- IBM named Sandip Patel as Managing Director for India and South Asia, replacing Karan Bajwa who resigned to pursue other opportunities from the company.
Global technology major IBM announced on Wednesday the appointment of Sandip Patel as managing director of its operations in India and South Asia, succeeding Karan Bajwa who is pursuing opportunities outside the company.
As IBM’s managing director in India and South Asia, Patel will be responsible for all strategic and operational issues relating to the sales, marketing, services and delivery operations of the company in the region, including Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, IBM said in a statement. “In addition, he will play a critical role in enhancing India’s potential across the global missions of IBM, regional centers of excellence, research and innovation laboratories.”
Previously, Patel was based in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was the regional insurance general manager of IBM and was responsible for all products in this field. “His extensive expertise in key industries, including financial services, insurance, and healthcare, coupled with his experience of global leadership, will bring great value to IBM’s customers and business in the region,” IBM said.
Harriet Green, IBM Asia Pacific Chairman & CEO, said, “IBM has been a key player in India’s technology journey and continues to deliver the innovation needed to drive India’s digital transformation across key industries and government. Sandip’s deep industry expertise and global customer understanding across various markets will bring real value to our customers as they embark on their journey of transformation.
Previously, Patel was Aetna International’s president where he had full responsibility for their international business with P&L. He has worked as a partner at IBM, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and Coopers & Lybrand in various leadership roles, and early in his career as a Chartered Accountant in India.
“Bajwa led the business in India and South Asia during a period of great marketplace change, in his second stint with IBM. He was responsible for increasing the mid-market sector of IBM, allowing the digital transformation of customers and moving to the cloud, “said IBM.
Globally, IBM focused on the cloud and cognitive software business (including Red Hat platforms) with revenues of $5.3 billion, up 6.4 percent, led by security, stuff internet, data and artificial intelligence platforms, and hybrid cloud.