APPOINTMENTS - 2018 JUNE

June 1

Amit Khare assumes charge as I&B Secretary
Amit Khare, a 1985-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, assumed charge as Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on superannuation of N.K. Sinha.
Prior to the appointment as Secretary, Khare was Additional Chief Secretary, Jharkhand government.

Lt Gen Devraj Anbu is the new Vice Chief of Army Staff
Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu has been appointed as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS).
He is presently GOC-in-C (General Officer Commanding-in-Chief) Northern Command. He will replace Lt. Gen. Sarath Chand.

June 2

Giuseppe Conte sworn in as new prime minister of Italy
Italy's new anti-establishment government took power; ending months of deadlock that saw the eurozone's third largest economy narrowly avoid snap elections after a last-gasp coalition deal.
New Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, 53, was sworn in at the head of the first populist government in an EU founding member that was forged by the Five Star Movement and the far-right League.

Socialist Pedro Sanchez sworn in as new Spanish PM
Spain's Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez was sworn in as prime minister,after ousting Mariano Rajoy in a historic no-confidence vote sparked by fury over corruption woes afflicting the conservative leader's party.
Sanchez, a 46-year-old economist with no government experience who has made a spectacular comeback to the frontline of politics, took the oath of office before King Felipe VI in the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid.

Egypt's Sisi Sworn in for second term in office
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been sworn for a second four-year term in office as the country faces major economic and security challenges.
Sisi, who as army chief overthrew Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, won his first term in 2014 with less than half of the eligible voters casting their ballot. The former military commander received 96.9 per cent of the votes.

Palo Alto names former SoftBank exec Nikesh Arora CEO
Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks Inc named former SoftBank Group Corp president Nikesh Arora as chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman.
Arora, 50, succeeds Mark McLaughlin, who has led the company for nearly seven years and has played a major role in its torrid pace of growth.

June 4

MK Jain appointed as RBI deputy governor
Government appoints experienced banker Mahesh Kumar Jain, MD & CEO of IDBI Bank as Deputy Governor, RBI for a term of three years.
Jain has been at the helm at the beleagued IDBI Bank since March 2017 and was previously CEO at Chennai based Indian Bank between November 2015 and and March 2017.

Vijay Mahajan new CEO of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
Vijay Mahajan will be the new Secretary and CEO of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and Director of Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS).
Mahajan is a social entrepreneur and had founded NGO PRADAN, which motivates young professionals to work at the grassroots to promote livelihood of the poor and the the Basix Social Enterprise Group, which has supported three million poor households through microfinance and livelihood promotion services.

June 5

'Penny Dreadful', 'Jarhead' Producer Pippa Harris Named BAFTA Chair
Pippa Harris, a hugely respected name in British film and TV, has been appointed as the new chair of BAFTA.
Pippa Harris has been deputy chair for the past year and closely involved with BAFTA for a decade - set to succeed Jane Lush. Her tenure will run for the next two years.

Malaysia appoints ethnic Indian as new attorney general
Malaysia’s king Sultan Muhammad V has approved the appointment of an ethnic Indian lawyer Tommy Thomas as the new attorney general, amid protests from Islamic groups that the job must be held by a Muslim.
Sultan Muhammad V has approved terminating current Attorney General Mohamad Apandi Ali and replacing him with Tommy Thomas, the first minority to hold the post in 55 years.

June 6

Rudrendra Tandon appointed as new envoy to ASEAN
Indian Foreign Officer (IFS) Rudrendra Tandon has been appointed as the next Ambassador to ASEAN.
Currently, he is serving as the Joint Secretary at Headquarters.

Madhu Sethi appointed as Indian envoy to Cuba
Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Madhu Sethi has been appointed as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of Cuba.
Currently, she is serving as Counsellor in the High Commission of lndia based at London.

Tsewang Namgyal concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Lithuania
Shri Tsewang Namgyal , presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of Poland, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Lithuania.

Bandhan Bank appoints former RBI deputy governor H.R. Khan as chairman.
Bandhan Bank has appointed H.R. Khan, a former RBI deputy governor, as non-executive chairman.
The board of directors of the bank appointed Harun Rasid Khan as the non-executive, part time chairman of the bank.
Khan's appointment will be for a period of three years with effect from June 5, 2018 or till the expiry of his term as an independent director whichever is earlier.

June 7

Ex-RBI deputy guv joins EPS board
Former RBI deputy governor R Gandhi has joined the board of Electronic Payment Services (EPS) as independent director.
Gandhi was deputy governor between 2014 and 2017 and is an expert in payment & settlement systems, financial markets regulation and operations, fintech and currency management.
EPS is a retail banking tech-service provider founded in 2011, by industry veterans from banking, technology and retail payments industry in India.

WB governor K.N. Tripathi to hold additional charge of Tripura.
West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was given the additional charge of Tripura.
The President of India is pleased to appoint Keshari Nath Tripathi to discharge the functions of the governor of Tripura, in addition to his own duties, during the absence of Tathagata Roy, governor of Tripura.

June 8

Sarita Nayyar appointed to World Economic Forum Managing Board
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has appointed Sarita Nayyar to its Managing Board.
In addition to her role as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the World Economic Forum LLC, Nayyar will help lead the international expansion of the Forum’s centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network.
Nayyar will also lead the Forum’s international expansion with new centres opening in India, Japan and China.
Nayyar joined WEF in 2007, where she has held various directorships including responsibility for engagement with the consumer industries, MD and COO of WEF LLC and Deputy Head of Industries.

Jordan's king appoints new prime minister as protests resume
Jordan's King Abdullah II appointed Omar Razzaz as a new prime minister, naming a leading reformer as head of government in hopes of quelling the largest anti-government protests in recent years.
Cabinet member Omar Razzaz, a Harvard-educated former senior World Bank official, replaced Hani Mulki, who quit amid widening protests against his government's austerity program, including a planned tax increase. Razzaz served as education minister in the outgoing Mulki government.

Ecuador's foreign minister becomes U.N. General Assembly president
Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa was elected president of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, a mainly ceremonial title that nonetheless carries a high profile and important procedural functions.
Espinosa defeated Ambassador Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake of Honduras by 128 votes to 62, with two abstentions. Ms. Espinosa will become the fourth woman to hold the UNGA presidency and the first since Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa, from Bahrain, in 2006-07.

June 9

Tariq Premji joins board of Wipro Enterprises
Tariq Premji, the younger son of Wipro chairman Azim Premji, has been appointed to the board of Wipro Enterprises, the $1.23 billion privately held non-IT business that makes soaps such as Santoor and builds aerospace sub-systems for plane makers like Airbus and Boeing.
The 30-year-old, who started off working in the family investment arm Premji Invest and also spent considerable time in the philanthropy initiatives of Premji, joined the Wipro Enterprises board.

June 10

Ex-NIA chief Sharad Kumar appointed vigilance commissioner in CVC
Former NIA chief Sharad Kumar was on appointed vigilance commissioner in the probity watchdog CVC (Central Vigilance Commission).
The 62-year-old Kumar, a 1979-batch IPS officer of the Haryana cadre, retired in September last year after heading the National Investigation Agency, an anti-terror probe organisation, for over four years.
Kumar has been appointed vigilance commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission for a term of four years or till he attains the age of 65.

June 11

Government appoints S Ramesh as Chairman of CBIC.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed S Ramesh, member of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) as its next Chairman. He will succeed present chairman Vanaja N. Sarna who retires in June 2018.
CBIC is the nodal national agency responsible for administering Customs, GST, Central Excise, Service Tax & Narcotics in India. It is part of the Department of Revenue under Union Ministry of Finance.

June 13

Yes Bank reappoints Rana Kapoor as CEO
Shareholders of Yes Bank approved the reappointment of Rana Kapoor as MD & CEO of the bank for a further period of three years effective September 1, 2018.
The reappointment was one of the thirteen resolutions approved by the shareholders and is subject to final approval by the RBI.
The general body also approved a proposal to borrow or raise funds up to Rs 30,000 crore in Indian or foreign currency. To enable this, a special resolution was passed raising the total borrowing limit of the bank to Rs 1.1 lakh crore.

Inder Jit Singh appointed as coal secretary
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared appointment of Inder Jit Singh, a 1985 batch Kerala-cadre IAS officer, as the coal secretary.
Singh was the additional secretary, coordination in the cabinet secretariat. The government had given the additional charge of coal secretary to mines secretary Anil Mukim following Susheel Kumar's superannuation in April this year.

Vijai Kumar appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Papua New Guinea
Vijai Kumar was appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the independent State of Papua New Guinea.
Shri Vijai Kumar is at present the Counsellor, Embassy of lndia, Stockholm.

June 14

Indian-American woman to become CFO of General Motors
An Indian-American woman, Dhivya Suryadevara has been named the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of the US' largest automaker, General Motors (GM). She will succeed Chuck Stevens, the GM's present CFO.
Chennai-born Suryadevara, 39, has been GM's vice president of corporate finance since July 2017. She will report to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mary Barra, 56, who has been head of the automaker since 2014.
Barra and Suryadevara are the first women in their respective positions in the auto industry, as no other major global automaker has a female CEO, nor a CEO and CFO who are both female.

June 18

Ivan Duque wins election to become Colombia's president
Colombia has chosen Ivan Duque, a conservative neophyte, to be its next president after a long and divisive campaign that often centred on a controversial peace process with leftist rebels the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).
Duque, who opposes the peace deal, won in a second round runoff election with 53.9% of the vote. His vanquished opponent, Bogotá’s former mayor Gustavo Petro – once a leftist militant himself – defends the peace process.
He will replace Juan Manuel Santos.

June 19

ICICI Bank board appoints Sandeep Bakhshi as whole time director, COO
ICICI Bank's board appointed Sandeep Bakhshi as the bank's Chief Operating Officer (COO) and whole time director of the bank for a period of five years.
ICICI Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer Chanda Kochhar will be on leave till completion of the enquiry. However, she will continue to remain the CEO and MD of the bank.
All the other board members will report to Bakhshi and he will report to Chanda Kochhar. Bakhshi has not been made either the CEO or the MD of the bank.

June 20

Ex-RBI Deputy Governor, R Gandhi Joins Paytm as an Advisor
Digital payments company Paytm has announced the appointment of Rama Subramaniam Gandhi, Retired Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India as an advisor.
Prior to holding the position of the Deputy Governor, Gandhi had been a career central banker. He was a member of the first Monetary Policy Committee. He had a three-year secondment to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and has also been the head of two regional offices of the Reserve Bank and held a charge as the Director of the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), Hyderabad.
Gandhi will bring his years of knowledge and experience on payment systems, regulations, compliance and corporate governance.

June 22

SBI's B Sriram appointed CMD of IDBI Bank
State Bank of India's Managing Director B Sriram was appointed as the MD and CEO of IDBI Bank for a temporary period of three months.
He has been appointed in place of incumbent Mahesh Kumar Jain who was recently named Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Sriram as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of IDBI Bank for a temporary period of three months with effect from Jain's demitting office.

Unilever’s Paul Polman takes over as ICC Chairman from Airtel’s Sunil Mittal
Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever will succeed Sunil Mittal as International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Chairman.Mittal will assume the role of ICC Honorary Chair from July 1, 2018.
Due to the completion of two-year tenure, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, the Sunil Bharti Mittal will quit his International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Chairman post. Mittal was the third business leader from India in the history of ICC to be appointed as the Chairman of ICC.

June 23

Arijit Basu to be new Managing Director of State Bank of India
The appointments committee of the cabinet has appointed Arijit Basu as the new Managing Director of State Bank of India.
Prior to this, Basu was heading the corporate accounts group as the deputy managing director and handling stressed assets. Basu returned to SBI two months ago after serving as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at SBI Life Insurance for four years.

BVR Subrahmanyam takes over as Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir
Chhattisgarh-cadre IAS officer, BVR Subrahmanyam took charge as Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir.Subrahmanyam assumed charges from the outgoing Chief Secretary B.B. Vyas at Chief Secretary's office.
Subrahmanyam, a 1987-batch IAS officer, recently served as the Additional Chief Secretary Home under the Chhattisgarh Government and has also held key administrative positions in the Government of India.

June 25

Recep Tayyip Erdogan re-elected as President
Recep Tayyip has been re-elected as President of Turkey. Recep Tayyip Erdogan re-elected as Presidenti.The election saw a record turnout of 87 percent.
The 64-year-old also declared victory for the People’s Alliance, a bloc between his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). They have won a parliamentary majority in the legislative elections.
The voting marked the first time Turkish voters cast their ballots in simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections, in line with the constitutional changes approved in 2017.

June 27

Anant Barua is new Sebi whole-time member
Anant Barua has been appointed as whole-time member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
Barua, at present executive director in the market regulator, has been appointed to the post for three years on the pay as admissible to additional secretary to the central government or a consolidated salary of Rs 4 lakh per month.
Prior to this assignment, he was legal adviser, Legal Affairs Department (LAD), SEBI. He had been working in the LAD since 1992.

June 28

Madhav Kalyan to now manage JPMorgan’s South Asia operations
JPMorgan has elevated Madhav Kalyan, CEO and MD, JPMorgan Chase Bank in India, to a regional role as the head of corporate banking in South and South East Asia as it seeks to capitalise on the growing opportunities in the region.
This will be in addition to Kalyan’s current responsibilities as head of corporate banking in India. JPMorgan’s corporate banking heads in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

June 29

Former IAS officer G.C. Chaturvedi appointed non-executive Chairman of ICICI Bank
Private sector ICICI Bank announced the appointment of former IAS officer GC Chaturvedi as an independent director and name has been proposed for the post of non-executive part-time Chairman.
The Board of Directors of ICICI Bank appointed Girish Chandra Chaturvedi as an Additional (Independent) Director effective July 1, 2018 for a period of three years subject to the approval of shareholders.

June 30

Indian-origin lawyer appointed judicial commissioner of Singapore's apex court
An Indian-origin leading intellectual property lawyer of Singapore Dedar Singh Gill has been appointed as a judicial commissioner of the Singapore's Supreme Court.
Dedar Singh Gill, 59, has been appointed by President Halimah Yacob as the apex court's judicial commissioner for a period of two years.

Janardan Singh Gehlot elected International Kabaddi Federation chief for next four years
Janardan Singh Gehlot was elected the president of the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) for the next four years, it was announced after the Annual General Congress (AGC) of the federation.
Observer and Director of International Affairs Olympic Council of Asia Vinod Tiwari was also present in the AGC of the IKF where 22 member countries participated.
In the meeting, it was decided that IKF will support all minnow nations by providing playing mats besides sending coaches to develop the game of Kabaddi in the respective countries.


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