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HCL appoints Puri as SVP retail, media & entertainment in North America

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MUMBAI: HCL Technologies Ltd has appointed Karan Puri to the position of senior vice president for North America, to manage the company's retail, media, and entertainment groups.

HCL Technologies provides integrated services in technology, business process operations (BPO) and infrastructure management, enabling customers to transform their businesses, in markets worldwide.

"Today, these three market groups in North America are poised for transformation and HCL aims to lead their transformation initiatives, which requires a leader of Karan Puri's caliber, expertise and vision. Karan brings over 20 years experience in IT, BPO and IP development, managing global clients In India, Europe and the US, thereby providing HCL's North American businesses with a go-to leader who is skilled at solving some of the toughest IT Issues around. These are exciting times, and Karan's Mission to drive these groups at an executive level, demonstrates HCL's commitment to be a market leader In the coming quarters," said HCL Technologies America president Shaml Khorana.

In the quickly evolving digital media space, adoption of new generation technologies like digital asset management (DAM) and digital rights management (DRM) are leading the charge. With new distribution channels like broadband and wireless networks, licensed digital content, and content security, the industry is investing and consolidating their revenue models. This means leading investments in platform shifts, and managing new revenue models dynamically. Likewise, the gaming and entertainment industry, too, is morphing to meet the Internet-led explosion in consumer traffic.

The company's media and entertainment division has the privilege of very strong relationships with key industry players such as GTECH, Thomson Financial, Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, Lexis Nexls and others.

In retail, in addition to the thought leadership provided through its joint ventures with the $5 billion dollar Jones Apparel Group; HCL, under Puri's leadership, will build scale in specific micro-verticals, by investing in emerging initiatives like supply chain visibility, RFID and Master Data Management (MDM).

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