Chief Digital Officers: Here’s the batch of ‘17

These are the people who have just committed to lead the digital transformation journey of some of India's largest enterprises

Chief Digital Officers: Here’s the batch of ‘17 - CIO & Leader

Despite all the hype around digital transformation and chief digital officers, India, Inc. has less than 40 chief digital officers at the end of 2017, not counting the digital business heads of agencies and digital enablers who often hold the same title, but manage practices.

As many as 13 out of them joined in 2017. This does not take into account two executives who joined as CDOs this year but have already left the positions.

Here are the newest members of the newest C-suite occupants in Indian enterprises, listed alphabetically.  


Aarthi Subramanian, CDO, Tata Sons. She joined as the chief digital officer of Tata Sons in July.. Though a techie by education, she has handled various business and operations roles in TCS and is a non-executive director of TCS.


Amitabh Mishra, CDO, Vedanta Resources. An MS in Computer Science, Mishra joined as Vednta CDO in July after a stint as CIO of GE Avaiation (India). He has worked at SAP, Tata Motors and Intel.


Anand Thakur, CDO, Jubilant Foodworks. Jubilant Foodworks. that operates the Domino’s Pizza hired this online retail industry veteran in December. An outright techie, he has served as the CTO of Koovs and Head of Engineering at Lenskart.

Ashish Ranjan, CDO, Vedanta (Sesa Goa). Vedanta appointed Ashish Ranjan as CDO in July. A mining graduate with an MBA he has worked with technology companies like Accenture and Wipro on providing solution ans services to mining industry.  


Bharat Bhushan, CDO, Vedanta Limited, Aluminum Business. A professional with strong consulting engineering background, Bhushan joined Vedanta (Aluminum business) as CDO in June. An engineer-MBA, Bhushan is a Ph. D in Advamced Analytics.


Boomi Balasubramanian, Group Chief Digital & Information Officer, Sterlite Power. An engineer MBA, Balasubramanian has worked in energy industry throughout with a long stint at GE. He joined Sterlite as Group CD&IO in January 2017.


Deepak Konnur, CDO, Tata Power.  In yet another example of companies preferring IT professionals—but with deep knowledge of the vertical—for leading digital transformation, Tata Power hired Deepak Konnur, an IT professional who has worked throughout in the power industry, with a stint also at IBM in is energy vertical solutions division, as its CDO in June.


Harikrishnan VH, CDO, DHFL General Insurance. Another insurance company created a CDO position and hired this BI professional in April. An MBA, Harikrishnan has worked extensively worked in insurance industry.


Manoj Kulgod, CDO, Quess. Quess hired Manoj Kulgod, an enterprise IT professional with considerable experience in the services industry, in April.


Nipun Mehrotra, CDO, IBM India and South Asia. An IBM veteran, who has handled various line business functions in IBM India was appointed as the company’s India CDO in January. He is the typical insider CDO,


Rino Raj, Chief Information & Digital Officer, Tata Chemicals. An IIT-IBM and a member of the Tata Administrative Services, Raj was appointed to the newly created CDO position in July. 


Vivek Pathak, CDO, Reliance Capital. An engineer MBA, Pathak is probably India,Inc.’s first replacement CDO. He was hired in June after another group executive, acting as CDO moved to a new position. He comes with a strong Internet business background with stints at Google and eBay.


Vivek Vishnu, CDO, Intex. Vishnu joined as the consumer electronics’ company’s first ever CDO in January 2017. A techie, he has also tried his hand at entrepreneurship.

Watch this space for insights into the CDOscape in India. 

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