V K Mathews is the Founder and Executive Chairman of The IBS Group. Mathews founded IBS in 1997 with a vision to redefine the way the global travel, transportation and logistics industries managed their businesses. What started as a modest entrepreneurial venture with 55 inexperienced engineers and a single customer is, today, a multinational corporation, serving over 170 clients worldwide, employing over 2000 professionals from 30 different nationalities and poised to be the No. 1 IT solution provider to the global air transportation industry. Mathews was instrumental in IBS acquiring six international companies (in Europe, USA and India) during its 19 year journey which has added its portfolio of offerings to some of the best airlines, busiest airports, leading cruise lines, top oil & gas companies and renowned travel distributors & hotel groups in the world.
With over 30 years of work experience, Mathews is a thought leader and a specialist in aviation business. He is a much sought after speaker at various aviation events including those organized by IATA, ICAO and AACO.
Mathews holds several important positions in Government agencies, academic institutions and trade bodies in India. He is the Executive Council Member of NASSCOM, the premier trade body of the IT-BPO industries in India and chairs several institutions including NASSCOM Regional Council, GTECH (the association of IT companies in Kerala), Trivandrum Agenda Task Force and Trivandrum CityConnect Foundation. He is a Member of the Board of Director of Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, Investment Promotion Council – Kerala, Kerala ICT Academy and Technopark, Kerala, India. Mathews is the past Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Kerala and a current member of CII Southern Regional Council. He has received several awards from the Government, media and trade associations including Management Leadership Award, Business Man of the Year Award, IT Man of the Year Award, Millennium Leadership Award and Enterprise Excellence Award.
Mathews holds a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and had executive management education from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.