New CIO appointments in India, 2020

An updated list of information technology executives recently appointed into a new chief information officer role at organizations in India.

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With most companies undertaking the journey of digital transformation, the role of a CIO in an organization has become critical. This has also significantly increased the demand for CIOs and made the space extremely dynamic. Here is an updated and exhaustive list of all the CIO movements in India. If we missed any or if you have movement news, please email me at 

New CIO appointments, April 2020

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Vipul Anand joins Praxis Advisory Network as Domain Leader for HiTech IT and Tech practice

Name: Vipul Anand
Designation:  Advisor, and Domain Leader, HiTech IT, and Tech practice
Company: Praxis Advisory Network

Vipul Anand, Ex-CIO, Hindware has joined as the Domain Leader for HiTech IT and Tech practice at Praxis Advisory Network. Previously, he spearheaded IT across organizations including Hindware, Jindal Steel & Power, Aditya Birla Group, Honda Siel Power Products, Hughes, and ModiCorp in India and abroad.

New CIO appointments, March 2020


Kapil Pal, Head of IT functions at United Breweries Kapil Pal

Kapil Pal joins United Breweries as Head of IT

Name: Kapil Pal
Designation: Head of IT
Company: United Breweries 

On March 20, Kapil Pal joined United Breweries (UB) as Head of IT. Based out of Bangalore, he has taken over the role of Ramakrishnan Sudarshanam, who retired from the company last December. Pal was previously with LafargeHolcim, where he had recently moved to a global role. He will be reporting to the UB's Group CFO, Berend Odink. Pal brings in over 27 years of experience with a thorough understanding of the FMCG domain.

Ashok Jade joins Spark Minda as Group Chief Information and Technology Officer
Name: Ashok Jade
Designation:  Group Chief Information and Technology Officer
Company: Spark Minda

Ashok Jade, former CIO at Shalimar Paints has been appointed as Group CITO at Spark Minda. Prior to that he was the Head - IT at Videocon Industries. He has over 20 years of experience in strategic and IT leadership, with expertise in business growth, IT cost and budget, change management, SAP, CRM, IoT, SMAC, RPA, among others. 

Irshad Saifi, CIO CDO, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAMCO) Getty Images/IDG

Irshad Saifi joins SAMCO as CIO and CDO

Name: Irshad Saifi
Designation: CIO & CDO
Company: Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAMCO)

Irshad Saifi has joined one of India’s leading law firms, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAMCO) as CIO and CDO. In this role, he will be based in New Delhi. 

Prior to this, Saifi was at Havells for three years where he spearheaded multiple transformations. At SAMCO, he will essentially hold the combined role of a CIO and CDO. 

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Abhishek Agarwal joins EESL as Head-IT /Chief General Manager

Name: Abhishek Agarwal
Designation: Head-IT/Chief General Manager
Company: EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited), a JV under the Ministry of Power, Government of India
Abhishek Agarwal has joined EESL as head of information technology and chief general manager. Before this, he was managing the IT as Senior VP & Chief Information Officer for Balmer Lawrie & Co. An IT veteran with expertise in defining IT policy, cybersecurity and digitalization strategy of organizations, Agarwal has executed transformation initiatives across auto, telecom, travel, and defence. His other stints include Head – IT at Vodafone India, Program Director at Wipro. Sr. Manager at Bharti Airtel, Manager at Maruti Suzuki India, Scientist at Defence R & D Organization, Ministry of Defence & Ashok Leyland Information Technology. 

Kamal Goel, EVP-IT and Cheif Evangelist , Yotta Infrastructure Yotta Infrastructure

Yotta Infrastructure appoints Kamal Goel as EVP-IT and Chief Evangelist

Name: Kamal Goel
Designation: EVP-IT and Chief Evangelist
Company: Yotta Infrastructure
Kamal Goel has joined Yotta Infrastructure as the Executive Vice President – IT & Chief Evangelist. Prior to this, he was the SVP & Group Head IT at Anand Rathi. Goel's expertise includes IT infrastructure management, networking and security management, cloud computing and datacenter management.

New CIO appointments, Feb. 2020

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Sony Pictures Networks India appoints Raj Mohan Srinivasan as Chief Information Officer

Name: Raj Mohan Srinivasan
Designation: Chief Information Officer
Company: Sony Pictures Networks India 
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), has appointed Raj Mohan Srinivasan as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the network. Prior to joining the network, Raj Mohan was in an entrepreneurial role. With over three decades of global experience across global tech organizations and an entrepreneurial venture, Raj Mohan’s expertise lies in Business and IT Strategy, leading business transformation, strategic execution with a deep market focus and financial acumen.

New CIO appointments, Jan. 2020

Pankaj Pandey joins SBI General Insurance as Head-IT

Name: Pankaj Pandey
Designation: Head-IT
Company: SBI General Insurance

An IT veteran with over two decades of experience in the BFSI sector, Pankaj Pandey joined SBI General Insurance as head-IT. Prior to this, he was the Senior VP and Head-IT at IDBI Federal Life Insurance. He has also served in IT leadership roles at Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance, Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance, and LIC. 

New CIO appointments, Dec. 2019

BARC India appoints Mahendra K Upadhyay as CIO

Name: Mahendra K Upadhyay
Designation: Chief Information Officer
Company: Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India

Mahendra K Upadhyay has over 18 years of experience in sectors such as telecom, banking, retail, and media, and advertising. Prior to joining BARC India as Chief Information Officer, he was the Head of Data & Technology, India at Mindshare. His previous roles include stints at Ericsson, SAS Institute, Reliance Retail.

Arindam Sengupta joins Dixcy Textiles as CIO

Name: Arindam Sengupta 
Designation: Chief Information Officer
Company: Dixcy Textiles 
An IT leader with over 18 years of experience, Arindam Sengupta joined Dixcy Textiles as Chief Information Officer. His previous stints include leadership roles at industry giants such as HUL, GE Healthcare, and Wipro.

New CIO appointments, Nov. 2019

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Piyush Kumar Chowhan joins Lulu Group International as Group CIO

Name: Piyush Kumar Chowhan
Designation: Group Chief Information Officer
Company: Lulu Group International 
Retail giant Lulu Group International appointed Piyush Kumar Chowhan as Group Chief Information Officer. With over two decades of industry experience, Chowhan's expertise includes business analytics, retail analytics, retail technology solutions. Earlier, he was the senior vice president and chief information officer at Arvind Lifestyle Brands.

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Yotta Appoints Manish Israni as Head of IT Operations & CIO 

Name: Manish Israni
Designation: Head of IT Operations & CIO
Company: Yotta Infrastructure
Yotta Infrastructure has appointed industry veteran Manish Israni as Head of IT Operations & Engineering and CIO. Manish has over 25 years of experience in IT Infrastructure and Hyperscale Data Centers for ITES, BFSI and Telecom industries. In his last assignment with Reliance Jio Infocomm, he led and managed Core IT Infrastructure & Application Design and deployment for Jio’s data centers across India.

Spicejet appoints Ashish Vikram as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer 

Name: Ashish Vikram   
Designation: Chief Technology and Innovation officer 
Company: Spicejet
A software industry veteran, Ashish's previous stints were at Yahoo, Bangalore, and Flipkart as VP Engineering leading their big data and ads engineering teams. Prior to joining Spicejet as the chief technology and innovation officer, he co-founded VideoKen, a social video-based learning platform powered by video indexing technology.

Hero Cycles appoints Shaveta Wadhera as Group Chief Digital Officer

Name: Shaveta Wadhera
Designation: Group CDO
Company: Hero Cycles
A seasoned professional with a rich experience in digital transformation for financial services and manufacturing organizations, Shaveta has joined Hero Cycles as Group Chief Digital Officer. Prior to joining Hero Cycles, Shaveta was the CIO at GE Transportation-Indian Railways JV.

New CIO appointments, Oct. 2019

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Anand Ruhela, Head-IT, Manipal Global Group

Anand Ruhela appointed IT head at Manipal Global Group

Name: Anand Ruhela
Designation: Head-IT
Company: Manipal Global Group
Anand Ruhela has been appointed as Head-IT at healthcare and education major, Manipal Global Group. In his previous role, Ruhela was the Head-IT at food and agro-processing giant, Kwality.

New CIO appointments, Sept. 2019

Usha International appoints Sachin Gupta as President and Chief Information and Innovation Officer

Name: Sachin Gupta   
Designation: President and Chief Information and Innovation Officer 
Company: Usha International
IT industry veteran, Sachin Gupta has been appointed as President and Chief Information and Innovation Officer at Usha International. Prior to joining Usha International, Gupta was the executive vice president, chief information and digital officer at Havells India. 

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Evercare Group appoints Sumit Puri as Group CTO 

Name: Sumit Puri
Designation: Group Chief Technology Officer
Company: Evercare Group
Sumit Puri has over 24 years of work experience in technology and operations in leading corporations in Asia. Prior to joining Evercare Group, he was the CIO at Max Healthcare, where he was responsible for driving enterprise digital strategy, new business operating models.

Prashant Singh joins Max Healthcare as Director and Chief Information Officer

Name: Prashant Singh
Designation: Director and Chief Information Officer
Company: Max Healthcare
Prashant Singh has 23 years of experience in healthcare IT, computer education, project management, software development, and system administration. Prior to joining Max Healthcare, he was the CIO at Radiant Life Care. His other stints include IT leadership roles at BLK Super Speciality Hospital, Paras Hospitals, and Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute. 

Cholamandalam MS General Insurance appoints Anubhav Rajput as CIO, Head Digital & Operations

Name: Anubhav Rajput
Designation: CIO Head Digital and Operations
Company: Cholamandalam MS General Insurance
A seasoned strategy consultant, Anubhav Rajput has vast experience in conceptualizing, planning and implementing growth-oriented strategic initiatives specifically in the areas of business and IT transformation. Prior to joining Cholamandalam General Insurance, he was the Vice President and Head of IT at Max Bupa.

New CIO appointments, Aug. 2019

Archie Jackson Sr. Director, Head IT & IS at Incedo Inc Incedo Inc

Archie Jackson to head IT team at Incedo

Name: Archie Jackson
Designation: Sr. Director, Head IT & IS
Company: Incedo 
After his three years stint at Genpact as AVP - Technology/Information Security, Archie Jackson has joined Incedo to head its IT team. With a rich industry experience of over 18 years, Jackson’s expertise includes infrastructure design, implementation, and operations with strong service management, leadership, and digital transformational skills. Jackson has previously worked with companies like SopraSteria India, Capgemini, DXC Technology and HP.

New CIO appointments, July 2019

The Indian Express appoints Amardeep Vishwakarma as CTO

Name: Amardeep Vishwakarma  
Designation: CTO  
Company: The Indian Express 
Vishwakarma has joined the news portal as its new CTO. Previously, he has driven tech transformation at, Info Edge India, Shareaholic, and

New CIO appointments, April 2019

M Sivasubramanian joins VA Tech Wabag as CIO

Name: M Sivasubramanian
Designation: CIO  
Company: VA Tech Wabag  
After serving more than 13 years at L&T Group, and the last five years at L&T IDPL, M Sivasubramanian has confirmed exclusively to about his movement to VA Tech Wabag as its CIO.

New CIO appointments, March 2019

Alembic Pharmaceuticals appoints Jitendra Mishra as its new VP-CIO

Name: Jitendra Mishra
Designation: VP- CIO  
Company: Alembic Pharmaceuticals 
Alembic Pharmaceuticals recently appointed Jitendra Mishra as VP- Chief Information Officer (CIO). Mishra brings more than 23 years of technology experience. Mishra will provide executive leadership to build and support Information Technology and business processes alignment.

Sharat M Airani joins Bluechink as Chief Digital Officer

Name: Sharat M Airani 
Designation: CDO
Company: Bluechink Technologies
Bluechink has appointed Sharat M Airani has its new chief digital officer. Airani will be directly reporting to the CEO and the board. He will be responsible for all digital activities across APAC and EU regions.

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Rajesh Garg joins Trident as CXO-IT

Name: Rajesh Garg 
Designation: CXO-IT  
Company: Trident
Rajesh Garg has joined Trident as CXO-IT. At Trident, Garg will be responsible for the IT of the entire group and will drive the company through industrial automation 4.0 under the dynamic leadership of its founder-chairman Rajinder Gupta (RG), a first-generation entrepreneur.

New CIO appointments, Feb. 2019

Paytm Money appoints Suresh Vasudevan as its CTO

Name: Suresh Vasudevan
Designation: CTO 
Company: Paytm Money  
Paytm Money announced the appointment of Suresh Vasudevan as its chief technology officer. He will be leading the overall engineering and technology functions at Paytm Money and will be based out of Bengaluru. Vasudevan comes with over 20 years of experience in product development for various startups and enterprise product companies across payments, e-commerce and fintech domains.

Rockman Industries appoints Manzar Abbas as CIO
Manzar Abbas
Rockman Industries India 

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