Meet The Former Missile Engineer Who Made Billions Outsourcing Jobs — To The U.S.

Raj Sardana appears in the aisle of the Innova Solutions corporate jet at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport just past 9 a.m. After spending the weekend at a wedding in nearby Jersey City, the 63-year-old is flying to Minneapolis to visit the Mall of America, where he has an outpost of his fast-growing Georgia-based staffing and IT outsourcing firm. He’s joined by his wife of 37 years, Nita, and son Rajan, 28, both vice presidents at the company.

Tossing aside their Louis Vuitton luggage and sunglasses, the trio nestle into the plush, wood-framed seats of the $9.5 million Bombardier Global Express, purchased by Innova in 2020 as an upgrade to its previous Challenger 850, which Sardana points out was used in the first season of Netflix’s billionaire-focused soap opera, Dynasty. Once in the air, the family digs into plates of omelets, fruit and pastries served to them with golden knives and forks by an assistant who says she was hired two weeks prior

Sardana, who came to the U.S. from India 42 years ago and started his company in 1998, is reveling in his newfound success. Over the past three years, Innova (known until recently as American CyberSystems or ACS) has muscled its way into the ranks of the U.S.’s top IT services firms. Revenue tripled to $2.4 billion in 2022, up from $860 million in 2020. Staffing Industry Analysts now ranks Innova as the No. 4 largest IT staffing company in the U.S., up from No. 19 in 2021.

Though it is much smaller and has a much lower profile than many of its publicly traded-competitors–such as Indian outsourcing giants Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro and Accenture, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland–more than 1,100 large and mid-sized companies, including Tesla, Harley Davidson, Verizon and Raytheon, rely on Innova’s pool of 55,000 predominantly U.S.-based contractors to build their apps, manage their data and staff a litany of other tech-related projects lasting anywhere from a few weeks to over a year.

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