wAccording to a company release, joint managing director of TNS
Mode, Debi Basu, will move to the Asia-Pacific Regional Management
Team with responsibilities for standardizing all operations in the
Asia Pacific Region for TNS. NFO's current managing director, Jenny
Abraham will take over as managing director of the merged outfit,
The company has formed a nine-member board under the aegis of Board
chairman Shiloo Chattopadhyay, including John Abraham, regional
director-north Asia and Indian subcontinent; Jenny Abraham, MD;
Debi Basu, Regional Director for Operation Standardization; Raghavan
Srinivasan, deputy managing director; R Suresh, deputy managing
director; Ganapathy (Ganesh) Subramanian, director, stakeholder
management and automotive; Tilak Mukherjee, director, social and
government and Edward Hoefling, group treasurer and tax director.
Says Abraham, "The combined expertise and capabilities of the two
companies will help TNS bring to its clients in India the best of
research technology, practices and knowledge. The combined business
would give TNS India the requisite scale to invest substantially
in leveraging technology for serving clients better, more efficient
and accurate data capture and analysis and reduced lead times for
"The integration opens up enormous opportunities for the personnel
of TNS India - both in India and abroad. More so, with the strong
commitment of TNS to take India global. The importance of India
for the Asia-Pacific region is crucial and has already been manifested
by the appointment of two India Board members to the Asia-Pacific
regional Management team," says Ms Abraham.
For the new company, Abraham has outlined ambitious growth plans
for 2004, with a concentration on aggressively growing in specialist
sectors like automotive, telecom, customer satisfaction and stakeholder
management and social and development research.
TNS will set up verticals and have a dedicated resource pool for
these divisions, and intensifying investment in the business solution
areas where the combined entity already has a major stake. "We are
bullish on Pharma research, Media research and Consumer Panels -
plan an India foray in 2004-2005," says Abraham.
TNS has also invested significantly in an outsource centre in a
software technology park in Hyderabad. There will be greater investments
in this area in 2004 and 2005, the release says.