"We believe this combination of excellence in operations and strong execution of our strategy is critical to achieve our vision. We will continue to focus on both in future as well.”
Chairman: Wipro Limited
Born: 24th July, 1945, Bombay
Nationality: Indian
Persistent, Grounded, Benevolent, Dynamic
  1. Stay forthright, and be true to your values.
  2. Act on what you learn, and make the opportunity count.

  1. Serving the customers with integrity, and giving highest regard to human values.
  2. Ensuring the growth of its staff to meet the ever growing demands of globalisation.
  3. Dynamism and far sightedness to diversify with timely investments.

Azim Hashim Premji was born in a Nizari Ismaili Shia Muslim family in 1945. His father, Mohamed Hashem Premji founded Western India Vegetable Products Limited, a company that primarily sold vegetable products and refined oils. At the age of 21, while he was still pursuing his engineering at Stanford University, Azim received the news of his father’s demise and was compelled to leave his campus and take over the company as its successor. All odds were stacked against him. He took charge of the firm in 1966 and was aware of the responsibility to be shouldered. From the onset, all his efforts were concentrated at bringing about sustainable growth in the company and he was constantly on the lookout for business opportunities that had enormous potential. This brought about a shift in the company’s vision and led to a substantial increase in its product range. The company introduced divisions in bakery fats, toiletries, light bulbs, hair care products and hydraulic cylinders, and paced ahead under the dynamism of Azim Premji. The struggle for success was far from over and had only commenced a new beginning. In 1978, the computer firm IBM was restrained from India as per a decision made by the Indian Government. Azim saw this as a major opportunity and a guiding force for Wipro’s diversification process. All efforts were now guided at being victorious in the computer field. What followed was a phase of several collaborations, hiring of some of the finest intellects, and their consequential technical training which was given the highest eminence. These factors led to the development of high quality computer hardware and software at comparatively lower costs, and eventually the meteoric global rise of Wipro. Azim Premji came to be known as the Czar of the Indian IT industry, and held the prestige of being an embodiment of strength in the face of adversity.





Inherited his fathers business at the age of 21

Late 1970's-1980


Expanded business into a wide array of IT and computing opportunities



Renamed Wipro Products Limited to Wipro Limited



Diversified into heavy duty industrial cylinders and mobile hydraulic cylinders



Established Odyssey 21 , a design center to develop and modify products involving advanced technologies for international clients



Listed his company on New York Stock Exchange



His company was the first ever software technology and services company in India to receive the ISO 14001 certification



Wipro entered the billion dollar club



Demerger of non IT businesses into separate companies

December 2013


Azim received the Economic Times Lifetime Achievement Award

Wipro is the 3rd largest IT services exporter in India with over 1,60,000 employees, and clients in 6 continents.