NTT elevates India CEO Kiran Bhagwanani, rejigs APAC leadership

Bengaluru: NTT has rejigged its Asia Pacific leadership as the Japanese tech services major looks to implement new go-to-market strategy and drive faster growth. The company has elevated Kiran Bhagwanani, chief executive officer, India, as the senior vice president, Go-to-Market, Asia Pacific.

Bhagwanani would lead the newly formed Go-to-Market business, after the merger among NTT subsidiaries into one company, with broad accountability for sales performance, solution practices and alliance partnership across Asia Pacific, said the company.

“There are different pieces of this organisation. Sales function interacts with the clients, solutions team devices the right solutions and there are partners. We felt that bringing all these functions under one umbrella was important to make the approach cohesive,” said Bhagwanani, adding that he would step up to take the “responsibility” at Asia Pacific level.

He would continue with India CEO role until the company appoints a leader for the role.

NTT said it has created infrastructure to facilitate more than 300 enterprises to work from home during the lockdown across Asian markets due to Covid-19.

“We are now gearing up to enter an exciting new era where we build a connected, and more sustainable tomorrow where technology is being used for the greater good. We are further fine tuning ourselves to align with the global objective of NTT Ltd. and accelerate our growth in the APAC region. Kiran has been chosen to lead the GTM functions of sales, solutions and alliances based on his exceptional background and proven track record in the organization,” said John Lombard, chief executive officer, NTT in Asia Pacific.

Asia Pacific is one of the largest markets for the IT infrastructure services provider.

This region for NTT generates roughly $3 billion in revenue and one of the fastest growing markets, and India would become a billion dollar business soon, said Sanchit Vir Gogia chief executive, Greyhound Research.

“Need for companies to go digital is becoming more important. More organisations in India and Asia Pacific are seeking secure technology infrastructure and support for allowing work from home. Hence the company needed strong leaders in the region,” said Gogia.

Other leaders of NTT who have been elevated in the region include Wong Wen-Ming, senior vice president, Global Business; and Jan Wuppermann, senior vice president, Strategy & Business Operations.

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