New CIO appointments in India, 2020


With more and more companies undertaking the journey of digital transformation, the role of CIO has become critical. The increased demand for experienced IT leaders has made the space extremely dynamic. CIO India is here with a regularly updated list of the latest CIO movements across the country.

Shiju Rawther joins CARE Ratings as CITO

Credit rating agency CARE Ratings has named Shiju Rawther its new chief information and technology officer, tasked with spearheading the complete IT function including technology strategies and enterprise-wide IT transformation.

Previously, Rawther was CIO at Poonawalla Finance, and before that he played a key role in driving technology transformation at financial majors such as IIFL Finance, TransUnion CIBIL, and Fullerton India Credit Company. He is credited with setting up the complete IT infrastructure, application deployment, and security operations at Gateway Terminals India and Fullerton India, including building security operations centers (SOCs) from scratch at both companies.

Ramesh Lakshminarayanan appointed CIO at HDFC Bank

HDFC Bank has appointed Ramesh Lakshminarayanan as its new CIO. He will serve as group head of IT, spearheading the company’s technology transformation.

In addition to defining HDFC’s technology strategy, Lakshminarayanan has been tasked with strengthening the company’s foundational technology, enhancing its digital capabilities and harnessing the latest in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In his previous role, Lakshminarayanan served as chief technology and information officer at Credit Rating Information Services of India Ltd. (CRISIL). A veteran technology leader in the BFSI space, he has worked at banking majors such as Citibank India, ABN AMRO Bank, Citigroup and Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Former Flipkart executive Giridhar Yasa joins Lendingkart as CTO

Fintech player Lendingkart has appointed former Flipkart technology leader Giridhar Yasa as its chief technology officer. He will be responsible for reducing onboarding times and configuring workflows on the company’s platforms for customers, channel partners, and co-lending partners.

He has over 20 years of experience across diverse domains such as cloud architectures, large scale distributed systems, virtualization, systems and storage software, and e-commerce and consumer internet systems.

Puneet Kaur Kohli joins Universal Sompo General Insurance Co. as CTO

Universal Sompo General Insurance Co has appointed Puneet Kaur Kohli as its Chief Technology Officer. In her 25 years of IT leadership experience, Kohli has worked across geographies for brands including Motorola, Reliance, Duncans, Bharti Airtel, and Motricity (AT&T).

Prior to joining Universal Sompo General Insurance, she was the CTO and CIO at Manappuram Finance. Her expertise includes IT strategy, project management, network and information security, data privacy, regulatory adherence and governance, and disaster recovery planning.

Mohit Kapoor joins Mahindra Group as EVP & Group CTO

Mahindra Group has appointed Mohit Kapoor as Executive VP and Group Chief Technology Officer. In this new role, he will be responsible for creating new business models and transforming customer experience across the group’s diverse set of companies.

Prior to joining Mahindra Group, Kapoor was at DBS Bank, where he set up the Asia Hub at Hyderabad, the bank’s technology development center. Kapoor has spearheaded technology and operations roles for over 29 years, the last 17 years in the BFSI sector.

George Fanthome joins Bangalore International Airport Limited as CIO

George Fanthome, the former group CIO at GMR, has joined BIAL as its CIO. A seasoned IT veteran, Fanthome has over 15 years of experience across organizations including mining giant Vedanta Limited, New-Delhi based infrastructure company GMR, telecom player Bharti Airtel International, and IT services giant Genpact, among others.

His expertise includes enterprise wide IT transformation, IT policy and procedure development, strategic planning, digital business transformation, operations and software development.

Shuvankar Pramanick joins Columbia Asia Hospitals as Chief Information Officer

Columbia Asia Hospitals has appointed Shuvankar Pramanick as its CIO. With over two decades of experience, Shuvankar is a healthcare IT veteran, who has driven digital transformation strategy projects using AI, process automation, and innovative IT in the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining Columbia Asia Hospitals, he spearheaded IT at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi as CIO.

His other stints include IT leadership roles at Paras Healthcare, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Action Construction Equipments, Fortis Healthcare, among others.

Group Head-IT & CIO Munish Mittal leaves HDFC Bank

Munish Mittal, Group Head-Information Technology & Chief Information Officer at HDFC Bank is leaving the organization to pursue higher studies, the bank has announced. Mittal joined the private lender in 1996 as IT Manager. In his 24 years at HDFC, he spearheaded various roles, including managing the IT strategy of the bank and its associated companies, HDFC Securities and HDB Financial Services.

A Shiju Rawther joins Poonawalla Finance as Chief Information Officer

A Shiju Rawther has been appointed as the CIO at Poonawalla Finance. In his new role, Shiju will spearhead IT function, strategies, and designing the digital roadmap for the organization, along with the plan, build, run, secure and analytics function of the organization. In his previous role, he was the Executive Vice President—Technology at IIFL Finance.

He has over two decades of experience in driving digital transformation, innovation, and analytics in organizations. He has expertise in setting up complete technology systems including applications, IT infrastructure, and building information security operations and process from scratch for startup MNCs in India. He holds an Engineering Degree in Computer Science & Engineering and Management Degree in Information Technology.

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