Two top IBM officials quit; Sandip Patel appointed IBM's MD for India and South Asia as Karan Bajwa steps down

Varun Aggarwal Mumbai | Updated on January 09, 2020

Big Blue's APAC region CEO Harriet Green also resigns; Brenda Harvey to take over as GM, Asia Pacific


IBM India is starting the new year with the loss of two senior leaders– India MD Karan Bajwa and APAC CEO Harriet Green.

IBM has announced Sandip Patel as Bajwa's successor. He will be the Managing Director of IBM's India & South Asia (ISA) operations. Green on the other hand will be replaced by Brenda Harvey, who is currently the General Manager, US Public Market. Her new designation will be GM, Asia Pacific.

Green has made the decision to retire from IBM to support her family with some health-related issues. Bajwa is moving out to seek other opportunities.

Bajwa's departure from IBM is a big shock for the technology major as the company is still in the process of realigning to Bajwa's One IBM vision, integrating various teams to strategically focus on key clients while at the same time go aggressively after digital deals.

Bajwa joined IBM in 2016 as Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia Pacific region. He was earlier Managing Director, Microsoft India, where besides leading the India business for the company, he also the led the cloud transition and the ecosystem engagement.

Bajwa had worked with IBM for five years leading the company’s networking business and was based in Singapore from 2001-05.

As the new managing director of IBM in ISA, Patel will be responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM's sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Additionally, he will play a critical role in enabling India’s capabilities across IBM’s global missions, global centers of excellence, research and innovation labs.

Patel has been brought in from IBM's Boston, Massachusetts unit where he was IBM’s global general manager for the Insurance industry and was responsible for IBM’s business across all brands in this market segment.

Published on January 08, 2020

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