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Tata taps Tech Mahindra talent to spearhead NZ operations

Tata taps Tech Mahindra talent to spearhead NZ operations

Anand tasked with growing the provider’s footprint across the country

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has appointed Rohit Anand as the first country manager in New Zealand, recruiting the technology veteran from rivals Tech Mahindra.

With more than 20 years experience within local technology and consulting markets, Anand is tasked with growing the provider’s footprint across the country, scaling operations to support Kiwi customers.

Operating as one of India’s largest services organisations, TCS is already working with a string of major companies in New Zealand, including many top 20 NZX businesses.

“Rohit understands technology and he understands the range of technology issues facing New Zealand businesses,” Rohit vice president of Australia and New Zealand, Anil Snehi, said.

“I am confident that with Rohit spearheading our New Zealand operations that TCS will continue to meet the needs of our existing clients and expand the business in to new sectors.”

Before assuming the local leadership role at TCS, Wellington-based Anand was country manager of Tech Mahindra for four years, having taken up the position in August 2013.

Prior to this, Anand was country manager of Capgemini in New Zealand for over two years, alongside a regional stint in India for 15 months.

Anand’s first foray into the Kiwi technology market came with Satyam Computer Services, operating as country manager for more than eight years until August 2009, before the business merged with Tech Mahindra in June 2013.

“New Zealand has always been at the forefront of creativity and innovation,” Anand added. “My role brings the best of local and global strengths to the fore to create sustained value for New Zealand companies through collaboration, co-innovation and commercialisation.

“I look forward to working with TCS’s existing New Zealand clients and introducing new ones.”

Alongside the recruitment of Anand, TCS has also appointed Brett O’Riley to a senior role, assuming the position of advisory chair for New Zealand operations.

Specifically, O’Riley is tasked with helping shape business strategy locally, alongside expanding the provider’s core customer base.

“Brett is an innovative New Zealand businessman and a seasoned executive who has helped drive the successes of the New Zealand technology sector,” Anand added.

“He has experience in building business networks and his deep appreciation of the ways in which digital technology is capable of shaping our lives for the better will be invaluable to TCS as we expand our New Zealand operations to meet the needs of our existing clients and expand the business in to new sectors.”

O’Riley comes into the role with extensive experience across IT and business, having most recently been CEO of Auckland’s economic growth agency Ateed for five years.

Prior to this, O’Riley was deputy CEO of business, innovation and investments for the Ministry of Science and Innovation, and founding CEO of NZ Tech, which represents New Zealand’s leading technology companies.

Furthermore, O’Riley also held senior roles during 14 years with the Telecom group - now Spark - including Southern Cross Cable Network.

“Digital technology and its uses are growing at an exponential rate,” O’Riley added. “The advanced work that TCS is doing in fields of robotics, cloud computing, big data and cyber security is breath-taking.

“We have a Silicon Valley in our own hemisphere and we need to work much more closely with it. I’m excited by the possibilities that TCS presents to continue to drive New Zealand’s own global leadership in the fields of technology, research and industry innovation.”

With expertise across IT services, consulting and business solutions, TCS employs more than 390,000 consultants across 46 countries, with revenues totalling US$17.6 billion during the past 12 months.


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