The National Association of Software and Services Companies said Rao, who was previously vice- chairman of Nasscom, would succeed Keshav Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS Global Services.
Nasscom said in a press release that it hosted its first-ever Executive Council meeting via a video conference to ensure business continuity during this unprecedented situation and the appointment was announced at the meeting.
The industry body has also announced the appointment of Rekha M. Menon, chairman and senior managing director, India at Accenture, as the vice-chairperson for 2020-21.
“These are challenging times for the Indian IT industry, as we deal with an unprecedented situation. However, the Indian IT industry has time and again proven its resilience, and I have no doubt that this time too, we will emerge stronger and wiser. As we all adjust to a new normal, I hope to continue the great work that Nasscom has been doing in transforming the industry...I believe that our industry, more than ever, needs a focused approach towards building resilience, upskilling its workforce and contributing to our country’s growth, and I am excited to be a part of this journey with Nasscom,” Rao was quoted saying in the press release.
The newly appointed leadership along with President Debjani Ghosh, would lead the industry body to carry out its wide array of objectives for the coming year in order to achieve their 2025 vision for the industry, said Nasscom.
Menon said she would look forward to working with Nasscom and its leadership to ensure that the industry remains innovative and agile, as it unlocks opportunities, navigates challenges, and catalyses sustainable, positive impact in the communities in the future.