Veteran CIO Pratap Gharge retires from Bajaj Electricals

Pratap Gharge, CIO at Bajaj Electricals, will retire on 30 June. He was a true visionary well ahead of his time. Here’s a look at his exceptional stint as an IT leader.

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One of India’s most prolific and well-known CIOs, Pratap Gharge, will retire on 30 June – marking an end to an illustrious 33 year career at Bajaj Electricals.

What stands out is the fact that Gharge was able to reach the position of Head IT within 12 years of him joining the company, and he has since been leading the function at the 80-year old electrical manufacturing giant.

In addition to heading the IT function at Bajaj Electricals, Gharge played the role of a joint project manager for the organization’s transformation project. The drive focused on business process improvements across supply chain legs, in addition to optimization of resources across all business units.

Awards won in CIO100 

  • 2009 – CIO100 Main Award
  • 2013 – CIO100 Main Award
  • 2013 – Information Mastermind
  • 2014 – CIO100 Main Award
  • 2015 – CIO100 Main Award
  • 2015 – Innovation Architect
  • 2015 – Hall of Fame

A well-known face in the CIO circuit, Pratap Gharge was responsible for all digital transformation initiatives at Bajaj Electricals. He has also been a member of the executive council at Bajaj Electricals and played a key role to steer the business.

He was instrumental in leading various transformation projects and adopting the latest technologies to facilitate business growth.

A bold CIO well ahead of his time

Gharge shot into the limelight when he spearheaded Bajaj Electricals in becoming one of the first companies in India to implement ERP, CRM, SCM and business intelligence together – in one shot, with complete integration. And this was way back in 2010.

He led the ‘balanced scorecard project’ which used software metrics for performance tracking. Gharge also formed and led an internal IT team at Bajaj Electricals to build – from scratch – a CRM product for after-sales service, that integrated over 350 franchises.

Four-time CIO100 Award winner and a Hall of Famer

Gharge’s bold and innovative IT strategies earned him the CIO100 Award in 2009, and he went on to complete hatrick by winning the award in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In 2013, he also won the ‘Information Mastermind’ award. In 2015, he bagged the ‘Innovation Architect’ award, and was also conferred the coveted ‘Hall of Fame’ award.

Gharge holds the distinction of being the winner of the first CIO Awards conducted by the CIO Association of India in 2010.

CIO India bids Pratap Gharge a fond farewell and wishes him all the best for his future endeavours.