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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mohit kapoor, , Group CTO, Mahindra Group Mahindra Group

Mohit Kapoor

Mahindra Group has appointed Mohit Kapoor as executive vice-president and group chief technology officer. In this new role, he will be responsible for creating new business models and transforming customer experience across the group’s diverse set of companies.

Prior to joining Mahindra Group, Kapoor was at DBS Bank, where he set up the Asia Hub at Hyderabad, the bank’s technology development center. Kapoor has spearheaded technology and operations roles for over 29 years, the last 17 years in the BFSI sector.

September 2020

George Fanthome joins Bangalore International Airport Limited as CIO

George Fanthome, the former group CIO at GMR, has joined BIAL as its CIO. A seasoned IT veteran, Fanthome has over 15 years of experience across organizations including mining giant Vedanta Limited, New-Delhi based infrastructure company GMR, telecom player Bharti Airtel International, and IT services giant Genpact, among others.

His expertise includes enterprise wide IT transformation, IT policy and procedure development, strategic planning, digital business transformation, operations and software development.

Shuvankar Pramanick joins Columbia Asia Hospitals as Chief Information Officer

Columbia Asia Hospitals has appointed Shuvankar Pramanick as its CIO. With over two decades of experience, Shuvankar is a healthcare IT veteran, who has driven digital transformation strategy projects using AI, process automation, and innovative IT in the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining Columbia Asia Hospitals, he spearheaded IT at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi as CIO.

His other stints include IT leadership roles at Paras Healthcare, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Action Construction Equipments, Fortis Healthcare, among others.

July 2020

Group Head-IT & CIO Munish Mittal leaves HDFC Bank

Munish Mittal, group head of IT and chief Information officer at HDFC Bank, is leaving the organization to pursue higher studies, the bank has announced. Mittal joined the private lender in 1996 as IT Manager. In his 24 years at HDFC, he spearheaded various roles, including managing the IT strategy of the bank and its associated companies, HDFC Securities and HDB Financial Services. 

A Shiju Rawther joins Poonawalla Finance as CIO

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Shiju Rawther

A Shiju Rawther has been appointed as the CIO at Poonawalla Finance. In his new role, Shiju will spearhead IT function, strategies, and designing the digital roadmap for the organization, along with the plan, build, run, secure and analytics function of the organization. In his previous role, he was the executive vice-president for technology at IIFL Finance. 

He has over two decades of experience in driving digital transformation, innovation, and analytics in organizations. He has expertise in setting up complete technology systems including applications, IT infrastructure, and building information security operations and process from scratch for startup MNCs in India. He holds an Engineering Degree in Computer Science & Engineering and Management Degree in Information Technology. 

June 2020

Manish Shetty joins Diageo as CIO

manish shetty, CIO, Diageo India Manish Shetty

One of India’s leading beverage alcohol companies, Diageo, has appointed Manish Shetty, former director of IT at Tata Consumer Products, as its CIO. He will be based in Bangalore, and report to the CFO, Sanjeev Churiwala. 

Shetty has over two decades of global experience in business and technology transformation in various industries including FMCG, pharma, financial services, and technology. At Diageo India, he will support the organization in its digital journey and will focus on leveraging IT as a strategic partner to drive business growth. 

Prior to spearheading IT at Tata Consumer Products, he was the CIO – South Asia at Sanofi India. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, USA. 

Amit Waghmare appointed CIO at DB Corp

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Amit Waghmare

The former head of information technology at Page Industries, Amit Waghmare has been appointed as the CIO at newspaper giant DB Corp (Danik Bhaskar Group). He has over 17 years of industry experience in sectors such as media, power, textile, pharma, real estate, among others. His other stints include technology leadership roles at VIP Industries, Inorbit Malls India, and Encore Healthcare.

May 2020

Gaurav Kataria joins Sai Life Sciences as chief digital and information officer

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Gaurav Kataria

Gaurav Kataria has been appointed the chief digital and information officer at Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization—Sai Life Sciences. He will be responsible for leading the digital transformation agenda in line with Sai’s business objectives. In this role, he will oversee digitization programs, IT infrastructure, and IT security for Sai globally.

Kataria has over 20 years of experience across digital transformation, technology, consulting, marketing, and strategy. He is an engineer with a masters degree from BITS, Pilani, and executive business education from Harvard Business School Publishing, Boston, MA.

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

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

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

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