Nitin Kotak joined HHMI in 2011. As chief financial officer, he oversees budget and financial analysis, the controller's office, treasury, internal audit, and procurement.
Kotak came to HHMI from Bethesda, Maryland-based Technest Holdings, Inc., where he was chief financial officer and treasurer.
A native of India, Kotak holds a bachelor of commerce degree and graduated with first class honors in accounting and auditing from the University of Calcutta. He is a senior member of three major professional institutes in India—the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Company Secretaries, and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants. In addition, he has attended management programs at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Kotak started his career in 1981 working as the assistant company secretary for a Tata group enterprise, Tinplate Company of India. He then spent more than 17 years working at ITC Limited, the Indian associate of the Fortune 500 British American Tobacco and one of India's top 15 companies, where he held a variety of finance-related positions. In 1999 he moved to India-based Mattel Toys, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., as its chief financial officer.
Kotak moved to the United States in 2003 to become director of finance and accounting for Able Laboratories, Inc., a publicly traded developer and manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals. A year later, he became Able's vice president for finance and accounting.
Kotak joined Technest in 2005 as vice president for finance and operations and became chief financial officer and treasurer in 2008. Technest provides advanced sensor technologies and services to the National Institutes of Health, defense, homeland security, military, and intelligence agencies.
Kotak also serves as the president of the Maryland based Washington Kali Temple, an Indian religious and cultural center.