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Mar 7, 2011

Ramesh D. Grover, Founder-Chairman of CMS Group of companies, passes away

Mumbai - Ramesh D. Grover, one of the early luminaries in establishing India as a global IT powerhouse, and the founder and Chairman of the CMS Group of companies, passed away late Saturday night in Mumbai. He was 66 years old. Highly respected in the Indian market, the CMS Group employs over 21,000 employees.

Mr. Grover started his career with IBM after graduating as a Mechanical Engineer from BITS, Pilani. After 10 years with IBM, he started his own IT Services firm along with two other IBM Executives, to support the machines that IBM left behind after their exit from India. In 1976, he founded this small set-up, 'Computer Maintenance Services', commonly known as "CMS". Ever since, CMS Computers Ltd. has rapidly grown from a maintenance and outsourcing firm to a diversified conglomerate serving the IT and ITES needs of the largest Indian and global enterprises in India, best known for its road traffic signals automation & transport management systems, electronic and security systems, card printing and card personalization. CMS is also actively engaged in software development & export worldwide through its fully owned subsidiary SYSTIME, with three development centers in Mumbai, Pune & Chennai staffed by over 1100 professionals.

CMS Traffic Systems Ltd provides Intelligent Transport System (ITS) solutions that reduce traffic congestion and coordinate emergency responses, speed toll payments, surveillance & incident detection using CCTV, enforce Red-Light jumping & speed checks, regulate commercial traffic via state-of-the-art Traffic Control System, and ensure lane discipline through Hot Applied Thermoplastic Road Marking.

CMS Energy Management Systems provides energy management and power quality solutions for Utilities (Power Plants, Transmission and distribution), Data Centers, and several industries including Cement, Textile, Steel, Paper, Chemical, Pharma, Engineering, Plastic, Food Processing, and services like Hospitals, Hotels, Airports, Dock yards, and Commercial Complexes.

Its broadcast division, CMS-NVL, provides turnkey solutions for TV Satellite Channels and their high-end application areas like e-classroom and Telemedicine.

For the last 61 years, Kaycee Industries, an integral part of CMS Computers Ltd., has been one of India’s leading providers of electrical and electronic components, such as Rotary Switches, Rotary Cam Switches, Micro and Toggle Switches, Weather Tight Switches, Breaker Control Switches, Water Meters, Counters and Fuse Fittings.

In e-Governance, CMS is among the few partners for large ICT-based service delivery projects, which are operationalized in more than seven states including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal. These run more than 4000 Citizen Service Centers across the country offering various Services to the Indian citizens, such as Ration Card Issuance and Food Grain Management, Health Management (HMIS) Delivery, Municipal Management Services (ULBs), Police Services, Co-operative Societies (PACS), Single Window Services, Land Records, Property Registration, Transport Services, Road Transport Services Integration and Education Services.

In 2008, Mr. Grover partnered with the Blackstone Group, one of the world's largest Private Equity firms and financial advisory services provider, to create CMS Infosystems, a leading IT & outsourced business services provider focusing on Retail Banks, Insurance, Telecom, Retail, PSU and Government segments.