CIO Klub inaugurates Pune chapter

by Ashutosh Desai & Abhinna Shreshtha    May 20, 2010

The CIO Klub inaugurated its Pune chapter on 19th May, 2010 in a gala ceremony hosted by the Mumbai club’s governing body in the presence of the Pune committee members. Pune is the third city to have a CIO Klub chapter, following Mumbai and Delhi. Jitendra Mali, executive director and managing partner, DSK Motors Ltd.was the chief guest for the function.

Kishore Daryanani, GM-Information Systems, Alfa Laval India, and secretary of the Pune chapter said they had already registered 130 members. "The function of the CIO Klub will be to bring all IT decision makers in the city together and encourage sharing of knowledge and experience," said Daryanani, "This is a club run by CIOs for CIOs." He went on to explain that the role of a CIO has become more challenging and there is a need for a platform such as the CIO Klub to bring together like-minded people from various industry verticals to engage and collaborate in a meaningful way.

The CIO Klub Pune committee comprises of Anil Khopkar, president (VP-MIS, Bajaj Auto), Shreesh Patwardhan, vice president (Dynamic Logistics), Kishore Daryanani, secretary (GM-Information Systems, Alfa Laval India), Yogesh Zope, joint secretary (VP-IT services, Bharat Forge), Sunil Pawar, treasurer (DGM-IT, Tata Johnson), Utpala Joshi (Internal Audit Controller, Zensar Technologies), Rajendra Erande (Director-technology, Pune Municipal Corporation) will be managing committee members. The Pune committee intends to add more members to its council, preferably from the finance industry. The overall structure consists of a governing body, a national working council and the chapter council (in each city).

The aim is to hold regular knowledge sharing sessions with a relevant sponsor and concentrate on imbibing each other’s best practices, provide support to its members, co-operate with other governing councils and institutes in a positive way and include a ‘fun’ aspect as well, by involving CIO families. The founding members also hope that the platform will enable them to communicate expectations to the government. According to Daryanani, another area where the CIO Klub can contribute is by speaking at educational institutes where there is a need for insights from industry experts. Likewise, they can benefit from tapping a vast pool of talent in the country.

According to Shirish Gariba, secretary of the governing body for the CIO Klub, there are plans to open more such councils. Speaking on the occasion, the committee members said that cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Baroda will also have their own CIO Klub chapters. The CIO Klub is registered as a society under the Maharashtra Society Act. In all CIO Klub consists of approximately 500 members with over a decade of experience in the industry.