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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Bhavesh Lakhani joins IndusInd Bank as chief technology officer

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The former CTO at SBI Mutual Fund, Bhavesh Lakhani has joined IndusInd Bank as its chief technology officer. A seasoned IT professional, he has over 20 years of industry experience in banking and financial services organizations. His areas of expertise include business intelligence and data monetization, digital strategy and transformation, cloud migration, DevOps and SecOps, mergers, acquisitions and integration, workforce management, and automation, etc.

His previous stints include CTO at DSP BlackRock Mutual Fund, Director, Technology Services at Altisource, Senior VP - Technology & Services at HSBC, VP-IT Delivery, CIB at Wachovia Bank, among others.

April 2020

Vipul Anand joins Praxis Advisory Network as domain leader for hitech IT and tech practice

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Vipul Anand, ex-CIO at Hindware, has joined Praxis Advisory Network as the domain leader for its hitech IT and tech practice. Prior to Hindware, he spearheaded IT across organizations including Jindal Steel & Power, Aditya Birla Group, Honda Siel Power Products, Hughes, and ModiCorp in India and abroad.

March 2020

Kapil Pal joins United Breweries as head of IT

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Kapil Pal has joined United Breweries (UB) as head of IT. Based in 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 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

Ashok Jade, former CIO at Shalimar Paints has been appointed as group CITO at Spark Minda. Prior to that he was the head of 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 joins SAMCO as CIO and CDO

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

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. 

Abhishek Agarwal joins EESL as head of IT

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Abhishek Agarwal has joined Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) as head of information technology and chief general manager. EESL is a joint venture under India’s Ministry of Power.

Before this, Agarwal was senior VP and CIO 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 of IT at Vodafone India, program director at Wipro, senior manager at Bharti Airtel, manager at Maruti Suzuki India, scientist at Defence R & D Organization, Ministry of Defence & Ashok Leyland Information Technology. 

Yotta Infrastructure appoints Kamal Goel as EVP-IT and chief evangelist

Kamal Goel has joined Yotta Infrastructure as the executive vice-president for IT and chief evangelist. Prior to this, he was the SVP and group head of IT at Anand Rathi. Goel’s expertise includes IT infrastructure management, networking and security management, cloud computing and datacenter management.

February 2020

Sony Pictures Networks India appoints Raj Mohan Srinivasan as CIO

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), has appointed Raj Mohan Srinivasan as 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.

January 2020

Pankaj Pandey joins SBI General Insurance as Head-IT

An IT veteran with over two decades of experience in the BFSI sector, Pankaj Pandey joined SBI General Insurance as head of IT. Prior to this, he was the senior vice-president and head of 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. 

December 2019

BARC India appoints Mahendra K Upadhyay as CIO

Mahendra K Upadhyay has joined the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India as CIO. He has over 18 years of experience in sectors such as telecom, banking, retail, and media, and advertising. Prior to joining BARC India, 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

An IT leader with over 18 years of experience, Arindam Sengupta has joined Dixcy Textiles as CIO. His previous stints include leadership roles at industry giants such as HUL, GE Healthcare, and Wipro.

November 2019

Piyush Kumar Chowhan joins Lulu Group International as Group CIO

Retail giant Lulu Group International appointed Piyush Kumar Chowhan as group CIO. 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.

Yotta Appoints Manish Israni as head of IT operations and CIO 

Yotta Infrastructure has appointed industry veteran Manish Israni as CIO and head of IT operations and engineering. 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 

Ashish Vikram has joined Spicejet as chief technology and innovation officer.
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 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

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.

October 2019

Anand Ruhela appointed IT head at Manipal Global Group

Anand Ruhela has been appointed as head of IT at healthcare and education major Manipal Global Group. In his previous role, Ruhela was head of IT at food and agro-processing giant Kwality.

September 2019

Usha International appoints Sachin Gupta chief information and innovation officer

IT industry veteran Sachin Gupta has been appointed 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. 

Evercare Group appoints Sumit Puri as Group CTO 

Sumit Puri has become group chief technology officer of Evercare Group. He 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 CIO

Prashant Singh is now a director and CIO of Max Healthcare. He 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 names Anubhav Rajput CIO

Anubhav Rajput has been named CIO and head of digital and operations at Cholamandalam MS General Insurance. A seasoned strategy consultant, he 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.

August 2019

Archie Jackson to head IT team at Incedo

After his three-year 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.

July 2019

The Indian Express appoints Amardeep Vishwakarma as CTO

Vishwakarma has joined news portal The Indian Express as its new CTO. Previously, he has driven tech transformation at Shine.com, Info Edge India, Shareaholic, and Naukri.com.

April 2019

M Sivasubramanian joins VA Tech Wabag as CIO

After serving more than 13 years at L&T Group, and the last five years at L&T IDPL, M Sivasubramanian has moved to VA Tech Wabag as its CIO.

March 2019

Alembic Pharmaceuticals appoints Jitendra Mishra as its new VP-CIO

Alembic Pharmaceuticals recently appointed Jitendra Mishra as VP-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

Bluechink Technologies 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.

Rajesh Garg joins Trident as CXO-IT

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.

February 2019

Paytm Money appoints Suresh Vasudevan as its CTO

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

Rockman Industries India appointed Manzar Abbas as its CIO in February 2019. He has an overall 19 years of IT experience and has handled large scale IT projects, systems and datacenters. Prior to this assignment, Manzar Abbas was with Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable as GM - IT and has worked with other organizations like Primus Telecommunications, Thomson Digital - CIO, Express Print Publishers LLC., UAE.

The Great Eastern Shipping Co. appoints Pavan Tsunduru as CIO 

Pavan Tsunduru has joined The Great Eastern Shipping Co. as CIO. His expertise includes technology-enabled business transformation, digital, IoT technology solutions, innovation, cybersecurity, blockchain, AI and ML, automation, analytics, IT strategy and IT outsourcing, smart port, cloud, and mobility solutions. He was previously the CIO at Adani Ports and SEZ. He has a total experience of more than two decades in the industry. 

Glory Nelson joins WOW Airlines as Head Digital 

Glory Nelson has joined WOW Airlines as Head of Digital. Nelson was earlier the senior VP-IT at Spicejet for over two years.

January 2019

Pidilite Industries appoints Mayur Danait as CIO 

Mayur Danait has joined Pidilite Industries as CIO. He was previously CIO at Lupin, where he had a nine-year-long stint. 

Bajaj Allianz Insurance appoints Gautam Datta as CITO

Goutam Datta has joined Bajaj Allianz Insurance as the chief information and technology officer (CITO) in November last year. Datta heads the technology and innovation team and is a part of the companies management committee.

Shiv Kumar Bhasin joins National Stock Exchange as chief technology and operations Officer

Shiv Kumar Bhasin was appointed the chief technology and operations officer of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on January 2, 2019. Bhasin will be reporting directly to Vikram Limaye, managing director and CEO of NSE. He was previously the global CTO at State Bank of India. 

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