Outsourcing Pioneer Narendra Patni Dies Unexpectedly After Heart Surgery

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Narendra Patni, founder of Patni Computers which revolutionized the outsourcing industry, died unexpectedly June 3 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Mass., following complications after a minor heart procedure.

Patni, 71, is survived by his wife Poonam, who co-founded what would later become Patni Computers from their Boston apartment in 1972. The couple formally founded Patni Computer Systems in Pune in 1978, with Narendra Patni’s brothers, Ashok and Gajendra. Narayana Murthy and Senapathy Gopalakrishnan – who later went on to found Infosys – were two of Patni’s first employees.

Patni is also survived by his son Anirudh and his daughter Ambika, who live in Boston. A funeral service was held June 5 morning at the Newton Cemetery in Newton Center, Mass.

A spokeswoman for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital confirmed to India-West that Patni had died at the hospital, but could not release additional information in accordance with medical privacy laws.

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