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Indian American renamed to University of Central Florida Board

Gaekwad is a first-generation Indian- American entrepreneur and community leader based in Ocala, Florida. His reappointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate as per established practice.

the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees Digvijay “Danny” Gaekwad. Image - Website/Danny Gaekwad

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Indian- American CEO Digvijay “Danny” Gaekwad to the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees. His current tenure is set to expire on June 1, 2023.

An Experienced business leader, Gaekwad is the founder - chief executive officer of NDS USA, an IT  and cloud services company, and the founder of Danny G Management, which owns and operates various restaurants and hotels, in the country.

Gaekwad is the immediate past chair of the Visit Florida Board of Directors and currently serves on the Enterprise Florida and Space Florida Board of Directors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India, the governor’s office added.

Recipient of the Pride of India Award in 2016, Gaekwad was recognized by the then Florida Governor Rick Scott with the “One Million Jobs” certificate of appreciation for his contribution in "helping Florida job creators add 1 million jobs between December 2010 and December 2015."

Born in Baroda, Gaekwad came to the United States with his wife Manisha in 1987 to realise his American dream. In the past three decades, he has served in a variety of public, private and non-profit leadership roles including executive board member, Enterprise Florida Board of Directors and vice chairman, Marion County Planning and Zoning Commissioner.