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IBM appoints Karan Bajwa as MD and Vanitha Narayanan as chairman of Indian business

January 05, 2017
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IBM has appointed Karan Bajwa as Managing Director (MD) of IBM India. He succeeds Vanitha Narayanan who has been appointed as chairman of the Indian subsidiary.

In his new role, Bajwa will be responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM’s sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India/SA region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He will lead IBM’s partnership with clients for a cloud and cognitive led digital transformation of their businesses.

Bajwa joined IBM in 2016 as Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia Pacific region. He was earlier Managing Director, Microsoft India where, besides leading the India business for the company, he also the led the cloud transition and the ecosystem engagement. Bajwa had earlier worked with IBM for five years from 2001 to 2005. He was based in Singapore and was heading the company’s networking business.

Meanwhile, as Chairman, Narayanan will be responsible in enabling capabilities across IBM’s global missions in India, global centres of excellence, research and innovation labs.

Narayanan has over 29 years 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.

Both, Bajwa and Narayana will report to Randy Walker, Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific.

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