The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), the Indian IT industry’s apex body announced the appointment of Keshav Murugesh, Group CEO of WNS Global Services as its Chairman for 2019-20.
Murugesh succeeded Wipro board member and Chief Strategy Officer Rishad Premji, who was the apex body’s Chairman for fiscal 2018-19.
Speaking on the occasion, Murugesh stated, “It gives me great pleasure to take up this role and I am honored to have the vote of confidence of the NASSCOM Executive Council. We stand on the cusp of a digitally transformed industry, with new opportunities to leverage and challenges to conquer. I look forward to continuing my journey at NASSCOM by working closely with several industry verticals and pursuing endeavors to foster development in these ever-dynamic times in national and international territories.”
NASSCOM also announced the appointment of UB Pravin Rao, COO of Infosys as the Vice Chairman of NASSCOM for 2019-20, through a press statement.
Sharing her thoughts through a press note, Debjani Ghosh, President of NASSCOM, said, “Keshav is a distinctly accomplished leader and his experience in the Indian IT industry speaks for itself. With his unique perspective and contemporary outlook towards the industry, he will be the ideal leader to drive the sector in a time where there are such dynamic developments and constant innovation. I am confident that his tenure as the NASSCOM Chairman will not only be beneficial to us but will help the industry as a whole.”
Premji, Former Chairman of NASSCOM, said during his leadership tenure, he witnessed the rapid pace at which emerging technologies have been adopted by the industry and the digital transformation that has been set in motion. What was even more memorable was the establishment of NASSCOM’s Future Skills platform which set the tone for the skilling imperative in the country.
The newly appointed leadership along with President Ghosh, will lead the industry body to carry out a wide array of objectives for the coming year in order to achieve their 2025 vision for the industry.
Keeping in line with the changing industry landscape, the focus will be on “Think Digital, Think India” by driving attention towards embracing new and emerging technologies, the skilling and reskilling of talent as an imperative for the industry and keeping pace with global digital transformation.
Another area of attention that will prevail is evangelizing open innovation and facilitating the unrestricted global movement of talent which will, in turn, help the industry enter newer geographies and domains.