Nasscom appoints Raman Roy as chairman, Rishad Premji vice chairman
New Delhi: IT industry body Nasscom on Wednesday appointed Quatrro CMD Raman Roy its chairman for 2017-18.
It has also named Rishad Premji, Wipro chief strategy officer and son of technology czar Azim Premji, as the vice chairman. Roy, who served as the vice chairman in the previous fiscal, will take on the new role from 6 April.
He takes over the mantle from C P Gurnani, managing director and CEO of Tech Mahindra. “Nasscom is playing a critical role in evangelising the digital opportunity for the sector and I would like to support the industry in facilitating the skilling and reskilling effort of the industry through disruptive models,” Roy said.
He added that building India’s innovation edge is another key priority and the industry body plans to scale up start-ups and centre of excellence initiatives to the next level.
The announcement comes at a time when the over $140 billion Indian IT industry faces a number of headwinds like growing protectionism from various countries and business shifts towards digital.
R Chandrashekhar, president of Nasscom, said: “A new-age leader like Rishad, with his vast exposure, will bring fresh ideas to the table, helping the industry tap new domains and opportunities globally.” Roy, along with Rishad and Chandrashekhar, will lead Nasscom to carry out its diverse array of priorities.
The leadership team will also work towards further strengthening various sector councils and focus on enhanced member outreach and involvement.