WhiteHat Jr’s founder and CEO, Karan Bajaj, is leaving the company a year after selling it to Indian edtech behemoth Byju’s for $300 million. Trupti Mukker, who formerly led Whitehat Jr’s customer experience, will now oversee WhiteHat Inc. Bajaj and Byju’s founder and chief executive Byju Raveendran said the departure was a “mutually decided” choice made at the time of the acquisition of WhiteHat Jr. in an email to workers on Wednesday.
Chief People Officer of LinkedIn Teuila Hanson said that as offices reopen, employees will be allowed to choose to work remotely full-time. LinkedIn does not require its employees to get vaccinated and return to the office. Any of the employees who change locations can also see their pay change according to the local market. This policy of LinkedIn opposes that of big tech companies like Apple and Google.
After Google’s announcement that all employees should be vaccinated before returning to work on-site, Facebook released a statement on similar lines. FB’s VP Lori Goler said that their work to prioritise return to office emphasizes its employee’s health and safety. A procedure will be developed for those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical and other reasons. The timelines for return to office have not been changed.
Harvinder Singh Banga has been named Head of Technology – Operations and Business Partnering at Mahindra Logistics. Banga will spearhead digital transformation initiatives and manage IT strategically for the company’s advantage. He has more than 21 years of IT leadership expertise in a variety of enterprises. Banga has formerly worked at GWC Qatar, JM Baxi Group, and Safexpress.
Kunal Mehta has joined Tata Consultancy Services as a Program Director. He was previously the Group CTO of Fabindia Overseas, a retail company. Mehta will be advising TCS’s retail clients on IT strategy, frameworks, and implementation. Mehta has worked with Raymond, Reliance Retail, and Johnson & Johnson in the past. He has over 21 years of expertise in the retail and industrial sectors. TCS is a subsidiary of the Tata Group.
Tredence, over the next 12 months, is looking to employ 1,000 analytics and engineering professionals. The company will hire in the domains of data analysts, business analysts, data engineers, data scientists, data product owners, cloud platform developers, and technical architects, etc. In the last seven months, the company has hired 500+ employees taking the total workforce count to over 1000 globally.
Sunstone Eduversity has hired Vipin Jain as their new CTO. In his new role, Jain will be helping the Eduversity with digitisation. The veteran and has worked in senior roles in leading and handling the tech front in many firms including Mytrah Mobility and Saffronart. The institute’s aim is to deliver a standardised and highly relevant employment-centric college education throughout the country, without any geographic restrictions.
The pandemic has forced IT sector employees to drastically upskill themselves and thus they are looking for a staggering 70% increase in their wages. With the increase in demand for technical superiority, employees have worked overtime to improve their skills in domains of AI, blockchain, cloud computing etc. Improvement in communication skills has become a must. 82% of the jobs require digital skills as one of the basic criteria.
The 76-year-old veteran Shiv Nadar has stepped down as the MD of HCL tech. He, however, will remain as chairman emeritus & strategic advisor. C Vijayakumar, the CEO and President will be taking over his role as MD for five years. HCL was the third-highest earner in FY21 in India with a revenue of $10.18 bn. Relieved from his duties as the MD, Nadar will now be focusing on philanthropy and on building his Shiv Nadar Foundation.