As a boy, one summer, Gopichand Katragadda learnt to make soap from his English teacher, and sold them to his friends. The act of making and selling soaps made him believe that what he created had value. Since then, the new chief technology officer of Tata Sons has proved his worth several times over - he has more than 30 publications and five patents to his credit and is a consultant, professor and author. But, as he confesses, he is still the boy who looks for constant validation.
No surprises then, his appointment as CTO of Tata Sons must have come to him as a big confirmation of his eminence in the technology world. This is the first time that the salt-to- automobile conglomerate has created the post of a group chief technology officer. As the head of the group's technology, Katragadda will be responsible for all its business at the group level and share his expertise in managing R&D operations. He would also act as an evangelist for innovation across group companies.
In the new role, the outcome of Chairman Cyrus Mistry's emphasis on R&D and innovation, Katragadda's responsibilities look huge. He will be in charge of over 100 companies with a total turnover of about $100 billion. But Tata Sons is confident it has tapped the right talent to steer the group's technological charge. "He became a natural choice given his width of experience," says a Tata Sons executive familiar with the appointment.
At GE, Katragadda had earned the reputation of a champion innovator. He was picked up to head the company's largest R&D centre outside the US which has 5,500 engineers and scientists. He also served as general manager of GE Energy Infrastructure's India engineering operations, where he led a team of 2,000 employees across cities.
In his 12 years with GE's research centre in Bangalore, Katragadda built new technology teams, facilitated funding of cross-business innovation, championed the commissioning of new research labs and helped create what is today GE's largest integrated multidisciplinary R&D centre.
When not innovating, Katragadda is usually trying his hand at something new.
A self-confessed adrenaline junkie, he loves challenges.
"Be it going down unknown roads of a new city or peeling the onion of a known fact to discover a new fascinating layer, what drives me is the unknown," he says.
These days, he is busy with the promotion of his Telugu directorial debut, Tokachukka. The thriller on treasure hunters has been made by a crew of techies with no background in film-making, and was shot only during weekends. In the past, he has taken up even bigger challenges like trying to decipher the complex Indus script-not exactly a job for the faint-hearted.
BANGALORE: Channel World Premier 100 award instituted by IDG India recognizes thought leaders and industry experts that evangelize best practices and innovation in India and serve as a platform to grow their businesses to the next level.
ChannelWorld recognizes 4G Identity Solutions Private Limited (4Gid),(Dr. Sreeni TripuraneniCEO) and Chairmanleader and pioneer in providing Identity Management and E-Governance as a Channel World Premier 100 Honoree for taking ingenious initiatives in a challenging and competitive business environment and championing new ideas by practicing new ways of looking at the business and industry; by setting new benchmarks and differentiating from the rest. The awards were hosted at a glittering awards ceremony at JW Marriott Pune, on 05th-06th June 2014.
4Gid has been honored the ChannelWorld Premier 100 Award for the third time in a row, and amazingly the ChannelWorld award comes only weeks after 4Gid was named finalist in TiE50 Silicon Valley awards program, and earlier this month 4Gid was ranked the 4th fastest-growing technology company by Inc. 500 the leading US magazine that focuses on entrepreneurship and growth.
At 4Gid “We are honored to be recognized by ChannelWorld as an industry leader for our groundbreaking approach in Identity management space,” The ChannelWorld award further validates the unique approach we have instilled and the impact we are having on the Identity innovation programs in emerging countries and we are very proud to accept this award from ChannelWorld said Dr. Sreeni Tripuraneni CEO and Chairman 4G Identity Solutions (4Gid).
The National Federation Party has announced former Fiji law Society President and former parliamentarianDorsami Naidu and Labasa businessman Latchmaiya Naidu for the September general elections.
Dorsami Naidu is the President of the Fiji Law Society. In 1985, he established his own law firm under the name of Pillai Nadu & Associates in Nadi. He contested the 1999 and 2001 general elections. In 2001 he was NFP’s deputy Leader for the elections. He was NFP’s President from 2004 to 2005.
Mr Naidu has held various positions in the trhen India Sanmargya Ikya Sangam. He was TISI Sangam President from April 2000 to April 2011. As Law Society President he was a member of the Judicial Legal Services Commission until April 2009
Latchmaiya Naidu of Labasa is a businessman. He is also a well known social worker. He has served as a Member and Chairman of Old People’s Home, Secretary of Crime Stoppers Zone 2 Labasa to name a few. He is a Vice President of TISI Sangam Labasa Branch. Mr Naidu owns and operates Latchmi Enterprises Ltd.
“I was in NFP in 1992 and also as a member of parliament, I’ve remained with NFP , I think it’s a stable , credible party and its got a vision for the future of this country.” said Naidu
Liberal candidate Indira Naidoo-Harris shattered a longstanding Conservative stronghold in Halton, beating out five-time Conservative MPP Ted Chudleigh in a race to the finish.
Naidoo-Harris had widened the gap between her and the Conservative incumbent by a margin of 3,000 votes, enough to declare her the winner.
“Welcome to my retirement party,” Chudleigh joked to a cramped Milton bar after the news broke.
The Halton riding contains voters from Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.
The riding has traditionally voted conservative, with Chudleigh holding the seat since 1995. In the last term, Chudleigh served as the opposition critic for tourism and culture as well as colleges and universities.
Naidoo-Harris, a former TV journalist, challenged Chudleigh’s winning streak again this year. Of the 58,000 votes cast in the 2011 election, Naidoo-Harris lost by 3,000 ballots.
The riding, one of the wealthiest in Ontario, was reformed in 1999 by combining part of Halton Centre with all of Halton North.
Transit was a key issue this election, with various projects currently in motion, including the Metrolinx Plan, The Big Move and the electrification of GO trains.
Chudleigh has said that a Tory majority would expand transit by uploading the service of Toronto subways and regional highways, such as the Gardiner Expressway, to Metrolinx. Naidoo-Harris’s plan included fully electric GO trains over 10 years.
Candidates were divided on a proposed super-highway that would connect the GTA to the Niagara region by cutting through the Niagara Escarpment, a valued piece of land and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Naidoo-Harris and NDP candidate Nik Spohr said they refused to support the project, while Chudleigh said the Conservatives would support the project but “draw the line” at encroaching on the Niagara Escarpment.
The prospect of opening a Wilfrid Laurier University satellite campus was also on the local radar. During his campaign, Chudleigh said he would ensure the years-long wait for the campus “wouldn’t get any longer.” Plans for the university have been put on hold pending approval from the province.