Wipro sees four key executives quit since Delaporte’s rejig effort


Four key executives at IT services provider Wipro have quit after CEO Thierry Delaporte restructured the Bengaluru-based organisation last month.

Rohit Adlakha, who was chief information officer, and Ramesh Nagarajan, senior vice president of cloud services, have resigned, sources told ET. Wipro later confirmed the move.

Adlakha, a Wipro veteran who also served as its chief digital officer, and Nagarajan were reporting to chief operating officer Bhanumurthy BM, who is retiring next year.

Anand Padmanabhan, who was responsible for business development and strategic sales, would retire in next few quarters. President Milan Rao, who was leading its core transformation, and Bill Stith, senior vice president and global head, health business unit, have quit recently and transition at the end of this month.

Wipro’s new structure – with four Strategic Market Units and two Global Business Lines – will be effective January 1. This is intended to help the company broad-base growth outside the United States.

The earlier structure had more than 24 leaders with seven Strategic Business Units, Service Lines and nine geographies.

“Adlakha …has decided to pursue opportunities outside the organisation. Bhanumurthy will oversee the CIO function and his other responsibilities, including Wipro Holmes until his successor is announced,” a Wipro spokesperson said in an email response to ET’s queries.

The company said the new structure for the Cloud business will be announced in due course.

Analysts said the initial organizational changes made last month continue to reverberate as some executives are leaving as their responsibilities have been removed.

“Thierry is clearly starting to put his stamp on Wipro, he is reducing the layers and attempting to bring more accountability and position Wipro to be more agile and more customer focused. In fact, there has been remarkably little turnover at Wipro in the last 5 years, so this is acting as a catalyst for some executives to accelerate their plans to move on…,” said Peter Bendor-Samuel, chief executive of IT advisory firm Everest Group.

“We can expect some new additions from outside the firm, and they are likely to start showing up soon. I also believe we are likely to see some further organisational changes which refine Delaporte’s vision or are made necessary as other executives leave,” he said.

It will not be surprising if the role and positioning of the CIO and CDO evolve as a result of some of these changes, Bendor-Samuel added.





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