Tuesday, December 16, 2014

IBM Reshuffles Top Management In India

BENGALURU: IBM has reshuffled its top deck in India as it focuses on newer digital imperatives like cloud, mobility and analytics and as global revenues have dropped for nine successive quarters.

Rajesh Nambiar, who was till recently general manager and managing partner of IBM Asean based in Singapore, has been appointed as the head of global business services, global delivery in IBM India effective December 1. This is one of IBM's biggest businesses out of India. Nambiar replaces Suhas Bhide, general manager-global delivery, who is said to have moved to an Asia-Pacific role in IBM. 
Nambiar, who will be based in Bangalore, has been appointed as director in IBM India. It's a homecoming of sorts for him. In 2006, he was appointed VP and general manager for global delivery at IBM India responsible for its globally integrated delivery framework, for client satisfaction and development of talent pool in India. In 2011, he was made head of services integration, and in January this year, he was given the Asean role.
Bhide had taken on the global delivery role from Nambiar in 2011. 
An email sent to IBM on the management changes did not elicit a response.
The changes come alongside a top-level exit, that of Jeby Cherian, VP and managing partner in IBM Global Business Services, India and South Asia. He resigned from the company last month. He was responsible for the strategy roadmap and overseeing the application management, consulting and systems integration businesses and driving the P&L for the division.
Kris Lakshmikanth, CEO of HR consultancy firm Head Hunters India, said Nambiar's elevation was a clear indication that the company wants to do more with less. "He has been brought in to improve the firm's bottomline, optimize costs and improve margins," Lakshmikanth said. 
India has been the core delivery engine for IBM's business and technology services and has been key to powering the Big Blue's services growth story generally. The company does not officially break up its employee numbers by geography, but it is said to have at least 130,000 employees in India, or about a third of its global strength.
But its troubles globally -- thanks to difficulties in its hardware business and the radical shift in technologies towards cloud computing and mobile -- are leading to churns everywhere. In India, besides Cherian, the director of finance and CFO of the domestic business Anita Sanghi quit in November. She had been with IBM since 2004 in multiple finance related roles.

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