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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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“Sachin Always Wanted An Indian Brand Scale Global Heights” : Mahesh Lingareddy, Founder, Smartron

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Q. Smartron is two years old now and you got two devices – the t.phone and t.book, in the market. Now you launched your first phone – SRT Phone – this year. What are the learning in last two years?

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Mahesh Lingareddy, Founder Chairman, Smartron

We knew from day one that we are taking a very challenging task of building India’s first platform based OEM brand in a market that is flooded with Chinese brands. Also India is a capital intensive market. We understood that. Its about time. We took a strong and bold stance and asked ourselves how we can leverage the same engineering talent that is being exploited by various companies. We wished to use the same talent to build a global Indian company. The first two years we spent on building our R&D and that’s how Smartron was born as a truly locally designed and engineered brand. Its a great achievement to develop 2 products from scratch in just two years, and we are proud of that. The last two years was all about R&D. The learnings for this year would be to focus more on sales and marketing.

Q.You talk so much about your R&D. Can you elaborate on that?

Last two years we spent 90% of our investment in R&D and 10% in everything else. We have grown from zero to 300 plus members in the organization and really focused on industrial design of the products. Whether a product is metal or non-metal is no big issue, but the overall finish of the products is amazing. There is a character, there is a language in our products. At the end of the day every device is a device but what the users care more about is the overall experience it offers to them.

The experience comes from the look and feel of the design, and then what comes is the strong back end TronX platform that we have developed for our products including the cloud based support system, the t.store or the forum. As we are launching more and more products this year, you will see a lots of new and customised offerings for our users, some of them are at personal level that includes professional services, financial services, health services and many more. This will come with the new Smartron TronX 2.0 platform that will be launched later this year. You will see that we have developed a platform at par with Amazons of the world, Googles of the world. It integrates natural language processing, voice capabilities and great deal of human intelligence.

Q. On a organizational level what are the new things you are doing?

Well, besides continuously building our R&D strength, we started this year with all the long term actions. We got former Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha on board, then we acquire the 3G & 4G patent license from Qualcomm so that we get access to the top notch technologies. We could still have developed products without this licenses but we wanted the original technologies in its best shape to be used in our products, we wanted cutting edge technologies being developed by Qualcomm to be in our devices. This also helps us in getting first hand access to newer technologies. Third, we got on board Amit who headed Motorola India and played a significant role in re-establishing the brand in the country. So, I believe we are on the right track.

Q. Besides the devices, what are the other things being planned?

There are three things we are building. One, and the most important one, is the Smartron TronX core engine we have developed that aims to deliver a one of kind integrated services or you can call it experience. Its more into intelligent experience. The devices would predict what you need next, how you are going to behave in the future, and all this the platform understands by understanding you, from your past behavior, your usage pattern and your interactions with the machine or devices.

Second is the touch points or the devices. Then the third element will come little later that is build on IoT. It could be offering you your smart home or smart office, smart cities, retail, energy etc. So essentially, what we are planning to do is how we can, using our back end platform, provide these kind experiences to end users as well as enterprises, through our devices or touch points.For example, providing you a smart banking service, smart health services, smart automation. We have 8 verticals. Personal, smart home, smart health, smart utilities, automotive, infrastructure and agriculture.

Q. Is it just a Sachin branded smartphone or has he contributed to this SRT Phone in any way, may be in design, colour, specs or anything?

Its multifold. The whole concept of SRT Phone itself came from him. Its not like we went to him and suggested that we are going to bring a phone on your name, and can you be the ‘sales person’? Its the other way round. He is very passionate about India and he always wanted an Indian brand to scale the global heights. That’s why he got involved with us from the very beginning. He asked us how can we bring a device that can talk with my fans, my followers. He looked at two of our products and found they are high priced. So he said can we develop a device that can be a gift to his fans and it should be for masses and at the same time without compromising on the quality of the device or the performance of the device. That’s how the Smartron SRT Phone was born.

So if you look at the SRT Phone, it has not compromised on quality on the same bench mark that users have started associating with our brand. The kind of chip set we used, the top end of 600 series Snapdragon, you only see this in Rs 20,000 price category. Besides, the storage, the camera, the body, and then all the services of Smartron, we have not compromised with the quality at all. You can see that in all the benchmark tests, and it beats hands down all other devices in this category or a category a notch above. And that was the mandate from Sachin – the device should be for my fans and at the same time it should not compromise on quality. And then, the back cover idea has come from him. That’s why we build this phone with a detachable back cover so that his fans can use the special, Sachin-signature back covers on their phones.

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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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Ashwini K Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA

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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Airtel Appoints Raj Pudipeddi As CMO, Director – Consumer Business

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Bharti Airtel on Wednesday appointed Raj Pudipeddi as Director – Consumer Business and Chief Marketing Officer for its India operations. He will take charge from February 6, 2017 and will be a part of the Airtel Management Board. Raj will report to Bharti Airtel MD & CEO (India) Gopal Vittal.

“In line with our philosophy to bring on board the best of talent from across the globe, I am delighted at the appointment of Raj to lead our Consumer Business. At Airtel, we are obsessed with our customers and I am confident that Raj’s wealth of experience will add fresh perspective to our initiatives to constantly innovate and delight customers. I wish him the very best for his new role and look forward to working him,” said  Mr. Vittal.

In his new role, Raj will be responsible for driving market share, strengthening the Airtel brand and driving customer centric innovations within the teams.

Raj has over 22 years of work experience with Procter & Gamble across various functions and geographies. In his last role as Vice-President – Oral Care (North America), he led a large team across functions and sites, including manufacturing plants with P&L responsibility for a multi-billion business.

Prior to this, he was the General Manager for Latin America and managed multiple categories across countries while dealing with challenges of competition, currencies and other turbulent factors. Earlier, as Country Manager in Philippines, he led the turnaround of operations through a successful deployment of a new go-to-market strategy.

Between 2000 and 2010, Raj worked in the USA on various category roles including Paper and Family Care. He also had a two year assignment as Associate Director in Procter & Gamble’s global Wal-Mart team, with responsibility for managing the relationship with their biggest customer with sales of over $7 bn.

Raj is an Engineering graduate from Andhra University and completed his MBA from Indian Institute of Management – Lucknow.

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The Power Of Whitespace Discovery

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An unchartered territory is concomitant with curiosity, this inquisitiveness is something which resonates with all the new-age enterprises and their functioning as well. Talking in the realms of sales and marketing, this unknown or untapped territory can be aptly related to the database since that is one area which has been a challenge since always in the sales domain. This untapped database holds the ability to significantly impact the sales objectives in a major way. This subject database, more famously known as “Whitespace”, empirically means unidentified gaps or spaces and in relation to the sales terminologies, it essentially reflects those gaps in the prospective customer database that have not been tapped earlier. Discovering the potential customer base utilizing whitespace database is like an entrance to enormous progression wherein the augmentation of the overall RoI ultimately leads to expansion of the sales organization.

It will be an understatement to say that organizations today are opening to this concept of Whitespace Database discovery. As an industry, we have surpassed that stage with businesses accepting the prophecy of Whitespace database in a big way. While constant breakthroughs are in process to polish the concept and methodology of whitespace discovery better, there have been significant progress as well in this direction. With rapid scale development, consolidation of gigantic amount of data which is profiled and tested for usability has become possible. Discarding the conventional methods of gathering data, technological platforms and insights’ analysis have been leveraged to cull out the massive useful and relevant set of information to enhance the market size and reach.

With so much riding on the database, in the present age, without whitespace discovery the sales sphere will be in a vestigial form for its industry partners. To comprehend a scenario wherein traditional database digging mechanisms are used for generating leads, limited information will result in limited scope of expanding thereby creating a state of utter chaos in business environment as every player will be gunning for the same market pie. With all the industry players aiming for the same finite set of customer database, there comes in unnecessary and limited-level competition in the market. Therefore, it becomes critical to dig the database all the more and expand by uncovering the potential consumer base for increasing future sales footprint.

After understanding the importance of Whitespace data discovery and virtually foreseeing a scenario minus whitespace data discovery, it is important to also understand the methodology which goes into putting together this database. Discovering this whitespace database is a niche skill which necessitates a methodological and sequential approach. It commences with data mining and big data consolidation from various prospective sources through an extensive market research, using both online as well as offline mediums. This is followed by the leveraging a technological platform in order to assimilate the large amount of information, removing the irrelevant details and lastly, enriching this final data by removing the noise, i.e. irrelevant/ duplicated set of entries. The penultimate action is to draw logical inference through analytics and defining the prospective output which will have an impact on the overall organizational progression. Such a kind of predictive modeling is given due cognizance to anticipate the future data trends, defining the lead nurturing bucket and ensuring a dynamic decision-making process.

The present-age sales enablement practices makes use of this element of whitespace database discovery to enable its partners to increase their revenue margins. Since big data analytics acts as a backbone for provisioning this whitespace database, there have been large scale evolution which has taken place in the realm of analytics, big data management and even predictive analytics also. When such evolved technology/ methodology is combined with smarter enactment, such analytically deduced data can bring remarkable benefits to an organization by empowering its sales team. It can be called as a foremost tool for making intelligible decisions and discovering prospects to improve and make sales processes more efficient. The best sales teams not only assimilate data, but also act on it by deriving useful inference out of it for achieving long term consumer growth and success.

Post gaining access to the untapped prospective customer database, whitespace discovery enhances sales force productivity, gives greater average sales price and in due course leads to maximized revenue generation. It also expedites deductions from the demographic data, research and current trends whether they are for initial strategy formulation or customer relation management, thereby assisting the sales teams in meeting their targets. Ultimately, the impeccable execution which is enabled by whitespace database discovery provides a solid base to execute management plans; making it vital to drive the future sales enablement model.

By : Geeta Khurana, Global Head, Transformation, Denave

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