IBM India rattled by top-level exits

IBM India is seeing a spate of top management exits as the company attempts to infuse new life into its cloud business practice, which is facing competition from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft. Mr. Karthik Padmanabhan, who was leading the efforts to build the IBM Cloud Ecosystem across the Asia Pacific region, is learnt to have left the company and joined Google India. Mr. Padmanabhan was in charge of software developers, digital cities and scale local start-ups in the top 10 cities in Asia Pacific and Japan. Mr. Jaideep John, sales leader, IBM mobility platform, who was responsible for the mobile platform, is also learnt to have left the company. MobileFirst is a tech platform that enables software development, test, integration and management of apps for a corporation. Mr. Kaustubh Chandra, Head (Marketing), cloud portfolio who has been with the company for the last 2 years is learn to have put in his papers. Similarly, Mr. Nilkanth Iyer, who was leading the Cloud Ecosystem team in IBM (India-South Asia), quit a month ago. Multiple industry sources inside IBM and some partners confirmed the development. As per reports, Vivek Malhotra, Director and Head of the Cloud business unit at IBM India, has quit the company and Mr. Karan Bajwa is learnt to be taking over the reins from Ms. Vanitha Narayanan as the India head. According to industry sources, Mr. Malhotra has joined SAP, heading its SMB division. These changes are happening at a time when IBM is shifting its focus from some of its legacy business to areas like Machine Learning, AI, and cognitive, all of which is centred around cloud computing. However, in this space, competition is heating up immensely as competitors like AWS, Microsoft and others have been eating their lunch at a faster pace, which has resulted in a lot of these exits, opine industry watchers.