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Nokia hires Nishant Batra as chief strategy and technology officer

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NEW DELHI: Nokia today announced the appointment of Nishant Batra, a proven technology leader with broad global experience, as Chief Strategy and Technology Officer and member of the Group Leadership team, effective from January 18, 2021.

Nishant joins Nokia from Veoneer in Sweden, a worldwide leader in automotive technology, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Prior this role he held several positions at Ericsson over twelve years in Sweden, India and the US, most recently as Head of Product Area Networks. He has extensive experience with complex systems based on cutting-edge silicon technology and both embedded as well as cloud-based software.

“I am delighted to welcome Nishant to Nokia at a pivotal time for our company,” says Pekka Lundmark, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia. “He is a proven leader bringing with him a wealth of experience from technology to telecoms, as well as deep knowledge of our core CSP customers, the enterprise sector, and the emerging trends in the global market. His track record of developing innovative new products and successfully taking them to market make him a fantastic addition to our team.”

“I’m honored to be part of Nokia. This isn’t just about joining a company that has a fantastic portfolio, it’s also about the pride of being associated with such an iconic brand,” says Nishant Batra. “The telecommunications industry is an exciting place to be at the moment with 5G now really taking off, and Nokia is right at the heart of it. The company has the true potential to work with diverse customer groups in the market and I see that we can make a significant impact over the long term. My personal ambition will be to ensure that Nokia is strategically positioned to win and that Nokia Bell Labs continues to be seen as the pinnacle of innovation.”

Nishant holds an MBA from INSEAD, a master’s degree in telecommunications and a master’s degree in computer science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a bachelor’s degree in computer applications from Devi Ahilya University in India.

Nishant will be based initially in Espoo, Finland, after which he will move to the US. He will report to Nokia’s President and Chief Executive Officer Pekka Lundmark.

About Nishant Batra

Born: 1978

Nationality: Indian

Education:

MBA, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, 2005–2006
Master of Science in Telecommunications, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, US, 2002–2003
Master of Science in Computer Science, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, US, 2000–2001
Bachelor of Computer Applications, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India, 1996–1999

Primary professional experience:

Veoneer, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018–

EVP and Chief Technology Officer

Ericsson, 2006–2018

Head of Product Area Networks, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016–2018
Head of Engagement Practices for India region, Delhi, India, 2013–2015
VP and General Manager (KAM) MetroPCS (now TMUS), Dallas, US, 2011–2013
VP and CTO, Mid-Tier Customer Unit, and Young Advisor to CEO & President, Dallas, US, 2010–2011
Director, Wireless Customer Solutions, Dallas, US, 2009–2010
Product Manager, Long Term Evolution, Business Unit Networks, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008–2009
Business Development and Strategy Manager, Multimedia, India Gurgaon Region, India, 2007–2008
Account Manager, AT&T KAM, Region US and Canada Atlanta/Plano, US, 2006–2007

Corpus 2002–2005

Senior Consultant to Verizon – Information Technology, Dallas, US, 2003–2005
Consultant to Verizon – Information Technology, Dallas, US, 2002–2003

Controlling Factor, Dallas, US, 2001–2002

Software Lead

Positions of trust:

Advisor, Mavenir, 2018–2020
Member of the Board of Directors, Zenuity, 2019–2020
Member of the Board of Directors, Sensys Gatso Group, 2020–

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Indian-origin man appointed CIA’s first chief technology officer

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NEW DELHI: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William J. Burns announced the appointment of Nand Mulchandani to serve as CIA’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO).Mulchandani, an Indian-origin man who studied at Delhi’s Bluebells School International between 1979-1987.

With more than 25 years’ experience working in Silicon Valley as well as the Department of Defense (DoD), Mulchandani brings substantial private sector, startup, and government expertise to CIA.

As the CTO, Mulchandani will ensure the Agency is leveraging cutting-edge innovations and scanning the horizon for tomorrow’s innovations to further CIA’s mission. “Since my confirmation, I have prioritized focusing on technology and the new CTO position is a very important part of that effort. I am delighted Nand has joined our team and will bring his extensive experience to this crucial new role,” said Director Burns.

Prior to joining CIA, Mulchandani most recently served as the CTO and Acting Director of DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. He also co-founded and was CEO of several successful startups– Oblix (acquired by Oracle), Determina (acquired by VMWare), OpenDNS (acquired by Cisco), and ScaleXtreme (acquired by Citrix). He has a degree in Computer Science and Math from Cornell, a Master of Science degree in Management from Stanford, and a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard.

“I am honored to join CIA in this role and look forward to working with the Agency’s incredible team of technologists and domain experts who already deliver world-class intelligence and capabilities to help build a comprehensive technology strategy that delivers exciting capabilities working closely with industry and partners,” said Mulchandani.

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Vishak Raman to head Fortinet’s Business in India, SAARC and Southeast Asia

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NEW DELHI: Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced the appointment of Vishak Raman in a new role as the Vice President for Sales in India, SAARC and Southeast Asia.

Vishak Raman brings with him over two decades of experience in the cybersecurity space with proven expertise in product management, sales, marketing and business development. Earlier as the Senior Regional Director, India & SAARC at Fortinet, he was instrumental in establishing and growing Fortinet’s technology leadership and success story in India. He also set up a first-of-its-kind Technical Assistance Center at Bangalore which has over 200 engineers who provide 24/7 support to Fortinet’s customers in India and the Middle East.

Prior to Fortinet, he was Director of Security Business, India & SAARC at Cisco. Vishak who holds an engineering degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from IIM Ahmedabad, has also worked in various roles at FireEye, Tata Communications, WatchGuard, Sify and HCl Technologies.

“I look forward to working with the sales team, channel partners and distributors to secure networks from the expanding attack surface, increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and address network security complexity challenges which most organizations face. The Fortinet Security Fabric forms a solid foundation for any enterprise’s digital adoption journey and I am excited to drive our customers’ success in the digital economy. Fortinet’s cybersecurity mesh architecture’s primary objective is to place security everywhere it’s needed, anywhere in the network, even as users, devices, and applications multiply and become more mobile. Given

our leadership in security innovation we have a robust pipeline and strong business momentum and are well positioned to continue the solid growth for several more years in this market.”
– Vishak Raman, Vice President of Sales, India, SAARC and SEA at Fortinet

Additionally, Fortinet thanks Rajesh Maurya for his outstanding leadership in growing the India and SAARC business as he moves into a new role within Fortinet, to be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are pleased to welcome back Vishak Raman to head Fortinet business in India, SAARC and Southeast Asia region. He brings along tremendous experience and cybersecurity market insights to add to our leadership team. Vishak Raman will be a key contributor as we continue to consolidate our leadership position and drive future growth in key areas such as the convergence of security and networking, continued expansion of the Security Fabric mesh platform and adoption of our Secure SD-WAN, SD-Branch, Adaptive Cloud, and OT,” said Joe Sarno, Sr. Vice President International Sales – Emerging & APJ at Fortinet.

 

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Chalapathi Rao to lead Orange Business Services in India

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NEW DELHI: Orange Business Services has announced the appointment of Chalapathi Rao as General Manager for India, effective March 14, 2022. Taking over from Bala Mahadevan, who retired after a remarkable journey and outstanding accomplishments with Orange over the past decade, Chalapathi will lead Orange Business Services activities and growth in India.

Chalapathi is an experienced leader with a successful track record in the telecom space. With over three decades of multi-domain experience including R&D, Operations, Technology and Sales, Chalapathi joins Orange Business Services from Tata Communications Transformation Services Ltd (TCTS), where he served as the Chief Operating Officer. He has previously held successive leadership positions at BEL, Indian Railways, BPL, Lucent and Tata Communications Group.

“I am pleased to welcome Chalapathi in his new role. His passion for technology, his deep industry experience and diverse knowledge of IT and telecom make him the perfect fit to drive our continued expansion in India. Chalapathi will be instrumental in supporting our customers’ digital transformation and re-enforcing our position as a leading network-native digital services company,” said Nick Lambert, Senior Vice President and Head of Asia-Pacific, Orange Business Services.

“I am excited to join Orange Business Services at the time when the shifting dynamics of technology adoption and usage across India present a unique opportunity for our customers to grow. Our ability to deep dive into their evolving needs and develop innovative solutions will be key to ensure they stay relevant and competitive and achieve their business goals. I look forward to working closely with our team of experts, as well as our eco-system, to partake and enable successful digital transformation in India,” said Chalapathi Rao, General Manager, Orange Business Services, India.

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