Hall of Fame 2015

Sanjay Nayak

Sanjay Nayak is a successful entrepreneur and a well-regarded thought leader in Indian telecom and electronics industry for his views on innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. Nayak co-founded Tejas Networks in Bangalore, as India’s pioneering telecom equipment company. He inculcated a culture of innovation and excellence in Tejas, which has become a market leader in India and is ranked amongst the top-10 global optical networking vendors in its segment. Over the last 10 years, Tejas has cumulatively generated revenues of over US$ 500 Million, has customers in more than 60 countries and employs over 600 people. Prior to founding Tejas Networks, Nayak was Managing Director of Synopsys (India), a global leader in Electronic Design Automation software. Earlier in his career, Nayak served as Director-R&D in Cadence Design Systems and contributed to the development of industry-leading VHDL simulator. He also played a key role working with government and industry to help frame India’s new electronics policies.

Nayak has received several awards including the “Electronics Man of the Year” and “Technovation Sarabhai Award” from Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association. He did his BS from Birla Institute of Technology Mesra (India), where he was the Gold Medalist of his graduating class.

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