Childhood/Education – Azim Hashim Premji was born on July 24, 1945 and he studied the Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA. Due to unfortunate death of his father, he was called to take over the family business. He started managing his family business at a young age of 21 years in 1966. At a time when Azim Premji took over the company, Wipro was into hydrogenated cooking fats. It got diversified later into ethnic ingredient based toiletries, bakery fats, hair care soaps, lighting products, baby toiletries, and hydraulic cylinders. Premji focussed his efforts from soaps to software and created one of the biggest IT Company of India. Wipro has shown phenomenal growth under Azim Premji’s leadership and got transformed from hydrogenated cooking fats company to leading integrated business, technology and process Solutions Company. Wipro Technologies is widely recognised on a global scale and is the largest independent R&D service provider throughout the world. Wipro is also at the forefront of leading IT and software companies of India. Achievements – Azim Premji is the Chairman of Wipro Technologies and is among the richest Indian for past so many years. In year 2005, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan. He is a leading icon among the Indian businessmen and his story has inspired many budding entrepreneurs. He has achieved several milestones in his career and he was vote among the 20 most powerful men in the world in 2000. He was in the list of 50 richest people of the world from 2001 to 2003. He was also rated among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 by Times Magazine. He is among the list of richest Indian for so many years. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2005 by the government of India.
Wipro Limited (formerly Western India Products Limited) is an Indian multinational provider of Information technology (IT) services, consulting and outsourcing services. It is headquartered in Bangalore, India. As of 2012, the company has over 130,000 employees and a worldwide presence with global centers across 54 countries.
When Azim Premji took over as its head, Wipro dealt in hydrogenated cooking fats and later diversified to bakery fats, ethnic ingredient based toiletries, hair care soaps, baby toiletries, lighting products, and hydraulic cylinders. Thereafter Premji made a focused shift from soaps to software.The Amalner-based vanaspathi manufacturing company, the Western India Products later became Wipro Products Ltd and Wipro Limited subsequently. Under Premji’s leadership Wipro embarked on an ambitious phase of expansion and diversification. The Company began manufacturing light bulbs with and other consumer products including soaps, baby care products, shampoos, powder etc. In the 1980s Wipro entered the IT field, taking advantage of the exit of IBM from the Indian market in 1975. Thus, Wipro started manufacturing computer hardware, software development and related items, under a special license from Sentinel. As a result, the $1.5 million company in hydrogenated cooking fats grew within a few decades to an over $6 billion diversified, integrated corporation in services, medical systems, technology products and consumer items with offices worldwide. The company’s IT division became the world's first to win SEI CMM level 5 and PCMM Level 5 (People Capability Maturity Model) certification, the latest in quality standards. A large percentage of the company’s revenues are generated by the IT division. Wipro works with leading Fortune 500 companies. Wipro also has a joint venture in Medical Systems with General Electric company. Wipro Consumer Care launched brands like
* Santoor Shikakai
* Santoor Talc
* Wipro Baby Soft
* Santoor Facewash,
* Sanjeevani Honey
* Wipro Safewash
* Santoor Handwash
* Wipro Sweet 'n' Healthy
* Chandrika Handwash
* Santoor Deo
Wipro Consumer Care acquired brands like
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