Infosys appointed former Salesforce executive Chitra Nayak as an independent director. She has over 25 years of professional experience and specialises in go-to-market strategies. Nayak also serves as a board member at Invitae, a medical genetics firm; at Morneau Shepell, a HRtech services firm; at Forward Air, a freight and logistics firm; and at Intercom, a messaging platform. She has also co-founded Neythri.org that supports South Asian professional women.
Salesforce appointed Arun Kumar Parameswaran as SVP and MD (sales and distribution) India from early May. He will be based out in Bengaluru will report to Arundhati Bhattacharya, CEO and Chairperson. Parameswaran, in the recent past, was VP for the Enterprise business at VMware. He comes with over 28 years of experience and has worked with clients across the enterprise, commercial, PSU’s and SMB’s on their digital transformation journeys.
Salesforce has appointed Sanket Atal as Senior VP and MD, India. Atal will officially join the cloud computing firm on March 15 and will report to Arundhati Bhattacharya, CEO and Chairperson, Salesforce India. In his new role, Atal will be responsible for driving the next level of growth for Salesforce in the country having has the second-highest employees workforce outside of the US. The form has over 4,000 employees in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.
Spotify will let its employees work from anywhere as work shifting to cloud-based tech and employees attending online meetings. The Swedish music streaming firm’s move is in step with several tech organisations adapting to new ways of working that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Salesforce and Twitter have already shifted to hybrid or permanent remote working models.
As Salesforce allowed its employees to work remotely indefinitely under a new policy, the cloud computing giant said that 9-to-5 workday is “dead.” The new policy offers flexibility to employees and follows tech firms like Google, Twitter, etc which are adapting newer workplace rules for the post-pandemic period. Salesforce said it made changes after surveying employees who have been mostly WFH since the COVID-19 outbreak began.
Salesforce said it will let most of its employers WFH or anywhere at least part-time permanently. This means employees will be in the office anywhere from one to three days a week. Employees who don’t live near an office or have roles that don’t require an office will work remotely full-time, Salesforce said. Some workers whose jobs require them to be in a physical office will continue to go work.
Salesforce has chipped in $15 mn into HR tech platform Darwinbox. The round saw participation from Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed India, Endiya Partners and 3one4 Capital. The company, including the latest round, has raised $35 mn. Darwinbox, the third-largest HR cloud provider after SAP and Oracle in India, wants to become the leader in the next two years. The platform services 500 firms globally, touching 1 mn employees in 60 countries.
Salesforce has launched Hyperforce in India, a solution to help firms to run all existing Salesforce solutions on the public cloud. Hyperforce is a ‘reimagination’ of Salesforce’s architecture to deliver it customer 360– sales cloud, service cloud marketing cloud, commerce cloud, etc — to work seamlessly with any public service cloud providers. Hyperforce is launched in India and Germany and expected in another 10 countries by the end of 2021.