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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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Airtel appoints former Cabinet Secretary as independent director

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NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel, India’s premier communications solutions provider, today announced the appointment of PK Sinha and Shyamal Mukherjee as Independent Directors on its Board of Directors. The appointments are subject to approval by shareholders at Airtel’s upcoming Annual General Meeting.

PK Sinha, IAS (Retd.), served as the Cabinet Secretary for more than 4 years before moving to the Prime Minister’s Office. He retired from there in March 2021 after 44 years of continuous service to the nation. He has been a Government nominee Director in numerous major Public Sector Undertakings and is well versed with the principles of healthy corporate governance.

Shyamal Mukherjee is the former Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC lndia and was at the forefront of making PwC a future-ready firm. Shyamal began his professional journey with PwC in 1984 and became a partner in 1993. He held several leadership roles at PwC India, including Brand & Strategy leader and Leader of India Tax practice. Shyamal also serves as an Independent Director on the board of ITC Ltd and a member of its Audit Committee.

The Company added that Manish Kejriwal, Lead Independent Director, would be retiring on September 25, 2022 on completion of his second tenure. Shishir Priyadarshi would be leaving the board with effect from October 31, 2022 to devote time towards his other professior,21 commitments. D. K. Mittal IAS (Retd.), would be designated as Lead Independent Director with effect from September 26, 2022.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel said: “Airtel takes pride in having one of the most distinguished Board of Directors that is committed to high standards of corporate governance. These appointments are made with a long term view – to make the board future-ready, address the long term requirements of the Company and ensure smooth transition in key board positions. On behalf of the Board, I welcome PK Sinha and Shyamal Mukherjee and their valuable experience will add immense value to Airtel’s growth journey. I also want to thank fv1ani:;h Kejriwal and Shishir Priyadarshi for their tremendous contribution to Airtel.”

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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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