Appointments - Current Affairs for March, 2016

Appointments Current Affairs for March, 2016

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▼ Nestle India appoints former RBI deputy governor as independent director on board   [03-29-16]

Nestle on 28th January 2016 announced Rakesh Mohan, former RBI Deputy Governor, will join its board as an independent director. Mohan’s would come on Nestle India’s board from May 1, 2016, as an Independent Non—Executive Director, the company said in a statement.

Prior to it, he was on Nestle India’s board from April 2010 to October 2012 and had to relinquish it following his appointment as executive director at the International Monetary Fund. Mohan completed his three-year term at IMF in November, 2015.

About Rakesh Mohan

  • He was earlier RBI deputy governor
  • He has also held the post of a Secretary in CCEA

▼ SSPL appoints Suresh Kuppuswamy as its chief executive officer (CEO)   [03-29-16]

Kuppuswamy has been appointed CEO with immediate effect and SSPL/Sterling Software is a subsidiary of CAMS, the latter being India's largest mutual fund registrar and transfer agent.
"Kuppuswamy will spearhead SSPL in its next growth phase in new geographies, technology, service lines and develop global delivery solutions," the company announced.

▼ Tim Westergren appointed Pandora CEO   [03-29-16]

Pandora facing increased competition from Apple Music, Spotify and other music streaming services has just announced the resignation of CEO Brain McAndrews. The CEO was replaced with co founder Tim Westergren who founded the internet radio company 16 years ago and led Pandora as CEO from 2002 to 2004.

About Pandora

  • This is a California based company. Pandora music users can listen to music for free; company makes money from ads.
  • Number of active listeners fell to 81.1 million recently
  • The music streaming company’s shares fell after McAndrews left.

▼ Indian origin law professor Surya Deva appointed UNHCR advisor   [03-28-16]

Indian origin law professor Surya Deva has been appointed by Geneva based UNHCR as an adviser on human rights and MNCs and businesses. Council approved his appointment to the position of a Special Procedure Mandate Holder and member of the 4 member working group on human rights and transnational corporations as well as other business enterprises.

▼ Indian American Nandita Bakshi appointed president and CEO of Bank of the West   [03-28-16]

Indian American Nandita Bakshi was appointed the president and CEO of Bank of the West, unit of French banking giant BNP Paribas. She was appointed by the bank on March 16, 2016. She will take over from April 1 2016 and assume the role on June 1, 2016, succeeding Michael Shepherd who will take on the role of Chairman of BNP Paribas USA. She is also the recipient of the New England News Woman of the Year Award apart from serving on the board of the Consumer Bankers Association.

▼ Paytm appoints Alibaba Group Holding Former Head as New President   [03-28-16]

Mobile commerce firm Paytm has appointed ex head of the Alibaba group holding wholesale business, Bhushan Patil. Indian merchants will create a compelling commerce platform and bring incredible experience of building cross border commerce. Key areas at Paytm for Patil will be building cross border commerce of the country.

▼ ACC approves of Justice Permod Kohli as CAT chairman   [03-25-16]

ACC has appointed Justice Permod Kohli, retired Chief Justice of Sikkim HC as Chairman in the Central Administrative Tribunal. Appointment is for a period of 5 years form assumption of post or attainment of 68 years, whichever is earlier.

▼ NHRC Chairperson Justice HL Dattu appointed as ICC member of NHRIs   [03-25-16]

Dattu has been appointed as a member of the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs (ICC) Bureau in Geneva. With vast experience and legal expertise, his membership will further the cause of justice and human rights for the ICC. He will also be working to enhance creation of new NHRIs in the countries within the UN framework, including those which have not set up such bodies.

▼ S. Sridharan appointed Pfizer MD   [03-21-16]

Pharma giant Pfizer has on 18th March 2016 appointed S. Sridhar as the Managing Director for a period of 5 years. His appointment will be subject to the approval of company shareholders at the AGM. S.Sridhar,a CA has been serving as CFO of the company for 7 years and was executive director in May 2013.

▼ US Air Force General Lori Robinson selected as head of US military Northern Command   [03-21-16]

With this, Lori Robinson becomes the first woman to head a US combatant command, according to US Defence Secretary Ash Carter. The position is subject to Senate confirmation and will make General Robinson the top general overseeing activities in N. America. She will be the first ever female combatant commander.

▼ Suu Kyi appointed chairperson of the Joint Coordination Committee for Development of Parliamentary Affairs   [03-18-16]

Htin Kyaw, a 69-year-old academic and long-time aide of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was elected with 360 votes while U Myint Swe from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), who was directly assigned by the military, was elected first vice president with 213 votes. Close aid Kyaw was also voted the next president.

▼ Amar Abrol takes over as AirAsia CEO   [03-18-16]

AirAsia India has said Amar Abrol will take over the reins of CEO from Mittu Chandilya, who has been at the helm of the no-frills airline since inception about 3 years ago. The airline is a 3 way JV and Abrol, who has over 20 years of experience, was most recently the CEO of Tune Money, a start-up that aims to deliver low-cost financial products in South-East Asia.

▼ Fazle Kabir appointed 11th Governor of Bangladesh central bank   [03-18-16]

Fazle Kabir on 15th March 2016 was appointed the 11th Governor of the Bangladesh Bank. He replaced Atiur Rehman who retired after electronical theft of over USD 101 million from the Central Bank account. Bangladeshi economist and financial expert, Kabir series as chairman of Sonali Bank prior to this.

▼ Country’s third largest software services firm Wipro appoints independent director   [03-16-16]

Wipro has appointed technologist Patrick J Ennis as an independent director to its board. His appointment is effective, April 1. Through this move, Wipro will ramp up investments in startups and disruptive technologies. Ennis is part of the senior team that builds and runs an international open innovation network consisting of an invention community of more than 10,000 members. He has also worked with Bell Labs, AT&T and Lucent Technologies.

▼ CarDekho appoints Pawan Chawla as head of IT   [03-16-16]

Online automobile marketplace CarDekho has announced the appointment of Pawan Chawla as IT head. She was earlier IT head of Yatra dot com. Chawla will lead the overall IT infrastructure of the company. He has worked for over a decade in the field of IT and ITeS. Chawla has been named 'Cyber Security Strategist of The Year 2014-15' and 'Best Cyber Security Implementer of the Year 2014-15' by the CSO Forum, and has also won the 'Business Impact Award 2014-15' for successfully Implementing Enterprise Wide Security and Data Protection Policy.

▼ Autodesk Inc reaches settlement, appoints three executives on board   [03-14-16]

Autodesk has reached a settlement with 2 activist investors Eminence Capital LP and Sachem Head Capital over a standstill agreement with Eminence Capital LP and Sachem Head Capital meaning activists will have to cooperate with the board over a certain time period. Scott Ferguson, managing partner of Sachem Head, Tessera Technologies chairman Rick Hill and Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke to its board.

▼ Abdul Gheit named Secretary General of Arab League   [03-14-16]

Egyptian diplomat and former Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit has been named as Secretary General of the Arab League on 10th March 2016. 22 member organisation voted in favour of Abdul Gheit. Appointment was announced by Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa at the end of 22-nation ministerial meeting in Cairo. The 73 year old Gheit is a former ambassador to the United Nations and will succeed Nail El-Araby. He served as foreign minister of Egypt during first 7 years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule, following mass protests toppling Mubarak. Incumbent Nabil al-Arabi declines a second 5 year term as Secretary General.

▼ Un Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appoints Jean Amault as head of UN Political Mission in Columbia   [03-11-16]

Jean Amault was on 9th March 2016 appointed as head of the UN Political Mission in Columbia. Amulet who is a French national will also serve as the Special Rep of the Secretary General in Colombia. He also worked in senior positions with the UN in Afghanistan, Burundi, Georgia, and was the UN Special Adviser to the Group of Friends of Democratic Pakistan.

▼ Government appoints former judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan as chairman of 21st Law Commission   [03-11-16]

Government on 10th March 2016 appointed former SC judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan as chairman of the 21st Law Commission. He is currently heading the Cauvery River Water States Tribunal and was a judge of the SC from 2009 to 2014. He also served as CJ of Odisha HC previously.

▼ Vivek Jain appointed CEO of CA Media Digital   [03-10-16]

CA Digital India Pvt Ltd on March 8th, 2016 appointed Vivek Jain as CEO. CA Media Digital is a digital unit of CA Media LP. Prior to joining this company, Jain was working as Reliance Jio executive and is an MBA from University of Texas at Austin.

▼ Board chairman of Ogone, Sunil Sabharwal becomes first Indian American to head administration in IMF   [03-7-16]

Independent investor Sunil Sabharwal became the first Indian American to occur a key admin post at the IMF He assumed charge of the post of Alternate Executive Director of the IMF. This is one of the most important posts in the IMF. He has previously worked for GE Capital, Ogone and also worked for Warburg Pincus in an advisory capacity.

▼ MCX appoints Mrugank Paranjape as CMD   [03-4-16]

Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited, the largest commodity exchange of the nation on 29th February 2016 appointed Mrugank Paranajpe as CMD. Appointment is subject to period of three years following SEBI approval. MCX has been without an MD since May 2014. Joint MD charge had been given to PK Singhal for this period. Paranjpe has been working with Deutsche Bank for the past 15 years and is its India Head.

▼ Vice Admiral HCS Bisht takes over as Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Eastern Naval Command   [03-1-16]

Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, AVSM took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command from Vice Admiral Satish Soni, PVSM, AVSM, NM, ADC on 29 February 2016. Soni retired after a career spanning 4 decades and was an alumnus of Sainik School (Ghorakhal, Nainital), the National Defence Academy (Pune), Royal Naval Staff College (Greenwich, UK), College of Naval Warfare (Mumbai) and the National Defence College (New Delhi).
He has previously worked as Executive Officer of the ASW Corvette INS Ajay, Commander Work Up in the Indian Naval Work Up Team (INWT) at Kochi, Fleet Gunnery Officer of the Eastern Fleet at Visakhapatnam, commissioning Commanding Officer of the Missile Corvette INS Kora and Command of the stealth frigate, INS Tabar.

▼ Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain takes over as Eastern Naval Command Chief of Staff   [03-1-16]

Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, AVSM, VSM took over as the Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command from Vice Admiral Bimal Verma on 27th February 2016 and has held Operational, Staff and Command Appointments. He is an alumnus of Rewa’s Sainik School and previously held posts like the Director Naval Intelligence (Protocol), Director Foreign Liaison and Principal Director Staff Requirement at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy).For his distinguished service, the Flag Officer was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 2009 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2015.

▼ Senior IPS officer Alok Kumar Verma takes charge as Delhi Police Commissioner   [03-1-16]

Verma will hold the post till July 2017. Bassi retired on the same day. Earlier, Verma was DG (Prisons) of Tihar Jail and a 1979 batch officer of AGMIT cadre. He has served in Delhi police in numerous positions such as Deputy Commissioner of Police, South District, Joint Commissioner of the Crime Branch, Joint Commissioner of Police, New Delhi Range, Special CP (Intelligence) and Special CP, Vigilance.