“I come from a middle-class family, so throughout childhood I had to try and make it to the top three to qualify for scholarships. When you are in that kind of environment you learn to become competitive. I learnt pretty early in life how to manage with limited resources and still drive excellence,” says Modi. It’s really paid off. He got nine promotions in 10 years, and now heads technology at S&P Global India.
Becoming a techie was not what Pratik had dreamt of during his school days in Gujarat. He wanted to be a doctor, like his elder brother.
But fate had something else in store. “Just 15 days before my 12th board exams, dad suffered a heart attack. I couldn’t focus on studies and scored only 88%,” he recollects.
Unable to afford a seat in a self-financed medical college, he took admission in 2002 in BE computers at Vishwakarma Government Engineering College at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. In 2006, despite topping college, he joined a startup instead of an MNC, like most of his friends. Two years later, the startup was acquired by US-based Comcast, and Pratik moved to Bengaluru with SAP Labs.
“At SAP Labs, I did a lot of transformation work but I wanted to join a company where I could contribute more. My roots were in Ahmedabad, so I came back and joined SNL Financial in 2010,” he says.
In 2015, SNL Financial was acquired by S&P Global, where he has since had an amazing career run, from individual contributor to the top technology leadership position in India in just three years.
As a leader, you’re always watched by your team, stakeholders and customers. So, it’s important to demonstrate behaviour which inspires, to build relationships based on trust, and allow people to experiment, fail fast and fail safe.
Pratik Modi, head of technology, S&P Global India
At S&P Global, Modi has been building next-gen technology platforms. He ramped up his team from just 25 to 1,100 after taking over as tech head in 2018.
As tech head he has defined strategies, architecture and technology roadmap for multiple products. India now powers 90% of the product portfolio for S&P Global.
“I achieved all this by constantly learning new skills, delivering on commitments, being customer obsessed and inspiring everyone around me to go above and beyond,” he says.