30 Most Influential CEOs to Watch 2020


Krishna Bodanapu, CEO of Cyient, promotes values first culture and focusing on sustainable growth of the company

Today's major organization systems rely heavily on software-enabled capabilities. However, many defense programs acquiring new systems first determine the physical items to develop, assuming the contractors for those items will provide all needed software for the capability. But software by its nature spans physical items: it provides the inter-system communications that directly influence most capabilities and thus must be architected intelligently, especially when different contractors build pieces. If this architecture step is not done correctly, a software-reliant project can be set up to fail from the first architectural decision. Even Geographic Information Systems (GIS) require software-enabled services to store, analyze, and visualize data for geographic positions on Earth's surface. GIS is a computer-based tool that examines spatial relationships, patterns, and trends. By connecting geography with data, GIS better understands data using a geographic context.

Cyient is a global engineering and technology solutions company. The firm engages with customers across their value chain, helping to design, build, operate, and maintain the products and services that make them leaders and respected brands in their industries and markets. Customers draw on Cyient's expertise in engineering, manufacturing, and digital technology to deliver and support their next-generation solutions that meet the highest safety, reliability, and performance standards. The company mainly focuses on aerospace and defense, healthcare, telecommunications, rail transportation, semiconductor, geospatial, industrial, and energy.

Path-breaking solutions and services of Cyient

Advanced Engineering Solutions

Aerospace and Defense (A&D) OEMs are under constant pressure to innovate, adapt, and overcome industry challenges. The need to reduce component size, weight, cost, and time-to-market without compromising safety and security is a significant challenge for suppliers. These critical requirements, combined with the increased demand for digital transformation and expanding customer expectations, have placed immense pressure on suppliers to optimize business operations and processes. Cyient takes pride in partnering with the world's leading A&D companies to deliver value-driven and outcome-based engineering solutions. It undertakes design and system-level ownership of complex components, sub-systems, and modules to allow its customers to sustain a competitive advantage.

Automotive Solutions

Automotive companies today are focused on increasing safety and creating an optimal experience for drivers and passengers. With over 20 years of industry experience in semiconductor systems and software, Cyient specializes in automotive silicon and software design solutions and services worldwide. The company has hands-on industry experience in end-to-end automotive embedded systems development, including infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and connected car technology with functional safety ISO26262-compliant automotive systems with adaptive AUTOSAR.

Asset Management and Digital Solutions

The energy sector is in transition. Renewables, the environment, regulatory pressures, technology disruption, and a new generation of consumers are irrevocably changing the industry. Energy companies have to do even more around their assets, operations, people, and technology to stay competitive and thrive. Cyient has engaged with oil and gas, power generation, and mining companies over 15 years. Its expertise in plant and product engineering and technology helps owners and operators, OEMs, and EPCs strengthen their operations, improve equipment performance, and manage their assets better. The firm's work does translate into higher reliability, safety, productivity, and cost efficiencies for its customers.

Meet the courageous leader behind the supremacy of Cyient

Krishna Bodanapu is the Managing Director and also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Cyient. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and ensuring long-term value for stakeholders. He promotes Cyient's Values FIRST culture. Mr. Krishna joined Cyient as a Sales Manager for engineering services in Europe. He later moved to India, where he held dual roles as Marketing Manager and Key Account Manager for the company's aerospace vertical. As Marketing Manager, he worked with several key aerospace customers and was integral to several successful customer engagements. As Key Account Manager, Mr. Krishna was responsible for relationship building and account management for several primary customers in engineering services.

Advancing into the role of Chief Operating Officer, Krishna contributed significantly to Cyient's consistent growth in revenue, margin, customer, and associate satisfaction. Before Cyient, he was with Altera Corporation, a leading semiconductor manufacturer in San Jose, California. He was responsible for the company's flagship product line, APEX. He is also the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Telangana, for 2020-21. Krishna holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a Master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

"From our pioneering roots in the geospatial industry to becoming a global leader in engineering services and solutions, Cyient has crafted a distinctive history over nearly three decades."