APPOINTMENTS - 2017 February

February 1

Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court.
US President Donald Trump has nominated conservative judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, sparking strong opposition from the Democrats.
Born and raised in Colorado, 49-year-old Mr. Gorsuch of the US Court of Appeals for Mr. Gorsuch attended the Columbia University and the Harvard Law School.
After graduating with honours, he received his doctorate from the Oxford University as a Marshall Scholarthe Tenth Circuit is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in a quarter century.

February 2

Rex Tillerson sworn-in as US secretary of state.
Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has been sworn in as President Donald Trump’s secretary of state after having been confirmed by the Senate earlier.
64-year-old Tillerson, who was confirmed by the Senate in a 56-43 vote, was administered the oath of office by Vice President Mike Pence.
His confirmation as the top US diplomat was welcomed by the White House and the Republican Party but opposed by Democratic lawmakers in the Senate, who raked up his ties with Russia and President Vladimir Putin.

Ex-Tata Sons executive Madhu Kannan to join Uber as CBO India & EMs.
Cab aggregator Uber it has roped in former Tata Sons executive Madhu Kannan as Chief Business Officer, India and Emerging Markets.
The appointment, effective, will see Kannan playing a critical role in further strengthening Uber’s presence in India that is its second largest market in terms of number of trips taken.
Previously he was the CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange Limited and has also worked as Managing Directors at Merrill Lynch and NYSE Group.
Kannan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Economics from BITS Pilani, and a MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Godrej Properties elevates Pirojsha Godrej as Chairman, Adi Godrej to be Chairman Emeritus.
Godrej Properties, the real estate development arm of Godrej Group, has made changes to its leadership team with Chairman Adi Godrej assuming the Chairman Emeritus position.
Pirojsha Godrej, who is currently the Managing Director and CEO of the company, will be the Executive Chairman.
Mohit Malhotra, currently an Executive Director at Godrej Properties, will be the new Managing Director and CEO.

February 3

Sanjeev Sanyal appointed principal economic adviser in Finance Ministry.
Government appointed noted economist Sanjeev Sanyal as Principal Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Sanjeev Sanyal, former Global Strategist and Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, to the post of Principal Economic Adviser in the Department of Economic Affairs.
In 2007, Sanyal was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for his work on urban issues and was also honoured by the Singapore government at the World Cities Summit 2014.
He attended Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and St. John's College, Oxford, where he was Rhodes Scholar.
Sanyal has authored several books including 'Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography', 'The Indian Renaissance: India's Rise After a Thousand Year's of Decline' and 'The Incredible History of India's Geography'.

IDFC MD Vikram Limaye the new CEO, MD of NSE.
Leading stock exchange National Stock Exchange selected IDFC chief Vikram Limaye as its new CEO and Managing Director, two months after the sudden exit of Chitra Ramkrishna from the top post.
The approval of the board, chaired by Ashok Chawla, comes after a four-member search panel suggested Limaye's name from amongst the shortlisted candidates.
The appointment would also need capital market regulator Sebi' approval.
Incidentally, he was recently named in a four-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court for administering cricket body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Currently the Managing Director & CEO of IDFC, Limaye started his professional career with Arthur Andersen in Mumbai in 1987 and has also worked with Ernst & Young and Citibank.
A Commerce graduate, Limaye has an MBA in Finance and Multinational Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Anand Kumar Gupta takes over as director commercial at NTPC.
Anand kumar Gupta has taken over the charge as director commercial at NTPC.
Gupta (56 years) is graduate in electrical engineering from Moti Lal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad.
He has a career spanning over 36 years of contribution in the company in various positions including those of executive director – incharge of commercial and executive director
He also headed business development department of NTPC and plant operations & maintenance at power stations.

CAG Suman Saxena and two others appointed as whole-time members in IBBI.
Former Deputy CAG Suman Saxena and two others, Mukulita Vijaywargiya and Navrang Saini have been appointed as whole-time members in Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).
Vijaywargiya, an officer of Indian Legal Service, is working as Additional Secretary in Ministry of Law and Justice.
Saini, who belongs to Indian Corporate Law Service, is Director General in Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

February 4

Gopinathan Re-Appointed To UN Joint Inspection Unit.
Achamkulangare Gopinathan, a top Indian diplomat, has been re-appointed by the UN General Assembly to the Joint Inspection Unit, the only independent external oversight body of the UN system.
Gopinathan, along with Sukai Prom-Jackson of Gambia, Jean Wesley Cazeau of Haiti and Nikolay Lozinskiy of Russia were appointed members of the Joint Inspection Unit for a five-year term beginning 2018.
Gopinath’s re-appointment follows his nomination by India and endorsement as the sole candidate of the Asia-Pacific Group.
Gopinathan was first appointed to the UN body for a term from January 2013 to December 2017. At that election, he had secured 106 votes out of 183 votes and had defeated Ambassador Zhang Yan of China. He was serving as Chairman of the Joint Inspection Unit.

February 5

Sasikala Sworn in as AIADMK Legislature Party Leader.
In a big change of guard in Tamil Nadu government, Sasikala Natarajan was on elected as the Legislative Party leader of the AIADMK.
She was unanimously elected by the AIADMK MLAs at a party meeting in Chennai.
The roads are now clear for Sasikala, the general secretary of AIADMK, to replace O. Panneerselvam as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
Panneerselvam who proposed the name of V.K. Sasikala as the leader of AIADMK legislature party leader.

Arun M. Kumar elected Chairman and CEO of KPMG in India.
Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) in India has a new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in Arun M. Kumar.
Kumar, who was till recently a top official in the Obama administration, has been elected to head the professional services firm in India for a five-year term beginning.
He succeeds Richard Rekhy, who led the firm as CEO for over four years.
Kumar - who was elected by the KPMG India Board and ratified by the India partners - brings a wealth of international leadership experience to KPMG India, including his tenure in public service in the US over the last three years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of US and Foreign Commercial Service in the Obama Administration.
He has spent the majority of his career with KPMG in the US, including serving on the KPMG US and KPMG Americas boards from 2008-2013.

February 6

IndusInd Bank appoints Gaurav Kapur as Chief Economist.
IndusInd Bank announced the appointment of Gaurav Kapur as Chief Economist of the Bank, as a part of the Global Markets team.
He will also look at tracking the local and global macro-economic environment and formulating views, opinions and forecasts about the Indian economy, markets and policy environment.
He has extensive experience in the field of country risk management and sovereign ratings and has worked on the credit ratings review of key economies in Asia including India.

Rajiv Singh takes over as acting CEO of Prasar Bharati.
Member (Finance) in Prasar Bharati Rajiv Singh took over as the acting CEO of the countrys public service broadcaster.
Singh has taken over as per a resolution of the Prasar Bharati Boards Resolution taken on January in a meeting in Hyderabad.
Suresh Panda, Member (Personnel), who was the acting CEO retired.

February 7

Jovenel Moise sworn in as new president of Haiti.
Jovenel Moise, a 48-year-old banana exporter, was sworn in at a ceremony at the National Assembly.
His predecessor, Michel Martelly, stood down a year ago at the end of his term, and was replaced by an interim president while rival political parties disputed the result of the elections.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas.
It is still struggling to recover from a series of natural disasters, including a devastating earthquake that hit the capital, Port au Prince, seven years ago.
Mr. Moise, who has never before held public office, was appointed by Mr. Martelly in 2015 as his preferred candidate.

February 8

Adani group appoints Jennifer Purdie as CEO for renewable energy unit in Australia.
Indian energy giant Adani Group has appointed Jennifer Purdie as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its renewable energy business unit in Australia in a bid to drive its plans to become the largest renewable energy player in the country.
Jennifer Purdie most recent position was Executive Director of Nexion, a technology solutions provider for the mining industry.

Kings XI Punjab appoint Satish Menon as CEO.
Kings XI Punjab has appointed Satish Menon as Chief Executive Officer and Rajeev Khanna as the Chief Operating Officer of the franchise for the upcoming season of Indian Premiere League (IPL).
Menon is a veteran in the media business with a cumulative experience of 35 years comprising print, television and sports marketing.
He has been the head of business with some of the top brands like Mid-day, Zee TV, Zee News, Sahara television and TV 18 (Sport 18).

February 9

Centre appoints 3 directors to RBI central board.
The Centre appointed three part-time non-official directors on the Reserve Bank of India's Central Board for a four-year term.
The Central Government has nominated Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Dr. Ashok Gulati and Shri Manish Sabharwal as directors on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India for a period of four years.
Dr. Rajeev kumar is currently chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics in Pune and is also the founding director of Pahle India Foundation, a non-profit research organisation.
Mr. Gulati is currently the Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
Manish Sabharwal is a businessman and entrepreneur, who is currently the chairman of Teamlease, which he co-founded.

Jeff Sessions confirmed as US attorney general after battle with Democrats.
U.S. Senate confirmed Republican Senator Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general of the United States after strong pushback from Democrats concerned about his record on civil rights.
Sessions, 70, who has served two decades in the Senate from Alabama, was confirmed by a 52-47 vote largely along party lines after Democrats raised public opposition to his confirmation.

Kumar Mangalam Birla to head Vodafone-Idea combine.
Industrialist and chairman of the Aditya Birla Group group, Kumar Mangalam Birla appears to head the new telecom entity Vodafone-Idea combine.
Vodafone-Idea combine is a new telecom giant in the making with both companies confirming discussions to form a joint business in an all-share deal.
Mumbai-based Kumar Mangalam Birla likely to be the unanimous choice for chairman in the event of a Vodafone-Idea merger and the new entity likely to have a 12-member board.

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo elected Somalia's president.
Somalia's Parliament elected former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a dual US-Somali citizen, as the country's new president.
Farmajo was declared victorious after incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud dropped out of the contest following the second round of voting.
Mohamud, who took office in 2012, withdrew from the final ballot after losing 184 to 97 to Farmajo in the second round.


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