Capgemini rejig: Aruna Jayanthi elevated as APAC, LatAm biz unit MD

Aruna Jayanthi | File photo
French software giant Capgemini has announced a new leadership group led by Aruna Jayanthi (pictured), earlier head of its business services. She is to now head the Asia-Pacific and Latin American businesses, becoming managing director of these units.

Aruna reports to Aiman Ezzat, group chief operating officer; she remains a member of the group executive committee. Anis Chenchah will replace her as chief executive, Business Services Global Business Line. Chenchah will report to Thierry Delaporte, group COO. 

Jayanthi has been part of global CEO Paul Hermelin’s executive committee since 2012, with former deputy CEO Salil Parekh (who took the helm of Infosys Technologies this January). Capgemini India head Srinivas Kandula is also part of the GEC.

Jayanthi was head of Capgemini in India during 2011-2015. From 2016 to mid-2018, she was head of business services, a unit that provides business process outsourcing and platform (integrated technology and operations) services based on Capgemini’s intellectual property for various industry segments. Capgemini's Asia-Pacific and Latin America units (7 per cent of group revenue) grew 3.4 per cent in constant currency with operating margin at 11.7 per cent, according to reported June quarter results. Between 2011 and 2015, when Jayanthi was head of Capgemini in India, there was a significant increase in Indian integration, performance and capabilities, with headcount rising from 32,000 to 85,000.

From January 2014, Jayanthi has also served as head of the country board for Capgemini Sweden. The Narsee Munjee Institute of Management (Mumbai) alumna has about 25 years of experience in the information technology services sector.

Also reporting to Thierry Delaporte is Zhiwei Jiang as CEO, Insights & Data Global Business Line. Zhiwei succeeds John Brahim, who has decided to pursue new opportunities, said the company.

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