Bhargava heads 3i's new focus on outsourcing

08 May 2006

3i, Europe's leading venture capital and private equity company has appointed Akshaya Bhargava to head up its new focus on the global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) market.  3i is aiming to create a significant presence in the $170bn global BPO market.

3i's new BPO team will focus on private equity opportunities which may be Buyouts with a value up to $1bn or Growth Capital investments up to $150m where it will typically invest in profitable companies that manage the traditional back office functions of finance, accounting, HR and procurement services as well as specialist sector outsourcing.

Akshaya (49) is an ex-banker, having spent 22 years with Citibank in a variety of senior positions in India, the Czech Republic and the UK. Until recently he was the CEO of Progeon, the BPO subsidiary of Infosys, India's second largest IT services company. Under Akshaya's leadership, Progeon grew from a start-up, to a company with $86 million in revenues, over 7,000 employees and 22 Fortune 500 customers in less than four years.

Akshaya's remit at 3i is to build a new team to focus on a two-pronged strategy of identifying attractive investment opportunities and leverage offshore BPO for its portfolio companies.  3i will focus initially on companies with minimum revenues of €100m mainly in the financial services sector in the UK, Germany, the USA and India, which can provide the platform to build next generation BPO leaders of tomorrow.

Akshaya commented: "We believe that BPO is a major global trend that can have a transformational impact across several industries. 3i has an enviable reputation as a private equity innovator and I think we are very well placed to take advantage of this trend, drawing on our direct BPO management expertise and global footprint."

Head of Group Markets, Chris Rowlands said: "There are many exciting opportunities in the BPO market internationally.  We are delighted that Akshaya has joined 3i to lead this new sector focus across our private equity business."

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About 3i
3i is a world leader in private equity and venture capital. We focus on Buyouts, Growth Capital and Venture Capital and invest across Europe, in the United States and in Asia Pacific.  Our competitive advantage comes from our international network and the strength and breadth of our relationships in business. These underpin the value that we deliver to our portfolio and to our shareholders.