Debjani Ghosh set to become Nasscom's first woman president

The National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom), trade body of IT-BPM companies in India, has announced the appointment of former Intel South Asia managing director Debjani Ghosh as its president-designate. On appointment, she will be the Nasscom's first woman president.

Ghosh, who has been a member of Nasscom's executive council and a trustee of Nasscom Foundation, will succeed Nasscom president R Chandrashekhar, whose term ends in March 2018.

''The industry is today at an interesting inflection point and Nasscom has a key role to play in catalysing the next phase of growth of the sector. Under Debjani Ghosh's leadership, Nasscom will further enhance its initiatives in innovation, disruptive technologies, skilling and new market access,'' Raman Roy, chairman, NASSCOM said.

The Nasscom president along with the industry leadership will continue its mission of driving a holistic agenda which supports emerging technology areas, digital solutions and IP-driven software products.

The other missions on its agenda are

Internet economy, innovative start-ups, engineering R&D, global capability centres, omni-channel customer solutions, domestic technology and digital acceleration and reskilling.

The Indian IT-BPM industry has been a growth driver for the country and is now a $150 billion sector representing multiple sub-sectors. Moreover, the intersection of digital technologies across every business provides a great opportunity for the industry to achieve its aspiration to reach $350 billion by 2025.

In March 2017, Nasscom President Succession Committee (NPSC) was constituted by the Nasscom chairman. The committee was chaired by N Chandrasekaran, chairman, Tata Sons, while additional members of the committee were Neelam Dhawan, managing director, HP Enterprise, Rajendra Pawar, chairman, NIIT, Rajan Anandan, managing director, Google India, Rishad Premji, chief strategy officer, Wipro and Harish Mehta, cofounder, Nasscom and CMD, Onward Technologies.