Mahindra Satyam steps up Australian presence

Mahindra Satyam steps up Australian presence

Appoints Bobby Gupta to lead A/NZ market.

IT services provider, Mahindra Satyam, is preparing to rapidly expand into the Australian market by appointing Bobby Gupta to lead its A/NZ team.

Gupta is replacing Venki Prathivadi. Gupta was previously in charge of the company’s Middle East operations and has been replaced by G B Kumar, who maintains more than 20 years experience. Kumar previously worked for Cisco as its enterprise services managing director across Asia Pacific, Japan and China.

Gupta will be responsible for building the Australian team and signaled acquisitions were on the cards.

He said it would like to grow its Australian team to 500 people in the next three years and is hunting for product managers, marketing and sales personnel. Recently, the company opened offices in Canberra and Perth. It already has a presence in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.

Customers in Australia include Qantas, NAB, Suncorp and Optus.

The global entity plans to grow from $2.5 billion company to achieving $5 billion in revenues by 2015, and Gupta said that will be achieved through a mixture of organic and acquisition growth.

According to the company, about 24 per cent of its revenues derive from markets such as Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

“Both A/NZ and Middle East & Africa (MEA) markets are high-growth opportunities for Mahindra Satyam, after we complete our merger with Tech Mahindra,” Asia-Pacific, India, Middle East and Africa, senior vice-president Mahindra Satyam, Rohit Gandhi, said.

“We sense traction from clients, prospects and partners that gives us a great reason to lend more focus here. I am confident that the inclusion of Bobby and Kumar into the leadership will help us achieve our goals.”

Gupta has previously worked and studied in Australia, joining Mahindra Satyam from IBM in 2009.

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