Wipro, one of India’s leading companies, is under the leadership of CEO Thierry Delaporte, a French citizen residing in Paris. In the Indian IT industry, he holds the distinction of being the highest-paid CEO.
In the fiscal year 2023, Thierry Delaporte earned an annual remuneration of $10 million, which is equivalent to Rs 82.2 crore. Comparatively, C Vijay Kumar, the chief of HCL Tech, received Rs 28.4 crore, and Salil Parekh, the CEO of Infosys, earned Rs 56.4 crore during the same period. Former TCS CEO Rajesh Gopinathan’s earnings stood at Rs 29 crore.
Besides being the CEO, Thierry Delaporte also holds the position of Managing Director at Wipro, an esteemed IT firm valued at $11 billion, with a vast workforce of over 250,000 employees across six continents.
Before taking charge at Wipro, he served at Capgemini for 25 years, where he held the roles of CEO and board member. Additionally, Thierry Delaporte co-founded a non-profit organization that focuses on aiding the professional and social integration of underprivileged young adults. He also serves as an independent director at Saint-Gobain.
Despite leading a technology-focused company, Thierry Delaporte does not have an engineering background. His educational qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in economy and finance from SciencesPo Paris, along with a Master of Laws from Sorbonne University.
During an interview with Forbes, he revealed that his decision to leave the company he had been with for 25 years was driven by his desire to embark on a new journey. He took a sabbatical and embarked on a transatlantic trip with his wife.
Before assuming his role at Wipro, he engaged in a 45-day daily conversation with Rishad Premji, where they extensively discussed the company’s culture and values.