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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Reliance Jio appoints Shyam Mardikar as group CTO of mobile networks

Reliance Jio appoints Shyam Mardikar as group CTO of mobile networksMardikar was most recently serving Bharti Airtel as the chief technology officer for mobile networks, based in Gurgaon, for almost 2 years. Reliance Jio Infocomm has appointed Shyam Prabhakar Mardikar as group chief technology officer of mobility, and he will oversee deployment of the company’s 4G networks in the country, said people aware of the matter.

Mardikar’s appointment comes in the wake of the exit of Jagbir Singh, who had joined the company before the soft launch of 4G services and quit in June this year. Mardikar most recently served Bharti Airtel as its chief technology officer for mobile networks for almost two years. He had been with the company since August 2012.

He will be based in Mumbai and report to Mathew Oommen, who is the president of Jio and a member of the board of directors at the MukeshAmbani-owned telecom operator.

A query sent to Jio went unanswered, while Mardikar could not be reached for comment.

Jio is aggressively expanding its 4G LTE network for coverage and capacity in India as part of its bitter battle for subscribers with rivals Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel. It is deepening its coverage in existing areas to achieve 99% population coverage in the current financial year and plans to soon start work on 5G technology.

The company currently offers pan-India 4G coverage using 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2300MHz bands. In the April-June quarter, it said, it carried 76% of the total 4G data traffic in the country.

Bharti Airtel, on the other hand, brought in Randeep Singh Sekhon to head the networks department as the new chief of technology for its India and South Asia operations, replacing Savargaonkar.

Sekhon, who is reporting to Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal, earlier worked in various senior leadership roles with telcos in Malaysia and Indonesia, with his previous role being that of CEO of Hutchison 3 Indonesia.(Source:ETTelecom)

Salil Parekh to take charge as Infy CEO today

Salil Parekh to take charge as Infy CEO todaySalil Parekh, 53, will take over as the new CEO & MD of Infosys on Tuesday bringing to an end months of acrimony, wiff of scams and exit of the previous CEO and a few other directors on the company’s board. Salil Parekh — who was a group executive board member with global consulting firm Capgemini — will formally join the $10-billion IT giant, Infosys on Tuesday. His appointment was announced by Infosys on December 2. Stakeholders including the shareholders will keenly watch the performance of Parekh whose main task will be to see that the company is able to shake off the controversies surrounding it and restore the confidence of its employees and investors.

Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the Board in a statement last month, said that Parekh has a strong track record of executing business turnarounds and managing very successful acquisitions. “The board believes that he is the right person to lead Infosys at this transformative time in our industry.”

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee, said that Parekh was selected after a comprehensive global search effort and was the top choice from a pool of highly qualified candidates. The new CEO has a Master of Engineering degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

UB Pravin Rao will step down as the interim CEO and Managing Director effective January 2 and will continue as Chief Operating Officer and a whole-time Director of the company.( Source: The Hindu BusinessLine)

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)

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