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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Gandhi was previously CIO of Piramal Enterprises’ pharma division, where he worked for five years.

Harmit Singh Malhotra named CTO at Enterr10 Television

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Harmit Singh Malhotra, Enterr10 Television

Harmit Singh Malhotra has joined media and entertainment major Enterr10 Television as chief technology officer.

Before that, he was general manager for IT and IS at Republic World, where he was responsible for managing the entire broadcast and corporate IT infrastructure, in addition to evaluating new technologies and formulating IT strategy. He played a key role in IT business process design and solution identification. Malhotra was also responsible for ensuring compliance and defining IT security and operating policies.

Malhotra has extensive experience in the broadcast media industry, having worked at firms like Network 18, Star TV, CNBC-TV18.

Chaitanya Wagh appointed CTO (India) at Scotiabank

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Chaitanya Wagh, CTO (India), Scotiabank

Former Group CTO at JM Financial, Chaitanya Wagh has joined Canadian multinational banking and financial services company Scotiabank as Chief Technology Officer (India).

Wagh has over 20 years of experience in managing technology for investment banking, equity trading, asset management, wealth management, retail trading, and fixed income businesses.

In his previous role, Wagh was the group CTO of JM Financial, where he worked for over 12 years. His IT career in the BFSI sector started with DSP Merrill Lynch. He then moved to JP Morgan Stanley Securities, following which he served as director of information technology at UBS Securities.

Over the years, Wagh accrued expertise in aligning his organization’s technology roadmap with business strategies and played key leadership roles in solution planning and project management.

November 2020

Shiju Rawther joins CARE Ratings as CITO

Credit rating agency CARE Ratings has named Shiju Rawther its new chief information and technology officer, tasked with spearheading the complete IT function including technology strategies and enterprise-wide IT transformation.

Previously, Rawther was CIO at Poonawalla Finance, and before that he played a key role in driving technology transformation at financial majors such as IIFL Finance, TransUnion CIBIL, and Fullerton India Credit Company. He is credited with setting up the complete IT infrastructure, application deployment, and security operations at Gateway Terminals India and Fullerton India, including building security operations centers (SOCs) from scratch at both companies.

Ramesh Lakshminarayanan appointed CIO at HDFC Bank

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Ramesh Lakshminarayanan, CIO, HDFC Bank

HDFC Bank has appointed Ramesh Lakshminarayanan as its new CIO. He will serve as group head of IT, spearheading the company’s technology transformation.

In addition to defining HDFC’s technology strategy, Lakshminarayanan has been tasked with strengthening the company’s foundational technology, enhancing its digital capabilities and harnessing the latest in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In his previous role, Lakshminarayanan served as chief technology and information officer at Credit Rating Information Services of India Ltd. (CRISIL). A veteran technology leader in the BFSI space, he has worked at banking majors such as Citibank India, ABN AMRO Bank, Citigroup and Kotak Mahindra Bank.

October 2020

Piramal Glass names Sudip Mazumder global chief digital and information officer 

Sudip Mazumder, Global Chief Digital & Information Officer at Piramal Glass Sudip Mazumder

Sudip Mazumder, Global Chief Digital & Information Officer at Piramal Glass

Sudip Mazumder has joined Piramal Glass as global chief digital and information officer. He will report to Samit Datta, global chief supply chain and technology officer.

Mazumder’s most recent role was as engineering and construction digital head and general manager at L&T Group. He has previously worked with companies including RPG Group, Cognizant, Barclays, AstraZeneca, Lloyds, and TCS.

At Piramal Glass, he will be responsible for reinforcing digital transformation and also lead the company’s Digital 2.0 initiative. This includes setting up an advanced analytics technology stack and building a dedicated team to run the digital center of excellence and academy through which business use cases will be driven using AI, ML, and deep learning.

Former Flipkart executive Giridhar Yasa joins Lendingkart as CTO

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Giridhar Yasa

Fintech player Lendingkart has appointed former Flipkart technology leader Giridhar Yasa as its chief technology officer. He will be responsible for reducing onboarding times and configuring workflows on the company’s platforms for customers, channel partners, and co-lending partners.

He has over 20 years of experience across diverse domains such as cloud architectures, large scale distributed systems, virtualization, systems and storage software, and e-commerce and consumer internet systems. 

Puneet Kaur Kohli joins Universal Sompo General Insurance Co. as CTO

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Universal Sompo General Insurance Co has appointed Puneet Kaur Kohli as its chief technology officer. In her 25 years of IT leadership experience, Kohli has worked across geographies for brands including Motorola, Reliance, Duncans, Bharti Airtel, and Motricity (AT&T).

Prior to joining Universal Sompo General Insurance, she was the CTO and CIO at Manappuram Finance. Her expertise includes IT strategy, project management, network and information security, data privacy, regulatory adherence and governance, and disaster recovery planning.

Mohit Kapoor joins Mahindra Group as EVP & Group CTO

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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

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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.

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