"Over the past five years, Wipro has been transforming into a next-generation technology and consulting company with defining differentiators in the marketplace," says Azim Premji, chairman, Wipro. "As executive vice-chairman, TK will enable Abid by leveraging his deep relationships with customers and chart out a new technology roadmap for Wipro.
"In his nine months as the group president and chief operating officer, Abid has effortlessly assimilated into the culture and ethos of Wipro. The new structure will ensure smooth succession and will build on the solid foundation we have developed to drive superior growth and profitability. I wish both TK and Abid every success in their new roles," adds Premji.
Kurien will continue to report into Premji and will remain a member of the board until 31 March 2017.
"It is a privilege and an honour to be invited to lead Wipro, a company with a rich heritage of technology innovation and unflinching commitment to values. I am convinced that we are well positioned to seize new opportunities in today's marketplace. I look forward to working with the thousands of Wiproites to take our company to greater heights," says Neemuchwala.
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