Ginni Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit. Since then she has held a series of leadership
positions, most recently as senior vice president and group executive, IBM sales, marketing, and
Earlier she served as senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful
integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional
services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.
Mrs. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University,
and the board of overseers and board of managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with high honors, in computer science and electrical engineering
from Northwestern University.
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Shri Rajnish Kumar
Shri Rajnish Kumar has assumed the office as Chairman State Bank of India on 7th October, 2017. Previously,
Shri Rajnish Kumar was the Managing Director (National Banking Group) looking after retail banking
and latest initiatives in payments and digital banking since November 2015.
Prior to becoming Managing Director in SBI, Shri Rajnish Kumar was heading SBI Capital Markets Limited
(the Merchant Banking arm of State Bank of India) as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer.
Shri Rajnish Kumar has been with the State Bank of India for over three decades, having joined the
Bank as a Probationary Officer in 1980. An M.Sc. in Physics, apart from CAIIB, Shri Kumar has held
several key assignments across various business verticals, including two overseas assignments in
Canada and U.K. He has vast experience in handling large credit, project finance, foreign exchange
and retail banking. Shri Kumar has held such important positions as Regional Head, SBI (UK); Chief
General Manager, North East Circle, Chief General Manager, Project Finance and Managing Director
(Risk & Compliance). Shri Kumar is an avid traveller and has visited several countries. He loves
sports and is a good player of badminton.
Jaspreet is the Senior Vice President - Digital Transformation Group Strategy Office
He is one of the ancient curiosities of the Internet, technology and startup world in India, having
being born a few years before the Internet was. He started his career with the Tata Group, as a Tata
Administrative Services Officer, and led functions and businesses in FMCG and Telecom. For some time,
he was part of the startup team at Baazee.com (now EBAY India), as their COO. From thereon, his wanderings
took him to Microsoft India – where he led the Internet, Retail, XBOX, Consumer P&Ls. Looking to
something more unconventional, he became the CEO of AskMe, the yellow-pages-publisher-transformed-into-a-mobile-app-led
local-search-play, which, incidentally, is now comatose.
Jaspreet is quite active across the tech start-up ecosystem, and has invested, advised, mentored and
incubated a dozen tech start-ups. He leads the CDO Forum of IAMAI, writes extensively on Digital
Transformation, fancies himself as a Blockchain and AgriTech expert; and has spoken at HBS, ISB,
IIMA, IAMAI, CII and other academic and industry forums. A few years ago, he was surprised to see
that Business Today had listed him as one of the ‘The Top 25 Young Managers in India’.
Jaspreet is a Chemical Engineer (though he only spent 4 months practicing it), and an MBA in International
Business from IIFT. What he is very thrilled by, is being a three-time National champion in Brand
Equity Business Quiz, having been a keen quizzer in his salad days. He is also an accredited Leadership
Coach with the International Coaching Federation.
Mark Foster is Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services, responsible for the strategy, client
value and business performance of IBM’s consulting, systems integration, digital agency, business
process outsourcing and application management services businesses across all industries. GBS brings
clients the expertise of more than 100,000 consultants and practitioners creating value at the intersection
of business insight and information technology.
Prior to joining IBM in 2016, Mark built a distinctive record of achievement as a global business leader,
a consultant to businesses and governments around the world, and a creative thinker of broad knowledge
and wide interests.
During his 27 years at Accenture, Mark handled a variety of leadership assignments of increasing responsibility.
Prior to his retirement from the firm in 2011, Mark served as Group Chief Executive, Global Markets
and Management Consulting, leading a team of 15,000 consultants. Previously, Mark led Accenture’s
industry teams in Retail, Consumer, Health, Transport and Industrial sectors.
While at Accenture, Mark chaired the World Economic Forum Global Health Initiative Against AIDS, TB
and Malaria and was Vice Chair of the Mayor of Seoul's International Business Advisory Council.
From 2011 through 2015, Mark served the UK government as founding Commissioner for the Independent
Commission for Aid Impact, which oversaw the UK’s foreign aid spending around the world.
Mark has served on multiple business Boards including Heidrick and Struggles, Fidessa, Computer Sciences
Corporation, Alexander Mann Solutions and Atento. In the not-for-profit sector, Mark chaired the
International Business Leaders Forum and has been a Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Mark graduated with a masters of art in classics from University College Oxford.
David Kenny is senior vice president, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, spearheading the Watson technology
platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads.
David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its
global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM
he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the
company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including
The Weather Channel, weather.com, wunderground.com and WSI. David was previously
president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing
user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users.
Previously, he served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital
arm of Publicis Groupe, and he was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Digitas Inc.,
a top global integrated brand agency.
David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buy. He is also a director of Teach
for America, a nonprofit that enlists recent graduates to teach and to effect change in under-resourced
and low-income communities. David received an MBA from the Harvard School of Business, and a bachelor's
degree from the GM Institute (now Kettering University).
Karan Bajwa is Managing Director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd and the Regional General Manager for India/South
Asia (ISA). Appointed to this leadership position in 2017, Karan is responsible for all of IBM's
sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India/South Asia region, including Bangladesh,
Nepal and Sri Lanka. In addition, Karan also plays a key role in enabling capabilities across IBM’s
global missions in India, research and innovation labs. IBM will also rely on his leadership to engage
and further strengthen the Government and Regulatory affairs initiatives and evangelize IBM's brand
in the ecosystem.
He brings in over three decades of rich experience and deep expertise in the IT and telecom industry.
Karan joined IBM in 2016 as Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to this he was the Managing Director, Microsoft India where, besides leading the India business
for the company, he also the led the Cloud Transition and the Ecosystem engagement. Under his leadership,
Microsoft India achieved several milestones and recognition, both internally and externally. Karan
brings with him an excellent understanding of enterprises as well as insight into the Indian public
sector, having led the teams for these businesses for Microsoft for 6 years prior to being appointed
MD.Prior to that at Cisco, he handled various roles spanning the organization including services,
business development in the APAC region; and also had a successful stint as the head of the Public
Sector Business for Cisco India. At IBM Singapore from 2001-2006 as the head for the Networking Business
for ASEAN region, Karan was responsible for transforming the Networking business across the seven
countries in the region.
Karan has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications from Punjab University,
Senior President & Chief Information Officer
Anup Purohit is the Senior President and Chief Information Officer at YES Bank. With more than 22 years
of rich experience in the BFSI sector, he is responsible for spearheading the technology re-platforming
and digital innovation at YES Bank.
In his current role, Anup’s primary focus is to bring future technology into YES BANK’s current technology
stack, along with developing an IT strategy that helps the bank have a leading edge in the market.
He comes with a diverse experience across various domains such as Leadership, Innovation in Digital
Banking, Financials, Service Delivery, Portfolio & Program Management, Risk & Controls, Vendor
Management and Waste Cutting to name a few.
Prior to YES Bank, Anup worked with RBL Bank as the Head of Information Technology and with Barcley’s
Bank where he was responsible for the IT infrastructure solutions for emerging markets across 14
Anup holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Mumbai University
Chief Information Officer
Munish Mittal is the Chief Information Officer of HDFC Bank. In his current role, he is responsible for the IT Strategy of
the two subsidiaries of the Bank – HDFC Securities and HDB Financial Services.
As a well-recognized figure in the CIO community with over 30 years of experience, Munish has been
credited with envisioning and executing many innovative initiatives. His vision has gone a long way
in defining the bank’s long and short-term IT strategy, and technology architecture to build scale
for the bank. The bank's robust IT strategy ensures that they deliver a world-class IT enabled digital
solutions to both the customers and internal stakeholders.
A seasoned professional, Munish has been conferred with many accolades such as the CIO
Leader and Strategist of the year recognition by Oracle, by CSI (Computer Society of India), IDG
CORE Media, IDC Financial Insights, Information Week Magazine, Business World in the past few years.
Munish joined HDFC Bank in 1996 from Bank of Punjab and he holds a Bachelor of Science
and Masters in Business Administration
Senior Vice President
IBM Global Markets
Martin Schroeter is Senior Vice President, IBM Global Markets, responsible for IBM's revenue generation, profit and client
satisfaction worldwide. He also leads IBM's Global Financing business, the world's largest captive
He was previously Senior Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer, a position he held since January 2014. Prior to that, he served as General Manager
of IBM Global Financing, where he managed a total asset base in excess of $37 billion.
Mr. Schroeter also served as IBM Treasurer, responsible for the company's balance sheet, cash flow,
capital structure, interest rate and currency risk management and treasury operations. He has also
held the role of Assistant Treasurer, Capital Markets, Investments and Foreign Exchange Operations.
He served in a variety of business line and finance executive positions, including Vice
President of Global Technology Services, Asia Pacific; General Manager of IBM Global Financing, Asia
Pacific; and CFO and Finance Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand.
Mr. Schroeter received
his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and his undergraduate degree from Temple University.
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