, product engineering, technology development, M&A and channels in more than 120 countries. Through the course of his professional career, he has also held various management and executive positions with global firms including Apple Computers Inc. and National Semi-Conductor Corporation. Jeya has a Master’s of Business degree from Curtin University, Australia and a Bachelor’s of Business degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

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