APPOINTMENTS - 2017 APRIL

April 1

Justice Indira Banerjee sworn-in as Chief Justice of Madras HC.
Justice Indira Banerjee, currently a judge of the Delhi High Court, has been appointed by the President as the Chief Justice of Madras High Court. Ms. Justice Banerjee would be the second woman after Justice Kanta Kumari Bhatnagar (June-November 1992) to head the charted court.
Born on September 24, 1957, Ms. Justice Banerjee enrolled as an advocate in 1985 and practised both in the original and appellate sides of the Calcutta High Court. She was appointed as permanent judge of the Calcutta High Court on February 5, 2002, and was transferred to the Delhi High Court on August 8, 2016.
Tamil Nadu Governor C.h. Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office to Justice Banerjee at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan. Chief Minister K. Palaniswami was also present during the swearing-in ceremony.

Rajiv kumar chander appointed as Permanent Representative to Geneva UN offices From India.
Rajiv Kumar Chander, a 1983 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, was appointed the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the UN offices in Geneva.
Chander, who at present is the Consul General in Vancouver, Canada, is expected to take up his new assignment shortly.

Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance appoints Tarun Chugh as MD and CEO.
Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance announced the appointment of Tarun Chugh as its MD and CEO. Chugh was MD and CEO of PNB MetLife Life Insurance. He is replacing Anuj Agarwal, who has moved overseas within the Allianz group, issued by the company.
Chugh has over 22 years experience in financial services, including over 12 years life insurance sector. He has also worked with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance where he handled various responsibilities in sales, distribution, branch operations and marketing before joining PNB MetLife as MD and CEO.
Meanwhile, Tapan Singhel, was re-appointed as MD and CEO for Bajaj Allianz General Insurance for a further period of five years, with effect from April 1, 2017. He has been heading the company for the last five years. During his tenure, the company has expanded its reach to over 800 Tier II and III towns in the last two years. It is among the top two private general insurance companies in terms of gross written premium.

April 2

Actor Vishal elected President of Tamil Nadu Film Producers' Council.
Actor Vishal was elected as the President of the Tamil Nadu Film Producers' Council.
He won by a margin of 144 votes defeating his nearest rival Radhakrishnan, who garnered 332 votes, in the polls held for the film body.
Another contestant Keyar secured 224 votes. There were 27 invalid votes.
Vishal, who is also the general secretary of the South Indian Film Artistes' Association bagged a total of 476 votes, out of the 1,059 votes polled.

April 3

Indian IFS officer Vipul appointed as new Consul General of Dubai.
Diplomat Vipul, a 1998 batch Indian Foreign Service officer took up the charge as the new Consul General of Dubai.
Vipul has succeeded Anurag Bhushan, who returned to New Delhi after a successful stint of three years to take up his assignment at the Headquarters.
Before joining the Consulate at Dubai, Mr. Vipul was working in the office of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He had earlier served at India’s diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka and Egypt. He has a good command over the Arabic language.

B.P. Kanungo takes charge as deputy governor at RBI.
B.P. Kanungo has taken charge as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Kanungo replaces retiring deputy governor, R. Gandhi.
Significantly, Kanungo will look after crucial department of external investment and operations at a time when RBI has been working overtime to stabilise the value of the rupee against the dollar which has gained close to 5 per cent since January this year, besides the payments and settlements systems among others.
The government had already notified his appointment 2017 as deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, for a period of three years from for a period of three years from the date of his taking over charge of the post on or after April 3, 2017 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Kanungo was executive director at the central bank before being elevated to the post of deputy governor. He will also look after the department of currency management, department of government & bank accounts, department of Information Technology, foreign exchange department, internal debt management department, legal department and premises department.

Serbia elects Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic as president.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has won a clear victory in the country's presidential election.
He won about 55 per cent, well above the threshold to avoid a run-off, with most results counted.
His closest challenger, Sasa Jankovic, polled 16 per cent, while satirical candidate Ljubisa Preletacevic came third with 9 per cent of the vote.
Mr. Vucic is pro-EU, but is accused by his rivals of using the election to tighten his grip on power.
He became prime minister after his pro-EU nationalist Progressive Party won a landslide victory in early parliamentary elections in 2014.
In the latest campaign, the 47-year-old highlighted Serbia's economic growth under his tenure.

Ecuador presidential election won by Leftist Moreno.
Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno was declared the winner of Ecuador’s Presidential runoff, delivering a major setback to a recent right-ward surge in Latin American politics and providing continuity to President Rafael Correa's ''Citizens’ Revolution''.
But his rival, conservative banker Guillermo Lasso, has yet to concede defeat and demanded a recount after three exit polls showed him winning, setting the stage for protests and charges of election fraud in this historically turbulent Andean nation.

April 4

Mahesh Kumar Jain appointed as MD and CEO of IDBI bank.
IDBI has appointed Mahesh Kumar Jain as the Managing Director & CEO with immediate effect. Before his role in IDBI, Jain was the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Indian Bank.
Jain joined Indian Bank as an executive director in September 2013 where he handled several key portfolios. Prior to joining Indian Bank, Jain served as general manager with Syndicate. He began his banking career with Punjab National.
He was also a member of the steering committee on Risk Management of IBA and a member of the IBA working group on risk management and implementation of Basel II and III. He was also the secretary & coordinator to Basant Seth Committee on review & revamp of internal & concurrent audit system in PSBs.

Haryana minister Ram Bilas Sharma nominated as ACKFI chairman.
Haryana Education Minister, Ram Bilas Sharma has been nominated as Chairman of Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India for the next four years.
The National Unit of the Federation unanimously elected him during the 28th Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championship organised at Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Mr. Sharma, he will make concerted efforts for ensuring greater recognition to circle Kabaddi at international level.
The Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India (ACKFI) was formed in 1978.
The Federation is affiliated with Asian Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation and World Kabaddi Federation.

Geetha Johri appointed as new Gujarat DGP.
Senior IPS officer Geetha Johri was appointed as the new Gujarat DGP following the resignation of incumbent P.P. Pandey.
The 1982-batch IPS officer is the first woman to become the Gujarat police chief. At present, the 59-year-old is the Managing Director of Gujarat State Police Housing Corporation (GSPHC), a post she will continue to hold.
Making the announcement at Gandhinagar, Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja the government has accepted the resignation of Pandey.
Johri will replace Pandey, who had to put in his papers after his appointment was challenged by former top cop Julio Riberio in the Supreme Court.
Riberio had filed a plea seeking a direction for removal of Pandey on several grounds including that CBI had filed charge sheet against him and others in the case of alleged fake encounter killing of Mumbai girl Ishrat Jahan. He had also challenged Pandey's extension as in-charge DGP.

SoftBank appoints Lydia Bly Jett to Snapdeal's board.
Softbank has inducted Lydia Bly Jett to the board of Jasper Infotech, the parent of Snapdeal and FreeCharge, as an additional director, according to filings made by the company with the Registrar of Companies.
This is the second executive from Softbank to be appointed to the board of the struggling e-commerce firm, after Kabir Misra was also brought on board, last month.
Earlier, this year, Jonathan Bullock, COO & MD at SoftBank Group International, resigned from the board of the e-commerce firm which has been unable to raise fresh capital amid its dwindling cash reserves.

Yokoyama takes over as Country Director of ADB.
Kenichi Yokoyama has taken over as the new Country Director of India Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Yokoyama replaces M. Teresa Kho who is now posted as Deputy Director General of ADB's East Asia Department in Manila. Yokoyama was previously heading the Nepal Resident Mission of ADB.
Prior to joining ADB, Yokoyama worked with the Government of Japan for about 16 years in various capacities. He is an agriculture engineer from Iwate University, Japan and holds a master's degree in agriculture economics from Stanford University.

April 5

NASSCOM appoints Raman Roy as new Chairman.
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) Raman Roy has been appointed as its chairman for 2017-2018.
Roy, Chairman and Managing Director of Quatrro, has been a member of Nasscom's Executive Council and was the vice-chairman for 2016-17. He will take on the new role from April taking over from C.P. Gurnani (Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tech Mahindra).
Nasscom also announced the appointment of Rishad Premji, Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board, Wipro Limited, as the Vice Chairman of Nasscom for 2017-18.

Malvika Sinha appointed RBI Executive Director.
The Reserve Bank has appointed Malvika Sinha as Executive Director following the appointment of B.P. Kanungo as Deputy Governor.
As Executive Director, She will look after foreign exchange department, department of government and bank accounts and internal debt management wing.
Sinha had joined the Reserve Bank in 1982 and as a career central banker served in the areas of regulation and supervision, foreign exchange and government and bank accounts.
Prior to being promoted as ED, she was Principal Chief General Manager, Department of Cooperative Banking Supervision in the Reserve Bank.

NTPC appoints head for Kudgi project.
NTPC has appointed Sanjeev Kishore as Group General Manager (Head of Project) at Kudgi Super thermal Power Project. A graduate in mechanical engineering from Bhopal University, he assumed charge.
Kishore joined the services of NTPC in 1984 and has served in various capacities of NTPC projects.

April 6

Sports Ministry approves appointment of foreign coaches in athletics.
Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel has approved appointment of foreign coaches and support staff in discipline of athletics.
Goel appointments Dave Smith, Galina P. Bukharina, Dmitry Kislev and Elmira Kisleva have been made up to 2020 Olympics and they will be subject to performance review annually.
Australian Dave Smith's appointment as second foreign coach in race walking was cleared in view of India's bright prospects in this discipline at the international events.
Smith, a former top race walker who competed in 1980 and 1984 Olympics, will work alongside Russian Alexander Artsybashev who has been the foreign coach since 2011.

Bhimaraya Metri joins as Director, IIM Trichy.
Bhimaraya Metri has taken over as Director of IIM Trichy. He succeeds Prafulla Agnihotri who was the B-school's founding director.Prior to joining IIM Trichy, Metri was the Dean at L&T Institute of Project Management, Vadodara.
He also served as a Professor & Dean at MDI Gurgaon, IMI, New Delhi and as Professor In-charge of the Ph.D. Programmes at BITS Pilani.
Metri has rich academic administrative experience. An authority in the field of quality, project management and SCM, he has published over 100 research articles.
He is also co-authored six books. He is on the editorial advisory boards of national and international journals.
Metri received his Ph.D. from IIT Powai, Mumbai and obtained his B.E. from Govt. College of Engineering, Karad, and M.E. from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He is the member of Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) USA and Institute of Supply Management (ISM) USA. Metri was on the Board of Directors of DSI and is the first Indian elected as the Vice President, Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), Texas, USA.

April 7

S.N. Subrahmanyan becomes as new CEO Larsen & Toubro.
Engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) announced that S.N. Subrahmanyan will be its new CEO and MD with effect from July 1.
A.M. Naik, who has been serving as Chairman since 2003, will become the non-executive Chairman for three years from October 1.
Subrahmanyan, who joined L&T in 1984, is currently the Deputy Managing Director and President of the company. He has a degree in civil engineering and is a post-graduate in business management.

Smita Sandhane takes charge as MD, Saraswat Co-operative Bank.
Saraswat Co-operative Bank Smita Sandhane has taken charge as Managing Director of the bank with effect from April. She is the first woman chief of India's largest urban co-operative bank.
Prior to her elevation, Sandhane was the Joint Managing Director of the bank. She has been with the bank since 1982.
Sandhane has taken over from S.K. Banerji, who retired from the services of the bank on March 31, 2017. Banerji is now an Advisor to the bank's board.
She successfully executed the merger and consolidation plans of three other co-operative banks into Saraswat Co-operative Bank Ltd., laying the operational road-map for their smooth transition into the bank’s mainstream business and was also instrumental in substantial recoveries in the NPA accounts of these banks.

Mukta Dutta Tomar appointed India's Ambassador to Germany.
Mukta Dutta Tomar was appointed as new India's Ambassador to Germany.
Tomar, a 1984 batch IFS officer is presently working as the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
She is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
Earlier, Gurjit Singh was holding this post till in March 2017.

April 8

Donald Trump nominates Indian-American Vishal Amin ans neomi Rao as his 'IP czar'.
President Donald Trump has tapped Indian-American Vishal Amin and Neomi Rao as his new 'IP czar' to coordinate US law-enforcement strategy around copyright, patents and trademarks.
Amin has been nominated to be the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the executive office of the President, the Trump made a number of key administrative appointments.
If confirmed by the US Senate, Amin would succeed Daniel Marti. Amin is currently a Senior Counsel on House Judiciary Committee.
He also served in the administration of president George W Bush at the White House, as associate director for domestic policy, and at the US Department of Commerce, as special assistant and associate director for policy in the office of the secretary.
Amin received his bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Rao has been nominated to be the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a statutory part of the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President.

April 9

Indian-origin Anuja Ravindra Dhir becomes 1st non-white judge at a London court.
An Indian-origin woman has become the first non-white judge to sit at the Old Bailey Court of London.
Anuja Ravindra Dhir, who was advised to take up hairdressing by a teacher at her high school, is also the youngest circuit judge currently to sit at the court.
The 49-year-old told the media this week that she is often mistaken for a witness or a defendant since she entered the legal profession.
Dhir was born in Dundee, Scotland, to Indian immigrant parents and studied at Harris Academy before studying English and Scots law at Dundee University. She subsequently won a Gray's Inn scholarship in London, calling to the bar in 1989 where she practised for 23 years as both prosecutor and defence counsel. She recalls her dyslexia in school led her teachers to advice against dreaming of a legal career.

April 10

Ajit Kumar Srivastava, Shabri Bhattasali new CBDT members.
Senior bureaucrats Ajit Kumar Srivastava and Shabri Bhattasali were appointed members of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy making body of the Income Tax department.
Srivastava and Bhattasali are Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax cadre) officers of 1980 and 1981 batch respectively. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved their appointment as Members, CBDT, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training.

Government appoints two more MDs at LIC - B Venugopal, Sunita Sharma.
The government appointed two more managing directors to the nation's largest financial powerhouse LIC - B Venugopal and Sunita Sharma, for a period of nearly two years. While Venugopal is currently heading the Western zone of LIC in Mumbai, Sharma is the managing director of its subsidiary, LIC Housing Finance. Venugopal took over as the head of the Mumbai zone last year, whereas Sharma has been heading LICHFL since November 2013. Both, Venugopal and Sharma will be retiring in 2019.
The top management of LIC consists of the chairman and four managing directors. The post of an MD fell vacant after V.K. Sharma was elevated as the chairman last December, and the other post was lying vacant since the superannuation of S.B. Mainak in February last year.
The Department of Personnel and Training and the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet had approved the proposal of the department of financial services for appointment of Venugopal and Sharma.

April 12

Karnataka Bank gets new MD and CEO.
Karnataka Bank Ltd has announced top-level management changes with the present Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the bank, P. Jayarama Bhat, assuming the charge of part-time non-executive Chairman of the bank.
The Chief General Manager of the bank, M.S. Mahabaleshwara, who is appointed as MD and CEO of the bank, will assume office on April.
The board of directors of the bank, which met in Mangaluru, appointed Mahabaleshwara as MD and CEO of the bank for a period of three years from the date of assuming charge, as per the approval received from Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which was in accordance with the board’s earlier recommendation.
The board appointed Jayarama Bhat as the new Chairman of the bank, as per the approval received from RBI, in pursuant of the board's earlier recommendation to this effect. The Chairman's post was vacant since October 26 on retirement of Ananthakrishna. Jayarama Bhat assumed charge as part-time non-executive Chairman of the bank.
Jayarama Bhat had taken the reigns of the bank as MD and CEO on July 14 2009. Initially appointed for three years, he got extension for two terms up to July 13 2018.

April 13

Infosys appoints Ravi Venkatesan as co-chairman.
Infosys appointed Independent Director Ravi Venkatesan as co-Chairman amid calls from founders to diversify the board.
The board expansion comes against the backdrop of an ongoing tussle between the founders and the management over contentious issues such as CEO salary hike, severance package to former employees and corporate governance standards.
Venkatesan, who has been on the Infosys board since April 2011.

Achim Steiner named as new administrator of UNDP by UN chief.
Achim steiner was named as the new administrator of the united nation development programme (UNDP) by the UN chief Antonio guterres.
Steiner, a German with extensive experience at the world organization, will succeed Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister. Clark has steered the UNDP since 2009
Sterner was chosen for the post over several other candidates including the French Environment Minister Segolene Royal.

Dr. Mukulita Vijayawargiya takes charge as Whole Time Member, IBBI.
Dr. Ms. Mukulita Vijayawargiya took charge as Whole Time Member, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India in New Delhi.
Dr. Vijayawargiya will look after Administrative Law Wing. She will also look after Information Technology, Limited Insolvency Examination, National Insolvency Examination, Finance and Accounts and Communication.
Dr. Vijayawargiya was a member of Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee (BLRC) based on which, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 has been framed. She played a key role in drafting the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 as Additional Secretary in the Legislative Department, Ministry of Law & Justice.
Dr. Vijayawargiya served as a member of Indian Legal Service. She has vast experience of 35 years in various fields of law. She has been associated with drafting/vetting of more than 100 legislative proposals in the legislative department. Her previous assignment was Additional Secretary in the Legislative Department, Ministry of Law & Justice, and Government of India.

April 14

Sheela Patel named by th UN chief to panel on Urban Development.
An Indian expert on urban poverty alleviation and advocacy for slum dwellers has been named by UN Secretary-General to a high-level independent panel that will assess and enhance effectiveness of the agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development.
Sheela Patel, a Padmashree awardee, is Founder and Director of the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC) and a global expert on urban poverty alleviation and advocacy for slum dwellers.
Patel founded SPARC in 1984, a Mumbai-based non-governmental organisation focused on housing and infrastructure rights for the urban poor. During this time, Patel has played a key role in the expansion of Mahila Milan, a federation of collectives of women living in slums across India.
Patel is also the Chair of Slum/ Shack Dwellers International (SDI), an international network of poor people's organisations and supporting non-governmental organisations active in Asia and Africa.


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