Salim Ghauri – Netsol

Salim Ghauri emerged as an IT entrepreneur in 1995 when he clean swept the market with the introduction of NetSol Technologies.  Through his company, he introduced IT of Pakistan to the world, receiving loads of success in no time. The “Bill Gates of Pakistan” is an iconic and influential figure, who has left his mark on the society.

NetSol technology is a true-life success story. With more than 120 IT professionals, engineers and developers working at the head office in Lahore, NetSol is the first and only Pakistani based IT company to get listed in NASDAQ. Today, it has an international presence in Australia, UK, and USA with $10 million turnover. The company has come a long way since its set up, and has never looked back.

NetSol has had quite a remarkable journey; starting out with a small team working in a humble two room office, now it has headquarters in Calabasas, California and a presence in four continents. NetSol is Pakistan’s biggest IT exporter, a leading IT employer and Pakistan’s first CMMI level 5 certified company. Salim Ghauri is one of the country’s leading IT entrepreneurs and an epitome of development in Pakistan’s IT industry. Spearheading the company, Salim has helped NetSol achieve global recognition as a leading supplier of IT software and solutions for the finance and leasing, capturing over 90 percent of the Chinese Auto Leasing market. Both NetSol and Salim Ghauri have received great recognition at both local and global levels and have won numerous accolades.

NetSol still remains the only CMMI level 5 certified company in Pakistan. The success of NetSol as a global organization can be gauged from the fact that since 2003 NetSol has received the Best IT Export Performance Award every year. Along with this, NetSol has received P@SHA’s ( Pakistan Software Houses Association) ICT awards for Best IT/ITES Employer Award, Best E-Government & Services Award, and Best Revenue Growth Award. Salim’s commitment to driving product excellence in LeaseSoft helped it win the prestigious Asia Pacific ICT Alliance award for “Best Financial Industry Application” in 2007. NetSol is also ranked among the top-10 ‘Fastest Growing Software Companies’ in the US, and it is the first and only Pakistani company trading on the NASDAQ.

Salim Ghauri too has received a lot of recognition just like his brainchild NetSol. Salim’s commitment to local IT talent and strife to make it prosperous culminated in the award for “Pioneer in Taking Technology Global” from CIO magazine. Salim also received the 8th Teradata National IT Excellence Award from Senator Raza Rabbani. And as a gesture to show the importance of Salim’s contribution to Pakistan’s IT industry, the Government of Pakistan appointed him as the chairman on the taskforce on Information and Communication Technologies.

Salim Ghauri has successfully brought passion, motivation, and inspiration to prospective new generation of IT entrepreneurs in Pakistan. The emergence of NetSol technologies reflects company’s belief in high quality management techniques.  The company continues to flourish on its policy of investing in processes and human capital. Salim Ghauri is a steadfast and staunch supporter of development of talent in youth through as “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”-Malcolm X. Salim Ghauri and Netsol Technology are the assurance that they will continue to provide faithful support for IT industry in Pakistan.

Ref : Plan9 Techhub

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