A proud moment for DCSMAT Institutions!
Our Governing Council member Sri. Arun M. Kumar has been nominated to a key administrative position of US Government by President Barak Obama. He is appointed as Assistant Secretary, Department of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service in this difficult time of US Economy when it wants to increase exports.
He was just retired from KPMG LLP, where he served as a partner and member of the Board of Directors. At KPMG, Kumar’s career covered a wide canvas: building a cross border business, catalyzing a global alliance, creating thought leadership, and serving on the Board of the firm.
Kumar was motivated by many passions. He sought to advance the state-of-the art in management practices as he served global clients in financial management with pioneering solutions. He served on Financial Executive International’s Committee on Finance Information Technology, spoke at conferences on finance transformation, co-founded KPMG’s Share Forum on Planning, published white papers every year and authored articles in Financial Executive.
Kumar was committed to growing business in the US India corridor. He served on the Board of the US India Business Council, participated in President Obama’s 2010 Executive Mission to India, and moderated marquee events on India at the Asia Society, New York and in Silicon Valley. He co-edited a book, Kerala’s Economy: Crouching Tiger, Sacred Cows, published by DC Books. He gave his energies to organizations ranging from the American India Foundation to the Foundation for Excellence, dedicated to social and economic advancement.
Kumar engaged with academic leaders in a broad range of areas. He served on Stanford University’s Humanities & Sciences Council for six years and on the Executive Advisory Board of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He spoke at conferences at MIT, Stanford and Columbia.
Even while inhabiting these different worlds, he found time to write poetry. His first anthology, Plain Truths, published three years ago by Current Books, was greeted by the San Jose Mercury News with the headline “Valley Finds Voice in Poet.” His poetry readings in the United States and India received news and television coverage from New York to Bangalore.
Arun Kumar was born in Mavelikkara, Kerala. He did his schooling at the Lawrence School, Lovedale. On graduating from University College, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, he was selected into the elite Tata Administrative Service (TAS). After five years working with current Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata, Arun headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, earning an MBA in 1980.
From MIT, Arun moved to Silicon Valley where he co-founded three companies.
Arun Kumar’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 35 years, in Los Altos Hills, California. They have two sons: Ashvin, 30, founder and CEO of Silicon Valley venture Tophatter.com, married to Melisa Shah, a physician; and Vikram, 28, who works in government relations and business development at Verisign Inc. in Washington DC.