Tata Sons recently appointed Aarthi Subramanian as the group’s Chief Digital Officer, as per this PTI report. At Tata, Subramanian will drive digital adoption across group companies as well as the group’s digital initiatives, the report said. Subramanian will report to N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons and will assume her new role in August this year.
Prior to her new role, Subramanian worked as the Executive Director of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). She has over 25 years of experience in the IT sector and started off her career with TCS. She is a National Institute of Technology, Warangal alumna and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management. It is not clear what all digitisation initiatives TCS has in the works, but the appointment of a new digital officer points out that TCS is could be automating its workflow, to make up for the job losses.
Subramanian’s appointment as Chief Digital Officer comes at a time when Tata’s software and consultancy group TCS is going through a structural re-organisation in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, media reports said that 2,000 employees at TCS’s Lucknow office will be laid off due to the organisational rejig. TC has however disputed these reports and said that there would be no layoffs. It’s not just TCS, ever other IT software exporter in India—Infosys, Tech Mahindra, Cognizant, Wipro—have all trimmed down its workforce.