Monthly Current Affairs January 2016 “APPOINTMENTS” key points to Remember.
Air Marshal R K Singh Bhadauria takes over as Deputy Chief of Air Staff
Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has took over as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, a post that oversees the critical procurement process of the force. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Bhadauria was commissioned in the IAF in June 1980. Prior to taking over as DCAS, Air Marshal Bhadauria was Senior Air Staff Officer at Central Air
Command of IAF.
Wipro names Abidali Neemuchwala as its new CEO
India’s third largest software exporter Wipro has named former TCS veteran and current chief operating officer Abidali Neemuchwala as its new chief executive, a move that was widely expected and reported earlier.
RK Mathur sworn in as 8th Chief Information Commissioner
Former defence secretary RK Mathur has sworn in as the eighth Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.
IAMAI appoints Freecharge founder Kunal Shah as chairman
Industry body the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has named Kunal Shah, co-founder and chief executive officer of FreeCharge as the new chairman of the association.
Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma takes over as Director General Border Roads (DGBR)
Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma has taken over as the 24th Director General Border Roads (DGBR). General Combat Engineers at Army HQ.
Gajendra Chauhan appointed Chairman of FTII
TV actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Gajendra Chauhan has been appointed as the Chairman of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). More
than 40 students protested with banners proclaiming ‘Silent Emergency’ and
‘Tyranny of the Elected’.
Sam Pitroda appointed as Technology advisor of Odisha Government
Eminent technocrat and former chairman of National Knowledge Commission Satyanarayan Gangaram Pitroda popularly known as Sam Pitroda has been appointed technology advisor to the
Odisha Government.
Sikh-American appointed top prosecutor in US County
A Sikh-American attorney has been appointed as the top prosecutor in the most populous county in New Jersey, becoming the first South Asian to occupy the post in the state. Gurbir Grewal, 42, was sworn in as acting Bergen County prosecutor on January 4, succeeding John Molinelli whose 14-year long tenure has ended.
Filippo Grandi takes charge as UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Filippo Grandi, a UN official who has worked in refugee and political affairs in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, began his five-year term as UN High Commissioner for Refugees on January 1, succeeding António Guterres. Grandi, 58, who is from Italy, has worked in international affairs for over 30 years, 27 of them with the United Nations.
AB Khare appointed CMD of Madras Fertilizers
The Centre has appointed AB Khare as the Chairman and Managing Director of the state-run Madras Fertilzers for a five-year term. Khare will succeed I Vijay Kumar. Khare was previously working with state—owned fertiliser firm Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers as Chief General Manager (Commercial).
Pavan Kapoor appointed India’s new ambassador to Israel
Senior diplomat Pavan Kapoor has been appointed India’s ambassador to strategically important Israel, where he will succeed Jaideep Sarkar. Mr Kapoor, a 1990 batch Indian Foreign Service Officer, is currently India’s High Commissioner in Mozambique capital Maputo.
Sailesh appointed as Registrar General and Census Commissioner
Mr. Sailesh, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, has been appointed as Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary.
Devender Kumar Sikri appointed as the Chairman of Competition Commission of India
Former Gujarat cadre IAS officer Devender Kumar Sikri has been appointed as the Chairman of fair-trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI). Sikri will succeed Ashok Chawla as the Chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI).
Amitabh Kant appointed as CEO of Niti Aayog
Amitabh Kant, secretary in the department of industrial policy and promotion, has been appointed the chief executive officer (CEO) of the NITI Aayog.
Sachin Bansal to be Executive Chairman,Binny Bansal CEO In a major top management rejig at flipkart, Binny Bansal will be the new CEO in place of his co-founder Sachin Bansal,who would become Executive Chairman of India’s biggest e-commerce company.
Binny till now was the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Sachin along with Binny launched Flipkart in 2007. Sachin will provide strategic direction for Flipkart, mentor the senior
leadership and look for new investment opportunities.
Vikas Thapar appointed as Vice President of Micromax
Smartphone brand, Micromax has appointed Vikas Thapar as its new Senior Vice President-Finance. In this role, Thapar will be responsible to build the company’s asset and revenue base while leading the external relationship developments with all key stakeholders including bankers, equity partners, investors and government authority among others, said the company.
Stephen Fleming named coach of Pune IPL team
Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming has been named chief coach of the new Pune franchise of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament.
Capgemini appoints Srinivas Kandula as CEO of India operations
French IT services firm Capgemini has appointed Srinivas Kandula as the chief executive officer of its India operations. Kandula played a key role in the acquisition of Patni by iGate in 2011, and of iGate by Capgemini in 2015. Capgemini had bought iGate in a $4- billion cash deal.
DHL Express appoints new Asia Pacific CEO
Global logistics provider DHL Express has named a new Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific region that includes India. Ken Lee, who has an experience of over 20
years in the logistics industry, including 18 years at DHL will succeed Jerry Hsu, who is retiring after an illustrious career with DHL Express since 2001.
Kamal Hassan and Gautam Ghosh added in Shyam Benegal committee
Actor Kamal Hassan and director Gautam Ghosh has been included in the Shyam Benegal committee. The Ministry of Information and Broadcast formed Shyam Benegal committee on January 1, 2016 to take a look at the functioning of the Central Board of Film Certification. The committee was formed to specifically provide a holistic framework and enable
the members of CBFC to discharge their responsibilities keeping in view this framework.
Dinesh Sharma elected to board of directors of AIIB
India, one of the founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), has been elected to the board of directors of the China-sponsored AIIB, which is expected to begin loan approvals before the end of this year. Dinesh Sharma, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Finance has been elected to the 12- member board for which a secret ballot was held. This will be the first board of directors for the new bank in which 57 members joined as founding members.
Tata Motors Appoints Guenter Butschek as CEO & MD
Homegrown auto major Tata Motors has announced appointment of ex-Airbus COO Guenter Butschek as its Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, two years after the death of its former MD Karl Slym. Butschek will lead all operations of Tata Motors in India and in international markets, including South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and South Africa. Jaguar Land Rover would continue to be managed by its Chief Executive Officer and Director, Ralf Speth, who is also on the Board of Tata Motors.
PayU appoints Laurent Le Moal as new global CEO
PayU, one of the world’s largest payment services platforms, has appointed Laurent Le Moal as its new global CEO. PayU has operations in 16 countries and is part of the leading global media and internet group, Naspers. LeMoal would be reporting directly to Naspers’ Group CEO, Bob Van Dijk.
Bachchan & Chopra – brand ambassadors for Incredible India campaign
Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra will replace Aamir Khan as new ambassadors of the Incredible India campaign to market the country to tourists abroad. Bollywood veteran Mr Bachchan, 73, the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism, had been picked for the position some time ago.
Atulesh Jindal appointed new CBDT chief
Senior revenue service officer Atulesh Jindal has been appointed as the Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy-making body of the income tax department. He will succeed A K Jain, who completes his term at the end of this month.
Tendulkar named brand envoy of pleasure cruise
Cricket legend and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has been named as the brand ambassador of a newly-launched pleasure cruise along with his former Australian opponents, Shane Warne and Brett Lee. The pleasure trip provides the guests an opportunity to mix with top excricketers and show business personalities.
Leslie Berland appointed as CMO of Twitter Inc
Leslie Berland has been named as Twitter’s new chief marketing executive. Hailing from the financial sector, Berland was Executive Vice President, Global Advertising, Marketing
& Digital Partnerships at American Express.
Gurdeep Singh named chairman and MD of NTPC
Government of India has appointed Gurdeep Singh, currently head of Gujarat State Electricity Corp, as the chairman and managing director of NTPC Ltd, India’s biggest power producer. Singh, 51, will be the first person to be appointed to the top job at a Maharatna company through a search committee route.
Kamlesh Kumar Pandey – Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities
Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey has been appointed as the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) for a period of three years. Dr. Pandey is a Science Graduate from University of Allahabad and Medical Graduate from Agra University in 1990.
Ten Non-Official Directors appointed in banks
Ten part-time Non-Official Directors (NODs) have been appointed by the government on the board of various public sector banks. Of them, Girish Kumar Ahuja and Pushpendra Rai have been appointed NODs in State Bank of India, Amit Chatterjee and G Gopalkrishna in Dena Bank, Archana Ravindrarai Dholakia in Bank of Maharashtra, V V R Sastry and M Bhagavantha Rao in Vijaya Bank.