Karan Ba­jwa is the new In­dia MD at IBM, Vanitha Narayan ap­pointed Chair­man, IBM In­dia

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IBM has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Karan Ba­jwa as Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of IBM In­dia suc­ceed­ing Vanitha Narayana who is ap­pointed as Chair­man of IBM In­dia. Th­ese lead­er­ship an­nounce­ments fur­ther demon­strate IBM’s com­mit­ment in the re­gion.

Karan joined IBM in 2016 as Ex­ec­u­tive for Strat­egy and Trans­for­ma­tion in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion. Prior to this, he was the Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Mi­crosoft In­dia where, be­sides lead­ing the In­dia busi­ness for the com­pany, he also the led the Cloud Tran­si­tion and the Ecosys­tem en­gage­ment. Erst­while, he served in var­i­ous roles in Mi­crosoft and Cisco. Karan is not new to IBM, hav­ing worked for five years lead­ing IBM’s net­work­ing busi­ness and based in Sin­ga­pore from 2001 - 2005.

As Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of IBM In­dia, Karan will be re­spon­si­ble for all strate­gic and op­er­a­tional mat­ters re­lated to IBM’s sales, mar­ket­ing, ser­vices and de­liv­ery op­er­a­tions in the In­dia/SA re­gion, in­clud­ing Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He will lead the team to win new busi­ness, shape mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties by build­ing al­liances and part­ner­ships and so­lid­ify the com­pany’s po­si­tion in the mar­ket­place. He will lead IBM’s part­ner­ship with clients for a cloud and cog­ni­tive led dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of their busi­nesses.

As Chair­man, Vanitha will play a crit­i­cal role in en­abling ca­pa­bil­i­ties across IBM’s global mis­sions in In­dia, global cen­ters of ex­cel­lence, re­search and in­no­va­tion labs. IBM will rely on her lead­er­ship to en­gage and fur­ther strengthen the Govern­ment and Reg­u­la­tory af­fairs ini­tia­tives. She will max­i­mize the value of the en­tire or­ga­ni­za­tion in the re­gion by evan­ge­liz­ing IBM’s brand and so­lu­tions in the ecosys­tem.

Vanitha has over 29 years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing across IBM in sev­eral coun­tries. She has been a part of the IBM In­dia/South Asia busi­ness since 2009 and was ap­pointed to the po­si­tion of Man­ag­ing Direc­tor in 2013. In her ten­ure as the Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, she has con­sis­tently led strong rev­enue growth and ex­panded In­dia’s foot­print across new in­dus­tries, mak­ing In­dia one of the fastest grow­ing mar­kets for IBM. She comes with deep in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence and has held var­i­ous lead­er­ship roles in Sales and Dis­tri­bu­tion, Global Busi­ness Ser­vices(GBS) and the Tele­com sec­tor, across Asi­aPa­cific and Global mar­kets.

Both, Karan and Vanitha will re­port to Randy Walker, Chair­man, IBM Asia Pa­cific. Th­ese ap­point­ments are ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

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