APPOINTMENTS - 2017 June

June 1

Nirupama Rao appointed public policy fellow to top US think-tank.
Former Indian Ambassador to US Nirupama Rao has been appointed as a public policy fellow to a Washington-based think-tank where she will work on a project on the Sino-India ties.
Rao will be affiliated with the Wilson Centre's Asia programme and spend three months in residence at the Wilson Centre, a key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues, beginning in June 2017.
The 66-year-old former Indian diplomat was India's first woman ambassador to China and its first woman spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also served as India's foreign secretary from 2009 to 2011.

Citi India appoints Shinjini Kumar as Head of Consumer Banking.
Citi announced the appointment of Shinjini Kumar as Consumer Business Manager, Global Consumer Banking, India, effective June.
Shinjini will manage all of Citi's consumer businesses including retail banking, wealth management, cards and mortgages in India.
Shinjini joins Citi India from Paytm, where she served as Chief Executive Officer.
She succeeds Kartik Kaushik, who was appointed Global Consumer Head of Credit Initiation, Core Operations and Branch Operations based in the US.

Tapan Ray to take over additional charges as the new Economic Affairs Secretary.
The central government appoints the Corporate Affairs Secretary Tapan Ray will be the next Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, under the Ministry of Finance from June. According to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), Ray will take up the additional charge of the post of Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs from June.
The competent authority has approved assignment of additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, to Tapan Ray, lAS (GJ:1982), Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, on superannuation of Shaktikanta Das, IAS with effect fromJjune and until further orders.

RBI appoints Ganesh Kumar as Executive Director.
Reserve Bank of India has appointed S. Ganesh Kumar as Executive Director. His appointment is consequent upon voluntary retirement of Chandan Sinha in May. The central bank currently has 11 Executive Directors.
As Executive Director, Ganesh Kumar will look after Department of Information Technology, Department of Payment and Settlement Systems and Department of External Investments and Operations.
Prior to being promoted as ED, Ganesh Kumar was Chief General Manager-in-Charge, Department of Information Technology in the Reserve Bank.

UN General Assembly elects Slovakia's Miroslav Lajcak as next president.
The UN General Assembly elected Slovak foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak to be the next president of the 193 member powerful body. Lajcak, 54, was elected by acclamation as President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly at a special session.
The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly will commence from September 12. Lajcak, who was one of the candidates last year for the position of UN Secretary General, will succeed Fijian diplomat Peter Thomson.

Sanjiv Singh takes over as IOC Chairman.
Sanjiv Singh has taken over as the Chairman of the country's biggest company Indian Oil Corporation. He replaces B. Ashok who superannuated.
Prior to his elevation, Singh was Director (Refineries) on the IOC board since July 2014.
A chemical engineer from IIT-Roorkee with a diploma in Management, Singh joined IOC in 1981. In his over 35 years career, he spearheaded refinery operations as well as mega greenfield and brownfield projects in refining and petrochemicals.

June 2

Dipak Agarwal will be the new commissioner of Saharanpur.
The UP government posted senior IAS officer Dipak Agarwal as the new divisional commissioner of Saharanpur which has witnessed repeated instances of caste clashes since May. As many as 19 other IAS officers were also transferred.
Secretary (Revenue) Dipak Agarwal will be the new commissioner of Saharanpur in place of Mahendra Prasad Agarwal, who has been transferred to the Finance department.
Secretary (Medical Health and Family Welfare) V. Hekali Jhimomi has been made commissioner of Mirzapur in place of Ranjan Kumar.

Leo Varadkar set to become Ireland's youngest prime minister.
The son of an Indian immigrant Leo Varadkar as gay in 2015 will be the next Irish prime minister, after he was voted leader of the country's main governing party.
Leo Varadkar's victory in the Fine Gael leadership contest, which took place after outgoing PM Enda Kenny announced his resignation last month, marks another significant step forward for equality in the country, after 2015's gay marriage referendum.
As well as becoming Ireland’s first gay prime minister, Varadkar, 38, will also become the country's youngest leader, and the first from an ethnic minority background. His position will be confirmed later this month when parliament resumes after a break.

Indian-American Amul Thapar appointed as Judge in US Court of Appeals.
Amul Thapar, an Indian-American legal luminary, has been appointed a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by President Donald Trump.
Before his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Thapar served on the District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Thapar, 48, was confirmed last week by the Senate 52-44 in a vote on party lines.
The son of Indian-American immigrants, Thapar was the Nation's first Article III judge of South Asian descent. In addition to his career on Federal bench, Thapar has served as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia.

Param Jit Mann appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Republic Slovenia.
Shri Param Jit Mann, (IFS: 1987), Presently Ambassador of India to the Slovak Republic has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Slovenia.

June 3

Shashi Shekhar Vempati appointed new CEO of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati.
Shashi S Vempati, a part-time member of the Prasar Bharati Board, was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the public broadcaster. A three-member committee, headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari, had cleared his name for the post of the CEO of Prasar Bharati for a period of five years. Vempati previously worked with Infosys and now heads an online media company.
An alumnus of IIT-Bombay, Vempati has over two decades of experience as a technocrat with specialization in areas of corporate management, technology consulting and digital media. He will succeed Rajeev Singh, member (finance) of the board, who was serving as the interim CEO after S C Panda retired earlier this year.

June 4

Uday Kotak to head SEBI governance panel.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has set up a committee to recommend on better corporate governance standards at listed companies.
The 21 member panel is to give its report in four months. It will be chaired by Uday Kotak, executive vice-chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank. There will be representatives from corporate India, stock exchanges, legal firms, Sebi and proxy advisory firms.
Some of the other members are Keki Mistry, chief executive at HDFC; Rishad Premji, chief strategic officer at Wipro and R. Shankar Raman, chief financial officer, Larsen & Toubro. Also Ashish Chauhan, chief executive of the BSE exchange; Zia Mody, managing partner at AZB Partners, and Cyril Shroff, managing partner at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

June 6

Ruchira Kamboj appointed next High Commissioner of India to Republic of South Africa.
Ruchira Kamboj (IFS: 1987), presently Ambassador/PR to Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, Paris has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of South Africa. She is expected to take up her assignment shortly.
Kamboj joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1987 being the topper of her batch for that year. She has served as the Deputy Head in the office of the Commonwealth Secretary-General, London. Prior to that, she served as the Minister & Head, High Commission of India, Cape Town, South Africa.
She has served as a Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York City. She has also served at the High Commission of India Mauritius and at the Indian Embassy in Paris. She has held the positions of Director/ Deputy Secretary (Foreign Service Personnel) and Under-Secretary (Europe West) in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.

June 7

Sher Bahadur Deuba elected new Nepal PM.
Veteran Nepalese politician Sher Bahadur Deuba was elected as Nepal’s prime minister for the fourth time after the main opposition party decided to end the obstruction of parliament.
Deuba, 70, was the sole candidate to contest in the prime minister election as the main opposition UML or any other party didn't register their candidacies.
He secured 388 votes in his favour and 170 votes against him. A total of 558 were cast during the voting. He needed 297 votes in the 593 strong Parliament to prove his majority.
The Nepali Congress leader has become the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal. The post of Prime Minister fell vacant after Maoist leader Prachanda resigned last month under a power sharing deal with the Nepali Congress leader.

Government to appoint Nyaya Mitras to accelerate pending cases.
The Union government would be appointing Nyaya Mitras across the country to speed up the hearing of cases that have been pending in the lower courts for the last 10 years.
The same was confirmed by Union Law and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while addressing a function at the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court to inaugurate the tele law service through common service centers in june.
The minister announced that retired judges will be appointed as Nyaya Mitras to expedite over seven lakh fifty thousand cases that are pending across the country. He further stated that the government is committed to providing justice to the poor people in a fast, smooth and affordable manner.

K.G. Karmakar, Gauri Shankar appointed directors of IPPB.
K.G. Karmakar and Gauri Shankar were appointed as Independent Directors of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved their appointment to the post on the board of directors of the bank for a period of three years, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), without giving any detail of these two persons.
The IPPB has been incorporated as a public sector bank under the Department of Posts with 100 per cent equity of the government of India.

Hoshiar Singh appointed chief of Copyrights office.
Senior bureaucrat Hoshiar Singh has been appointed as Registrar of Copyrights.
The office of Copyrights, under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, is mandated to protect the music and film industry besides addressing its concerns, among others.
The competent authority has approved appointment of Singh, a 1994 batch officer of Indian Telecom Service, as the Registrar, Copyrights office for a period of five years, an order issued recently by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

June 8

Lakshmi Vilas Bank appoints B.K. Manjunath as part-time chairman for 3 years.
Lakshmi Vilas Bank informed the stock exchange that subsequent to an approval granted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Board of Directors of the bank at their meeting have co-opted B.K. Manjunath as additional director in the category of Non-Executive and Independent Director.
The board of directors also appointed B.K. Manjunath as part-time chairman for a tenure of three years. He is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a practicing charted accountant for the last 25 years.
He has experience and knowledge in project financing, business administration and management. Specialised with knowledge in audit, Manjunath is acting as an advisor, consultant and represented various groups of industries and MNC companies in India.

June 9

Myntra appoints Jeyandran Venugopal as its new chief technology officer.
The Flipkart - owned fashion e-tailer Myntra has changed its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) again in less than a year. Ajit Narayanan, who was appointed as the head of technology for Myntra late last year, has resigned from the company making way for Jeyandran Venugopal as the new CTO. Venugopal will join Myntra next week and report to the company CEO Ananth Narayanan.
Prior to joining Myntra, Venugopal had founded Eclinic24, a healthcare startup. He has also had stints at companies like Amazon and Yahoo.

June 10

SEBI approves Vikram Limaye as NSE chief.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved the National Stock Exchange's (NSE's) proposal to appoint Vikram Limaye as the latter's managing director and chief executive officer (MD & CEO).
In February, Limaye, MD and CEO of infrastructure financing company IDFC, was selected to head NSE after its incumbent chief Chitra Ramakrishna put in her papers in December.
SEBI had delayed clearing his appointment as he was also part of the four-member Supreme Court-appointed panel managing the affairs of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. His term with the BCCI ends in August.
SEBI has approved the appointment of Vikram Limaye as MD and CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India, subject, to his being relieved from his BCCI assignment, among other things. The appointment will take effect from the date of joining.

June 12

Amit Sinha has been appointed as the chief operating officer(COO) of Paytm Mall.
Paytm Mall announced appointment of Amit Sinha as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for overall operations of Paytm Mall and expanding the team to ensure customers have access to the widest assortment of products across categories.
Amit will be responsible for delivering quick, efficient and optimised partner logistics network. He has served in several key business roles in Paytm and helped implement critical business, HR and financial processes for the company.

June 13

Tata Motors appoints Girish Wagh as head of commercial vehicle unit.
Tata Motors announced the appointment of Girish Wagh as the head of its Commercial Vehicle Business Unit.
Wagh, who will take charge with immediate effect, has also been appointed as a member of the Executive Committee (ExCom). He is currently head of the company's heavy and medium commercial vehicles division.
Wagh will closely work with Ravindra Pisharody for a smooth transition. Citing personal reasons, Pisharody had resigned on June 5, the day the company announced the appointment of Executive Director Satish Borwankar to a newly created position of Chief Operating Officer.

IRDAI appoints R.K. Sharma as administrator for Sahara India life Insurance.
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has appointed as one of its officials R.K. Sharma administrator for managing the affairs of Sahara India Life Insurance Company Ltd. with immediate effect.
Announcing the appointment of R.K. Sharma, general manager (F&A-NL), the regulator the administrator shall conduct management of the business of the insurer as per applicable provisions under the Insurance Act, 1938.
The regulator has directed the administrator to file a report on the most advantageous course of action in the interest of the holders of life insurance policies, as soon as may be possible.

Uber appoints Nestle executive as independent board member.
Uber has appointed Wan Ling Martello, the Executive Vice President of Nestle in South Asia, as an independent board director.
Martello is only the second woman on Uber's seven-member board after Arianna Huffington, who joined the board in April 2016. She is also the first board member to be added since Alphabet's David Drummond stepped down in August 2016.

June 14

Kajal Singh appointed as Executive Vice President, GSTN.
Senior bureaucrat Kajal Singh was appointed as Executive Vice President in Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN).
Singh, a 1992 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), has been appointed to the post for a period of three years, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
The GSTN is a special purpose vehicle set up to provide Information Technology infrastructure for implementation of the GST.

India appoints envoys to Italy, Denmark, Belgium and EU.
The government appointed ambassadors to three European countries, Italy, Denmark and Belgium.
Gaitri Issar Kumar, a 1986-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, has been appointed as India's next ambassador to Belgium. She will also be accredited as India's ambassador to the European Union (EU).
While Reenat Sandhu, a 1989 batch IFS officer, will head India's diplomatic mission in Italy.
Ajit Vinayak Gupte from the 1991 batch, who is presently joint secretary in the ministry, has been appointed as ambassador to Denmark.

June 15

Neeru Chadha elected as first Indian woman member of International Sea Tribunal.
Neeru Chadha has been elected as the first Indian woman member of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), a top body which adjudicates cases related to the international law of the seas.
The Indian nominee topped the ballot for the Asia-Pacific group in an election held in June, for a seat on the tribunal.
Chadha, the first woman Chief Legal Advisor to the Ministry of External Affairs, becomes the first Indian woman to hold a high-ranking UN position after Vijaya Laxmi Pandit.
Ms. Chadha got 120 votes, the highest in the Asia Pacific group and was elected in the first round of voting itself. The candidate from Indonesia got 58 votes, Lebanon 60 and Thailand 86.

June 16

Govt appoints TCS senior executive to head Atal Innovation Mission.
The government has appointed Ramanathan Ramanan, a senior executive of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), to head Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) functioning under NITI Aayog. Ramanan is currently a senior vice-president at TCS.
Ramanan's appointed will be without pay and allowances bur with the provision of entitlement for governments accommodation at new delhi and all other expenses including travel, etc. As admissible to an additional secretary rank officer in the government of india.
The government's policy making body NITI Aayog is trying to attract talent from private sector and recently it has proposed to hire advisers for 5 years and extendable up to 7 years.
The Atal Innovation Mission is the Centre's endeavour to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

June 17

Serbia Appoints Its First Openly Gay Female Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.
In a historic move opposing the widespread homophobia prevalent in the Balkans, a gay woman was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Serbia.
41-year-old Ana Brnabic, a non-party technocrat and a graduate of the University of Hull in England was appointed as the new Prime Minister, in the same week as the appointment of Leo Varadkar as the first gay Prime Minister of Ireland.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who picked Brnabic to succeed him as prime minister following his election as president in a landslide victory in April, is expected to remain the most powerful figure in the country.

June 18

Ayurveda specialist Rajesh Kotecha appointed special secretary in Ayush ministry.
Ayurveda physician 'Vaidya' Rajesh Kotecha has been appointed as special secretary in Ayush Ministry. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Kotecha's appointment for three years on a contract basis, according to an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Vaidya (meaning physician) Kotecha is the chief consultant of Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic, Jaipur.
The appointment is in line with the Centre’s efforts to bring in specialists from the private sector in the government.

June 19

In historic first, UNICEF appoints Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as Goodwill Ambassador.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced, on the World Refugee Day (20 June), the appointment of Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old education activist, and Syrian refugee, as its newest and youngest Goodwill Ambassador.
The appointment makes Muzoon the first person with official refugee status to become an Ambassador for UNICEF.
Muzoon, who received support from UNICEF while living in Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, follows in the footsteps of the late Audrey Hepburn, a Goodwill Ambassador who was also supported by UNICEF as a child.

June 20

India renominates Dalveer Bhandari for another term as ICJ judge.
Justice Dalveer Bhandari has been nominated by India as its candidate for another nine-year term as judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.
Bhandari, 69, was elected in April 2012 during simultaneous balloting in both the General Assembly and the Security Council to a seat on the International Court of Justice, which is also known as the World Court.
Bhandari current term runs through February 2018. The ICJ elections will be held in November and if elected, he will serve a term of nine years.

Manappuram Finance appoints Jeevandas Narayan as managing director of Manappuram Home Finance.
Manappuram Finance Limited announced the appointment of Jeevandas Narayan as the managing director of its fully owned home loans subsidiary, Manappuram Home Finance Pvt. Ltd.
Narayan has more than 37 years of experience in the financial services industry having held various key positions in State Bank of India. He was the managing director of the erstwhile State Bank of Travancore until retirement in 2016.
The company also announced the appointment of Subhash Samant as CEO of Manappuram Home Finance Pvt. Ltd. Samant has more than 20 years of experience in the retail banking industry across diverse areas such as Strategic Planning, Marketing and Business Development and Credit Risk Management.
Samant has earlier worked with L&T Housing Finance Ltd., DHFL, ICICI Bank Ltd & GIC Housing Finance.


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