Suhit Gupta

Executive Summary :

Senior technology executive with over 20 years of experience in Technology Transformation, IT Engineering and IT Operations, and Application Development. Specializations in organizational design, creation, and turnaround, inter-departmental program management, solutions architecture, and strategy. In depth knowledge of enterprise-wide technologies and their integration in both Financial Services and Internet Technology industries. Proven ability to lead large cross-departmental teams, and manage implementation of technology transformation based strategies. Experience with leading large-scale multi-discipline programs including -

  • Managing technology Infrastructure stack including restructuring, architecting and implementing back-end data center (server, storage, backup, networking) and user-facing workplace (desktop, virtualization, mobility) technologies
  • Trading Floor, including desktop virtualization and turret telephony
  • Patch distribution service development which enabled patch management and software distribution to reduce critical risk to the firm
  • Technology transformation program, including managing consulting teams from McKinsey, Bearing Point, PwC and Deloitte
  • Managing the recall, ranking and relevance of search results and instant answers for the Bing Maps (previously Windows Live Local) search engine

Experience :
THE CARLYLE GROUP, New York, NY 2014 - present
Chief Information Officer (CIO), Solutions March 2014 - present
Responsible for the business value derived from technology solutions for Carlyle’s Solutions business segment, which offers Investment Management services to the marketplace. The Solutions segment develops and manages investment products in Hedge Fund, Real Asset and Private Equity vehicles. Responsible for creating and maintaining a target state technology architecture and implementation of the roadmap for all Technology systems (Application and Infrastructure) in this area.
  • Accountable for the impact and value of technology solutions for the Solutions group
  • Responsible for aligning technology strategy with business imperatives, through definition and fulfillment of key business drivers
  • Responsible for guiding the technology solution evaluation and selection process, including decisions to build vs. buy
  • Accountable for establishing and managing the governance model for the Solutions segment technology to provide guidance & visibility to discretionary and maintenance activities and ensure client engagement
  • Responsible for ensuring Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for technology delivery (resources, budgets, Technology platforms, and BPOs) aligns with industry benchmarks, and managing operating and capital budgets
  • Participate in maintaining the overall Carlyle Technology department strategy and vision

MAPT TECHNOLOGIES, New York, NY 2013 - 2014
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Principal February 2013 - February 2014
Conceived and created an extensible platform for users to visualize social media data with a geographical and temporal context. This involved building a high transaction & high available server and database infrastructure, and a flexible mobility-focused application suite. Jointly responsible for establishing the business model, exploring the viability of the idea, and raising funds for sustainability.
  • Responsible for oversight of all software development, IT infrastructure and technical product/program management 
  • Responsible for architecture, design and creation of a mobile (iPhone, Android) and web experience, the back-end computational logic, and the cloud-based server and database infrastructure. (Development in Objective C, Lua, and Python)
  • Implemented a disciplined, structured environment for quality and delivery accuracy, while allowing for rapid prototyping
  • Implemented earned value management techniques and change control to improve project planning, tracking & oversight
  • Improved requirements, design & test practices, and modified human behavior practices, thus increasing effectiveness

MAVERICK CAPITAL, LTD., New York, NY 2012 - 2013
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) April 2012 - January 2013
Responsible for all technology infrastructure and technical support across the firm, and shaping Maverick’s technology vision by formulating, evaluating, and implementing IT solutions, policies, and initiatives that improve the quality and effectiveness of the strategic goals and the efficiency of the firm’s business operations. Responsible for leading a team of IT professionals, with specific accountability for: datacenter management, market data, database management, network services, risk & strategic services, telecommunications, network & storage architecture, desktop management and mobility, service desk, security and vendor management.
  • Responsible for IT, Telecommunications, Market Data, Database Management, Service Desk, and Risk & Strategic Services teams
  • Liaison to the Investment Systems, Client Systems and Research Systems application development teams and the Quality Assurance team to ensure full understanding of data flow, data integrity, and system security
  • Responsible for managing relationships with technology vendors and suppliers, service providers, and data center partners
  • Responsible for assessing information technology control elements to mitigate IT risks regarding the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of business information
  • Responsible for managing IT Operations team for 7x24 operations and technical support and providing enterprise management of desktop systems, servers and data storage comprised primarily of Windows/Intel platform
  • Ensuring stability and performance of the global network supporting all data, voice and video services including remote access and VoIP implementation
  • Ensured creation of a technology plan to transform Infrastructure from a boutique to an enterprise class technology environment inclusive of staffing, security, process upgrade and technical projects and connected with the business on associated risk management and budgeting

BRIDGEWATER ASSOCIATES, LP., Westport, CT 2008 - 2012
Technology Manager November 2009 - March 2012
Technology Manager in the IT Engineering department with responsibility to create, staff and run the department to excellence. This included ensuring that Engineering was built to transform the IT department maturity direction. Role included ensuring that Engineering was aligned with business technology strategy and goals, managing technology sub-groups in the department, and leading a variety of complex programs to reduce business risk and meet future growth needs
  • Responsible for all infrastructure of the new Trading Floor. Introduced desktop virtualization and a new turret telephony infrastructure to the firm, a Cisco based network, with complete disaster recoverability and robust security
  • Managed a multi-discipline budget across all technology programs and led a large team of engineers and operations associates
  • In order to reduce critical risk to the business, established a patch management as a service in the firm that included software patching of the desktop and server fleet. The program was developed to introduce a methodology to handle both software patching and software distribution
  • Responsible for specifying and creating the Engineering Lab to create an incubation and testing environment for all new technology initiatives. This included setting up an interim lab to handle the most critical programs and the migration into the permanent lab environment
  • Responsible for managing the Workplace Engineering group, which included planning, establishing and managing the desktop engineering team from scratch which would be capable of managing the requirements of the enterprise
  • Ensured Engineering and Operations, (plan-build-run components within IT) were aligned in their initiatives and the department was working on the right things and is meeting business needs
  • Ensured Engineering’s standards were sensible, (provide positive leverage vs. creating bottlenecks). Provided guidance and feedback so that plans and designs were reliable, secure and efficient, and that there was agility and reduction in risk
  • Created goals and responsibilities for the department and the responsibilities for all the managers. Established, enforced, and oversaw excellent management in Engineering. Responsible for all hiring for the department as part of ensuring appropriate Engineering capability/capacity to meet goals

Management Support to the CTO March 2008 - November 2009
Responsible for providing leverage to the CTO. Worked on transforming technology at the firm from boutique to enterprise class. Role included the evaluation and prioritization of the CTO office, and simultaneously leading a number of project initiatives, so that Bridgewater's technology could be transformed in an acceptable timeframe
  • Managed strategic consulting engagements to pull together the technology transformation program for Bridgewater Associates and to launch the execution against a multi-year plan
  • Helped manage the technology budget portfolio for the CTO and the Core Technology department which oversaw a variety of discretionary and day to day operations & support programs
  • Probed and synthesized the technology and personnel risk across the enterprise, and ensured that the CTO was aware of all risks and issues from the various federated technology departments
  • Ensured that the CTO had a prioritized list of responsibilities across all of Technology and worked to ensure that the CTO was working on the right things
  • Introduced Apple's iOS into the enterprise as a mobile computing platform (all employees received iPod Touch devices leading up to iPads, to improve productivity). This has now been expanded into a firm-wide mobile initiative with a proprietary home grown application distribution framework and applications to be utilized by managers and technologists alike
  • Provided the CTO with an actionable synthesis of the performance, issues, risks and management of the Core Technology group, senior management and general technology talent

MICROSOFT CORP., Redmond, WA 2005 - 2008
Program Manager, Bing Maps ( previously Windows Live Local) October 2005 - March 2008
Responsible for the recall, ranking and relevance for search results in the mapping product by Microsoft. Built and managed the roadmap for the product and was instrumental in the prioritization of a product direction new to Microsoft
  • Responsible for Relevance of search results, Query Parsing and Recall of search results. Managed and led a team of 10 developers and testers
  • Responsible for producing industry leading Local Search Instant Answers, ahead of similar products by Google or Yahoo, as rated by Comscore
  • Provided direction and planning leadership for the Relevance team
  • Ensured clear requirements and specifications of features that were prioritized for shipping, and served as Release Manager for the releases for the greater Local Search team
  • Liaised with Microsoft Research to introduce research ideas into the product
  • Recognized as a high potential employee and awarded the Microsoft Gold Star award for excellent performance

GOOGLE, INC., New York, NY 2005
Software Engineer Intern Feb 2005 - June 2005
Invited to work at Google based on assessment of research by the Head of Google, NY. Responsible for developing and testing web classification strategies on very large internet-scale data sets
  • Created classification techniques for the web, based on genre analysis using algorithms that perform at web-level complexities
  • Introduced tree inference mapping algorithms to find similarity in web pages

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY 2000 - 2005
Systems Administrator, Center for Computational Learning Systems June 2004 - September 2005
Lab Manager and Systems Administrator, Programming Systems Lab September 2000 - September 2005
Designed and set up the infrastructure at a new $25M research lab at Columbia University. Separately, responsible for the creation, setup and maintenance of the infrastructure to support the research of the systems group (PSL) that worked on critical DARPA, ONR, NRL, and NSF programs. Influenced the technology strategy for the Computer Science department at Columbia University

ADELPHI UNIVERSITY, Garden City, NY 1997 - 2000
Project Manager, Real Media January 2000 - May 2000
Systems Administrator, Faculty Development Lab June 1999 - August 2000
Systems Administrator and Webmaster, Adelphi University Library May 1997 - May 1999

Education :
Columbia University - September 2001 - June 2005, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Computer Science. Programming Systems Lab. Thesis: “Context-based Content Extraction of HTML Documents”
Columbia University - September 2001 - December 2003, Masters of Philosophy, Computer Science
Columbia University - September 2000 - October 2001, Masters of Science, Computer Science
Oxford University - August 1999 - January 2000, Study Abroad Program, Computer Science and Math
Adelphi University - September 1996 - May 2000, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science and Math

Boards :
  • Society of Information Managers

Honors Awards :
  • Microsoft Gold Star Award for exceptional performance
  • College Select Program, Microsoft Corp., Class of 2005-2006
    • Microsoft Leadership Program for high potential employees (~45 employees per year)
  • Program committee member on the Browsers and User Interfaces track of WWW2006 Conference (
  • Best Student Poster, WWW 2005 Conference (
  • Best Paper Finalist at the WWW2003 Conference - Budapest Hungary