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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)

DigitalOcean Hires Julia Austin as CTO to Lead Engineering and Product Development

DigitalOcean Hires Julia Austin as CTO to Lead Engineering and Product DevelopmentDigitalOcean, the developer’s cloud computing platform, announced today it has hired Julia Austin as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Austin will lead product and engineering for one of the fastest growing cloud computing platforms, driving innovation to grow DigitalOcean’s simple, on-demand offering for over 700,000 registered customers.

“Julia’s experience leading engineering at both Akamai and VMware as well as many other tech startups will be invaluable to our organization,” said Ben Uretsky, CEO and Co-Founder, DigitalOcean. “We’re excited to welcome Julia to the team to drive our product roadmap and help DigitalOcean continue to be the cloud platform of choice for developers worldwide.”

Austin takes the CTO role at DigitalOcean after spending the last few years as an advisor and investor to early stage companies, and as a faculty member of Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurial Management Unit where she teaches Product Management. She was previously with VMware for eight years, where she managed the expansion of the engineering organization; from launching their first non-CA-based engineering site in Cambridge, MA, to leading all of VMware’s Global R&D initiatives and eventually serving as Vice President of Innovation at VMware. Prior to VMware, Julia was the VP of Engineering at Akamai. She has successfully led large organizations in technical positions, partnered with entrepreneurs to help start and scale technology companies, and serves as a board member, advisor and angel investor who provides leadership coaching with a focus on engineering, process, staffing and functional operations.

“There have been only two other times in my career when I’ve come across an opportunity with a company so exciting that it keeps me up at night,” said Austin. “What DigitalOcean has delivered in just a few short years is a true testament to where the company is headed, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team as we bring robust and simple cloud infrastructure to market.” (Source: Convergence Plus bureau)

Umang Bedi is the new Managing Director of Facebook India

Umang Bedi is the new Managing Director of Facebook has appointed Umang Bedi as the Managing Director for its India business, and in his new role, he would be responsible for building and maintaining strategic relationships with top clients and regional agencies in the country. Kirthiga Reddy, the present MD, will be moving back to the States to take on her new role in the Global Accounts team at the company's Menlo Park, California headquarters. Umang brings to Facebook almost two decades of his leadership experience in a variety of fields, including sales, marketing and partnerships. In the past, he has successfully built teams and grown businesses for several multinational companies.

He was the MD of the South Asia region at Adobe before joining Facebook, responsible for growing their India business and helping India feature amongst the leading markets for Adobe in the APAC and global regions. "India is known for its great talent pool and we are really pleased to have Umang Bedi, a proven business executive to lead our business in India. I also want to wish Kirthiga the very best in her new global role. Kirthiga has played a huge and key role in building our India business from scratch, and I know she will continue to deliver the same impact in the US." said Dan Neary, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Facebook.

He further added, "Facebook is where people and businesses connect on mobile and with close to 150 million monthly active people in India, we see significant opportunities to help Indian business - large and small - deliver against their business objectives in the mobile world."

Umang was quoted saying, "I am thrilled to join Facebook and am looking forward to working with the talented teams in India, to help brands and agencies grow their business on our platform. For me it's a promising opportunity to participate in India's digital growth, and I can't think of a better place to be at."

Umang, who did his engineering from University of Pune, is also an alumni of Harvard Business School and has received the prestigious '40 Under Forty: India's Hottest Business Leaders Award 2014' given by The Economic Times and Spencer Stuart in 2014. "After six years in India building our operations and business, it's hard to leave a team I now call family. The good news is that we will continue to work together. As I look ahead, I am excited about how well positioned our business is, to grow from strength to strength with Umang's leadership, and with my next opportunity to shape and drive our emerging markets strategy across some of the world's biggest brands," said Reddy. (Source: businessinsider.in)

LG Electronics India hires Snapdeal’s Saif Iqbal

LG Electronics India hires Snapdeal’s Saif IqbalLG Electronics Indiahas hired Saif Iqbal, Snapdeal's business head for electronics, to shape its e-commerce strategy by December, people aware of the development said. The country's largest white goods maker plans to launch televisions, white goods and smartphones exclusively for online sales so as to minimise conflict with brick-and-mortar retailing, they said. Till the time this article was published, LG Electronics India had not responded to ET's email query in this regard sent on Friday. Two senior industry executives said LG is one of the last big consumer electronics brands in the country to adopt the online route.

They said LG was wary of this since it did not want to antagonise the brick-and-mortar channel, but with online predatory discounting fizzling out and e-commerce accounting for almost 30% of smartphone and 10% of television sales, the company has decided to flesh out a full-fledged strategy. 'Need tax clarity on e-commerce transactions under GST' "LG plans to partner with leading e-commerce sites like Amazon , Snapdeal andFlipkart so that it can launch online exclusive models, control price and the service experience," said one of the executive cited earlier. "It also wants to float brand stores in these online marketplaces like the way Samsung has done. While there may be some products which will be sold both online and offline, the brand will ensure there are no arbitrary discounts."

Iqbal, an alumnus of Indian School of Business and IIT Roorkee , had built Snapdeal's presence in white goods, consumer electronics and computers. Last week, LG entered into an exclusively partnership with Flipkart for online sales of its latest flagship smartphone, G5. (source: Times of India)

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