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BANGALORE: IBM has appointed Vanitha Narayanan as managing director of IBM India. She takes over from Shanker Annaswamy who will continue to remain in IBM as the senior advisor to the corporation on India Enterprise.

Both Narayanan and Annaswamy will report to Jim Bramante, senior VP in IBM growth markets unit. Narayanan will be responsible for all of IBM's sales, marketing, services and global delivery operations in the India/South Asia (ISA) region, including operations in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. She has over 25 years of experience working for IBM with multiple client sets and in several countries.

Since 2009, she has been a part of the IBM ISA business, serving in roles such as the sales & distribution leader and recently as the managing partner for global business services (GBS). Prior to this, she has served as the vice president of communications sector, Asia Pacific, and as the global vice president for IBM's telecom solutions offerings. She is a member of IBM's integration & values team that is comprised of senior global executives who are selected by the IBM chairman. Narayanan also leads several leadership development & diversity initiatives for ISA and is the executive sponsor for developing the women's leadership pipeline.

Annaswamy joined IBM in 2004 as the general manager of IBM India and has led the ISA region as its regional general manager since 2007. Today, IBM in India and South Asia has the largest pool of employees outside of the US. India remains one of the fastest growing countries for IBM, recording consistent double-digit revenue growth over the past five years, and has emerged as a strategic location within the company's global services delivery network.


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