Rekha Menon Turns to be the First Woman to Take Charge as Nasscom's Chairperson

Rekha Menon Turns to be the First Woman to Take Charge as Nasscom's Chairperson

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) appoints Rekha M. Menon as chairperson for 2021-22. She is the first woman to this position in the association’s 30-year history.

The IT industry’s apex body has also roped in Krishnan Ramanujan as its vice-chairperson for 2021-22.

In a statement, Nasscom states, Rekha is serving as the chairperson and senior managing director at Accenture in India, and Ramanujan is the President and Head of Business and Technology Services at Tata Consultancy Services.

Previsously, Rekha served as vice-chairperson of Nassscom, and she will be succeeding UB Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys, who held the Chairman position for 2020-21.

The newly-appointed leadership along with President Debjani Ghosh, would spearhead the industry in its digital transformation journey, with the imperatives of transforming India as a leading hub for digital talent, catalysing innovation and emerging a favourable policy ecosystem that aids in innovation, technology growth and the ease of doing business, it adds.

Commenting in her appointment, Rekha says, “I am honoured and humbled by this vote of confidence by the Nasscom Executive Council at such a crucial time for our industry. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to test the resilience of our more than 4 million people, even as it has created new opportunities for growth with technology emerging as the lifeline for societies and economies across the world”.

Additionally, Nasscom has also announced that it’s new Executive Council — with about 40 percent representation by women leaders that consists of industry sectors such as Engineering and R&D, IT Services, Business Process Management, SME and start-ups. However, the new Executive council would play a strategic role in allowing India’s tech sector to take leadership on the global map through focused initiatives and programmes.

She further adds, “As we cautiously navigate the pandemic, I look forward to working with the Nasscom Executive Council and its members to drive our industry’s long-term growth by augmenting India’s position as the digital talent nation for the world, driving people first innovation, and working with the government to create a conducive policy environment needed for sustainable growth.”