Accenture’s Rekha Menon becomes first woman in history to take on role of NASSCOM chairperson

NASSCOM also announced its new Executive Council for 2021-23 - well represented across industry sub-sectors and diversity

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) announced the appointment of Rekha M. Menon, chairperson and senior managing director, Accenture in India as its Chairperson for 2021-22. Rekha takes on the position from her previous role as vice chairperson, succeeding UB Pravin Rao, chief operating officer, Infosys, who served as chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2020-21. NASSCOM also announced the appointment of Krishnan Ramanujan, president and head of business and technology services, Tata Consultancy Services as their Vice Chairperson for 2021-22. Menon is the first woman to take on the role of Chairperson for NASSCOM in the association’s 30-year history.

Keeping in line with the evolving industry dynamics, the newly appointed leadership along with president Debjani Ghosh, will spearhead the industry in its digital transformation journey, with the imperatives of making India a leading hub for digital talent, catalysing innovation and developing a favourable policy ecosystem that supports innovation, technology growth and ease of doing business.

Speaking on the occasion, Rekha M. Menon, chairperson, NASSCOM, said: “I am honoured and humbled by this vote of confidence by the NASSCOM Executive Council at such a crucial time for our industry.  The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to test the resilience of our more than 4 million people, even as it has created new opportunities for growth with technology emerging as the lifeline for societies and economies across the world.”

“As we cautiously navigate the pandemic, I look forward to working with the NASSCOM Executive Council and its members to drive our industry’s long term growth by augmenting India’s position as the digital talent nation for the world, driving people first innovation, and working with the government to create a conducive policy environment needed for sustainable growth,” Menon added.

In addition to this NASSCOM also announced its new Executive Council which comprises industry sectors like ER&D, BPM, IT Services, GCC, SME and Startups. The new Executive council will play a strategic role in enabling India’s tech sector to take leadership on the global map through focused initiatives and programs. The list of Executive Council has 40% representation by women leaders.

Debjani Ghosh, president, NASSCOM, said: “With the industry re-aligning itself in the new normal, I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Rekha and Krishnan to drive the industry through another uncertain but growth opportunity year. As a champion of future skills and inclusive growth, Rekha’s past contributions to NASSCOM have been invaluable, and we look forward to working together to take our industry to newer heights in this new normal where amalgamation and integration of technology is going to continue, and digital skilling is going to be the cornerstone for a collaborative development.”

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