Ms Suja Chandrasekaran

Distinguished Alumni Award 2015 - Faculty of Information Technology Suja Chandrasekaran is a tech leader with a career that has spanned across multiple continents including Australia, North America/USA, Latin America...

Distinguished Alumni Award 2015 - Faculty of Information Technology

Suja Chandrasekaran is a tech leader with a career that has spanned across multiple continents including Australia, North America/USA, Latin America and Europe, and has led some of the world’s greatest retail and CPG organisations.

Serving as SVP, Global Chief Technology Officer and Chief Data Officer at Walmart Stores Inc., Suja leads engineering, technology and digital transformation for Walmart US, Sam’s Club and Walmart International. The Fortune 1 company, Walmart is the world’s largest retailer with revenues of approximately 482 billion USD.

Prior to that, Suja has served as Global Chief Information Officer of The Timberland Company, where she was accountable for the Footwear, Apparel and Accessories retailer’s technology, ecommerce and digital transformation.

As the VP and Chief Technology Officer of PepsiCo North America, Suja led the company’s digital and technology strategy and delivery for its business units including Frito Lay, Pepsi Beverages, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade and Pepsi Bottling.

As the CIO of Transformation, for Nestle Americas, Suja led the world’s largest food & beverage company’s business transformation initiatives including business process, technology and data transformation for the company’s Global Business Excellence (GLOBE) across Nestle Americas.

Suja has executive development education from London Business School. Suja earned her Master of Business Systems at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

Temple University’s FOX School of Business awarded Suja the IT Leader of the Year award in 2013 for her accomplishments in global digital leadership as a big data and advanced analytics leader and practitioner.

She has been named as one of Top 10 Digital and Technology Leaders in the United States by Financial Times—which also nominated Suja for board of director memberships of several public companies.

Other honors include being named as one of the Top 50 Diverse Executives of 2014 by Diversity MBA Magazine, and as one of the world’s most Iconic Women Leaders in Technology by Interop, InformationWeek, India.

Suja is a Fulbright Specialist/Scholar recognised by Council of International Exchange of Scholars – Institute of International Education. Suja is a Distinguished Alumna recognised by Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is also 2015, 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business, recognised by Asian American Business Development Center.

Suja is also a Women of Color STEM Pioneer award winner for exceptionally creative and pioneering approaches to major challenges in STEM and for being a role model. She has also received several tech awards from organizations such as SAP for pioneering technology work in Retail and consumer industries.

Suja advises CEOs of Silicon Valley based technology startups, and she is on advisory boards of startups on digital marketing, ecommerce, mobility, BigData and analytics.

She is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Silicon Valley, a non-profit body that supports and develops tech entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs, globally and a member of the board of GS1 Data Excellence.

She also remains closely engaged with Monash University in Melbourne, Australia as well as United States based educational institutions including, Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia and the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, through advisory consultations and speaking engagements.

Suja Chandrasekaran is passionate about developing women in technology, as well as supporting Asian Women Leadership, Women of Color STEM initiatives and currently leads several platforms to help actively develop women in STEM. Suja is the founder, sponsor of the Walmart Women in Technology initiative.

A citizen of Australia, India and United States of America, she lives with her husband and their two children in Bentonville, Arkansas – the home of Walmart Stores Inc.