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IBM India appoints Karan Bajwa as new MD, Vanitha Narayan takes on Chairman role

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The century-old technology giant IBM has today witnessed a reshuffling of roles at the highest level for its India operations. Karan Bajwa has now been appointed as the Managing Director of the company’s arm in the country. Whereas Vanitha Narayan, who’s responsibilities he’ll be overtaking, has now been elevated to the role of Chairman. Both of them will report to Randy Walker, Chairman, IBM Asia-Pacific.

Bajwa has been bumped up from his role as the Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia-Pacific region, for which he had been roped in from Microsoft earlier in June 2016. In his new position, he will be responsible for IBM India’s strategic and operational projects which are related to sales, marketing, services and delivery operations. This is expected to help the company build alliances and solidify its position in this competitive market.

During his time at the Redmond giant’s India arm, he was appointed as the managing director of the sales and marketing group. He spent a good nine odd years at Microsoft India helping their teams build business strategies before shifting to IBM once again. Bajwa had started out his multinational journey with IBM in 2001, where he led the Business for Networking Services for ASEAN regions. Now, excited about the beginning of his new position at IBM, he shares his views as under:

Now, excited about the beginning of his new position at IBM, he shares his views as under:

I see great opportunity ahead for IBM in this market. By constantly reinventing itself and investing in innovation, IBM today is in a sweet spot to help businesses and governments with their digital transformation journey. I look forward to partnering with the industry, our ecosystem and the IBM team to further strengthen our business in the region.

On the other hand, Vanitha Narayan, who’ll now be the most powerful authority in IBM India, will play a critical role in pushing capabilities across the company’s global mission in India. She’ll also lay focus on further development of their global centres of excellence, research and innovation labs by strengthening regulatory and govt initiatives.

Narayan has been connected with IBM for the last eight years, working with the sales, marketing and strategy teams to expedite their efforts for the transformation of India’s ecosystem via latest digital tech. She shares her vision for what’s next to come for IBM India as under:

I see tremendous opportunity for us to power India’s digital transformation with our cognitive cloud platforms and deep industry expertise. It is incredibly gratifying for me to take over as Chairman of IBM India, a newly created position that reiterates the importance that IBM places on India to support growth and innovation in the region. 

Maximizing the value of the entire organization in the region by evangelizing IBM’s brand and solutions in the ecosystem will also be one of my key responsibilities.

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