BENGALURU : The IT industry’s top governing body, Nasscom, named Rekha M. Menon, Chair and Senior Managing Director of Accenture in India, as Chair for 2021-22 on Thursday. This makes her the first woman to assume the role of chairwoman of Nasscom in its 30-year history.
Menon, formerly vice chairman, succeeds UB Pravin Rao, Infosys Ltd’s chief operating officer, who served as Nasscom chairman from 2020-21.
Nasscom also announced the appointment of Krishnan Ramanujam, Head of Business & Technology Services at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Ltd, as Vice Chairman for the period 2021-22.
“The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to test the resilience of our 4 million+ people, even as it has created new growth opportunities as technology is seen as the lifeline for societies and economies around the world. While we are careful with the pandemic, I look forward to working with the Nasscom Executive Board and its members to drive the long-term growth of our industry, “said Menon.
In line with evolving industry dynamics, the newly appointed leadership, along with President Debjani Ghosh, will lead the industry on its journey to digital transformation. India needs to become a premier hub for digital talent, catalyze innovation and develop a benevolent policy ecosystem, Nasscom said.
Nasscom also announced its new Executive Council, which spans industries such as Technical Research and Development (ER&D), Business Process Management (BPM), IT Services, Global Skills Centers (GCC), and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMB). and startups.
The new Executive Board will play a strategic role in helping India’s technology sector take the lead on the world map through targeted initiatives and programs. 40% of the executive board roster is made up of female executives.