Bharat Desai will continue as Chairman of the Board.
"Since joining Syntel, Keshav has consistently demonstrated strong leadership and has been a driving force behind Syntel's success. He has a proven track record of performance and has consistently delivered results in challenging situations," said Bharat Desai.
"As Keshav assumes the role of CEO, as Chairman I will continue to work with Syntel's leadership in driving our market strategy and serving all stakeholders," added Desai.
"I am honoured to accept this opportunity to lead Syntel. For nearly 30 years, Bharat's leadership has transformed Syntel into a premier provider of IT and KPO services. I look forward to working closely with the Board and my team to ensure that Syntel continues to deliver innovative solutions to help our clients win in the marketplace," said Keshav Murugesh.
Keshav Murugesh, 45, joined Syntel in 2002 as Chief Financial Officer. In 2004, he was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer and was named President and COO in 2006.