APPOINTMENTS - 2018 MAY

May 1

IIS officer Sitanshu Ranjan Kar takes over as Press Information Bureau DG.
Sitanshu Ranjan Kar is a 1983-batch IIS officer, who has served at key positions in various media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting viz. All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan.
He joined PIB in 2003. He succeeds Frank Noronha as the Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB).
In 1988, Sitanshu Ranjan Kar became the first Indian to win the prestigious Visnews Fellowship of London.

Rajiv Bakshi appointed CMO of Intex Technologies.
Intex Technologies has appointed Rajiv Bakshi as its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Before joining Intex, he worked with Discovery Networks India and South Asia
Rajiv Bakshi has headed brand development, business transformation, consumer acquisition and digital strategy for long term growth and profitability.

May 2

Subhash Chandra Khuntia appointed as IRDAI Chairman.
Former IAS Officer Subhash Chandra Khuntia was appointed as the new Chairman of Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) for three-years.
His appointment was approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Khuntia will succeed TS Vijayan, who completed his five-year term in February. Khuntia was a 1981-batch Karnataka Cadre Officer.
The ACC has approved the appointment of Shri Subhash Chandra Khuntia to the post of Chairperson, IRDAI for a period of three years.

Radhakrishnan Nair appointed ICICI Bank independent director.
Former IRDAI member Radhakrishnan Nair has been appointed to ICICI Bank’s board as an Additional (Independent) Director. His appointment will be for a period of five years and is subject to shareholders’ approval.
Nair has around 40 years of experience in the banking industry and in the field of securities and insurance regulation.
He is already an independent director of three subsidiaries of ICICI Bank - ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd; ICICI Prudential Trust Ltd and ICICI Securities Primary Dealership Ltd. Meanwhile, Tushaar Shah, an existing non-executive independent director at ICICI Bank.

May 3

GroupM appoints Sameer Singh as South Asia CEO.
Media buying major GroupM, part of global advertising conglomerate WPP group has appointed Sameer Singh as the chief executive officer (CEO) of its South Asia operations.
Singh will succeed CVL Srinivas, who has been the CEO for GroupM South Asia since January 2013, and was given the additional responsibility of country manager for WPP India in October last year. Srinivas will now transition fully to WPP India country manager.
He (Singh) will lead the continued development of GroupM's data-centric enablement for its agencies as they deliver competitive advantage to clients with digital leadership and content.

Shanti Jiban Chakma to be Sworn-in as CADC CEM.
BJP leader Shanti Jiban Chakma would be sworn-in as chief executive member (CEM) of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in Mizoram.
The CEM is the administrative head of the 20-member CADC, formed under the sixth schedule of the Constitution in 1972.
Shanti Jiban Chakma will be sworn-in by Deputy Commissioner of southernmost Mizoram's Lawngtlai district.
Mizoram Governor Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma invited the United Legislature Party (ULP) to form the executive committee that will rule the CADC, an autonomous council for ethnic Chakma people living in South-Western Mizoram bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Bandhan Bank CEO takes CII (ER) office.
Chandra Sekhar Ghosh, Managing Director and CEO of Bandhan Bank, has taken over as the Deputy Chairman of CII Eastern Region (ER).
This was announced at the CII Eastern Regional Council Meeting. Ghosh has already chaired the CII Economic Affairs, Finance and Taxation Committee, apart from being in several other committees.

May 4

Former CEA Ashok Lahiri appointed as full-time member of Finance Commission.
Former chief economic adviser Ashok Lahiri has been appointed as full-time member of the 15th Finance Commission, according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry.
He is at present the part-time member of the commission, headed by N K Singh. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Lahiri's appointment as the full-time member.

Justice AK Mittal appointed acting chief justice of Punjab and Haryana HC.
Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal has been appointed as the acting chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after incumbent chief justice Shivax Jal Vazifdar demitted office at midnight upon his retirement.
The Law Ministry issued a notification appointing Justice Mittal as the acting chief justice.
A recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium proposing the name of Justice Krishna Murari, senior-most judge of the Allahabad high court after the chief justice, to head the Punjab and Haryana High Court is pending before the Centre.

Indian-American woman appointed interim civil court judge in New York City.
Indian-American Deepa Ambekar has been appointed as interim judge to the civil court of New York City, United States.
Deepa Ambekar has become the second Indian-American woman judge in New York after Raja Rajeswari. Deepa Ambekar is 41 years old. She has been appointed to Civil Court and will serve in Criminal Court.
She has worked with the New York City Council for three years as Senior Legislative Attorney and Counsel to the Committee on Public Safety.

Adani Group unit hires Anil Sardana.
Adani Transmission, part of the Adani Group, has hired former Tata Power MD and CEO Anil Sardana as its MD and CEO. Mr. Sardana had started his career with NTPC and had worked with BSES and Tata Group companies in the power and infrastructure sectors over three decades.
He joins us at a critical phase when the company has entered the power distribution space with the acquisition of the Mumbai GTD business.

May 5

Jagdish Mukhi sworn-in as acting Manipur governor.
Jagdish Mukhi was sworn in as the acting governor of Manipur. He is the governor of Assam and Meghalaya, will hold office in the absence of Governor Najma Heptullah.

May 6

Ex-IDBI Bank chairman RM Malla joins Adani Capital.
Adani Capital, the non-banking finance arm of the diversified Adani Group, has appointed R.M. Malla, the past chairman and managing director of IDBI Bank, as an independent director.
The Gautam Adani-run company also appointed Sunil Gulati as another independent director.

May 7

Putin sworn in for another six years as Russian President.
Vladimir Putin has been sworn in for a fourth presidential term in a lavish Kremlin ceremony as tensions with the west rise and domestic discontent over poverty and wealth inequality simmers.
State television began its live coverage of the inauguration with Putin, apparently hard at work in his Kremlin office.

May 8

Google names Nitin Bawankule head of India cloud business
Google had appointed Nitin Bawankule as the country head for its cloud business in India, as the search giant looks at taking a larger share of the booming demand for those services in the country.
Bawankule has been with Google for six years and was previously head of sales for its ecommerce, retail and classifieds and education business. Bawankule will report to Rick Harshman, managing director of Asia Pacific for Google Cloud.

Panasonic India appoints Manish Misra as chief innovation officer.
Panasonic India has appointed Manish Misra as its chief innovation officer. Misra will be responsible for the strategic development of innovation and technology while leading the company’s Innovation hub in India.
Panasonic’s Innovation hub is focused towards creating an ecosystem for the company to shape the future product strategy, and enable in digital transformation. Misra will be reporting to Manish Sharma, President and CEO, Panasonic India.

Nikol Pashinyan elected as new prime minister for Armenia.
Armenia's parliament has elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as the new prime minister, two weeks after Serzh Sargsyan resigned following widespread anti-government demonstrations.
Pashinyan's so-called Velvet Revolution has exercised true people power - the ability to conjure up a storm of support on request.

May 9

Carlos Alvarado sworn in as Costa Rican president.
Journalist Carlos Alvarado was sworn as Costa Rica's president through 2022, promising a "plural" and inclusive government following an election and runoff where same-sex marriage became a key issue.
An agreement for a national government is born and looks to sustain itself on dialogue, on the building of understanding, on good faith to respond in unity to the just aspirations of all citizens.

May 10

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohammad sworn in as world's oldest leader.
Ninety-two-year-old Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as the world's oldest elected leader after a stunning election win that swept Malaysia's establishment from power after more than six decades.
In a huge political upset, former strongman Mahathir's opposition alliance broke the grip on power of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which had governed Malaysia uninterrupted since its birth as an independent country in 1957.
In a ceremony at the national palace steeped in centuries-old Muslim Malay tradition, Mahathir was officially sworn in as prime minister by King V. Sultan Muhammad.

May 11

Munu Mahawar appointed as Ambassador to Oman.
Mr. Munu Mahawar, presently Joint Secretary at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Oman.
Mr. Mahawar is Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1996 batch, was expected to take up the assignment shortly.

May 14

Sarah Mullally installed as first female Bishop of London.
The 56-year-old Sarah Mullally was appointed to the role and becomes the 133rd Bishop of London.
Legislation to allow female bishops was formally adopted by the Church of England in 2014. She takes over from Dr Richard Chartres who retired in February 2017.
Bishop Mullally now holds the third most senior position in the Church of England, having previously been the Bishop of Crediton in Devon and the Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral.


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