Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT service, consulting and business solutions organisation, has strengthened its New Zealand leadership team through a couple of major announcements made last week on Thursday, March 22.

TCS is a part of India's largest multinational business group, has over 390,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries with consolidated revenues of US $ 17.6 billion for the last financial year ended March 31, 2017.

In a press release issued by the company’s head office in Mumbai, Rohit Anand, a 20-year veteran of technology and consulting industries in NZ was appointed as the company’s first Country Manager.

Mr Anand brings on board more than 12 years of high-level leadership experience in leading global Technology and Consulting firms in New Zealand.

Welcoming the decision and making the announcement TCS Vice President and Regional Head of TCS Australia and New Zealand, Anil Snehi, said, “I am delighted to welcome Mr Anand to TCS’s ANZ leadership team.”

“I am confident that with him spearheading our New Zealand operations that TCS will continue to meet the needs of our existing clients and expand the business into new sectors,” Mr Snehi said.

Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Mr Anand shared his excitement about the prospects of leading NZ operations of India’s leading global giant on technology.

“It is a privilege to join TCS and spearhead its New Zealand operations. New Zealand has always been at the forefront of creativity and innovation. My role brings the best of local and global strengths to the fore to create sustained value for New Zealand companies through collaboration, co-innovation and commercialization.

“I look forward to working with TCS’s existing New Zealand clients and introducing new ones,” Mr Anand said.

One of the first steps that Mr Anand has taken as the new Country Manager is getting another Kiwi technology executive, Brett O’ Riley on board TCS in a senior role.

Mr O’Riley had been named the Advisory Chair for the company’s New Zealand operations with a remit to help shape the TCS business strategy in New Zealand and expand its client base.

Welcoming Mr O’Riley’s appointment, Mr Anand said, “Brett is an innovative New Zealand businessman and a seasoned executive who has helped drive the successes of the NZ technology sector.

“Mr O’Riley has experience in building business networks, and his deep appreciation of the ways in which digital technology is capable of shaping our lives for the better will be invaluable to TCS as we expand our New Zealand operations to meet the needs of our existing clients and expand the business in to new sectors,” Mr Anand said.

These recent announcements by TCS demonstrate the company’s explicit intent to expand its NZ operations.

India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC), the premium business body, overseeing the bilateral trade between the two countries has also welcomed this reinvigorated foray of India’s top IT firm in New Zealand.

“We welcome this show of vigour, intent and commitment by India’s top IT firm to New Zealand’s service sector,” Sameer Handa, Board Member of INZBC told the Indian Weekender.

“This is a good sign for the Indo-NZ bilateral trade,” Mr Handa added.