Rishad Premji to be Nasscom chairman

IT industry’s apex body National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has elected Wipro chief strategy officer and director Rishad Premji as chairman for 2018-19. Nasscom has also elected Keshav Murugesh, group chief executive officer of WNS Global Services, as vice chairman.


Rishad Premji (left) and Keshav Murugesh

Premji has been a member of Nasscom’s executive council and was the vice chairman in 2017-18. He succeeds Raman Roy, chairman and managing director, Quatrro Global Services.
“I am honoured to have the vote of confidence of the NASSCOM leadership team as we stand on the cusp of a digital transformation. I look forward to working closely with NASSCOM’s multiple and versatile teams, and continuing our endeavours to foster growth in changing times,” said Premji.
“Premji is an experienced leader whose accomplishments speak for themselves. With his unique exposure and new age energy, he is uniquely qualified to help lead the industry in a time of change and opportunity. I am confident that this development will benefit not only our organisation but the industry as a whole,” Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh said. 
Rishad Premji along with Murugesh and Ghosh will lead the industry body to carry out its diverse array of priorities to achieve the 2025 vision for the industry.
In line with the changing industry landscape, the key priorities will be to realign and recalibrate the course of the technology industry, evangelise open innovation across the board, and enable companies to add value across the spectrum for customers globally, Nasscom said in a statement.
The leadership team will also continue to work towards the skilling and re-skilling of talent as an imperative for the industry. Another focus area will be the global free movement of talent, to proactively dispel the myths about immigration and further embrace new and emerging markets, to help the industry foray into newer geographies and domains, it added.