Sid’s Story

“For me the ‘American Dream’ means to have: 1. An honest job, 2. A loving family, 3. A home of your own you can afford, 4. The idea that you can start over and, 5. In this new country, a better life can be yours no matter where you come from.” ~Sid Vaidya
Sid Vaidya :: Keynote Speaker, Author :: SidVaidya.comSid Vaidya has been an international business leader with Electronic Data Systems Corporation where he had global executive responsibilities for information technology in support of General Motors Global Sales, Service and Marketing systems.  He also led account teams servicing many key GM functional areas including Materials, Logistics, Service parts operations,Industrial relations, Motors insurance, Legal; Real estate and Information Processing Centers.

Mr.Vaidya has mentored and inspired global cross-organizational teams of up to 2,000 people and managed P&L budgets of over $400 million. This broad experience provided him invaluable insights into how business, financial, and international challenges are tackled by world-class companies.

Mr.Vaidya reached this position by an inspirational personal journey. He came from an underprivileged background in India, arriving in the United States at the age of 19 for a higher education and better life. He spoke no English, but learned rapidly. With personal fortitude and an optimistic spirit, he worked his way through a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing. He also learned how to adapt to local ways and customs to be culturally aligned with and succeed in American business.

Mr. Vaidya demonstrated an aptitude for computing technologies and by 1979 earned a management role with General Motors. His position transitioned to EDS in 1985 when EDS took responsibility for GM Information Technology worldwide.

In the early 1990s, Mr. Vaidya developed a close relationship with GM’s then Vice Chairman by helping achieve GM’s aggressive cost-conscious, and quality driven strategies. As a trusted partner and advisor, he strengthened and extended the client relationship with excellent service level metrics and bottom line benefits to both EDS and GM.

Mr.Vaidya is now sharing his knowledge with a special emphasis on helping those  who seek to succeed in corporate business in the United States. He gives pragmatic advice on adapting to corporate business culture, dealing with companies as clients and partners and developing executive relationships in a multicultural environment.

1 Electronic Data Systems (EDS), headquartered in Plano, Texas, was established in 1962 by H. Ross PerotGeneral Motors acquired the company in 1984, spun it off again as an independent company in 1996, and became an EDS client. In 2008, Electronic Data Systems was acquired by Hewlett-Packard Co.