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Executive Profile: Eric Basu

Eric Basu


Name: Eric Basu.

Company: Sentek Global Inc.

Title: CEO.

No. of employees: 106.

Year founded: 2001.

Education: EMBA, UCLA, 2001; B.S. molecular biology, San Jose State, 1988.

Age: 46.

Current residence: Rancho Santa Fe.

Family: Sons, Mark and Zachary.

Eric Basu is the CEO of Sentek Global, providers of government and commercial information technology solutions, including security, program management, strategic consulting, engineering, software development and acquisition support. He was an honoree of San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in 2009 and 2010. His company is also a current finalist for Best Places to Work award. Basu founded Sentek Global in 2001 and grew the company from his living room to nearly 100 employees in three offices nationwide.


Essential business philosophy: Have a company where the best and brightest in our industry can gravitate toward in order to make a difference.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: Hire well, fire when required.

Guiding principles: I try to run the company like a special operations unit, by hiring people who are “renaissance” performers, skilled and willing to succeed at a variety of tasks and willing to extend themselves when required.

Yardsticks of success: $100M in revenue in 5 years.

Goals yet to be achieved: $100M in revenue in 5 years.


Best business decision: To start my own business.

Worst business decision: Making a business partner out of an old friend without considering the compatibility of our business styles.

Toughest business decision: Restructuring the business to be able to scale on a larger scale.

Biggest missed opportunity: Not restructuring the business earlier.

Mentor: Calvin Lam, friend.

Word that describes you: Aware.


What you like best about your job: Being able to surround myself with smart, like-minded people to work with.

What you like least about your job: Firing people.

Pet peeves: Failure to accept responsibility.

Most important lesson learned: Document in a contract when required.

Person most interested in meeting: Mark Twain. I’d like to see if he as insightful in person as his quotes would imply.

Three greatest passions: Family. Making a difference. Doing what others say can’t be done.

First choice for a new career: Author of children’s books.


Favorite quote: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably correct” — Samuel Johnson.

Most influential book: “Atlas Shrugged,” by Ayn Rand.

Favorite status symbol: Happiness.

Favorite restaurant: Guy Savoy restaurant, in Paris.

Favorite place for business meetings: My back porch.

Favorite vacation spot: Tahiti.

Favorite way to spend time: Working out, or with my children and girlfriend, ideally in combination.


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