Tathagat Varma India

Country Head

TathagatVarma is a highly sought-after public speaker, accomplished thought leader, agile transformation leader, published author and startup mentor. He has trained over 5000+ professionals, delivered 200+ public talks and conference papers, published 150+ blogs and articles, mentored over 100+ startups, and published a book (""Agile Product Development"", 2015).

A product leader and technologist with 25+ years’ experience, Tathagat has played significant technical and leadership roles , including VP for Strategic Process Innovations (24[7] Innovation Labs), Head of Business Operations / GM and Country Head (Yahoo!, NetScout, Network General), Director of Engineering / Group Head (McAfee, Huawei), Product Manager (Network General, Huawei, Philips), Software Architect / Tech Lead (Philips, Siemens), Computer Scientist (DRDO) and Process Coach / Agile Transformation Leader (Yahoo!, NetScout, Huawei and Philips). He is specialized at leading Agile transformations and has successfully acted as advisor and guide to implement successful transformations across leading enterprises. 

He is the Founder and CEO of Thought Leadership, a premier knowledge and learning based consulting company, that offers bespoke coaching and interdisciplinary consulting in strategy, agility, innovation and leadership.



Sr Director Business Operations 2009 - 2013

I managed Strategic Programs and Strategic Change Initiatives, Outsourced Product Development (OPD) and Business Operations at Yahoo! India R&D which includes center-wide strategic programs, horizontal change initiatives, Enterprise-wise Agile Transformation Program, Business Excellence, Corporate PMO, Tech PMO, IP Program and the G&A groups. 

As head of OPD, I was responsible to define strategic vision of Yahoo!'s OPD, identify vendors who can execute to that vision, and manage those engagements for long-term.

[24]7 Innovation Labs

VP, Strategic Process Innovations and HR 2013 - 2014

At [24]7, I was responsible for designing and deploying organization-wide end-to-end execution framework to deliver highest value to our customers. I led the global agile transformation strategy across the organization, and I coached leaders and trained teams into adopting effective agile practices.

Between Oct '13 and Jun '14, I was additionally responsible for HR functions for Innovation Labs as the VP of HR for Innovation Labs.

Founder and CEO 2014 - 2017

Thought Leadership is a premier knowledge and learning based consulting, and offers bespoke coaching and interdisciplinary consulting in strategy, agility, innovation and leadership. 

Since starting up in Oct 2014, we have been engaged in several challenging and interesting assignments, some of them being:

  • Leading enterprise-wide agile transformation,
  • Trained over 5000+ professionals on agile, scrum, lean, kanban, human-centered design, innovation, design thinking, creativity, leadership, etc.
  • Trained over 500+ managers and leaders on agile mindset.
  • Coached 150+ senior leaders on agile culture and leadership
  • Mentored over 100+ startups and entrepreneurs across the globe
  • Coached 40+ product owners
  • Coached leadership team on mentoring startups
  • Consulted on designing agile appraisal systems

We have delivered our work at leading companies including [24]7 Innovation Labs, ADP, Avaya, BNY Mellon / iNautix, Citrix, Fidelity, Flipkart, Honeywell, Huawei, Intel, McKinsey, Oracle, Samsung, Schneider, SkyHigh, Societe Generale, Synerzip, Tata Communications, TCS, Walmart, WinShuttle, and Yahoo!, among others.

  • Accelerators (Google Launchpad, NUMA, SAP Startup Studio, Tata Communications, Societe Generale, IIT Kharagpur, IIM Udaipur, Deshpande Foundation, HULT Prize India, etc.)
  • Corporates (Philips, GE, HP, McKinsey, Cisco, KPMG, Logica, Intuit, Stryker, Infosys, Cerner, KLA-Tencor, Amdocs, Veritas, etc.)
  • Industry forums (NASSCOM Product Conclave, CII, Zinnov, Product Tank, etc.)
  • Conferences (Agile India, Global Scrum Gathering, PMI, PDMA, etc.)
  • Academic institutions (UCLA PGPX, Institute of Product Leadership, UpGrad, SIBM, St. Joseph's College of Business Administration).

The complete list is available at 

ChinaSoft International

Country Head 2017 - Present

Chinasoft was founded in 2000, and is listed at the Hong Kong stock exchange. It offers technical and professional services (including strategic consulting, software platform, data analysis, product engineering and application development and management) and solutions (including telecom, finance, internet and hi-tech, and public utilities and other industries).

In my role, I am responsible for establishing and leading ChinaSoft India.


Design Thinking: Understanding the Process

Oct 2017 - Present

Leading with Innovation

Oct 2017 - Present

The New Rules of Work

Oct 2017 - Present

Building Trust

Oct 2016 - Present


University of Allahabad

Master of Science (MSc) 1989 - 1990

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Certificate 2004 - 2004

XLRI Jamshedpur

PGCHRM 2006 - 2008

Cornell university

Certificate 2008 - 2008

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