Universal Music appoints new head

Leading music company Universal Music has appointed Vinit Thakkar as the new head of digital in India. He will be responsible for consolidating and growing Universal's digital business in India and SAARC.

“The digital business for UMGI is one of the most critical parts of the music business and I am very pleased to welcome Vinit to the team. Vinit brings with him an exceptionally great and relevant background to the table with his years at Sony, Citi and Titan,” Universal Music India and SAARC countries Managing Director Devraj Sanyal said.

Changes in Toyota Kirloskar

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd has appointed Shekar Viswanathan as vice-chairman for external affairs and Sandeep Singh as chief operating officer in a management reshuffle.

Viswanathan was handling Toyota Kirloskar’s commercial operations as a deputy managing director (DMD). After the change, Singh will continue in his role as deputy managing director in charge of sales and marketing while also looking after commercial operations.

“As we expand our operations in India, we need our team to take up new roles and responsibilities,” said Hiroshi Nakagawa, managing director and chief executive of Toyota Kirloskar, a joint venture between India’s Kirloskar Group and Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp.

CA Technologies appoints Pratip Banerji as Director of Sales

IT management solutions company CA Technologies India has appointed Pratip Banerji as Director of Sales to head its BFSI (Banking and Financial Services Industry) business in India. Banerji has 23 years of experience in the IT, Telecom and System Integration domains, covering the domestic market and the European region, the company said in a release. In his current role, he will be responsible for developing the overall sales strategy to target the BFSI vertical.

“We are very pleased to have Banerji lead our BFSI vertical in India. He has extensive experience in sales and we are sure his business acumen will help drive further growth for us. He has been actively participating in some of the large core banking infrastructure rollouts with the major Indian banks and their adoption of new IT initiatives. Growth of our BFSI sales is a priority and Pratip will play a key role in making that happen,” CA Technologies, India, Vice President Sunil Manglore said. Prior to joining CA Technologies, Banerji worked with companies like Steria India, Telstra, Siemens, Apara and Xerox where he held various leadership roles.

Scope eKnowledge Centre wins at CSI Awards for Excellence

Scope eKnowledge Centre (Scope), a leading provider of content enhancement and knowledge services, for its unique content abstraction platform, ConSCIse, has been awarded the Appreciation Award in the “Education and eLearning - Products and Solutions” category at the recently announced “CSI Awards for Excellence in IT 2012”.

“CSI Awards for Excellence in IT” are instituted to acknowledge and motivate individuals and organisations working in private and public sector. Scope competed with over 20 companies in the industry. Scope's ConSCIse automatically extracts keywords from the document based on sophisticated and appropriate statistical and linguistic rules.

Commenting on this achievement, Tram Venkatraman, Scope's President, said, “We are honoured that ConSCIse has been recognised at the 'CSI Awards for Excellence in IT' this year. This is another validation of Scope's productisation strategy.”

Nuziveedu Seeds Limited wins the BioAgri Company of the year Award 2012

Nuziveedu Seeds Limited, the leading Indian Seeds company has been conferred with BioAgri Company of the year Award 2012 at the 10th Annual Biospectrum-ABLE Awards. This is the fourth time Nuziveedu Seeds has won this prestigious award and consecutively won it for the third time. Previously, the company won this award in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

The Biospectrum-ABLE Awards, being among the most credible recognition platforms for Indian biotech and agriculture industry were conferred on the basis of Industry survey conducted by BioSpectrum along with Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises - ABLE in June 2012. Speaking on the honour conferred, Mr. M Prabhakar Rao, CMD, Nuziveedu Seeds said “We are delighted to receive BioAgri-ABLE Company of the Year Award for 2012. It is indeed a proud moment for us to be chosen for the fourth time, which reflects the spirit of innovation and leadership traits of our team. It is our endeavour to continue providing quality and affordable seeds to the farmers”.