Lenovo India appoints new CMO for Asia Pacific

Jun 11, 2018 0

New Delhi– Lenovo India on Monday appointed Bhaskar Choudhuri as the new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of the Asia Pacific region.

He was previously Lenovo India’s Head of Marketing and succeeds former regional CMO Nick Reynolds who has now been appointed the company’s global Head of Marketing for Digital, Web and Social Media.

Bhaskar is tasked with expanding the brand’s footprint in the Asia Pacific region and and driving sales for PCs, tablets and smart devices across diverse markets covering Japan, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

Prior to this appointment, he led the marketing team in India for the last five years, wherein he was responsible for the marketing strategy and aligning marketing to the overall business objectives.

Under his leadership, Lenovo India launched its smartphones in the market as well as many new initiatives were taken in the digital marketing space, the company said in a statement.

Bhaskar reports to Ken Wong, President of Lenovo Asia Pacific. (IANS)

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Rajen Vagadia appointed Country Manager of Qualcomm India

May 10, 2018 0

New Delhi– US-based semiconductor and telecommunications equipment maker Qualcomm Incorporated on Thursday announced the appointment of Rajen Vagadia as the Country Manager of Qualcomm India.

With the new designation, Vagadia will report directly to Jim Cathey, Senior Vice President and President of Asia Pacific and India.

“Rajen has been instrumental in contributing to this growth and I am confident as a Country Manager, he will charter a new path that will help the Qualcomm establish itself as a leader in mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G,” Cathey said in a statement.

Larry Paulson, Vice President and President, Qualcomm India, who has been managing Qualcomm India operations from 2016 will help Vagadia with the transition.

Vagadia has played an important role in the LTE growth in India, Qualcomm said.

He has experience in business development of IoT across the different verticals covering smart cities, healthcare, automotive, wearables, home automation and industrial automation. (IANS)

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Samba Moorthy appointed President of Epson India

Apr 5, 2018 0

New Delhi– Electronics giant Epson India on Thursday appointed Samba Moorthy as its new President. Moorthy replaces Toshiyuki Kasai, who is retiring as India President after six years at the helm.

“It is an honour to lead Epson India. I’ve been here for over 20 years and the most important thing is the structural progress that we are making — from a single product to multiple offerings. I’m sure the team would continue to excel in the performance,” Moorthy told IANS.

“We look to sustain and boost our growth momentum in the coming years. My focus will continue to be on generating value for our customers in everything we do while building Epson into a respected brand in India,” he added.

According to Kasai, Epson India has been growing exponentially and reached a turnover of nearly Rs 1,664 crore in FY 2017.

“Epson India is now poised for the leap to the next level. Samba is an inspiring leader with a clear vision and is the ideal person to lead and take Epson India forward, with an eye on the 2025 goals set by the company,” Kasai said.

Moorthy, who was until now Vice President, Sales and Marketing at the company, joined Epson India in 1996 and grew through the ranks to head the company in the country.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), Epson secured the top spot in the Inkjet printer market (by volume and value) for the calendar year 2017 in India.

The company captured 42 per cent of the Inkjet market by volume and 54 per cent in value, while HP followed with a volume market share of 40 per cent and value share of 32 per cent.

Epson sold 705,656 inkjet printers in the calender year 2017 to lead the market. (IANS)

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Apple hires Google’s Artificial Intelligence chief

Apr 4, 2018 0

San Francisco– In a key development, Apple has hired John Giannandrea, Google’s Head of Search and Artificial Intelligence (AI), to lead the company’s Machine Learning (ML) and AI strategy.

Giannandrea, who took the role of Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google from Amit Singhal in early 2016, will report directly to Cook.

“Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear… John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal,” The New York Times quoted an email from Cook to his staff as saying.

Giannandrea joined Google in 2010 after the company acquired his startup Metaweb Technologies.

According to arstechnica.com, Apple needs strong talent to improve its AI and ML efforts which lag behind its competitors like Amazon and Google.

Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems.

Apple last year added an AI chip called Neural Engine to the A11 Bionic for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X to work with the Image Signal Processor (ISP).

Apple has also posted several job openings for engineers at its different offices globally.

According to the data accumulated by Thinknum, the number of open positions that contain the term “Siri” has accelerated in recent weeks, with a current all-time high of 161 job listings. (IANS)

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ASUS appoints new India Regional Head

Apr 4, 2018 0

New Delhi– Taiwanese smartphone company ASUS on Wednesday appointed Leon Yu as the new Regional Head for India and South Asia.

Yu replaces Peter Chang who has moved to ASUS headquarters in Taiwan to head the Market Development Center for APAC, the company said in a statement.

Leon will be responsible for building ASUS’ brand and business in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

“I’ve already begun engaging with our team across India and am eager to continue to build the incredible reputation ASUS has earned in India across product range, starting from smartphones, laptops and the ROG (gaming) series,” Yu said.

Prior to this, Yu was the Regional Director for ASUS Middle East for six years. (IANS)

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Mukund Rajan steps down from Tata Motors’ board

Mar 15, 2018 0

New Delhi– Tata Motors on Thursday said Mukund Rajan has stepped down as the Chief Ethics Officer of the company with effect from March 31.

“Mukund Rajan, 49, Chief Ethics Officer, has conveyed personal reasons for his decision to leave Tata Sons and has indicated he will be evaluating certain entrepreneurial pursuits in the coming months,” the company said in a statement.

Over a period of 23 years, Rajan, a Tata Administrative Service (TAS) Officer, had served the company in various leadership roles including in the telecommunication sector, private equity space and branding strategy, it added. (IANS)

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Deborah Kumar Named Chief Nursing Officer for Florida Hospital

Mar 14, 2018 0

Carrollwood, FL – Florida Hospital Carrollwood has named Deborah Kumar, RN, BA, BSN, MSN, as Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

A registered nurse with over 26 years of healthcare experience, Kumar has a solid track record of improving quality of care and patient experience within several multi-campus healthcare systems. In her new role, she will provide leadership, direction and oversight of our clinical nursing team. She will also lead continuous quality and process improvement and a balance scorecard in each clinical area, including quality of care and service, staff satisfaction, relations with physicians, financial performance and growth.

“This is a well-deserved promotion for Deborah, who has already made an impact on the quality of care in our critical care units and who brings proven strategic thinking, problem solving and analytical skills to her new role as CNO. and we are excited to have someone with her talent and expertise as a member of our leadership team,” said Joe Johnson, Florida Hospital Carrollwood President & CEO.

Deborah Kumar

Kumar has extensive experience in health system operational management with proven expertise in fiscal management, quality and performance improvement, and change management. She has received multiple professional awards and recognition including but not limited to, Visionary Leader Award – Nursing Management Congress; Clinical Manager of the Year – CHS; Professional Development Award – MCP; and, the Nursing Achievement Award – Allentown College.

She currently is a member of many professional organizations and has been published in or presented for leading industry groups like The Official Journal of the Center for American Nurses; Nursing Management Congress; Center for American Nurses’ LEAD Conference; ED Insider; and, Cardiac Insider.

“I am honored with this appointment and I look forward to working with the nursing and medical staff to ensure we deliver safe, quality care to every patient, every time,” said Kumar.

She achieved her Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Temple University, her BSN from Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales in Pennsylvania, and her MSN in Administration from DeSales University.

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Ex-Facebook India head Bedi joins Dailyhunt as President

Feb 15, 2018 0

New Delhi– Former Facebook India Managing Director Umang Bedi has joined local language news and entertainment aggregator Dailyhunt as President.

Bedi will report to Dailyhunt founder Virendra Gupta.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to drive scale via Dailyhunt’s ‘Made in India’ platform. The intention is to serve the unmet, under-served needs of Indians who live in tier 2, 3, 4 cities and rural areas and provide them with personalised, relevant, meaningful experiences,” Bedi said in a statement on Thursday.

Dailyhunt has 80 million users that spend over six billion minutes on the platform each month. The platform offers over 250,000 news articles in 14 languages licensed from thousands of content partners and contributors every day.

“Umang’s background in social media content and experience leading scaled teams generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues is a great fit with our plans,” said Gupta.

Facebook appointed Bedi in 2016 as Managing Director for India to build and maintain strategic relationships with top clients and regional agencies in the country.

An engineering graduate from the University of Pune and an alumni of the Harvard Business School, Bedi officially started at Facebook in July 2016.

Prior to joining Facebook, Bedi was Managing Director of South Asia region at Adobe. (IANS)

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B.V. Rama Gopal appointed IndianOil’s Director, Refineries

Feb 13, 2018 0

New Delhi– Energy major Indian Oil Corp. On Tuesday said that B.V. Rama Gopal has taken over as Director (Refineries) on its Board with effect from February 12, 2018.

“Earlier, he was Executive Director (in-charge) of the company’s Panipat Refinery and Petrochemicals Complex,” the company said in a statement.

The IndianOil Group owns and operates 11 of India’s 23 refineries, with a combined refining capacity of 80.7 MMTPA. (IANS)


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Dilip Chenoy appointed Ficci Director General

Jan 22, 2018 0

New Delhi– Industry lobby, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) on Monday said it has appointed Dilip Chenoy as its Director General.

Chenoy is currently Chairman of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology and Member, Board of Advisors, IILM, Ficci said in a statement.

“Chenoy has been the Managing Director and CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation, Director General of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and Deputy Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industry,” it added. (IANS)

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