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Wipro appoints new country heads for Germany-Austria, Japan

Wipro appoints new country heads for Germany-Austria, Japan
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9 Feb, 2021

Bengaluru-based information technology (IT) services company Wipro has appointed Michael Seiger as the country head and managing director for Germany and Austria, while Tomoaki Takeuchi will take over the role in Japan.

Seiger will work to expand the reach of Wipro by leveraging its engineering expertise, Holmes artificial intelligence (AI) platform and Topcoder freelancer service to meet emerging demand in Germany and Austria, a statement said. 

Takeuchi is expected to boost Wipro’s focus in Japan, with an emphasis on exponential growth, large deals and significant transformational engagements, the company said.

“Wipro is a global company and its spirit of excellence and corporate values shape its operations. I look forward to working closely with Wipro’s global network to drive sharper focus on client centricity, invest in local capabilities and leverage innovation for business growth,” Seiger said.

He joins Wipro after a 10-year stint with Atos, where he was the global head of application management. He led the modernization of the company’s portfolio, and oversaw the business and platform solution division’s Deal Solution Group. He holds a degree in computer science from Technical University Munich.

Previously, Seiger has held leadership roles at Accenture and the Bertelsmann Group.

“Germany and Austria have strong potential in manufacturing, BFSI, energy and utilities, and the telecom sectors. We have made significant investments in recent years that have strengthened our relationship with educators and administrators in the region,” Barath Narayanan, COO for Europe at Wipro, said.

“As part of expansion efforts in this dynamic market, we also plan to set up a digital innovation hub for Germany and Austria. I am pleased to welcome Michael and am confident that his local knowledge and leadership skills will help drive our growth strategy here,” he said.

On the other hand, Takeuchi has headed Japan operations for Cognizant, and held leadership positions at EDS, Sun Microsystems and Apple in Japan. He holds a graduate degree in commercial science from KEIO University, Tokyo.

“Japan has been a strategic focus for Wipro over the years, even more so now with its growing demand for digital transformation, specialized technology requirements and engineering expertise. I am excited to welcome Takeuchi-san, and am confident that his leadership and deep understanding of this market will help clients succeed and drive our growth ambition in this region,” NS Bala, CEO of APMEA region at Wipro, said.