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Wipro names Abidali Neemuchwala as new CEO

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NEW DELHI: Information technology services provider Wipro has appointed Abidali Z Neemuchwala as the new CEO.

Prior to this, he was group president and chief operating officer of Wipro for the past nine months. At present, he is not on the board of Wipro.

A Tata Consultancy Services veteran, Neemuchwala worked for 23 years in leadership roles.

The Bangalore-based Wipro said current CEO TK Kurien will become the executive vice chairman and will be a member of Wipro board till March 2017.

A spokesperson of Wipro told Indiantelevision.com that the aim was to ensure smooth transition of executive powers to the new CEO.

Neemuchwala will handle the mandate to take Wipro through the next phase of growth.

Wipro chairman Azim Premji said, “As executive vice chairman, Kurien will enable Abid by leveraging his deep relationships with customers and chart out a new technology roadmap for Wipro.”

Premji said Neemuchwala has effortlessly assimilated into the culture and ethos of Wipro in his nine months as the group president and chief operating officer.

Kurien will continue to report to Premji and will remain a member of the Wipro Board until 31 March, 2017.

“I am convinced that we are well positioned to seize new opportunities in today’s marketplace. I look forward to working with the thousands of Wiproites to take our company to greater heights,” said Neemuchwala.

Both Kurien and Neemuchwala will be on the Board of the company. Both these appointments are effective 1 February, 2016.

Neemuchwala came to Wipro as the group president and COO from 1 April, 2015 from TCS, He has been handling the service lines of global infrastructure services, business application services, business process services, and advanced technology solutions. He will also head business operations; the geographies comprising Continental Europe, Africa, and LATAM; strategic engagements, advisor relationships as well as the marketing function.

An Electronics & Communication engineer from NIT, Raipur, with a Masters in Industrial Management from IIT, Mumbai, Neemuchwala has experience in business and technology operations, process, and consulting.

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