TCS' Neemuchwala Is Now Wipro's COO

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 17, 2015


India’s third-largest infotech services provider, Wipro, recently appointed IT veteran and former TCS honcho Abid Ali Neemuchwala as its group president and chief operating officer.

A graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Neemuchwala will head global infrastructure services, business application services, business process services, and advanced technology solutions at Wipro. He will also head business operations in Europe, Africa, and Latin America; strategic engagement; advisor relationship; and marketing. Neemuchwala will have several Wipro veterans reporting to him, said.

Neemuchwala, created waves when he announced his decision to quit TCS last month, after working with the largest IT services provider for 23 years, and being an integral part of the transformation of the company’s business process outsourcing operations.

Neemuchwala was responsible for managing over 12 percent of TCS’s revenues. According to Nasscom’s list of top-15 business process outsourcing companies in the country in 2013-14, TCS ranked second to Genpact.  He headed the business process services (back office operations) of TCS and held leadership positions.

“Abid brings invaluable experience with his track record of building and scaling businesses. I am confident his understanding of technology and expertise in IT & BPS will help power our businesses to greater heights,” Wipro chief executive TK Kurien said.  A chess buff, Abid is also an electronics & communication engineer from NIT, Raipur in Chhattisgarh and has masters in industrial management from IIT, Mumbai.  “I am honoured to join Wipro, a company with a rich heritage of technology innovation and unflinching commitment to values. I look forward to contributing towards the company’s next phase of growth,” he said from Dallas in US’s Texas state, where he lives with family. 

The latest management overhaul at Wipro comes after rival Infosys, under new CEO Vishal Sikka, appointed a new head of delivery, S. Ravi Kumar, with a mandate to oversee six of its service lines.

Experts believe appointing Neemuchwala can be see as a big shift for Wipro, which prefers to fill  senior posts from within the company.