India Inc hails Nilekani's appointment

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2009 13:58 hrs

The industry lauded Government's move to appoint Nandan Nilekani as head of the Unique Identification Authority, though analysts were divided on the impact of his exit from Infosys.

"Nilekani was the biggest brand ambassador for Infosys on the clients' side and had personal access to the board rooms of many large global firms. It would be a set back for the company," said Sudin Apte, Head of Forrester Research in India.

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However, Harit Shah, analyst at Angel Broking felt that Nilekani's exit would have no impact though the company's top brass could miss his experience and guidance on handling strategic issues.

"Nandan's appointment demonstrates the leadership and maturity of an organisation that can spare its leaders full time for challenging assignments of this significance leading to more contemporary and competent leaders to take on the reigns of Infosys," said Kapil Dev Singh, Managing Director of IDC India.

Stating that the appointment demonstrates the commitment of UPA Government to fast track implementation of its election manifesto, which had UID as a key project, Som Mittal, President, Nasscom, said "The need of the hour is transformation and Nandan truly exemplifies the skills that will ensure this initiative can set an example for an inclusive growth-led transformation of India."

Pradeep Kar, Chairman of Microland and President TiE, Bangalore chapter, said "This is signifies the true earnestness of the UPA Government to bring about the change that India needs."

"Nandan is an extraordinary person who has a clear vision for India. This coupled with his exceptional execution skills and humility will enable him to truly leverage technology along with imagination to unleash India's hidden potential in making it a true superpower," Kar said.

"Nandan is a person focussed on results and is absolutely a perfect fit for this role," said Ganesh Natarajan, CEO of Zensar Technologies.

"Nandan has not been actively engaged with the industry bodies such as Nasscom or CII in the recent past. There will not be any major impact on the IT industry with him moving out," Natarajan added.

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