Throughout history, it is the people who had the abili- ty and courage to think big and fully commit them- selves to the mission that have impacted humanity with a positive and lasting outcome.
Dr Romesh Wadhwani is one of those men.
Dr Wadhwani serves as chairman of the board of the company that I lead, MSC Software, which at 50, is one of the 10
oldest software companies on the planet. The company was
catalyzed by President Kennedy’s 1962 call for the mission to
reach the moon by the end of the decade.
Over the past few years, I have had the good fortune to
meet and share ideas with some of the pioneers from our
nation’s space program. This included several of MSC’s
incredible founders who had the confidence of the US government and the flight director of the Apollo Space Mission
at NASA, who an entire nation stood behind.
These were extraordinary men who showed me similar
qualities. They are very smart, gifted with a thirst for knowledge, and possessing the innate ability to invent. They were
supremely confident in delivering into a completely uncertain future. Their personal commitment to success was selfless and unwavering. They were leaders and they completed
the mission. As a result, they all played a part in helping to
inspire a society and move mankind forward.
Dr Wadhwani without question can be put in the category
of these men who help to move humanity forward.
Whether it is in businesses that he has touched, which have
provided economic prosperity to tens of thousands of families
‘One of those men who helps
to move humanity forward’
Dominic Gallello finds inspiration in Romesh
Wadhwani’s pioneering spirit.
or in social initiatives, his principles are the same.
He thinks big — always seeking a step change — he invests
in the face of uncertainty, he commits and he drives himself,
and motivates others to accomplish the mission.
Without hesitation, he tackles what others would consider
as unsolvable problems and turns them into large opportunities.
His multidimensional, strategic thinking lifts the people
around him to take on challenges with the confidence that
they can be achieved.
The result — companies that he is involved with improve
dramatically by providing better results for their customers
and more personal prosperity for their employees.
For my own company, under Dr Wadhwani’s guidance, we
have returned to growth, innovation, a strong brand and a
future that is very bright.
Dominic Gallello is president and chief executive officer,
Transforming the lives of millions
Romesh Wadhwani has the heart to use his immense wealth for the welfare of society, says Ajay Kela.
During my first meet- ing with Romesh, almost 10 years ago, it became evident hat I was meeting
someone extraordinary; this
reaction is not uncommon.
I had recently returned from a
trip to India and had made the
decision to not give my business
to Symphony Services (one of
Romesh’ companies). Romesh
asked for a meeting to understand why he had lost my business.
Here was a man who had just
sold his company for over $9 billion eager to understand and
learn why he lost a business that
was going to generate less than
$400K per year for one of his
During the meeting his intense
passion for excellence through
knowledge and learnings came alive. I found
myself wanting a longer term association
with the man.
To my surprise, Romesh asked me if I
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From left, Ajay Kela of the Wadhwani Foundation, Indian lawmaker Kapil
Sibal, Senator Mark Warner and Glenn Dubois, chancellor, Virginia’s
would go and run Symphony Services in
India. I made the spot decision to move to
India after having lived in the US for more
than 22 years.
My journey with Romesh continues, first as President of Symphony
Services and now over the past four
years as president and chief executive officer of Wadhwani
Through a decade of association,
I have come to regard Romesh as
one of the most brilliant, determined, and hard working individuals with an immense intellect and
appetite to generate wealth and a
heart to use most of that wealth for
the welfare of society (Romesh
recently signed the Gates Buffet
Giving Pledge where he has committed to donate most of his personal wealth).
While his extraordinary success
both as a serial entrepreneur and
subsequently as the chief nurturer
and driver of a group of companies
(most of which he founded) within
his private equity firm, Symphony
Romesh started the foundation 10 years
ago with the mission of creating millions of
jobs and thus accelerating the economic
development of emerging economies.
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