THE National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) have appointed Rishad Premji, chief strategy officer and member of the board, Wipro Ltd, as its chairman for 2018-19.
Rishad has been a member of NASSCOM’s executive council and was the Vice Chairman for 2017-18. He succeeds Raman Roy, chairman and MD Quatrro Global Services, who served as chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2017-18. NASSCOM also announced the appointment of Keshav Murugesh as the vice chairman of NASSCOM for 2018-19.
Speaking on the occasion, Rishad Premji, said, “I am honoured to have the vote of confidence of the NASSCOM leadership team as we stand on the cusp of a digital transformation. I look forward to working closely with NASSCOM’s multiple and versatile teams, and continuing our endeavours to foster growth in changing times.”
Sharing her thoughts, Debjani Ghosh, president, NASSCOM, said, “Rishad is an experienced leader whose accomplishments speak for themselves. With his unique exposure and new age energy, he is uniquely qualified to help lead the industry in a time of change and opportunity. I am confident that this development will benefit not only our organization but the industry as a whole.”
Raman Roy, past chairman, NASSCOM said, “I have been fortunate to have had the experience of working with NASSCOM and contribute to aligning the industry focus with changing global dynamics. It was a great opportunity for me to help chart the course of the industry in the new world order, and I will always cherish it. I wish Rishad and Keshav all the very best in their endeavours and am confident that the future of the industry is in safe hands.”
Chairman Rishad Premji along with vice chairman Keshav Murugesh and president Debjani Ghosh, will lead NASSCOM to carry out its diverse array of priorities to achieve the 2025 vision for the industry. In line with the changing industry landscape, the key priorities will be to re-align and re-calibrate the course of the technology industry, evangelise open innovation across the board, and enable companies to add value across the spectrum for customers globally. The leadership team will also continue to work towards the skilling and re-skilling of talent as an imperative for the industry. Another focus area will be the global free movement of talent, to proactively dispel the myths about immigration and further embrace new and emerging markets, to help the industry foray into newer geographies and domains.