Nasscom appoints Raman Roy as chairman, Rishad Premji as vice-chairman

The new office-bearers are taking charge at a time when the over $140 billion IT sector is facing headwinds like growing protectionism and business shifts towards digital

PTI April 06, 2017 11:31:00 IST
Nasscom appoints Raman Roy as chairman, Rishad Premji as vice-chairman

New Delhi - IT industry body Nasscom has appointed Raman Roy, CMD of Quatrro, as its chairman for 2017-18.

It has also named Rishad Premji, Wipro Chief Strategy Officer and son of technology czar Azim Premji, as the vice-chairman.

Roy, who served as the vice-chairman in the previous fiscal, will take on the new role from 6 April. He takes over the mantle from CP Gurnani, managing director and CEO of Tech Mahindra.

Nasscom appoints Raman Roy as chairman Rishad Premji as vicechairman

The appointments come at a time when the sector is facing headwinds. Reuters

"Nasscom is playing a critical role in evangelising the digital opportunity for the sector and I would like to support the industry in facilitating the skilling and reskilling effort of the industry through disruptive models," Roy said.

He added that building India's innovation edge is another key priority and the industry body plans to scale up start-ups and centre of excellence initiatives to the next level.

The announcement comes at a time when the over $140 billion Indian IT industry faces a number of headwinds like growing protectionism from various countries and business shifts towards digital.

R Chandrashekhar, President of Nasscom, said: "A new-age leader like Rishad, with his vast exposure, will bring fresh ideas to the table, helping the industry tap new domains and opportunities globally."

Roy, along with Rishad and Chandrashekhar, will lead Nasscom to carry out its diverse array of priorities. The leadership team will also work towards further strengthening various sector councils and focus on enhanced member outreach and involvement.

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