Capgemini's Thierry Delaporte to be Wipro's new CEO and MD

Wipro has picked Capgemini executive Thierry Delaporte as its chief executive officer and managing director, the company said in a BSE filing today. Delaporte takes over from Abidali Neemuchwala on June 1. Neemuchwala left the technology firm after four years at the helm citing 'family commitement'.

Delaporte, until recently, was the Chief Operating Officer of Capgemini Group and a member of its Group Executive Board. During his twenty-five year career with Capgemini, he has held many top positions including that of Chief Executive Officer of the Global Financial Services Strategic Business Unit, and head of all global service lines. He also oversaw Capgemini's lndia operations, and led the group's transformation agenda, conceptualizing and driving several strategic programs across various business units.

"l am delighted to welcome Thierry as CEO and Managing Director of the company. Thierry has an exceptional leadership track record, strong international exposure, deep strategic expertise, a unique ability to forge long-standing client relationships, and proven experience of driving transformation and managing technological disruption. We believe that Thierry is the right person to lead \Mpro in its next phase of growth," said Rishad Premji, Chairman, Wipro Limited.

Delaport starts work from July 6. He will be based in Paris and report to Rishad Premji. Thierry has a Bachelor's degree in Economy and Finance from Sciences Po Paris and a Masters in Law from Sorbonne University. He is also the co-Founder and President of the not-for-profit organization Life Project 4 Youth.

Wipro, among the earliest companies to ride the outsourcing wave, has lagged larger peers for nearly a decade, a period which saw four top executives at the helm.

Texas-based Neemuchwala had a challenging time at Wipro. He struggled with acquisitions, client bankruptcies and restructuring of businesses in India and West Asia over the last four years.