Ritesh Idnani, also former Infosys top executive, is currently TechM president and is responsible for its business process management business.
Ravi Kumar S, the deputy chief operating officer and president at Infosys and Nitin Rakesh, CEO at Mphasis, are some of the other contenders for the top job.
needs a leader with the licence to change things. If the next CEO is merely a ‘yes man’ to the board, it makes no difference whether it opts for internal or external candidates,” said Phil Fersht, founder and CEO, HFS Research. “Some potential internal candidates could be Rajan Kohli and Milan Rao,” he added.
Rajan Kohli is heading Wipro’s digital and consulting division, while Milan Rao, who joined the firm from GE Healthcare, heads Wipro’s core transformation office-marketing, innovation, and technology.
spokesperson said the company is only looking at external candidates. “The search process led by the governance, nomination and compensation committee of Wipro’s board of directors will be looking only at external candidates for the position of CEO. We have no further comments,” the company said.
Last week, Wipro announced that its CEO Abidali Neemuchwala
has resigned from the firm due to family commitments, and its board of directors has begun the process of looking for the next CEO.
"Wipro has to find a way to sustain leadership at the CEO level to be able to grow. Despite being one of the first Indian IT firms to identify the digital trend and pivot towards it, the firm has been unable to maintain trajectory due to internal strife and has fallen behind its peers," said Hansa Iyengar, senior analyst at global consulting firm Omdia.