National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has announced the appointment of BVR Mohan Reddy, Founder and Executive Chairman, Cyient Ltd. (formerly Infotech Enterprises) as the Chairman and CP Gurnani, CEO and MD of Tech Mahindra as the Vice Chairman of NASSCOM for 2015-16.
BVR Mohan Reddy has been a member of NASSCOM’s Executive Council and will take on the new role from April 9th, 2015. He succeeds R Chandrasekaran, who served as Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2014-15.
Speaking on the occasion, BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, NASSCOM, and Founder & Executive Chairman, Cyient Ltd. said, “It is truly a great honor to be the Chairman of NASSCOM. We are in the middle of exciting times with the IT industry gaining maturity, several technology disruptions, and the Government’s intent to deploy more IT for betterment of society and economy. We have many opportunities and challenges ahead of us. The work done by NASSCOM membership in innovation and transformation can be well used to build a digitally empowered nation. I look forward to continued involvement from our membership to accelerate momentum on all initiatives at NASSCOM.”
Speaking on the appointment, CP Gurnani, Vice-Chairman, NASSCOM said, “I am grateful that this responsibility comes on the thrones of a significant Digital storm that is reshaping the global marketplace, necessitating IT investments in every function to remain competitive and relevant. The political stability in India combined with game-changing initiatives such as Digital India, Smart Cities, Make in India are opening up unprecedented opportunities for the industry to contribute and benefit from the growth momentum. The spurt in product start-ups and the investment climate are reflective of this renewed confidence. I look forward to working with the NASSCOM Executive Council on catalysing Innovation and Transformation.
- Chandrasekaran, Former Chairman, NASSCOM said, “I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with NASSCOM and contribute in aligning the industry focus with the government’s vision during the last year. It has been heartening to note that the IT-BPM sector has played an important role in achieving the envisioned scale of the Skill India, Digital India and Make in India programmes. It has been a great opportunity to lead the industry as Chairman of NASSCOM. I am really hopeful for the industry with NASSCOM playing a critical role in evangelizing and leveraging newer opportunities for the sector.”
Chairman BVR Mohan Reddy along with Vice-Chairman CP Gurnani and President, R Chandrashekhar will lead NASSCOM to carry out its diverse array of priorities to empower NASSCOM in reaching the 2020 vision for the industry:
- Catalyse Innovation, Transformation, Digital Hub
- Expand global trade initiative
- Engage and support programs for SMEs, Start-ups
- Enhance engagement with Government
- Enable Inclusion and CSR
It’s worth mentioning that BVR Mohan Reddy is the Founder and Executive Chairman, Cyient Limited and Chairman, NASSCOM. Having established Cyient (formerly known as Infotech Enterprises) in 1991, Reddy pioneered computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing solutions serving international clients. Reddy has been a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council since 2003 and in his previous role as Vice Chairman, NASSCOM, he was credited with establishing the Member Connect program and laying the foundation of NASSCOM’s engineering services council.
Mohan has also served as the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Southern Region (2008-2009), and was also a national council member. Further, he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of IIT, Hyderabad.
Whereas, NASSCOM’s new Vice Chairman CP Gurnani, who is a chemical engineering graduate from the NIT, Rourkela is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tech Mahindra. In a career spanning 32 years, he has held several leading positions with HCL Hewlett Packard Limited, Perot Systems (India) Limited and HCL Corporation Ltd.