New CIO appointments in India, 2021

An updated list of information technology executives moving to new chief information officer roles at organizations in India.

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With more and more companies undertaking the journey of digital transformation, the role of the CIO has become critical. The increased demand for experienced IT leaders has made the space extremely dynamic. CIO India is here with a regularly updated list of the latest CIO movements across the country. Write to us if you have news to share.


Hemal Savla joins RR Kabel as CIO

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Hemal Savla

Hemal Savla has taken up the post of CIO at RR Kabel, a division of the industrial conglomerate RR Global.

Savla’s most recent position was as head of the global delivery centre for US construction firm Katerra. Before that he was associate VP of IT for Godrej Consumer Products and senior IT manager at Johnson & Johnson Medical and at Philips Electronics India.

He’s an alumnus of the University of Mumbai. 


SBI Mutual Fund names Shiju Rawther head of IT

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Shiju Rawther

Shiju Rawther has joined SBI Mutual Funds as head of IT. He was previously chief information and technology officer at CARE Ratings. He has 13 years experience in finance IT, with a focus on cybersecurity.

Shiju holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from Bangalore University and a master’s degree in information management from Mumbai University.

Gaurav Sharma becomes group CTO of Poonawalla Fincorp

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Gaurav Sharma

Poonawalla Fincorp, previously Magma Fincorp, has named Gaurav Sharma as its group CTO. He will lead technology initiatives for the Poonawalla group in its quest to build a world-class digital technology-based platform for financial services.

Gaurav is an alumnus of IIT Roorkee, with over 25 years’ experience in driving transformation across various industry domains.

He was CTO at L&T Financial Services before joining Poonawalla.

Satellite comms provider Skylo hires Jai Menon as CIO

Jai Menon has joined Skylo, a narrow-band satellite communications provider that targets IoT applications, as CIO. He will run the company’s ERP and order management systems, and manage IT support, business and operations support systems, networking and security.

He held IT leadership postitions at IBM and at telcos around the world before returning to India and a CTO role at HT Media. Since then, he has worked in startps and consulting. He is an alumnus of IIT Delhi.


Jubilant Foodworks hires Ekhlaque Bari as CIO

Ekhlaque Bari, former EVP and chief technology officer at Fullerton India, has joined Jubilant FoodWorks as chief information officer. He will be based in Gurugram, reporting to CEO Pratik Pota, and will have responsibility for all the digital transformation initiatives at Jubilant FoodWorks.

A former CIO100 India winner, Bari has also previously held leadership roles at Max Life Insurance, HT Media, and SBI Card.

Rahul Khona becomes IT head at Nexus Malls

Rahul Khona has been appointed head of information technology at Nexus Malls, the operator of 16 malls with almost 10 million square feet of retail space across India.

He will have responsibility for IT strategy and innovation, and be based in Mumbai.

Khona has more 17 years of experience across retail, telecom and banking. An alumnus of IIMT Bangalore, he previously led IT at McDonalds India, Reliance Brands, and Starbucks India.

Yes Bank appoints Mahesh Ramamoorthy as CIO

Mahesh Ramamoorthy has replaced Anup Purohit as CIO at Yes Bank. Purohit stepped down from the position in June.

In his new role, Ramamoorthy will lead technology and digital transformation for the bank, as well as be responsible for modern technologies such as APIs, AI and machine learning, and business intelligence.

Ramamoorthy has more than 30 years of experience in the BFSI technology space. He was previously senior VP of payments (international) at FIS, where he led the financial technology provider for Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. He has also held leadership positions at Barclays Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Aviva, DCB Bank, IDBI Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank.

Pankaj Khare joins Pine Labs as head of IT

Pine Labs has hired Pankaj Khare as head of information technology. Khare will be based in Noida. The appointment was made in January but announced in August.

Khare was the former CIO at DMI, where he spearheaded the digital transformation effort. Prior to that he was the CIO at GoAir. He has held leadership position at Sterlite Power, IndiGo, and HCL.


Capri Global Capital appoints Rahul Agarwal as CTO

Rahul Agarwal has joined Capri Global Capital, a financial company specialising in small business and home loans, as chief technology officer. He will be heading technology functions and digital transformation across the company.

Agarwal has years’ experience in software engineering and technology leadership roles. Most recently, he was group CTO at Aakash Educational Services where he developed capabilities in-house for faster and sustainable growth. He has also held CTO roles at Policy Bazaar and Lava International, and led engineering at and Tyroo Media, and Vriti Infocom.

Aan Chauhan joins Mindtree as CTO

Aan S Chauhan has been named CTO of Mindtree just a couple of weeks after Mindtree acquired another company of which he was CTO, L&T subsidiary NxT Digital Business. He has more than 26 years’ experience in IT, including 14 years at Cognizant where he was also CTO.

Chauhan has built world class technological products for financial services, capital markets, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare, e-commerce, retail, and technology sectors. He is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur.

Upstox names Thippesha Dyamappa CTO

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Thippesha Dyamappa, CTO of Upstox

Indian investment platform Upstox has appointed a Thippesha Dyamappa as its chief technology officer.

Dyamappa was previously director of software development for international retail at, and his international experience heralds Upstox’s expansion into global markets.

He has over 20 years of software engineering experience in the online retail, transport and travel industries, predominantly in India and the U.S.

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles transforms CIO role

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Chulanga Perera

Chulanga Perera has taken on two new roles at Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, as chief transformation officer and head of strategy. He will continue as CIO too, until his replacement is announced.

He will lead a team of around 40 staff in the company’s transformation management office to steer the company’s digital transformation, drive synergies, enhance customer service and scale business offerings.

Akums India appoints Sanjay Verma as group CIO

Sanjay Verma has joined Akums India as group CIO, reporting to managing director Sandeep Jain.

Previously, Verma was CIO at Somany Ceramic, and he has also held leadership positions at JK Lakshmi Cement. In his 20 years’ experience in IT, Verma has led work on security, risk compliance, IoT, RPA, cloud and business continuity planning. He was a recipient of a 2016 CIO100 India award.

Gururaj Rao moves to Aditya Birla Health Insurance

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Gururaj Rao

Gururaj Rao has joined Aditya Birla Health Insurance as executive vice-president and chief technology officer. He is a former CIO100 India award winner.

Rao was previously vice-president and CIO at Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services (MMFSL) where he worked for 10 years. At MMFSL he was responsible for IT across all the non-banking financial services business including retail loan and SME corporate loans. He has over 20 years of experience in the BFSI sector and has held leadership positions at ICICI Bank and Birla Sun Life Insurance.

Rahul Bhardwaj returns to Fullerton as CIO

Rahul Bhardwaj has rejoined Fullerton India Credit Co., this time as chief information officer and head of operations and customer service. Based in Mumbai, Bhardwaj will report to chief operating officer Pavan Kaushal.

This is Bhardwaj’s second stint at the financial services company. Over an 11-year span he held a succession of leadership positions there in technology, operations and customer services, playing a key role in the design and implementation of the company’s first full suite of technology applications. In 2017 he left to become a senior vice president at Reliance Payment Services.

Bhardwaj has over 20 years of experience in IT. He is an alumnus of Delhi College of Engineering and holds a postgraduate diploma in business management from IIM Bangalore.


Snapdeal appoints Girish Koppad as head of technology

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Girish Koppad, head of technology at Snapdeal

E-commerce company Snapdeal has appointed Girish Koppad as vice president and head of technology. Based in Gurgaon, Koppad will be reporting to Kunal Bahl, co-founder and CEO. At Snapdeal, Koppad will lead technology engineering and will spearhead development and services for technology infrastructure and data centers.

He was previously senior director of engineering at Samsung Electronics. Koppad has over two decades of experience in product development and management across diverse areas including wireless infrastructure, mobile, and SaaS-based cloud computing platforms. He has held senior management positions at Google, TiVO and Motorola. At Google he led the design, development, and launch of smartphones including Moto X, Moto G and Moto E.

Yotta hires Reliance Entertainment’s Group CIO Sayed Peerzade

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Sayed Peerzade

Sayed Peerzade, former group CIO at Reliance Entertainment, has joined Yotta Infrastructure as its executive vice president and chief cloud officer. Based in Mumbai, he will report to Yotta CEO Sunil Gupta. He is expected to strengthen the company’s cloud solution portfolio, deliver an enhanced cloud experience for customers, and develop industry-specific solutions available on IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS models.

At Reliance Entertainment, he designed the first private cloud Infrastructure-as-a-service model and hybrid cloud, driving the digital business profitability. He brings in 20 years of experience across sectors including media, broadcasting, data center, telecom, BFSI, and retail. Peerzade is a former CIO100 India award winner, and has also received the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam professional excellence award for Digital Transformation, instituted by the Government of India.

Apollo Tyres appoints Kuldeep Goyal as head of global IT infrastructure and cybersecurity

Apollo Tyres has hired Kuldeep Goyal as its head of global IT Infrastructure and cybersecurity. Based in Bangalore, he will report to Hizmy Hassen, chief digital officer.

Goyal has 16 years’ experience in IT Innovation, activation, operation, project management, and systems management. Prior to joining Apollo Tyres, he spent 13 years at Unilever, where he managed the IT infrastructure of Unilever’s largest shared support center and enterprise and technology solutions outsourcing facility in Bangalore.

Anup Purohit moves from Yes Bank to Wipro

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Anup Purohit

Wipro has named Anup Purohit as its chief information officer, reporting to chief operations officer Sanjeev Singh. Purohit was IDG India’s CIO100 Hall of Fame winner in 2019. He has over 25 years of experience in banking and financial services, including service delivery, portfolio and program management, risk and controls, and information security.

Purohit was previously CIO at Yes Bank, where he spearheaded business technology transformation and digital innovation strategy with a focus on modernising the bank’s technology stack. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at RBL Bank, Barclays Bank, and JP Morgan Chase.

IMGC appoints Sumit Chadha as CIO

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Sumit Chadha

Sumit Chadha has joined India Mortgage Guarantee Corp. (IMGC) as chief information officer, where he will spearhead technology initiatives and strengthen competitive capabilities.

Previously, he was head of IT at PNB Housing Finance Ltd., where he led digitization of company’s processes and systems, and before that worked at Nucleus Software Exports and ICICI Bank. He has 20 years’ experience in IT strategy, architecture, implementation and governance, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a certification in contemporary business analytics practices from IIM Kolkata.

Nitin Mittal joins Zee Entertainment Enterprises

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Nitin Mittal

Zee Entertainment Enterprises has appointed Nitin Mittal as its new president of technology and data, where he will also be responsible for strategic initiatives in artificial intelligence and machine learning. He has been charged with driving the company’s digital transformation agenda.

Along with Amit Goenka, the president of Zee’s digital businesses and platforms, he will also work on enhancing customer experience across ZEE5, the company’s on-demand internet streaming platform.

Vivek Viswanathan joins PayNearby as CTO

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Vivek Viswanathan, CTO at PayNearby

Formerly VP of product development at Blue Yonder, Vivek Viswanathan has joined fintech company PayNearby as chief technology officer. He is based in Bangalore. He will work with PayNearby’s executive team to create new offerings for retail partners and customers. He will also work closely with the company’s product, data, and analytics teams to harness the power of technologies like AI and ML.

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