M. M. "Sath" Sathyanarayan

Occupation: President, Global Development Consulting, Inc.

First Car: An old Plymouth Valiant

Favorite Restaurant: BJ's in Cupertino, CA - They serve a variety of foods

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). I have started to learn golf
b). I love music
c). I enjoy Indian classical dance—BharataNatyam.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

My greatest professional adventure was the pioneering work in global outsourcing in the early 90s while at HP/Tandem; most people had not heard of the concept. I still remember the comment from an executive who was leaving the company “Good luck to you; you are going to need it!” We had to come to grips with so many issues at the time and develop processes. It was fun working with a highly dedicated team both here in the US and in India and I credit the tremendous team work that made it very successful.

What's your best childhood memory?

Visiting with my grandparents.

My father as my Guru (he was a teacher) who taught me math and English.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

My parents; I would like them to see how well things have turned out, all due to their effort and sacrifices.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Golf; Ever since I got introduced to golf a few years ago, I have been fascinated with the game. It is a constant learning experience and I enjoy the challenge.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

Most recent non-business books I read are by Dan Brown (1) Da Vinci Code and (2) Angels and Demons and (3) Digital Fortress.

I also like books by Michael Crichton and books on philosophy.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

My wife and I enjoy travel. Europe is our favorite destination. But we want to continue to travel all over the world.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

Sankara Eye Foundation; they are doing a lot of good work to restore vision for people in India who cannot afford to do it on their own.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Devoting more time to learning golf and travelling.
Devoting more time to speaking and writing on my favorite topic - Global Outsourcing.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

I have always enjoyed helping solve customer problems; since I happen to get into global outsourcing when it was still in its infancy, I gathered a lot of expertise on the subject. When my former colleagues and other business associates began venturing into global outsourcing, I began getting calls to help them; then I saw an ongoing need. So I established Global Development Consulting to fill that need.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Put customer first - sounds like a cliche - but putting it in practice is not always easy.
Listen hard to understand the challenges faced by your clients.
Think outside the box; think how best you can help solve their problems.