IBM Names Karan Bajwa As India MD; Vanitha Narayana As Chairman

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 04, 2017

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IBM has appointed Karan Bajwa as managing director of its India operations. He succeeds Vanitha Narayana, who has been elevated as chairman of IBM India.

Bajwa joined IBM last year as executive for strategy and transformation in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, 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. He was associated with IBM’s networking business and was based in Singapore in 2001-05.

“I see great opportunity ahead for IBM in this market. By constantly reinventing itself and investing in innovation, IBM today is in a sweet spot to help businesses and governments with their digital transformation journey,” Bajwa said, adding that “I look forward to partnering with the industry, our ecosystem and the IBM team to further strengthen our business in the region.”

Bajwa will be responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM’s sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India/South Asia 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”, IBM said in a statement.

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He will also lead IBM’s partnership with clients for cloud- and cognitive-led digital transformation of its businesses.

As chairman, Narayana is expected to play a critical role in pushing capabilities across IBM’s global missions in India, global centres of excellence, research and innovation labs. IBM will “rely on her leadership to engage and further strengthen government and regulatory affairs initiatives”.

Vanitha has nearly three decades 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. Narayana stated that her new assignment reiterates the importance IBM places on India to support growth and innovation in the region.

Both Bajwa and Narayana will report to Randy Walker, chairman, IBM Asia-Pacific. These appointments are effective immediately.