Raman Roy
Raman Roy has been named Nasscom’s newest chairman.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has appointed Raman Roy, managing director of Quatrro Global Services, as its chairman for 2017-2018.

Rishad Premji, chief strategy officer, Wipro Limited has been appointed Vice Chairman.

Roy assumes the duty from CP Gurnani, chief executive of Tech Mahindra. He is highly touted as the industry poster boy of the Indian outsourcing industry, has previously served as a member of Nasscom’s executive council and was the vice chairman for the 2016-17 calendar year. Roy begins his new role with the organization on April 6.

“It is a great honor to be given this opportunity at a time when industry is at the next phase of its maturity and evolution,” Roy said in a statement. “Nasscom is playing a critical role in evangelizing the digital opportunity for the sector and I would like to support the industry in facilitating the skilling and re-skilling effort of the industry through disruptive models,” he added.

2017 has proven to be a challenging year thus far in the IT outsourcing industry, with its largest markets- United States and United Kingdom- turning protectionist, and mounting visa troubles. The technological landscape of the world is also undergoing a sea of change, with automation, big data and analytics changing the way traditional businesses were run.

“Building India’s innovation edge is another key priority and we will plan to scale our start-ups and centre of excellence initiatives to the next level. I look forward to the continued involvement from our members to accelerate momentum on all initiatives,” Roy said.

Nasscom president R. Chandrashekhar welcomed Roy into his new role, saying the industry body is set to gain copious insights from his wealth of experience on global and domestic markets. Welcoming the vice chairman, he added, “A new age leader like Rishad, with his vast exposure, will bring fresh ideas to the table, helping the industry tap new domains and opportunities globally.”