Dr Dinesh Arora, an IAS officer of 2002-batch, Kerala, has been appointed as the director of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog). He is currently serving as the executive director, Rural Electrification Limited (REC Ltd.).
Shankar Iyer has been appointed as chief sales and marketing officer of Indus Towers. Iyer has joined Indus Towers from Sixth Energy Technologies. He replaces Sameer Sinha.
Sterlite Tech has appointed Nischal Gupta as chief transformation officer, Manish Sinha as CMO, and Sanjeev Bedekar as chief delivery and technology officer for telecom services.
Sandeep Kataria, former chief commercial officer of Vodafone India, has been appointed as country manager, Bata India.
Makarand Joshi has been appointed as area vice president and country head for Citrix India. He replaces Parag Arora. Prior to joining Citrix, Makarand was associated with various leadership roles in sales, marketing, and operations with Microsoft.
Rumpa Roy has been appointed as head of business excellence, Intex Technologies. Prior to joining Intex Technologies, Rumpa Roy was part of Goodyear India Limited – as senior manager – business excellence and sales operation.
Aspire Systems has appointed two new senior leaders. Arun John, who was earlier working with Intellect Design Arena, has been appointed as the vice president of corporate development. Shankar Balasubramanian who headed the global delivery for Q4 System Corporation has now been appointed as the senior vice-president of enterprise solutions and analytics service line.
Avaya has appointed two new area vice presidents for the U.S. Theater. Bruce Rosen and Jim Haigh will lead sales strategies for all segments of customers care, directly and through channel partners, account teams and operations in the Western and Southern areas, respectively.
James Wu has been appointed as the president for Southern-East Asia Region of Huawei. Wu joined Huawei in 2003 and has held several senior positions within the company.
Cecilie B. Heuch has been appointed as executive vice president and chief people officer, Telenor Group. Heuch succeeds Jon Erik Haug. Heuch comes from the position as chief HR officer of DNV GL Group, a position she has held since 2006.
PwC has appointed Brian Burns as a director to continue expanding its technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) deals strategy and operations team in London. Burns joins from telecoms consulting and research firm, Analysys Mason, with nearly 10 years experience in telecoms strategic advisory work.
David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager of networking and security, Cisco has been promoted to executive vice president, networking and security.
Vishal Sikka, managing director and chief executive officer of Infosys Ltd. has quit the company. U. B. Pravin Rao has been appointed as the interim-managing director and chief executive officer. Nandan Nilekani, himself one of Infosys’ seven founders and a former CEO, has returned as chairman.
Sunil Jose has ended his three-year stint as India head at Teradata. Prior to joining Teradata, Sunil worked as vice president at Oracle India for over three years.
Neel Pandya, national media and digital head at Vodafone India, has quit the company to join L’Oréal India as the national head of media.
Arvind Vohra has stepped down as Gionee India’s chief executive officer and managing director, after being at the helm of the Chinese smartph