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Arun M Kumar is a seasoned global professional of 37 years, senior commercial diplomat having worked with Obama administration, former Silicon Valley entrepreneur and an author. He was born and grew up in Mavelikkara, Kerala.  Arun’s parents were
Mr B. Madhavan Nair, who retired from the India Meteorological Department, and
Mrs Kamala Pandalai. They lived in Jawahar Nagar where Mr Madhavan Nair was the founding father of Prathibha Poshini, a school for underprivileged students in Trivandrum.  Arun Kumar lives with Poornima, his wife of almost 40 years, in Mumbai. They have two sons: Ashvin and Vikram.

He did his schooling at Lawrence School, Lovedale and graduated in Physics from University of Kerala. After working for 5 years with Tata Administrative Services, Arun headed to MIT’s Sloan School of Management to earn his MBA in 1980. Arun is co-editor of “Kerala’s Economy: Crouching Tiger, Sacred Cows,” and the author of a book of poetry, “Plain Truths.

Arun currently serves as the Chairman and CEO, KPMG in India. He succeeds Richard Rekhy who retired in February, 2017.

Arun most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service in the Obama Administration. A former Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Alumnus of the Sloan School of Management, MIT. Member of advisory councils at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Board Experience:
Member, Board of Directors, KPMG International
Member, Board of Directors, KPMG LLP; Chair of the Audit, Finance & Operations Committee
Member of the Board of Directors of KPMG Americas.
Member, Board of Directors, US India Business Council. Chair of the Finance Committee.
Member, Board of Directors, Cydrome Inc.

Corporate Management Experience:
Advisory/ Consulting Services (18 years, KPMG LLP and KPMG Consulting/ BearingPoint)
Leader, KPMG Advisory Management Consulting/ Finance Management, West region
Global leadership team for Business Performance Services
National Partner in Charge, US India Practice

Entrepreneurial and industry/operations experience:
Executive with operational experience in leading global organizations, developing business models and achieving performance goals.
Former CEO/ founder of software company
CFO/ VP of Operations and co-founder of a technology company


High technology (including pre-IPO), financial services, manufacturing, utilities, retail industries
Business intelligence, analytics, finance management, finance and operations transformation, outsourcing and shared services
Cross border and emerging markets

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