Wipro Pro­motes Four of Its Vet­er­ans to Pres­i­dent Rank

The Economic Times - - Diruption: - Anir­ban.Sen@ times­group.com

Ben­galuru: Wipro has promoted four se­nior ex­ec­u­tives, in­clud­ing el­e­vat­ing hu­man re­sources chief Saurabh Govil, to the rank of pres­i­dent, as part of a strat­egy to re­tain key lead­ers at In­dia’s third-largest soft­ware ex­porter. Other than Govil, who joined Wipro in 2009 af­ter a stint at GE Health­care, Wipro has also promoted com­pany vet­er­ans Soumitro Ghosh, Srini Pal­lia and NS Bala to the rank of pres­i­dent with ef­fect from April 1.

Ghosh heads Wipro’s In­dia and Mid­dle East busi­ness, Pal­lia over­sees the con­sumer ver­ti­cal while Bala heads the man­u­fac­tur­ing and tech­nol­ogy busi­nesses.

Wipro has also in­ducted these ex­ec­u­tives to the com­pany’s group ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil, its highest de­ci­sion­mak­ing body. The newly-promoted pres­i­dents will con­tinue to re­port to CEO Abidali Neemuch­wala.

In an email re­sponse to an ET query, a Wipro spokesper­son con­firmed the pro­mo­tions and said, “They have also been in­ducted to the Group Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, a fo­rum for the core group of Wipro lead­ers to de­lib­er­ate and strate­gise the long-term vision for the cor­po­ra­tion.”

With the lat­est round of pro­mo­tions, Wipro now has eight ex­ec­u­tives who hold the rank of pres­i­dent.

The other four pres­i­dents in­clude en­ergy and util­i­ties head Anand Pad­man­ab­han, the first ex­ec­u­tive to be promoted to this rank; chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Bhanu­murthy BM; bank­ing and fi­nan­cial ser­vices chief Shaji Fa­rooq; and com­pany veteran GK Prasanna, who heads the new­ly­cre­ated mar­ket­ing, in­no­va­tions and tech­nol­ogy unit

The lat­est round of pro­mo­tions come months af­ter Wipro put its faith in TCS veteran Neemuch­wala to res­ur­rect the com­pany’s flag­ging for­tunes.

In re­cent months, Wipro has lost some of its key ex­ec­u­tives such as for­mer health­care and life sciences head San­gita Singh and for­mer telecom chief Ayan Muk­erji, who has since moved on and joined re­search and ad­vi­sory firm Zin­nov. Neemuch­wala has laid out an am­bi­tious goal of mak­ing Wipro a $15bil­lion com­pany by 2020, as part of which he has urged se­nior man­agers to help the com­pany re­gain in­dus­try-lead­ing growth rates.

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Abid Ali Neemuch­wala, CEO, Wipro

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