Rekha Menon becomes the first woman to be named president of Nasscom

BENGALURU IT Leading Body Nasscom on Thursday named Rekha M. Menon, president and senior chief executive officer of Accenture in India, as president for 2021-22. With this, she becomes the first woman to assume the role of president of Nasscom in its 30-year history.

Menon, previously vice president, succeeds UB Pravin Rao, chief operating officer, Infosys Ltd, who served as president of Nasscom for 2020-21.

Nasscom also announced the appointment of Krishnan Ramanujam, Head of Business & Technology Services, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Ltd as their vice president for 2021-22.

“The ongoing covid-19 pandemic continues to test the resilience of our more than 4 million people, even as it has created new growth opportunities with emerging technology as a lifeline for societies and economies around the world. As we approach the pandemic with caution, I look forward to working with Nasscom’s executive board and its members to drive the long-term growth of our industry, ”Menon said.

In line with evolving industry dynamics, the new leadership alongside President Debjani Ghosh will lead the industry on its digital transformation journey, with the imperative to make India a leading hub for digital talent, catalyze innovation and develop a favorable ecosystem policy, Nasscom said.

In addition to this, Nasscom also announced its new executive board which encompasses industry sectors such as engineering research and development (ER&D), business process management (BPM), IT services, global capability centers (GCC), small and medium-sized enterprises ( SMEs) and startups.

The new executive council will play a strategic role in enabling the Indian tech sector to take leadership on the global map through targeted initiatives and programs. The Executive Council list has 40% representation from female leaders.

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