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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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IITian Parag Agrawal becomes Twitter CEO

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NEW YORK: Indian-origin technology executive Parag Agrawal has been appointed as the new CEO of Twitter after the social media giant’s co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down on Monday.

In a message posted on Twitter, Dorsey said: “After almost 16 years of having a role at our company… from co-founder to CEO to Chair to Exec Chair to interim-CEO to CEO… I decided it’s finally time for me to leave. Why?

“There’s a lot of talk about the importance of a company being “founder-led”.

“Ultimately, I believe that’s severely limiting and a single point of failure. I’ve worked hard to ensure this company can break away from its founding and founders,” he said.

Agrawal, an IIT Bombay and Stanford alumnus, said in a note posted on Twitter that he is “honored and humbled” on his appointment and expressed gratitude to Dorsey’s “continued mentorship and your friendship.”

Dorsey said that there are three reasons he believes now is the right time.

“The first is Parag becoming our CEO. The board ran a rigorous process considering all options and unanimously appointed Parag. He’s been my choice for some time given how deeply he understands the company and its needs,” he said.

Parag has been behind every critical decision that helped turn this company around. He’s curious, probing, rational, creative, demanding, self-aware and humble, Dorsey said.

“He leads with heart and soul, and is someone I learn from daily. My trust in him as our CEO is bone deep,” Dorsey added.

Agrawal joined Twitter 10 years ago when there were fewer than 1,000 employees.

Agrawal said: “While it was a decade ago, those days feel like yesterday to me. I’ve walked in your shoes, I’ve seen the ups and downs, the challenges and obstacles, the wins and the mistakes.

“But then and now, above all else, I see Twitter’s incredible impact, our continued progress, and the exciting opportunities ahead of us,” he said.

“Our purpose has never been more important. Our people and our culture are unlike anything in the world. There is no limit to what we can do together.

“We recently updated our strategy to hit ambitious goals, and I believe that strategy to be bold and right. But our critical challenge is how we work to execute against it and deliver results – that’s how we’ll make Twitter the best it can be for our customers, shareholders, and for each of you,” Agrawal noted.

The world is watching right now, even more than they have before, he said.

“Lots of people are going to have lots of different views and opinions about today’s news. It is because they care about Twitter and our future, and it’s a signal that the work we do here matters,” Agrawal added.

Source: Press Trust of India+

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STL appoints two industry leaders to accelerate global expansion in Services and Software business

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NEW DELHI: STL, an industry-leading integrator of digital networks, today announced two exciting additions to its leadership team in the Services and Software businesses. STL’s Services business is poised for global growth and expansion into the 5G RAN deployment space and the Software business is set to scale globally with innovation at the centre.

In line with these ambitious global plans, STL onboarded Praveen Cherian, as the CEO for Network Services Business, and Raman Venkatraman as the CEO for Software Business.

Prior to joining STL, Praveen was the Executive Vice President and Head of Infrastructure Services for India and South East Asia at IBM where he was driving Project based and Managed Services businesses. He also holds directorial positions on the board of reputed IT services and software companies. Raman comes from TCS where he was the Senior Vice President and Global Head for HiTech and Professional Services and also the global head for partnerships and alliances. He has assumed multiple leadership roles across geographies throughout his illustrious career spanning close to three decades.

Praveen and Raman will take over the responsibility from KS Rao who has played a crucial role in scaling these businesses and preparing the strategic road map for their future growth. KS will assume the role of Chief Corporate Officer at STL, leading key partner and ecosystem alliances, driving global policy advocacy and enabling group level legal framework.

With these changes, STL has built a global leadership team, which will unleash non-linear growth for all its business areas and elevate the company’s position in the market.

Commenting on the new leadership team structure, Ankit Agarwal, Managing Director, STL said “I am thrilled to welcome two senior, statured technology leaders, Praveen and Raman to take on the mantle for Services and Software businesses. I also take this opportunity to congratulate KS on his new role and wish him all the very best. I am confident that together we will unlock our next phase of technology leadership and transform billions of lives through digital networks.”

On his appointment, Praveen Cherian, CEO for Services Business, STL said “Digital networks are shaping the lives of billions across the globe and STL is playing a pivotal role in this endeavor by building world-class digital infrastructure. I look forward to accelerating this growth trajectory and scaling the Network Services business to newer heights.

Raman Venkatraman, CEO for Software Business, STL said “STL has a strong promise for growth given the passionate people, ground breaking technology and extensive market opportunities. I am delighted to join the organization and drive deep customer engagements with an experience rich portfolio of Software Products and Technology Services leveraging the larger group investments with collaborative technology ecosystems and industry domain capabilities, while augmenting the core capabilities of the software business.”

Speaking on the executive leadership expansion, KS Rao, Chief Corporate Officer, STL said “With several recent acquisitions and a very experienced leadership team, STL is poised for even greater success. I extend a warm welcome to Praveen and Raman and look forward to STL taking big leaps in creating a world-class digital future.”

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GoodWorker appoints Diwesh Sahai as Chief Technology Officer

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NEW DELHI: Backed by the Lemmatree Group, GoodWorker, a phygital platform, which aims to transform blue-collar workers’ lives in India by providing access to career enhancement opportunities and other quality of life services like finance and more, today, announced the appointment of Diwesh Sahai as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.

Diwesh has an experience spanning of over two decades as a senior leader in software development for consumer, enterprise, and service provider markets in both startups as well as large organizations. Prior to joining GoodWorker, Sahai worked with MyGate, Jio, Expedia Inc., MakeMyTrip.com and Amazon.

With a B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Kanpur, he has specialized in E-Commerce, Digital (e-Books, Video), FinTech (Payments Bank), Application Development (TV, Streaming Device, and Mobile), Payments and Network Management.

On the appointment, Amit Jain, CEO, GoodWorker said, “Diwesh has an impressive track record in building high-performance teams with a culture of innovation and high-quality deliverables, and GoodWorker is thrilled to welcome him as the CTO of the company. His proven leadership in technology, deep expertise in team-building and passion for consumer-driven innovation makes him an ideal fit to lead the GoodWorker team.”

About his new role, Diwesh said, “I am extremely excited to join the team at GoodWorker, an organization that continues to rapidly execute its vision of transforming the lives of blue-collar workers in India.”

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