FREMONT, Calif. -- iGATE, the first integrated technology and operations company providing Business Outcomes-based solutions, in association with Forbes, publisher of Forbes magazine and forbes.com, has announced that nine-time major golf champion Gary Player will co-host the inaugural iGATE CEO Cup, Jan. 12-13, 2013 at the Stadium Course at TPC® Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The iGATE CEO Cup will invite CEOs of Global 2000 companies based in North America to play in this first-class, championship-style golf tournament on a world-renowned golf course which plays host to a leading PGA TOUR event. The participating CEOs will compete for a $100,000 purse entirely donated to the CEOs' chosen charities. It will be one of the largest corporate golf events in North America.
CEOs will compete in a two-day tournament with trophies and prizes being awarded in different formats, including low individual scores.
"This is truly a one-of-a-kind event, bringing together some of the best minds in business to compete in the world's greatest game on one of the world's finest courses," Player said. "We're going to have a lot of fun at the iGATE CEO Cup. I'm really looking forward to the chance to share some tips with this group and see which golfers really have their games in shape."
"This promises to be the thrill of a lifetime for any golfer who has watched and admired Gary Player over the years," said Phaneesh Murthy, CEO, iGATE. "He stands as an inspiration to all of us with his many accomplishments, and we look forward to having him on board for our inaugural CEO tournament."
"Golf is such a popular sport with CEOs," added Murthy, "we felt it presented the best platform for leaders to compete and network among their peers while having some fun along the way. We take great pride in working with Forbes - a media organization with an unparalleled stature and respect throughout the business community - to put on this exciting event."
"From our experience, CEOs like a challenge and they enjoy participating in events that bring together leaders in their field while supporting a charitable cause," said Robert Forbes, Vice President of Forbes. "When iGATE came to us with the idea of hosting a charity golf tournament for CEOs, we saw very quickly that the company is innovative in its thought processes. We look forward to working with iGATE to put on an event that will be memorable for all involved."
Player, a Hall of Famer, is one of five golfers to win golf's career Grand Slam. His major championships include the 1961, 1974 and 1978 Masters, the 1965 U.S. Open, the 1959, 1968 and 1974 British Open, and the 1962 and 1972 PGA Championship. He is the most successful international golfer of all time, having won 165 professional tournaments across the globe over five decades.
An accomplished businessman and renowned golf-course architect with more than 325 course designs, Player will conduct a golf clinic for CEOs playing in the event. He will also participate in tournament receptions and attend the awards ceremony.
iGATE Corporation is the first integrated technology and operations (iTOPS) company providing full-spectrum consulting, technology and business process outsourcing, and product and engineering solutions on a Business Outcomes-based model. Armed with over three decades of IT Services experience and powered by the iTOPS platform, iGATE's multi-location global organization has a talent pool of over 27,000 employees and consistently delivers effective solutions to over 300 clients including Fortune 1000 companies spanning verticals such as: banking and financial services; insurance and healthcare; life sciences; manufacturing, retail, distribution and logistics; media, entertainment, leisure and travel; communication, energy and utilities; public sector; and independent software vendors. Please visit www.igate.com for more information. iGATE Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "IGTE."
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