Until 2014, Prakash Jalihal served as Managing Director and senior vice president of Fidelity Information Services (FIS) for Latin America and the Caribbean and was responsible for the direct management of sales and operations for the company’s business in that region The company now operates in over 30 countries in the region and is rated #1 Financial Technology company by FinTech.
Jalihal began his career with FIS, formerly Alltel Information Services and formerly Systematics in 1972. Prior to his current position, he has held various positions: Programmer/analyst, Systems Development Division manager, Planning and Research manager, Little Rock Processing Center manager, Global Client Operations manager.
Before joining Fidelity Information Services, Jalihal was a production control engineer with International Harvester Company in Bombay, India.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bombay in 1970 and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1972.
From 1995 through 2001, Mr. Jalihal served on the Global Advisory Board for the Thunderbird School for International Management and is currently on Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Arkansas Engineering School.
Mr. Jalihal currently serves on the Board of EAST Initiative, a non-profit organization established to promote Environmental and Spatial Technology in schools in Arkansas and surrounding states, based on project based learning. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the non-profit Best Buddies Arkansas.
In 2009, he was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Computing and in 2011, he was inducted into Arkansas Academy for Industrial Engineers.
In 2014, Mr. Jalihal joined the Global Technology Deployment Initiative as a Senior Advisor. The charter of GTDI is to provide funding and deploy technology in the countries that lack funding and do not have a technology distribution channel.
In 2014, he was also elected as a member of Arkansas Accelerator, an economic development advocacy group that promotes creation of high paying jobs and formation of new companies as part of a knowledge based economy.