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Last fortnight ICAI elected its new torchbearers – Manoj Fadnis as president and M. Devaraja Reddy as vice-president – for the year 2015-16. A fellow of the ICAI for the last 28 years, Fadnis was vice-presi­dent, institute, for the council year 2014-15. An illustrious and versatile accountancy professional, he passed his B Com from Indore University and qualified as a chartered accoun­tant in January 1987. He has been in practice ever since. Reddy was a cen­tral council member for the period 2010-13 and was re-elected to the central council of ICAI for a second term for 2013-16. He qualified the CA examination in November 1987 and thereafter started independent professional practice in Hyderabad.

New role

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, the express transportation company, has named David Ross as president of its new Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa (MEIA) region. In his new role, Ross will be responsible for the leader­ship and strategic direction of this newly-formed region, headquartered in Dubai, UAE. Ross has spent more than 30 years in the global logistics industry and has held several execu­tive level positions for FedEx Express since joining the company in 1992.

New chairman

Prabal Basu, finance director, Balmer Lawrie, has been selected as the next chairman of the company. Basu will take over the charge from the present chairman Viren Sinha, who is retiring on 31 July this year. The 52-year-old Basu, the youngest chairman-to-be of Balmer Lawrie, was instrumental in the restructur­ing and the growth of the company. He was among the eight candidates who appeared before the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) in January this year for the top job of the Kolkata-based mini ratna public
> creative director, DDB Mudra group. * In his new role, he will bring his cre- 2 ative sense to drive the bite across all communication elements, includ­ing brand messaging, show promo­tions and short format content for multi-screen consumption.

Leadership moves

Godrej has announced senior man­agement movements in three of its publicly-listed entities. P. Ganesh, CFO, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL) will take charge as the chief financial officer and com­pany secretary for Godrej Industries limited (GIL). V. Srinivasan, execu­tive director, Godrej Properties Lim­ited (GPL), will move to GCPL as chief financial officer and company secre­tary, while also stepping down from the GPL Board of Directors. Mohit Malhotra, who currently heads the Business Development function and the NCR region for Godrej Proper­ties, will be inducted as an executive director on the Board of Directors of the company. All these changes will take effect from 1 April 2015.

Able leader

Vodafone India has announced that Naveen Chopra, director, Vodafone Business Services (vbs), will suc­ceed Sunil Sood as chief operating officer for Vodafone India with effect 1 April 2015. This follows the earlier announcement of Sood succeeding Marten Pieters as managing direc­tor and chief executive officer with effect 1 April 2015. Chopra has, over the last five years ably led VBS into significant growth and expansion into new customer and product seg­ments, to contribute substantially to Vodafone India’s business success.

Chopra joined Vodafone in 2004 as vice-president, corporate marketing, and, over the last 10 years, has done stints as CMO and, subse­quently, successfully led the Mum­bai and Rajasthan Circles as business head, before joining the executive committee as the director, VBS. His successor as director, Vodafone Busi­ness Services, will be announced in due course of time.

sector enterprise, wherein the short­listed candidates included three internal candidates. The rest were from other PSUs.

On her own

Barkha Dutt has stepped down as NDTV group editor and is moving into a consulting role. She is in the process of setting up her own multi- media content company and policy group. However, according to NDTV chairman Prannoy Roy and co-chair­person Radhika Roy, Dutt will con­tinue her association with the group as the anchor for the programmes Buck Stops Here on weeknights and We, The People on weekends.

Adding strength

MTV India has appointed Shalini Sethi as content & programming head, with Keegan Pinto joining as creative head. Both will report to MTV India EVP and business head Aditya Swamy. Sethi moves in from Bindass, where she was director, programming, and played a key role in launching the channel. She will be responsible for building origi­nal content for the channel. Work­ing closely with young producers and talent, she will strengthen existing franchises while parallelly building new properties.

Prior to joining MTV, Pinto was company secre­tary, while also stepping down from the GPL Board of Directors. Mohit Malhotra, who currently heads the Business Development function and the

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