THE US-based Brigade Corporation is expanding
its delivery centres in Hyderabad and Chennai.
It plans to recruit about 1,200 employees in
the next 12 months and invest about $8 million (Rs
36 crore) in additional infrastructure in the two
cities, Mr Sri Dasari, Chief Executive Officer,
Brigade, told Business Line recently.
The company employs about 900 in India and
added over 150 employees recently.
It will recruit 250 more in the next three
The company is looking for engineering and MBA
graduates with some computer science background,
In the first phase of infrastructure expansion,
Brigade plans to construct a 50,000 sq ft centre
in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, with an employee
strength of 700.
In the second phase, the company will have a
campus of about one lakh sq ft on the outskirts of
Hyderabad with about 1,200 employees, he said.
In Chennai, the company is looking at setting
up a 30,000-50,000 sq ft centre on the Old
Mahabalipuram Road, the information technology
corridor, he said.
"I will invest from my personal funds for the
expansion," he said.
According to Mr Dasari, Brigade is likely to
report revenues of about $17 million for fiscal
ending March 2005.
Existing clients would contribute about $13
million, and new clients about $4 million, he
Brigade, one of the oldest business process
outsourcing companies, provides e-support, voice,
transaction support and chat support, with focus
on business transaction services.
Last year it dropped its acquired,
transformation and leveraged (ATL) business model,
wherein Brigade would go to a client, acquire an
account (say an IT service) and provide service,
The change in model followed the acquisition of
the entire stake held by General Atlantic Partners
in Brigade for an undisclosed amount by the
management of Brigade led by Mr Dasari, who was
then the president of Brigade India.
In April 2002, Brigade received a $50-million
investment from GAP, a global private equity firm,
and it still owns some options in the company, he
The company has gone from two clients to seven
clients within eight months of acquisition, and
another client is expected to be signed on soon,
he added, without disclosing the client's name.