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Those days have gone when there was huge gender gap in top technology jobs in India. Gradually women have taken up top jobs in tech market which is still dominated by male counterpart. Now Technology industry has witnessed the growth of women leadership in recent times despite many challenges a women face in making balance between professional and personal life. Few years back, they had to give-up their professional goal due to personal responsibilities. Even family members had different vision at that time but now the scenario has completely changed. It’s not only family, even company has opted policies to support women talent in their respective organizations. These all positive development has helped women to continue their professional goal and today they all are true inspiration for many other women. With this listing, we really appreciate efforts of such women leaders who had conquered all challenges and proved their mettle in a technology world by establishing themselves into India’s Top Tech Women Power.

On this Women’s Day, we have listed the top women personalities in the Indian ICT industry who have emerged as a true catalysts of women’s power.

       1. Vanitha Narayanan,

MD, Verizon Global Account, IBM Global Markets

Vanitha Narayanan is the Managing Director for Verizon Global Account, IBM Global Markets. Earlier this year, Narayanan returned to the U.S. after about nine years in India across leadership positions at IBM. Under Narayanan, India became one of the fastest growing markets for IBM. “You have to build a platform and context that all the stakeholders with different priorities and backgrounds find relevant,” she says. She now deftly navigates her new role as managing director for the Verizon account as part of IBM Global Markets. Narayanan played a critical role in providing strategic insights to the NITI Aayog in framing policies for making students industry-ready.

  1. Kumud Srinivasan

Vice President, Director of Non-volatile Memory Fab Manufacturing & Automation Systems, Intel Corporation

Responsible for the manufacturing and IT systems of Intel’s non-volatile memory factories. This includes establishing a multi-year phased road map, delivering to the road map, and leading the improvement of the systems, particularly with respect to their cost structure. She has over 28 years of experience in leadership roles working in a global environment with focus on digital transformations. Prior to this role at Intel, she was the president of Intel India. In that role, she was responsible for general management of Intel’s operations in India, which includes location’s overall strategy, relationships with government, industry and academia, business-enabling operations, organizational development, engineering and innovation for market development.

  1. Aruna Jayanthi

Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Latin America Business Unit, Capgemini

Aruna Jayanthi is the Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Latin America Business Unit, Capgemini. She is also a Member of the Group Executive Committee. Prior to this, Aruna was Head of Capgemini’s Business Services, a global strategic business unit of over 26,000 people that delivers enhanced operational agility and accelerated transformation of business processes to reimagine our clients’ operations for the digital age. She was responsible for the SBU’s evolution towards increased adoption of intelligent automation, platforms, and “as-a-service” models, continuing our journey as a global market leader in business services.

  1. Debjani Ghosh

President, NASSCOM

Debjani Ghosh is the President of the National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM) since April 2018. A veteran of the technology industry who has worked many years for Intel and Cisco at very key positions. She is the fifth president of NASSCOM currently and the first women at the helm. NASSCOM, is the premier trade body of the industry in India, with over 2800 Indian and multinational member companies. As President of NASSCOM, Debjani is responsible for establishing new growth areas for the technology industry in India and works with governments and industry stakeholders to establish policies and initiatives that help accelerate the growth of the sector in India and across the world.

  1. Jayanthi Sethuraman

Director, Marketing Communications, Western Digital India

Jayanthi Sethuraman is the Director of Marketing Communication at Western Digital India. Jayanthi is a proven marketing leader with extensive experience in strategy, brand stewardship, public relations, demand generation and customer experience. She has 20+ years of experience across tech majors including IBM, HP, Fujitsu, Tally Solutions and PSI Data Systems and is currently associated with Western Digital, India. Her experience in marketing spans IT Infrastructure, Services, Solutions, Software, the Healthcare Industry and Startups. Jayanthi is adept at carving out thought leadership platforms and establishing a unique point of view for the company as well as partner organizations. Jayanthi holds an M.S. in Advertising from Syracuse University, USA.

  1. Ritu Gupta

Director – Marketing, Consumer & Small Business, Dell India

Ritu Gupta leads the Brand Marketing team for Consumer and Small Business (CSB) for Dell India. She is responsible for developing the overall Brand Strategy for Dell in India, across its product portfolio, making Dell as the Brand of Choice for consumers. In addition to her responsibility for driving the overall Channel Marketing Strategy for Dell CSB segment, she is also responsible for Dell’s Social Media Strategy in India. She has been with Dell since 2011 and is also a member of the Dell WISE (Women In Search of Excellence) program for Dell women team members. A Marketing professional with over 17 years of experience across industries, like – Consumer Research, Durables, FMCG & Financial Services.

  1. Arati Naik

Executive Director, Smartlink Systems Ltd.

Arati Naik is Executive Director at Smartlink Systems Ltd.  She started her career in Smartlink Network Systems Limited at an executive level and slowly rose to the role of the CMO during which she led the DIGISOL brand with successful marketing campaigns. Soon, she took over as the Chief Operations Officer in Digisol Systems Limited to oversee the DIGISOL brand business. Currently she is a director at SMARTLINK holdings Ltd. Arati Naik holds BE (Honours) in Computing Technology and MSc (Honours in Business Information Systems from University of Bolton, United Kingdom.

  1. Suchita Vishnoi

Senior Director, Marketing (APAC), Cognizant Digital Business

Suchita has over 18 years of record achievement targeting niche B2B audiences for IT products & services using conventional & new age marketing tools & media. She is an experienced & dynamic marketing professional, with a passion for technology, exceptional communication skills & understands the benefits of running integrated marketing campaigns to move customers through the buyer’s journey. Suchita is a strong team player who collaborates well with stakeholders across regions to successfully achieve organizational goals. She specializes in all sides of marketing covering Corporate Communication, Media Relations, Sales Promotion and Lead Generation Programs, ROI-driven campaign management, Channel Marketing & Partner Management, Market Access & Market Development Programs.

  1. Rekha M. Menon

Chairman and Sr. Managing Director, Accenture India 

Rekha M. Menon is the Chairman and Senior Managing Director at Accenture in India. In this role, she is responsible for building Accenture’s business, strengthening Accenture’s position and enhancing the profile of Accenture in India. She oversees the integration of Accenture’s overall growth strategy with our long-term vision for the country. An industry veteran leading the discourse on advanced technology led innovation and socio-economic progress. Rekha is a member of NASSCOM’s Executive Council, National Council of CII, National Executive Board of AMCHAM, and USIBC’s India Advisory Council. She is also on the Board of Governors at the XLRI School of Business and two not-for-profits—Pratham Books and Akshara Foundation.

  1. Kamini Talwar

Director, Iris Computers

A product and technology savvy sales professional, Mrs. Kamini Talwar is a multi-faceted personality with strong relationship and networking skills. With over 30 years of IT industry experience, Mrs. Kamini Talwar is a well-known face in the Indian IT landscape. Her command over various IT & related products, is seen as a major value addition to not only Iris operations but also to all the partners and end-users.

  1. Roshni Nadar Malhotra

Executive Director & CEO, HCL Corporation 

Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the Executive Director and CEO of HCL Corporation. She is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the organization. Roshni is also the Vice Chairperson on the Board of HCL Technologies and the Chairperson of its CSR Committee. Roshni is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next-generation leaders. Roshni is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which is committed to the process of nation building by driving transformational leadership through education. She is also the Chairperson of, and driving force behind, VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the economically underprivileged and meritorious students from rural areas of Uttar Pradesh.

  1. Inderpreet Sawhney

Group General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Infosys

Inderpreet is the Group General Counsel & the Chief Compliance Officer of Infosys. In this role she leads the legal and compliance function of the Company. She is a tactical business partner supporting the business in legal and regulatory matters. She is also responsible for directing the development and execution of the compliance and ethics program of the Company. Inderpreet is a seasoned international professional with over 25 years of experience, including as a General Counsel of a large IT Service company, and as Managing Partner of a mid-sized law firm in Silicon Valley where her mandate included counsel on complex international transactions. Inderpreet has a BA (Hons.) and LL.B degree from Delhi University and an LL.M from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.

  1. Daisy Chittilapilly

Managing Director, Digital Transformation Office, Cisco India and SAARC

Daisy Chittilapilly leads the Digital Transformation Office for Cisco India and SAARC. In her current role, Daisy drives Cisco’s digital transformation agenda, aligning Cisco’s offerings and ecosystems to emerging opportunities in Digital, and leads the charge in digitally enabling organizations across sectors and industries in India. In her previous role, Daisy led the Cisco India and SAARC partner organization to incredible success by building new ecosystems and programs that helped Cisco and our partners grow profitably, resulting in Cisco India having one of the best partner programs in the industry. Daisy is a BTech (College of Engineering, Trivandrum) and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in General Management (XLRI, Jamshedpur). She is currently serving as a member of the NASSCOM domestic council focused on the IT sector in India.

  1. Meenu Jain

Country Manager, Cooler Master India

Meenu Jain is the Country Manager for CoolerMaster India, she started of with the organisation as Regional Manager, West India and then gradually escalated to the Country Manager Position. With as wide experience of more than 12 years in the sales and marketing domain in IT industry, Meenu has time and again proved her mantle. From the time she has been heading, CM India has continuously seen an upward graph. She hold a Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis University and Master in Science from University of Rajasthan.

  1. Seema Bhatnagar

Regional Business Director (South Asia) and Country General Manager (India), Nexstgo Company Ltd.

Seema Bhatnagar is one of the industry’s renowned Sales & marketing professional currently. She is the country general manager-India at Nexstgo Company Ltd. which is the one of the strongest market player in the laptop segment.  She has over 24 years of valuable experience in the field of Channel Sales, Enterprise sales, Retail Operations, Marketing, Business Operations, and product management. Seema Bhatnagar has expertise in setting up new business operations for multinationals & startups in India & SAARC countries. Before joining Nexstgo, Seema Bhatnagar worked in some leading companies Unita Network, TPV Technology Ltd., and Sony. She has MBA degree in business management.

  1. Nidhi Raj

Marketing Manager, Tech Data India

Nidhi Raj is the Marketing Manager, India at Tech Data and is responsible for company’s India marketing strategies and channel marketing plans for its 25+ vendors. Nidhi joined Tech Data in march 2016 and has a rich experience in product and channel marketing, brand building and digital marketing in distribution and product companies. Her expertise in channel marketing is helping Tech Data to achieve the set goals since her journey with the firm. She is actively working in order to leverage her vast experience to capitalize on each opportunity.

  1. Chandana Gupta

Director-Sales, VRP Telematics Pvt. Ltd.

Chandana has 25+ years of experience in IT industry as National Business Leader, with core expertise in Channel management, Retail, Distribution, GTM Strategy & Execution. In her earlier roles, was heading the PC Channel for Acer India & Bangladesh as Associate Director-Sales. In her 8+ years with Lenovo, managed varied National portfolios in Enterprise, SMB, Consumer PC Retail & Distribution Business. Chandana is a BSc-Mathematics from Kolkata University.

  1. Roshni Das

Director-Marketing, Intel India

Roshni Das has over 20 years of cross-functional marketing experience across all facets of brand management and marketing. Her skillsets include business strategy and planning, Audience insights, development of innovative marketing campaigns, integrated go to market strategies, media planning and advertising, agency management, managing a large number of stakeholders with a focus on business impact. Roshni Das has a very rich industry experience that helps her to gain advantage in the challenging conditions. She is responsible for developing the brand strategy for intel. She holds an MBA degree in marketing and information technology.

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Dinesh Nair Appointed as Director for Consumer Business Lenovo India

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Global technology leader Lenovo has appointed Dinesh Nair as Director, Consumer Business for India region. Dinesh succeeds Mr. Shailendra Katyal, who has recently been appointed Site Leader for Lenovo India and Managing Director of Lenovo’s PC and smart device business in India. 

Dinesh Nair has been an integral part of the Lenovo India consumer business for more than 11 years and has worked successfully across several roles. His most recent role was as the sales & channel management lead for Lenovo’s consumer segment in India. He has handled leadership responsibilities across offline general trade retail, distribution management, field sales, eCommerce, large format retail and category management, and has been a key contributor to the company’s growth journey in India. 

“During this difficult time in India, we are working hard to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers and I am grateful that we have excellent leaders in place to bring our team together and offer this support. I am proud to hand over the reins of the consumer business to Dinesh. At the same time, this is a demonstration of our commitment to developing talent internally. I am sure he, along with the consumer leadership team, will propel the business to new heights,” said Shailendra Katyal, Managing Director, Lenovo India.

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ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament

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ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.

The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.

Tournament Structure

The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion. 

The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:

  • Country qualifiers
  • Country finals
  • Asia Pacific finals

Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.

Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals. 

Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.

Prizes

3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:

ROG Masters APAC ChampionshipAPAC Finals (USD/ team)
1st$10,000
2nd$3,500
3rd$1,500

Registration and Official Tournament Website

Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.

Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.

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Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars

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Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.

Tournament Format

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region. 

The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively. 

Invited Teams

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia. 

The team captains for each nation are: 

India

  • Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
  • Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
  • Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)

Bangladesh

  • Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
  • Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
  • Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)

Nepal 

  • Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
  • Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
  • Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)

Pakistan

  • RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
  • Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
  • The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)

Broadcast Details:

Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!. 

To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.

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