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Uber India Appoints Sanjay Gupta As Head of Marketing

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Uber today announced the appointment of Sanjay Gupta as the Head of Marketing for Uber India. With over 15 years of experience in brand and consulting, Sanjay will focus on further strengthening brand Uber in India.

On his appointment as the Head of Marketing, Uber India, Sanjay Gupta said, “I’m excited to join Uber at such an opportune time. Uber is redefining urban mobility and has created a unique experience for riders and driver partners across the country. I’m looking forward to working with the super-talented team at Uber and take it to its next phase of growth in India.”

Prior to joining Uber India, Sanjay was the Chief Marketing Officer at Urban Ladder. During his 10-year stint with Marico, he led the charter for Saffola’s journey from a single category niche brand to a food brand strengthening its association with preventive heart care.

“One of the sharpest marketing minds in the country, Sanjay was recognised as India’s ‘Top 40 Under 40 Hottest Business Leaders’ in 2015. Several marketing campaigns created by him have also won recognition at EMVIE and Effie, leading advertising and media awards in the industry,” the company said in a statement.

“His expertise lie in delivering growth, evangelizing strategic brand shifts and building power brands. Sanjay is passionate about leading the growth, innovation and people agenda,” it added.

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Manu Gulati Of Apple Joins Google To Build Processors

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Internet search giant Google has hired Indian-origin engineer Manu Gulati, who was Apple’s chip architect for iPads and iPhones, to play a key role in building its upcoming flagship pixel phone, according to media reports.

Gulati’s LinkedIn profile mentions the same.

Gulati, who had worked at Apple for almost eight years as a micro-architect, announced the job change through LinkedIn. He is now the Lead SoC Architect for Google.

He has at least 15 Apple patents related to chip design under his belt and will be key in Google’s plan to build its own processors. Google is now expanding their team of chip experts so that it can build their own chipsets for future Pixel smartphones.

Gulati was instrumental in Apple’s bid to build custom chips for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. In the past, he has been responsible for the A4 and A9 chips which powered the 2010 iPad. Apple currently builds its own smartphone processors but Google does not.

Apple’s newest A10X chips, for example, are built-in house instead of by companies like Intel or Qualcomm. Qualcomm currently supplies its Snapdragon processor for Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Google’s new hire could help the company differentiate Pixel from the many other smartphones by other vendors that run Android on Qualcomm (QCOM, -0.92 per cent) chips. And Gulati’s exit is seen as a set back for Apple (AAPL, -0.98 per cent), which has filed a number of chip-related patents that credit Gulati as an inventor.

Gulati’s LinkedIn profile says he is now Google’s lead SOC architect. SoC stands for system on a chip.

He has also been employed by Broadcom and AMD.

With Manu Gulati now part of its team, Google can have an edge over other companies while it comes as a significant blow to Cupertino-based Apple.

If Google begins building processors in house, like Apple, it would potentially cut down on Google’s reliance on Qualcomm.

Other firms, such as Huawei and Samsung, have also started to build chips in-house, allowing them to rely less on potential supply restraints from outside parties.

Manu Gulati had served Apple for almost 8 years.

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NIIT Appoints Genpact COO Sudhir Singh As CEO

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Country’s premier IT teaching institute NIIT Technologies today announced to appoint Sudhir Singh as its new CEO. He will report to Arvind Thankur, current CEO and MD, and will be based out of the US.

Before joining NIIT, Sudhir was the COO of leading BPO firm Genapact for its IT Services & Capital Markets Business. He played a key role in the acquisition and subsequent integration of Headstrong Technologies between 2012-2014 as Sr. VP and Managing Director of the integrated Genpact Headstrong Capital Markets business.

NIIT said Sudhir joins at a time when the industry is undergoing a transition and the company is successfully transforming itself to embrace new opportunities around digital services.

Speaking on the appointment Arvind Thakur, CEO & Joint MD NIIT Technologies, said, “With his grounding in the consumer industry, experience across large and medium organizations, global exposure, understanding of multiple service lines, and involvement with M&A, Sudhir is ideally suited to take our company on to its next level of growth”.

He would be based in the US and shall report to Arvind Thakur. Arvind will transition his current CEO related responsibilities systematically to Sudhir during the year.

“I am delighted to be associated with NIIT, a brand which has contributed immensely to the growth of the IT industry, and be a part of NIIT Technologies which has taken all the right steps to transform and scale its digital business”, said Sudhir Singh. “I look forward to be a part of the company’s growth story as we address the very exciting and fast changing landscape of our industry”, he added.

Prior to Genpact, Sudhir spent close to a decade with Infosys in the US in various sales and client portfolio management roles as part of their Banking and Capital Markets Business leadership team. He founded and headed Infosys’ Global Payments and Cards Practice, and was an invitee to the Infosys Management Committee.

Sudhir started his career at Hindustan Lever (Unilever) in 1995. His six years at Levers included successful stints as a Senior Brand Manager and Sales Manager. He was a recipient of the prestigious Chairman’s Award for ‘exceptional performance’.

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Motorola Solutions Inducts Former EMC CEO Joe Tucci To Its Board

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Motorola Solutions Tuesday said it has elected Joe Tucci to its board of directors. Joseph M. Tucci or Joe Tucci as he is known popularly, had been the chairman and chief executive officer of EMC Corporation, till the storage giant was acquired by Dell, in one of the biggest acquisition in the technology history.

In EMC Tucci led the company through a dramatic transformation and revitalization, moving its business model from a focus on high-end storage platforms into a federation of businesses with leadership in information storage, protection and security, infrastructure virtualization and cloud management and orchestration.

He currently is co-chief executive officer and co-chairman of a Special Purpose Acquisition company, GTY Technology Holdings.

“Joe has decades of deep experience in the information technology sector,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Under his leadership, EMC grew impressively by organic means and through several very strategic acquisitions such as VMware. Additionally, Joe built one of the best enterprise sales forces in the country. I am thrilled to have him on our board.”

Tucci helped forge and guides the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and serves on the boards of Bridge Growth Partners; Paychex, Inc.; Columbia Business School; Northeastern University; Boston Symphony Orchestra; and the National Academy Foundation. He previously was chairman and CEO of Wang Global, was president of U.S. Information Systems for Unisys Corporation, and began his career as a systems programmer at RCA Corporation.

Joe Tucci holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in business policy from Columbia University.

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Hitachi India Appoints Bharat Kaushal As MD

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Hitachi India today appointed of Bharat Kaushal as its new Managing Director. With this Bharat becomes the first Indian to head Hitachi India’s operations. He replaced Kojin Nakakita who has been elevated as Chairman of Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. and Hitachi Asia Ltd.

The new appointment will be effective from 1st June 2017.

Bharat is currently serving as Chairman in India of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). He is the first non-Japanese to be appointed as SMBC India’s CEO and served the role between 2012 and 2015.

In his new role, Bharat will focus on promoting Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business in India. Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business resolves issues faced by society and customers by combining advanced IT with operational technology (OT) and products/systems, allowing us to provide total solutions.

Hitachi India was declared the 5th regional headquarter for Hitachi in 2011. Other key management areas outside Japan are China, Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas. Hitachi Group in India operates in diverse verticals including information and communication systems, industrial systems like water, oil and gas supply and management, transportation and urban development systems.

Speaking on the appointment, Kojin Nakakita said, “The management at Hitachi unanimously believed in the decision of appointing an Indian to lead the company’s ambitious and challenging mandate. India is a strategic and emerging market for us. Bharat is ideally credentialed to drive Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business in India. We feel his experience in promoting cross-border business relationships between Japanese and Indian Government and companies is a unique leverage. We are extremely confident of Bharat’s leadership and pioneering vision and I will personally support him in driving our business to achieve unprecedented growth.”

Commenting on his new remit, Bharat Kaushal said, “It is a privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading a company with an iconic legacy. I will aim at aggressively expanding Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business by building on the core ethos of the company. I look forward to being part of an already winning team and taking Hitachi to new heights by contributing to improvement of customers and the society.”

Bharat has over 25 years of industry experience specializing in macroeconomic policy, Government advisory, project finance, debt restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. He is currently a member of the Indo-Japan Task Force (IJTF) set-up by the two Governments and is the Convenor of the Financial Strategy Group to address policy as well as operational level concerns of Japanese Government and private sector institutions pursuing business opportunities in India.

Bharat has worked with SMBC for 20 years. While the greater part of his career has been in investment banking, he also served successful assignments as Strategy Advisor to the India Investment Center, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and as part of the Economic Policy Unit of the World Bank in Washington DC.

Bharat is an alumnus of Columbia University, where he pursued a Masters in International Affairs (MIA) and Northeastern University where he secured a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He graduated from St Stephen’s College, Delhi.

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IESA Appoints Ashwini K Aggarwal As Chairman

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India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), today appointed Ashwini K Aggarwal, Director, Applied Materials, India as its new Chairman of the Board of Director & Executive Committee effective immediately. Ashwini succeeds K Krishna Moorthy, who will continue as an advisor to the board.

The association also appointed Anil kumar Muniswamy as the new Vice Chairman with Rajesh Krishnan, VP, Memory Solutions, Samsung Semiconductor India Research serving as the new Treasurer.

Ashwini joined IESA’s board in 2015. Prior to being named Chairman, he served as member of the board of Electronics Sector Skills Council and member/chair of various industry Special Interest Groups.

A veteran of the electronics industry for more than three decades, Aggarwal, is known for his global business, industry and operational expertise. He spent eighteen years as an executive at Hewlett- Packard Company, in various capacities including Country Sales, Country Marketing and Product Management. Aggarwal currently is the Director-Government Affairs at Applied Materials India and has been working on various industry enabling projects.

Speaking about his current role at IESA, Ashwini Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA said, “As a member of the IESA board, I have been inspired by the association’s ability to push the boundaries of industry networking, create enabling innovations and policies that drive the Indian Electronics Systems and Design ecosystem forward.” He further added, “I am honored to serve as Chairman and would like to thank Krishna Moorthy for his many contributions to IESA and the Indian ESDM industry during a benchmark performance year.”

“Ashwini brings deep knowledge of the high value electronics industry, as well as strong industry and governance experience, to lead the board during one of the most exciting periods of innovation and growth in our industry’s history”, said M N Vidyashankar, President, IESA.

“Our priorities this year will be to consolidate the increasing traction on Make in India, nurture the emerging green shoots of the startups and entrepreneurs and build on ground activation for talent development and innovation,” shared Ashwini. “We look forward to working with the Central and State governments, our industry members, entrepreneurs and other relevant stakeholders in India and abroad- to bring India on the radar of being a manufacturing hub at a global level,” added Mr. Ashwini Aggarwal.

The IESA Executive Council will also see the appointment of three new members; Vivek Sharma, Managing Director, STMicroelectronics; Jitendra Chaddah, Director, Operations and Strategic Relations, Intel India and Rajeev Khushu, Director, Corporate Affairs of Texas Instruments. A team of 12 senior Industry leaders will collectively work to deliver on-ground activation for enabling innovation, investment and industry.

IESA has been instrumental in working with the central and state governments to bring out favorable policies to enable Indian electronics and semiconductor sector by driving numerous initiatives to bring awareness in the policy makers and working closely with them to help the industry overcome impediments for growth.

IESA has also been aggressively working towards new government initiatives like ‘Make in India’, ‘Start-up India’ and ‘Digital India’ and has given valuable consultations to international companies who have shown interest to set-up electronics facilities in India. The executive council will continue working towards achieving the vision laid down collectively by the association member community.

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Infosys Appoints Ravi Venkatesan As Co-chairman

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The Infosys management on Thursday appointed Ravi Venkatesan as Co-chairman of the Board. This was decided at a meeting held on 13 April, 2017 and announced along with company’s Q4 results announcement.

“Ravi will help me enhance the board engagement in supporting the Management in execution of company’s strategy”, said R. Seshasayee, Chairman of the Board.

Ravi Venkatesan has been on the board of Infosys since April 2011 and has made valuable contribution to the development of strategic direction of the company during his tenure.

“This is an exciting time for the technology industry and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with Sesh (Seshasayee) and with Vishal (Sikka) and his leadership team in their transformational journey”, said Ravi Venkatesan, Co-Chairman.

As far as Infosys results for FY 2017 are concernend, the IT major garnered revenues of Rs 68,484 crore registering a growth of 9.7% over the previous fiscal.

The net profit of the company for the fiscal was Rs 14,353 crore showing a growth of 6.4% over the previous year.

On quarterly terms Infosys’ revenues for Q4, 2017 was Rs 17,120 crore showing a Q-o-Q decline of 0.9% but a Y-o-Y increase of 3.4%. For the same period the net profit of the Indian IT major was Rs 3,603 crore which was down by 28% on a quarterly basis.

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Acer Appoints Chandana Gupta As Associate Director Of Consumer Sales

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PC company Acer India today announced the appointment of Chandana Guptta as new Associate Director for its consumer sales division. She, along with her team, is entrusted with responsibility to strengthen and grow the consumer business in India.

Before joining the company, Chandana, with more than 23 years of experience in the IT industry, was working with Lenovo India as Head – Consumer Distribution Sales, where she was heading T1 and T2 distribution channel for Lenovo PC products in India.

“It gives me immense pleasure to welcome her to the team as our Associate Director for Sales. I am sure she is going to take Acer to new heights and prove to be a very dynamic leader in the organization,” said Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO and Consumer Business Head, Acer India.

Chandana Gupta, excited to be part of the team said “I am delighted to join Acer and start an exciting chapter in my career, it is only been few days and I could already see the vision, energy and determination of the team. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and lead the team to drive the consumer business to even greater success”

R. Jeganath, Chief Sales Officer, Acer India, also commented on the appointment said, “I believe Chandana has brought along a great deal of experience and learning, which is going to benefit the organization in the long run. I welcome Chandana to the Acer family and hope that her tenure with us is going to be a long and successful one”.

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Ola Appoints Badri Raghavan As Chief Data Scientist

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Cab service provider Ola on Thursday appointed Badri Raghavan as its chief data scientist who will integrate machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics to the firm’s cab-haling platform.

Ola said Badri, a data scientist with over 20 years of experience, will also lead a world class Data Science team with cutting edge training in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Decision Analysis, Pattern Recognition and related areas. This team will work across various business units and departments, to gain operational and business efficiencies, ranging from demand and supply prediction, driver behavior and performance management, location Intelligence, to name a few.

“As a company that holds vast database of drivers, customers and every single trip that takes place on its platform, Ola’s business is deeply rooted in data science and in drawing valuable insights to build innovative solutions, that resonate with the needs of Indian consumers and driver partners alike,” the company said in a statement.

Prior to Ola, Badri was the Chief Data Scientist and Founding CTO of FirstFuel Software, a leading energy and utilities analytics firm based out of Boston. Not only did Badri steer the development of the breakthrough energy analytics applications at FirstFuel, but he was also instrumental in establishing the overall technology vision and driving the firm’s growth in significant ways across three rounds of venture funding from leading VCs.

Badri was also working with IBM Research in New York as the Associate Director, Energy and Utility Analytics, where he helped set a framework for IBM’s analytics driven Smart Grid applications. Badri has worked in FICO for nearly a decade in leadership roles in analytics, product and operations. He was part of the founding team at FICO Bangalore, where he conceptualized, built and executed the strategy to develop Centre for Decision Analytics.

“Ola is moving on a much larger scale towards building technology based on deep insight into the Indian psyche, and for this, Big Data is a must. With a rich vein of expertise in data science and machine learning, Badri fits perfectly into Ola’s vision of building ground-up technology solution based on deep understanding of our customers, and build world-class innovative solutions,” said Ankit Bhati, CTO and co-founder at Ola.

“Badri’s experience in the field of Data Science across multiple domains will play a key role in driving Ola’s next phase of innovation based on richer and deeper understanding of Indian consumer behaviour and serve their mobility needs,” the company added.

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Intex Appoints Arun Kumar As Advisor -HR

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In order to streamline its top leadership and bringing about a complete revival of the same Intex on Thursday appointed Arun Kumar as its HR Advisor.

Kumar comes with 35-plus years of exceptional experience in human resources, working from grass root to strategic level. He will be spearheading the gradual transformation in company’s policies aimed at enhancing employee engagement to deliver business goals. He will be working at the macro-level that will comprise of enhancing leadership capacity and building talent management of the company.

“Continuing to attract and retain the right people is essential as we consolidate our core skills and strengths across departments. Arun Kumar’s wealth of expertise in HR domain will be vital for Intex’s overall growth and perception by driving continuous improvement in HR policies and systems. I am confident under his guidance, the company will do whatever it takes to put the company in the right place with the right perspective,” said Intex CMD Narendra Bansal.

In the past Kumar has served in leadership positions in corporates like K.K. Modi Group, Escorts JCB Ltd, Hindustan Lever etc, where he has successfully brought people agenda to the forefront of business decision making process, partnering with business leaders and helping them realise their goals that are in sync with employee expectations.

On joining Intex Technologies, Arun Kumar said “I am honoured to take the challenging role at Intex Technologies, a leader on the high growth trajectory. Being a professionally-run organisation, it is our role to identify challenges and overcome them. It will be a long road and a continuous process to build an environment where issues are dealt humanely and with professional ethics. I look forward to being involved and contributing towards the company’s growth vision by establishing and strengthening best practices related to all aspects of HR.”

Arun Kumar has done Advance Management Program (AMP 175) from Harvard Business School, US and has done his Post graduation from Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi.

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