Joins small group of female CEOs leading privately held companies with billion dollar-plus valuations
Chicago, Bangalore and London — February 3, 2016 – Mu Sigma, the world’s largest pure-play provider of decision sciences and analytics solutions, has appointed Ambiga Dhiraj, formerly Chief Operating Officer, to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective immediately. She joins an exclusive and short list of female CEOs to lead privately held companies with billion dollar-plus valuations. Founder and former CEO, Dhiraj Rajaram, will continue in a full-time capacity with the company and remain as chairman.
Ambiga Dhiraj has been with Mu Sigma for more than eight years, having led functions of talent management, marketing, innovation and product development before assuming the role of COO in February 2012. In that role she drove major improvements to the company’s India operations and the global delivery of products and services to the market.
“I am honoured and excited at the opportunity to lead Mu Sigma in its purpose to help clients adopt a fundamentally new approach to decision sciences and problem solving,” said Ambiga Dhiraj. She began her career in 1998 as a research lead at Motorola, and holds both a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, specialising in Artificial Intelligence, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Mu Sigma is headquartered in Chicago, with its main delivery centre in Bangalore, India, and its UK and European base in London.
While Ambiga will lead the company out of Bangalore, Dhiraj will spend more time across the US and other parts of the world to engage more directly with Mu Sigma clients there – more than 140 of the Fortune 500. He’ll also spend time designing new offerings for the company’s man-machine ecosystem, forge strategic alliances, and explore options for using the company’s healthy balance sheet to further cement its position as market leader.
“Mu Sigma is moving from its adolescence into its prime,” said company founder Dhiraj Rajaram. “The rate at which we’ve added new clients, combined with the amount of help that our clients demand in realising the potential of Big Data, led me to this decision to work with them more closely. Ambiga is one of the most design-oriented and operationally strong leaders that I’ve ever worked with. The company had planned for this possibility, and the time is right.”
Shailendra Singh, Managing Director at Sequoia Capital – an investor in Mu Sigma – said: “We support and recognise this change as yet another sign of Mu Sigma’s growth. This move will unleash Dhiraj to help large enterprises capitalise on the incredible amount of change they’re facing.”
Dhiraj Rajaram added: “It’s been a privilege to lead the Mu Sigma team, but I know in my heart that this new role is how I can add the most value to both the company and its clients. Our purpose as a company will never change, but we must occasionally change how we pursue that purpose.”