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SAP’s Khandelwal elevated to global role

SAP’s Khandelwal elevated to global roleGerman software behemoth SAP has elevated Dilipkumar Khandelwal as president of its HANA Enterprise Cloud, its private cloud offering that supports HANA applications, as also non-SAP ones. Khandelwal will also continue in his current role as the managing director of SAP Labs India responsible for development centres in Bengaluru, Gurugram and Pune with an employee base of 7,300 people. SAP Labs India is the firm's largest research and development centre outside its headquarters in Germany and a part of a connected lab network of 19 Labs in 16 countries.

Khandelwal elevation to a global role is testimony once again to the value Indian leaders bring in frontline technology. His predecessor in SAP Labs India, V R Ferose, became the senior vice president and head of globalization services at SAP. Khandewal will report to Bernd Leukert, member of the executive board, in charge of products & innovation. "Dilip will have a global responsibility for the deployment of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and will oversee its adoption and customer success," the company said in a statement.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud delivers comprehensive cloud infrastructure and managed services for SAP's in-memory applications, database, and platform. In the recent June quarter analysts' call, SAP CEO Bill McDermott called out S/4HANA as the fastest growing cloud ERP solution in the market and said SAP is growing new cloud bookings at triple digits. The quarter marked the 17th consecutive quarter of consistent rapid growth in the cloud for SAP. S/4HANA also connects enterprises to the internet of things and big data.

Khandelwal said his focus would be to use "our unparalleled cloud expertise to drive the digital transformation of our customers." Khandelwal has been with SAP for over 16 years and has held leadership positions across SAP's technology and business portfolios. As managing director of SAP Labs India, he has been instrumental in driving innovation through the product lines and establishing SAP Labs India as a leading centre of innovation across SAP's R&D ecosystem. (Source: Times of India)



Paytm Mall appoints group veteran Amit Sinha as COO

Paytm Mall appoints group veteran Amit Sinha as COO Online marketplace Paytm Mall has appointed group veteran Amit Sinha to head overall operations as the Alibaba-backed player looks to take on rivals like Flipkart and Amazon India that have built a significant lead. Sinha, who was until recently a senior vice president at parent company One 97 Communications, will be the chief operating officer (COO) of Paytm Mall and report to founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

Paytm Mall's category leaders, logistics and operations functions will report to Sinha. He “will be responsible for overall operations of Paytm Mall and expanding the team to ensure customers have access to the widest assortment of products,” according to a release.

Sinha, an MBA from Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta with an engineering degree from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, has spent nearly a decade at One 97 Communications across business process, human resources and finance functions.

The company was earlier also looking to rope in an external candidate to lead the ecommerce business, but a Paytm spokeswoman confirmed it is no longer looking for a CEO. “At Paytm Mall, we are addressing a unique opportunity of giving small businesses and retailers access to mobile internet technology to address India's large mobile consumer base.

Amit's experience in building businesses since their inception makes him our best choice to lead our commerce business,” Sharma said in a statement.

The move comes weeks after One 97 Communications named another group veteran Renu Satti as head of the payments bank unit. While 49% of Paytm Payments Bank is owned by One 97 Communications, the remaining 51% is held by Sharma. (Source: Economic Times)


Shareholder activist is chairman of telecom products firm Subex

Shareholder activist is chairman of telecom products firm SubexAppointed the non-executive chairman of telecom products firm Subex. He is credited with resurrecting the company's fortunes. Shareholder activist Anil Singhvi has been appointed the non-executive chairman of telecom products firm Subex. He is credited with resurrecting the company's fortunes. Singhvi, an independent director in the Bengaluru- based firm, recast its capital structure, tightened governance and cleaned up the balance-sheet, stripping down stressed assets.

Subex had accumulated huge debt, partly because of the decision to buy Canadian telecom firm Syndesis for $170 million through issue of bonds. That acquisition failed to pay dividends thanks to the global meltdown of 2008-09.

As of 2016-17, Subex had $115 million in debt out of which $95 million was equitized and the remaining $20 million has been paid off. "The worst is behind us. We have recapitalized the firm and prepared the company for growth," said Singhvi, who is also the chairman of Ican Investments Advisors and was an adviser to Reliance ADA Group for two years.

Subex CEO Surjeet Singh said the company worked with regulators to clean up debt over the past four years. "We are a promoter-less firm and therefore the independent directors have played an important role in recapitalization and restructuring the business," he said. Singh said the company is embarking on its 3.0 strategy, segregating its businesses into separate verticals for sharper focus and operational efficiency. (Source: ETtelecom)

Ninad Desai appointed as District Chair of BICSI India

Ninad Desai appointed as District Chair of BICSI IndiaBICSI, the premier association supporting advancements in Information and Communications Technology, today announced the appointment of Mr. Ninad Desai as District Chair of BICSI India. Mr. Desai will spearhead BICSI India in catalyzing the growth of the ICT industry and strengthening the professional community, while enabling the fulfilment of its future goals and aspirations. Mr. Ninad Desai will further drive BICSI’s strategic programs and related key initiatives to empower ICT professionals to excel in their field of operation by placing key emphasis on education & training for ICT industry professionals.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ninad Desai, District Chair, BICSI India said, “I feel extremely humbled and delighted to be given this opportunity, especially at a time when the industry is on the threshold of an exciting new journey wherein next generation networks and collaborative disruption together have created exciting times for our community and there's a greater demand to ensure consistency in enterprise & communications network standards and need for stricter adherence to Quality of Service (QoS) requirements. We at BICSI India remain committed to offer the highest quality of education and training to ICT professionals and help them build relevant knowledge, skills & experiences to continuously adapt to the current industry requirements.” Being at the helm of BICSI India, I will continue to drive greater engagement with the industry, government and academia to foster the growth & advancement of the ICT community through training, collaboration and information sharing, he added.

Mr. Ninad Desai will lead BICSI India to carry out its diverse array of priorities that include:

Focused programmes to strengthen the ICT community in India and empower the industry experts and leaders adopt global standards, industry best practices & methodologies.

Draw up more synergies and create an ICT ecosystem that brings together stakeholders from across the communications industry spectrum. Foster tie-ups with government, academic institutions, leading associations & industry bodies in developing relevant ICT skill sets by delivering programmes on ICT design & installation and generate more such opportunities. Such partnerships would help enable the industry map existing and future skills requirements and help plug its skills demand-supply gap.

Build industry specific programmes to enhance engagement in developed and emerging markets across the ICT ecosystem and showcase technology adoption, insights & knowledge about the latest industry standards & practices. (Source: Convergence Plus)

Wipro appoints Gilles Grange as regional head of France operations

Wipro appoints Gilles Grange as regional head of France operations IT company WiproBSE -0.55 % has appointed Gilles Grange as regional head of its operations in France. In his new role, Gilles will be responsible for strengthening Wipro's presence in France by pursuing new business opportunities and growing its visibility in the region, the company said in a BSE filing. He will be based in Paris and report to Christophe Martinoli, Vice President and Head of Continental Europe.

"France is a key focus area for Wipro and we expect to significantly expand our marketshare in the region," Martinoli said.

Gilles has over 20 years of professional IT experience and joined Wipro in 2009. In the past seven years, he has assumed various roles including head of infrastructure management, global client partner and head of financial services and insurance business for Wipro in Continental Europe. Prior to Wipro, Gilles was the Deputy Head of Infrastructure Division at Logica/CGI. (Source: The Economic Times)

Sunil Mittal re-appointed Chairman of Bharti Airtel for 5 yrs

Sunil Mittal re-appointed Chairman of Bharti Airtel for 5 yrsMittal is the Founder of Bharti Enterprises, India's one of largest conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, agri and food, besides other ventures. Sunil Bharti Mittal has been re-appointed as the Chairman of telecom giant Bharti Airtel for another five year, with effect from October 1, 2016. "Sunil Bharti Mittal has been re-appointed as the Chairman of the company for further term of five years with effect from October 1, 2016," the company said in a BSE filing, communicating the outcome of its 21st AGM.

Mittal is the Founder of Bharti Enterprises, India's one of largest conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, agri and food, besides other ventures. The Group also has joint ventures with global leaders like Singtel, SoftBank, AXA, Del Monte amongst others. Bharti Airtel, the Group's flagship company, offers mobile, fixed broadband and digital TV solutions to over 350 million customers across India, South Asia and Africa. (Source: ET Telecom)

Infosys appoints Rajesh Krishnamurthy as president, another EVP Tandon quits

Infosys appoints Rajesh Krishnamurthy as president, another EVP Tandon quitsInfosys has elevated Rajesh Krishnamurthy, executive VP and head of energy and utilities, and telecommunications as president. Krishnamurthy, who recently replaced Sanjay Purohit as head of consulting, joins the elite club of presidents -- Ravi Kumar, Mohit Joshi and Sandeep Dadlani -- who were elevated to the role in April this year. "Our consulting team saw some short-term challenges in Q1, and under Rajesh's leadership, is now poised to restore itself to grow and evolve towards the tip of our spear, a unit that help elevate our conversation with clients," said Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka in an email to employees. Krishnamurthy is also the head of Europe.

Manish Tandon, executive VP and head of healthcare, insurance and life sciences and head of high-tech, has quit the company after serving it for 20 years muddying Sikka's turnaround efforts. Sources said he will likely join a private equity firm. Tandon, sources said, was disappointed for not making it to the roster of presidents after the $9.5-billion IT firm elevated three executive VPs -- Kumar, Joshi and Dadlani -- as presidents in April. He had recently been given additional responsibility of overseeing product subsidiary EdgeVerve. (Source: Times of India)

GE appoints Munesh Makhija as MD, GE India Tech Center

GE appoints Munesh Makhija as MD, GE India Tech CenterHe has also been appointed as the Chief Technology Officer, GE India

Munesh Makhija has been appointed Managing Director, GE India Technology Center and Chief Technology Officer, GE India. Effective immediately, he takes over this role from Dr. Gopichand Katragadda who is leaving GE. Munesh, who will be based at the John F. Welch Technology Centre in Bangalore, will lead GE’s R&D efforts in India and carry forward the technology legacy of the center, which is GE’s first and largest integrated multi-disciplinary Research and Development Centre. In his new role, he will lead a team of 5,300 technologists across GE’s centres in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai.

“At the GE India Technology Centre, we have the brightest minds at work pushing the limits of science and technology to solve some of the world's toughest problems in energy, healthcare, transportation, aviation, consumer and industrial domains. I’m very excited to be at the helm of this innovation hub and I look forward to working closely with the technology and commercial teams across GE businesses. My focus will be both on locally relevant innovation and delivering advanced technology to solve global challenges,” said Munesh Makhija.

Munesh Makhija as MD, GE India Tech CenterIn his career spanning over a decade at GE, Munesh has held various leadership positions. In his most recent assignment, he served as the Vice-President of Global Research at GE Healthcare. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technology Officer for GE Healthcare in India, where he drove product and technology innovation to support growth in India and global markets. Under his leadership, the business launched 14 products, championed the cross-functional LiteSpeed New Product Introduction initiative, as well as created and enhanced strategic capabilities to drive holistic product development and co-creation with customers. Munesh joined GE in 2003 as an Engineering Director for GE Healthcare.

Prior to joining GE, Munesh was in the telecommunications industry for 10 years and held several positions in technology and research leadership, software engineering, new product development, programme management and product marketing. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He is GE Six Sigma Black Belt certified. Congratulating Munesh on his new role, Mark Little, Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, GE, said, “We have witnessed the best of technologies emerging from the India centre in the past. Under Gopichand Katragadda’s leadership, we have successfully been able to position the GE India Technology Center as an asset for the company, developing technologies to improve the quality of life in India and the world. In his new role, Munesh will build on this foundation and drive growth by enhancing technical capability and increasing new product development.” (Source: Business Line)

Facebook hires co-founder of Google's Fibre project

Facebook hires co-founder of Google's Fibre projectSocial media giant Facebook has hired a co-founder of Google's Fibre high-speed internet project to beef up its internet connectivity team. According to tech news website Re/Code, the social network has hired Kevin Lo as its director of Infrastructure Connectivity andInvestments to help lead Facebook's partnerships such as Terragraph -- a project to bring Wi-Fi to dense urban areas and Facebook's partnership with Microsoft to build a fibre optic cable.

Social media giant Facebook has hired a co-founder of Google's Fibre high-speed internet project to beef up its internet connectivity team. According to tech news website Re/Code, the social network has hired Kevin Lo as its director of Infrastructure Connectivity andInvestments to help lead Facebook's partnerships such as Terragraph -- a project to bring Wi-Fi to dense urban areas and Facebook's partnership with Microsoft to build a fibre optic cable.

Lo later confirmed his appointment on his Facebook Page, saying that he wants to bring on-board over four billion people who lag behind in terms of using high-speed internet services. (Source: Times of India)

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