IBM India Rejigs Top Management To Improve Margins

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 16, 2014

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IBM has recently announced some changes in the top management. Rajesh Nambiar, who recently served as the general manager and managing partner of IBM Asean based in Singapore, has been appointed as the head of global business services, global delivery in IBM India, which is one of IBM’s biggest businesses from India, reads a TOI report. Nambiar replaces Suhas Bhide, general manager-global delivery, who has reportedly moved to a senior role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Nambiar will be based in Bangalore, which is his home town. He has been appointed as director in IBM India. According to his LinkedIn profile, Nambiar was appointed VP and general manager for global delivery at IBM India in 2006, responsible for its globally integrated delivery framework, for client satisfaction and development of talent pool in India. In 2011, he was made head of services integration, and in January this year, he was given the Asean role. Bhide had taken on the global delivery role from Nambiar in 2011. While IBM has not made an official announcement until now, Rohit Bansal, CEO, India Strategy Group, Hammurabi & Solomon Consulting, LLP, who was a client mentions while recommending Nambiar that  his unique understanding of culture and context across geography was phenomenal, which is a key to success in global business. “I can see Rajesh at the very top of the corporate summit and when he does so the entire team will feel victorious,” he writes.

Kris Lakshmikanth, CEO of HR consultancy firm Head Hunters India told ET that Nambiar’s elevation was a clear indication that the company wants to do more with less. “He has been brought in to improve the firm’s bottomline, optimize costs and improve margins,” he said.

Nambiar’s appointment comes alongside a top-level exit, that of Jeby Cherian, VP and managing partner in IBM Global Business Services, India and South Asia. He resigned from the company in November. He was responsible for the strategy roadmap and overseeing the application management, consulting and systems integration businesses and driving the P&L for the division. India has been the core delivery engine for IBM’s business and technology services and has been key to powering the Big Blue’s services growth story generally. The company does not officially break up its employee numbers by geography, but it is said to have at least 130,000 employees in India, or about a third of its global strength.