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Wipro finds its first Brazil head in former AWS exec Douglas Silva

Wipro finds its first Brazil head in former AWS exec Douglas Silva
Douglas Silva, country head for Brazil, Wipro  |  Photo Credit: Wipro
27 Jan, 2021

Information technology (IT), consulting and business process services company Wipro on Monday said that it has appointed an industry veteran, Douglas Silva, as its country head in Brazil.

Silva, as per his LinkedIn profile, holds about 24 years of experience in the IT industry. He led Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) enterprise business growth in Brazil across cloud, consulting, support and training services as an enterprise sales director.

Prior to the director’s role, he was head of the financial services industry in the Latin American region for AWS. He has also worked for Hewlett Packard, TCS, Capgemini and SAP, with a focus on financial services.

Silva, a statement from Wipro said, will be based at Alphaville, Barueri, Brazil, and will report to Mukund Seetharaman, the company’s managing director in Latin America (LATAM).

“We are excited to have Douglas Silva join us as we look to build on our legacy of success and drive accelerated growth in one of Latin America’s most dynamic markets. Brazil has helped drive growth across the region over the last few years and Wipro remains committed to strengthening its teams to support both global and local clients in their transformation journey,” Seetharaman said.

Recognizing LATAM’s growth potential, Wipro said it has made a number of strategic investments in the region during the past five years. The company has built its local presence across the region significantly by hiring local workforce, acquiring local companies, and establishing offices in key economic hubs.

In July 2020, Wipro had said it would acquire Fortaleza, Brazil based firm IVIA Serviços de Informática for $22.4 million, to capture a market in Brazil’s financial, retail and manufacturing sectors’ IT services segment.

In September 2019, Wipro had launched a digital platform for São Paulo-based Brazilian Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN), a 1967-founded association that represents the Brazilian banking industry.

Wipro has had a presence in Brazil for over 10 years.

Apart from Brazil, Wipro has offices in four other LATAM countries -- Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica. Globally, it employs over 180,000 in workforce count across six continents.

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The Bengaluru-based IT services player recently reported a 20.8% increase in quarterly profit in a period preceding a major rejig of its service lines and markets.

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“Growth in financial services is driven by demand across pretty much all sub verticals, led by demand in digital operations primarily; cloud infrastructure services also and digital transformation,” CEO Delaporte had said during the earnings announcement.