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Vanitha Narayanan

Managing Director, IBM India Private Limited

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Vanitha Narayanan is the Managing Director of IBM India Private Limited, and the Regional General Manager for India/ South Asia (ISA). Appointed to this leadership position in January 2013, she is 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.

Having joined IBM in the US in 1987, Vanitha has over 26 years of experience working with multiple client sets and in several countries. Since 2009, she has been a part of the IBM ISA business, serving in roles as the Sales & Distribution Leader and recently as the Managing Partner for Global Business Services (GBS). Prior to this, she has served as the Vice President of Communications sector, Asia Pacific, and the Global Vice President for IBM’s telecom solutions offerings.

She is a member of IBM’s Growth & Transformation Team which is comprised of senior Global Executives who are selected by the IBM Chairman. In 2012, Vanitha was inducted into the IBM Industry Academy, a select group of experts, designed to advance IBM’s industry thought leadership and brand. Vanitha also leads several leadership development & diversity initiatives for ISA and is the executive sponsor for developing the women’s leadership pipeline.

Vanitha is a member of the National Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013-14,  Co-Chair of National Committee for MNCs of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013-14 and also the Chairperson of the board of governors for National Institutes of Technology (NIT) heading NIT-Suratkal.

She has a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Madras and a Masters in Business Administration in Information Systems from University of Houston - Magna Cum Laude. Vanitha is married with a daughter and is presently residing in Bangalore, India.