Current Affairs August 2017 - Appointments


1 - Cisco appoints Sameer Garde as the new President for India, SAARC region

Sameer Garde

Networking giant Cisco has appointed Sameer Garde as President for India and SAARC. He succeeds Dinesh Malkani who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

Garde will be responsible for Cisco's senior-level external engagement, including those with government and industry associations.

Prior to joining Cisco, Sameer was working with Philips Healthcare as its President for South Asia. He has worked with Dell India for nine years and then joined Samsung for a year.

2 - SEBI approved appointment of Dhirendra Swarup as BSE Chairman

Dhirendra Swarup

Market Regulator SEBI (Securities and Exchange board of India) has approved the appointment of Dhirendra Swarup as the new Chairman of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Swarup replaces incumbent Sudhakar Rao.

Swarup was a public interest director at the BSE. He was the former Chairman of the Pension Funds Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) and more than our decades of experience across finance.

He was also the Chairman of the Cash and Debt Management Committee of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from 2000 to 2003.

3 - Christopher Wray confirmed as FBI Director

Christopher Wray

The US Senate has confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the FBI. He will replace James Comey. The vote was 92-5 for Wray.

Wray is a former high-ranking official in President George W Bush's Justice Department who oversaw investigations into corporate fraud.

Mr. Wray was hired as a federal prosecutor in Atlanta in 1997 and left the Justice Department in 2005 after rising to the head of the criminal division as an assistant attorney general.

4 - FICCI appointed Sanjaya Baru as Secretary General

Sanjaya Baru

Sanjaya Baru has been named new secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He will assume the charge from September 1 and will replace A Didar Singh. Mr Singh would continue at the body as a strategic advisor to the President of FICCI, Mr Pankaj Patel.

Sanjaya Baru was media advisor and chief spokesperson to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a role in which he served from May 2004 until August 2008.

5 - PAYBACK India appointed Gautam Kaushik as its new CEO

Gautam Kaushik

Payback India has appointed Gautam Kaushik as the new Chief Executive Officer. He will be responsible for the India operations and lead all the critical business areas including Strategic Business Planning and Development, Partner Management & Acquisitions and Customer Engagement.

His primary focus would be towards driving engagement through new touch points. Prior to joining PAYBACK, Gautam was working with American Express (AMEX) as Vice President (VP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

6 - Walmart India appointed Devendra Chawla as EVP and COO

Devendra Chawla

Walmart India has appointed Devendra Chawla as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer. Walmart India is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Walmart Stores Inc. He will lead Merchandising, Marketing, and Omni Channel functions for Walmart India’s Cash and Carry business.

Prior to joining Walmart, Chawla was working as CEO for Future Consumer, a part of Kishore Biyani-led Future Group. He has 22 years of experience in retail, FMCG and Operations.

7 - Mohammad Mustafa appointed as CMD of SIDBI

Mohammad Mustafa

According to a Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) order, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mohammad Mustafa as the Chairman and Managing Director of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for a period of three years.

Mohammad Mustafa is a 1995 batch IAS officer. Prior to this appointment, Mustafa was Joint Secretary in the Department of Financial Services (DFS) in the Finance Ministry.

8 - ACC Appointments

ACC Appointments

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the request of Dr. Arvind Panagaria to relieve him from the post of Vice-Chairperson, NITI Aayog w.e.f. 31.08.2017 and appointed Dr. Rajiv Kumar as Vice-Chairperson, NITI Aayog. He was appointed on the same terms and conditions as were applicable to the previous Vice-Chairperson, NITI Aayog.

The ACC also appointed Dr. Vinod K. Paul as Member, NITI Aayog, until further orders, on the same terms and conditions as are applicable to the other full-time Members of the NITI Aayog.

9 - Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat is new Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of IAF


Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat AVSM VM has taken over as Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of Indian Air Force at Air Headquarters (VB), New Delhi.

Air Marshal HN Bhagwat AVSM VM was commissioned in Administrative branch of the IAF in Jun 1981. The Air Officer is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and has undergone Higher Air Command Course at College of Air Warfare, Hyderabad. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal by the President of India in 2005 for his contributions to paratrooping field.

10 - Prabhat Kumar appointed as the next ambassador of India to The Republic of Kazakhstan

Prabhat Kumar

The Appointments Committee of the cabinet has appointed Mr Prabhat Kumar as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Kazakhstan. He is an IFS Officer of 1991 batch and presently Ambassador of India to Colombia.

Prabhat Kumar was Director General, in-charge of the Energy Security and Investment and Technology Promotion Division in the Ministry of External Affairs. He was also earlier posted to the Permanent Mission of India to the conference of disarmament in Geneva. He also served in the Indian Embassies of Nepal, Croatia and Spain.

11 - Prasoon Joshi appointed Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification

Prasoon Joshi

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 (37 of 1952) read with rule 3 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983, the Central Government appointed Mr. Prasoon Joshi as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification in an honorary capacity from 11th August, 2017 for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier. He replaced Pahlaj Nihalani.

Prasoon Joshi is a lyricist and has written songs for movies such as Lajja, Fanaa, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, Black and Delhi 6 among others.

12 - Justice Dipak Misra appointed as 45th Chief Justice of India

Dipak Misra

Justice Dipak Misra appointed as 45th Chief Justice of India replacing Justice J S Khehar. Dipak Misra sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Justice Dipak Misra is senior most judge and the third person from Odisha to be appointed the Chief Justice of India, after Justices Ranganath Misra and G B Pattanaik. Justice Misra will have a tenure of nearly 13 months.

Justice Misra was enrolled as an Advocate in 1977 in the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal. He became permanent Judge of Orissa High Court in December, 1997. He also served as the Chief Justice of Patna and Delhi High Courts. In 2011, Justice Misra was elevated as a Judge in the Supreme Court.

13 - Dilip Asbe appointed as Acting Chief Executive of NPCI

Dilip Asbe

Dilip Asbe was selected as Acting Chief Executive of NPCI in place of A. P. Hota, who retired. Asbe had worked as the MD of NPCI since its inception retired on August 10.

At present, Asbe serves as the organisations’ chief operating officer and will resume in the same designation, but will also act as the chief executive for all digital payments in the country.

Asbe is famously known for organisation’s revolutionary digital payments initiatives like Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) and Immediate Payment Service (IMPS).

14 - Jet Airways selected Vinay Dube as CEO

Vinay Dube

Mr. Vinay Dube, an American National, was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Jet Airways. Mr. Dube has a demonstrable track record of leadership in varied roles at Delta Airlines Inc., Sabre, Inc., and American Airlines in the USA, Europe and Asia.

During his tenure in Asia, Vinay Dube has turned around the Asia Pacific markets, restructured the network, established strategic partnerships, worked extensively on brand-building and successfully brought about a transformation in the work culture of his teams. Dube headed the region as Business Head with P&L responsibility and was also a Board Observer at China Eastern.

15 - Reenat Sandhu appointed as ambassador of India to the Republic of San Marino

Reenat Sandhu

Ms. Reenat Sandhu, presently Ambassador of lndia to ltaly, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of San Marino, with residence in Rome. Reenat Sandhu is IFS officer of 1989 batch.

She has worked in Indian Missions abroad including Moscow, Kyiv, Washingtron, Colombo, New York, and Geneva.

Reenat also has experience of working headquarters at Ministry of External Affairs, handling Trade promotion, East Europe and Sri Lankan desks.

16 - Dr. Mamta Suri takes charge as Executive Director, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India

Mamta Suri

Dr. Mamta Suri took charge as Executive Director, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) in New Delhi. Before joining IBBI, Dr. Suri was serving as Chief General Manager, Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India.

Dr. Suri has obtained her Ph.D. in Finance from University of Delhi and M. Sc. in Insurance Risk and Management from City University, London.

Dr. Suri is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India, and she has completed her graduation in law. She has also received Honorary membership for High Scholastic Achievement from USA.

17 - Tata Motors Appointed Mr P B Balaji as New CFO

PB Balaji

Tata Motors has appointed Mr. P B Balaji as the new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Balaji is a global finance professional with over two decades of experience in the corporate sector. He started his career with Unilever in 1995.

Mr. Balaji is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and has a post-graduate management degree from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. He will up take up his new assignment in November 2017.

18 - I. V. Subba Rao selected as secretary to 13th Vice President

I. V. Subba Rao

Former IAS officer I. V. Subba Rao was appointed by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, as secretary to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, for a period of two years.

Another appointment was 2006 batch IAS officer N Yuvaraj as private secretary to Naidu.

Subba Rao is a retired IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre of 1979 batch. He has experience of handling various positions in Andhra Pradesh and later served the UNESCO.

19 - David Rasquinha selected as Exim Bank MD

David Rasquinha

David Rasquinha, present Deputy Managing Director of Exim Bank of India, was appointed as Managing Director of the bank, for period of 3 years, by Department of Financial Services in the Finance Ministry.

Export-Import Bank of India is the finance institution of India that seeks to build value by integrating foreign trade and investment with the economic rise of India. It was established in 1982 by Government of India, headquartered in Mumbai.

20 - Prasar Bharati Chief Shashi Shekhar Vempati assigned with additional charge of Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha TV

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati’s CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati was assigned additional duties as the chief of Rajya Sabha TV. Rajya Sabha TV is owned and operated by Rajya Sabha and covers the live proceedings of the upper house of the Parliament.

The appointment came after resignation of Gurdeep Singh Sappal who has been serving as the CEO and editor-in-chief of Rajya Sabha TV.

Vempati has working experience as a CEO of a digital media company Niti Digital. He is first non-Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer ever to head the public broadcaster.

21 - S. Aparna Appointed Executive Director, World Bank


Gujarat’s IAS officer S. Aparna was appointed as Executive Director, World Bank, to represent the constituency of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka for three years.

S. Aparna is appointed in place of Subhash Garg, who was recently appointed Economic Affairs Secretary, Ministry of Finance. S. Aparna was nominated by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, for the said appointment.

S. Aparna has handled various roles in the past, such as Principal Secretary, Economic Affairs, Surat Municipal Commissioner and Joint Secretary at urban development at centre.

22 - Sankara Rao appointed as IFCI Chief Executive

Sankara Rao

E. Sankara Rao was appointed as new Managing Director & CEO in IFCI Ltd for a period of 3 years, by Appointments Committee of Cabinet. He had previously served as Chief General Manager at India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd.

At present, he is also holding charge of a director and chief executive officer at IIFCL Asset Management Company Ltd.

Industrial Finance Corporation of India, is an Indian government owned development bank to meet the long-term financial needs of the industrial sector.

23 - Santosh Sharma appointed CMD of Hindustan Copper Limited

Santosh Sharma

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet appointed Santosh Sharma as Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Coper Limited. Prior to this, he was Director (Operations) in the HCL.

He has been appointed for a period of 5 years. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet also approved appointment of Debasis Jana as CMD of Andrew Yule and Co. Ltd (AYCL), Kolkata for period of 5 years. Prior to this, he was Director (Planning) in the Andrew Yule and Co. Ltd.

Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL), a public sector undertaking under the administrative control of the Ministry of Mines.

24 - Sohail Mahmood took charge as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India

Sohail Mahmood

Sohail Mahmood has taken charge as the Pakistan's High Commissioner to India. He succeeds Abdul Basit who announced retirement.

Mahmood joined Pakistan's Foreign Service in 1985. He was earlier deputed in Turkey as Ambassador of Pakistan. He had also discharged his responsibilities in Islamabad's diplomatic mission in Washington, New York and Bangkok.

Mahmood was also Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, where he earlier served as Director General (2005-2009), Director (1995-1998) and Section Officer (1986-1991).

25 - Sanjiv Gupta appointed as President and MD of General Motors India

Sanjiv Gupta

General Motors India has appointed Sanjiv Gupta as the new President and Managing Director of the company. Mr Gupta is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the company.

Incumbent President and Managing Director Kaher Kazem will hand over the reins of the company to Gupta effective 1 September.

Kazem has been appointed as the President and CEO of GM Korea. Gupta will combine his role as GM India President and Managing Director with his finance leadership responsibilities.

26 - Rajiv Bansal given additional charge of Chairman & MD of Air India

Rajiv Bansal

The Union Government has been given additional charge of Chairman and Managing Director of Air India to Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor in Petroleum Ministry, Rajiv Bansal.

This action came following the appointment of incumbent Ashwani Lohani as the new Chairman of Railway Board. Mr. Bansal has been given charge for a period of three months.

Bansal is a 1988 batch IAS officer from the Nagaland cadre.

27 - Ashwani Lohani appointed new Chairman of Railway Board

Ashwani Lohani

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Ashwani Lohani as the new Chairman of Railway Board. He is presently serving as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India.

He has previously served as DRM, Delhi Division, Director of National Rail Museum and Chief Administrative Officer of Rail Alternate Fuel.

Incumbent Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal resigned owning moral responsibility for Muzzafarnagar train accident which had claimed over 20 lives.

28 - Ajay Vipin Nanavati appointed as the new Chairman of Syndicate Bank

Ajay Vipin Nanavati

According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Ajay Vipin Nanavati as the new Chairman of Syndicate Bank.

Mr Nanavati has been appointed as non-official director/non-executive chairman of Syndicate Bank for three years. As the Chairman of the Bank, he would be responsible for overall policy directions.

Melwyn Rego is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Syndicate Bank.

29 - Nandan Nilekani appointed as new chairman of Infosys.

Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani was appointed as new chairman of Infosys, replacing R Seshasayee who resigned as chairman of the board. Nandan Nilekani is the Co-founder and Chairman of EkStep, a not-for-profit effort to create a learner centric, technology based platform.

Nilekani was Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India and co-chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981.

He was honoured with Asia’s Businessman of the year 2003 by Fortune Magazine. Foreign Policy magazine included him in the list the Top 100 Global thinkers in 2010.