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Shanker Annaswamy

Senior Advisor – India Enterprise, IBM India/ South Asia

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Shanker Annaswamy is the Senior Advisor – India Enterprise, IBM India/ South Asia (ISA). In this role, he provides strategic direction to IBM’s business in the region.

Till recently, Shanker Annaswamy was the Manager Director of IBM India Private Limited, and the Regional General Manager of IBM in India/South Asia (ISA). Appointed in July 2004 to this leadership position, he was responsible for all of IBM's Sales, Marketing, Services and Global Delivery Operations in the India/South Asia region, including operations in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. India remains one of the fastest growing countries for IBM and has emerged as a strategic location within the company's global services delivery network.

In a career spanning over 34 years, he has held various coveted Senior Management positions in world-renowned corporations. Before joining IBM, Shanker was the President and Chief Executive Ocer for GE Medical Systems, South Asia and the Managing Director of Wipro-GE Medical Systems. He started his career with Philips Medical Systems.

He has held positions of eminence in key industry forums like NASSCOM and CII. He had the privilege of being an elected member of NASSCOM’s Executive Council from 2004 to 2008. He held the position of the Chairman of the National Committee of IP owners (a CII initiative) and co-chaired the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) National Innovation Mission in 2007. In 2009, he was nominated to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group on Science and Technology and was recently inducted as Member of the India@75 National Committee of CII. He continues to be the National Council Member of CII.

In 2009, Business Week listed him as among India’s 50 Most Powerful People. In October 2011, Shanker was conferred the best CEO – Multinational Company Award as part of Forbes India Leadership Awards 2011 for Transformational Leadership.

Shanker holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (B.E) in Electronics and Communication from Madras University and a Diploma in Business Management Education from the All India Management Association, New Delhi. He enjoys cricket, tennis and Indian classical music.