With security taking centre stage across the enterprise, the role of the CSO or CISO is becoming increasingly complex and challenging, but exciting, nonetheless. As these\u00a0executives find new roles in which they can bring their experience and vision to bear, we\u2019ll keep you up to date on new appointments and movements in the world of cybersecurity.If you have any appointment or job news to share, please let us know.February 2022Airtel appoints Varun Singla as CISOVarun Singla has joined Airtel as chief information and security officer. Previously, he was CSO at Micron Technology.Singla brings in over 17 years of experience in the IT industry. His expertise includes building sustainable and cost-effective security organizations that partner with business, IT, and engineering teams to solve enterprise risks. He has also held leadership positions at Veritas Technologies and Deloitte.January 2022Quantiphi names Amit Dhawan as CISO QuantiphiAmit DhawanData science software and services vendor Quantiphi has appointed Amit Dhawan chief information and security officer. Dhawan was previously the CISO and data protection officer at Birlasoft.Dhawan served in the Indian Navy for 17 years before entering corporate life. He has worked in banking and IT\/ITeS, gaining expertise in risk, computer forensics, information security, security, project planning, and team management.November 2021Akhil Verma joins Paytm Money as CISO Akhil VermaAkhil Verma, CISO at Paytm MoneyPaytm Money has appointed Akhil Verma as its new chief information security officer. He will be based in Bangalore.Verma has over 15 years of experience in the BFSI sector. He was a CSO100 India winner in 2019. Before joining Paytm Money, Verma was the CISO for Airtel Payments Bank. He has also held leadership positions in Fincare Small Financial Bank, Janalakshmi Bank, Canara Bank, and Oriental Bank of Commerce.August 2021Wipro Enterprises appoints Vikram GR as CISO IDGVikram GRVikram GR has joined Wipro Enterprises as chief information and security officer. He will be based in Bangalore.A former CSO India 100 winner, he was previously CISO at Diageo and has also held positions at EY, Protiviti, and Paladion. While at Diageo, he was responsible for information security management, audit and controls, compliance and data privacy.July 2021Mohit Gupta named group CISO at Motherson MothersonMohit GuptaAuto parts maker Motherson has made Mohit Gupta its group chief information security officer,\u00a0reporting to the group CIO.\u00a0In his new role,\u00a0he will work to improve the overall security posture of Motherson group companies, which employ 135,000 staff in 41 countries.\u00a0Gupta has over two decades of experience in IT. Previously, he was CISO of MothersonSumi INfotech and Designs (MIND), Motherson\u2019s IT services subsidiary.April 2021Gomeet Pant joins ABB Global Business Services\u2014Information Systems IDG IndiaGomeet Pant, vice president and head of infosec servicesGomeet Pant has been appointed as vice president and head of infosec services at ABB\u2019s Global Business Service \u2013 Information Systems (GBS IS).Pant, who had recently been appointed as CISO and head of IT operations at Vedanta Zinc International, moved to ABB in April 2021 to take on his global role.ABB\u2019s GBS-IS provides IT services to over 90 countries in which ABB has a presence.\u00a0Ambarish Singh is the new CISO at Godrej & BoyceFormer senior manager of information security at Flipkart, Ambarish Singh has been appointed as the new chief information security officer (CISO) at manufacturing firm Godrej & Boyce.A seasoned cybersecurity leader, Singh served as associate director of the Indian Navy\u2019s cyber incidents response team, where he oversaw digital forensics and was involved in the planning, implementation, and execution of vulnerability and risk assessment.\u00a0He also played a key role in defining and implementing processes and policies.Singh is an EC-certified certified ethical hacker, and holds Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM) certifications from ISACA, as well as\u00a0a Master\u2019s degree in cybersecurity and cyber law from the National Law University.December 2020Kapil Madaan is the new CISO at Spark Minda Kapil MadaanKapil Madaan, chief information security officer at Spark MindaFormerly global leader of cybersecurity at Max Healthcare, Kapil Madaan is taking over as chief information security officer at auto component manufacturer Spark Minda.His career in cybersecurity started during a stint at Ashtech Infotech, where he was responsible for managing core IT infrastructure and security. He\u00a0has more than 12 years of experience in managing cybersecurity operations, audit and accreditation, infosec, data privacy, strategic planning, and disaster recovery planning. He also built expertise in the area of regulatory compliance\u2014specifically in Service Organization Control 2 (SOC2), ISO27001, and Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS).\u00a0September 2020Ashok Kumar N joins Encora as Sr Director, Global GSRC and Head of Digital Security Ashok Kumar NAshok Kumar N,\u00a0Sr Director, Global GSRC &\u00a0Head-Digital Security, EncoraFormer CISO at Amazon Pay India, Ashok Kumar has joined Encora as\u00a0Sr Director, Global GSRC\u00a0(Governance Security Risk and Compliance) and Head of Digital Security.Encora is a global digital engineering organization headquartered in Arizona, US with a 4000+ strong team and growing.The company assists organizations in driving innovation in AI\/ML, cloud, IoT, automation, and mobility in addition to other enterprise technology solutions.In his new role, Kumar will actuate Encora\u2019s digital security practice. He will also be developing and instituting the framework for technology pertaining to Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). Additionally, he will be responsible for the implementation of international security, risk, and compliance standards and frameworks at the firm.Kumar accrued extensive experience for his current role during his tenure at Unisys, where he developed and set up the company\u2019s security and compliance Centre of Excellence for global operations covering over 30 offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia.He has implementation experience in multiple standards and frameworks, including ISO 27001, ISO 22301, ISO 20000-1, ISO 31000, NIST, HIPAA\/HITECH, ISAE 3402 SSAE 16 SOC 1 & SOC 2, SOX, FedRAMP, Fisma and PCI-DSS.In his stint with Amazon, he led the adoption, implementation and localization of corporate, transactional and regulatory security requirements from US & China to India & South Asia.Gomeet Pant to head IT Ops & Cybersecurity at Vedanta Zinc International Gomeet Pant\/CSO100 AwardsGomeet Pant, Head-IT Ops & Cybersecurity, Vedanta Zinc InternationalGomeet Pant has been appointed Head of IT Operations & Cybersecurity at South Africa-based Vedanta Zinc International (VZI).In his previous role Pant was heading cybersecurity at Cairn Oil and Gas \u2013 a vertical of the Vedanta group. In his new role at Vedanta Zinc International (VZI), he will be overseeing IT infrastructure in addition to cybersecurity.The seasoned cybersecurity leader has been associated with Vedanta since June 2013 when he joined the company as Group Lead, IT Security and Compliance.His new role makes him responsible for Operational Technology (OT) security at VZI. Explaining his new role, Pant said: \u201cI\u2019m now on the Vedanta Group\u2019s security committee and will be leading as the group\u2019s security anchor.\u201dAs Vedanta Zinc International is a South African entity, Pant will be relocating to SA in two months from now. In addition to his new responsibilities, there\u2019s a portion of IT security he will continue to manage for the Vedanta Group in India.Being responsible for OT systems\u2019 security, Pant shared his thoughts on what makes OT security more important than IT security: \u201cData can be recovered after an attack on a company\u2019s IT, but if there\u2019s a cyberattack on OT systems, it can cause a significant impact on human safety and the environment.\u201dHe added that a cyberattack on IT results in monetary loss, but unlike attacks on OT systems, human lives are not at stake.Neha Taneja takes over as Head-Cybersecurity at Cairn Oil & GasNeha Taneja will now be heading cybersecurity at Cairn Oil and Gas. A tenured cybersecurity leader, Taneja was previously Asst. VP-IT at GE Capital Business Process management services.She then joined SBI Card as Deputy VP-IT and served 7 years 6 months in the company before her exit as VP-IT Controllership.July 2020Dharmesh Rathod joins Welspun Group as Head-Cybersecurity CSO100 Awards by IDG IndiaDharmesh B Rathod, Head-Cybersecurity, Welspun GroupFormer CISO at Adani Enterprises, Dharmesh Rathod has joined the Welspun Group as Head of Cybersecurity. Founded in 1985, Welspun Group is a multinational conglomerate with investments in steel, energy and textiles.Prior to his stint at Adani, Rathod played the role of a CISO as Head-IT Assurance and Information Security at Essar Services India Ltd. for six years.\u00a0At Adani Enterprises, he led security strategy, audits, risk management and compliance, threat management, and IT & OT security. He is credited with setting up a security assessment framework in line with global security standards. He also designed the OT security program, including POCs and evaluations and played a key role in driving\u00a0ISO27001 certification and assessment for the group.In a career spanning over 22 years, Rathod has been the recipient of several leadership awards. He has made his mark as an eminent speaker at global and domestic platforms and has authored articles on cybersecurity for reputed publications.Rathod is certified in\u00a0ITIL V3,\u00a0ISO27001 LI and LA, to name a few, and is also a trained Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). In addition to being a cybersecurity chief, he has also played the role of an IT & cybersecurity strategist, architect & adviser and was an industry mentor for the Standford Advanced Cybersecurity Program.June 2020Unique Kumar, former CISO at Max Healthcare, joins CK Birla Group as Group CISO Unique KumarUnique Kumar, Group CISO, CK Birla GroupUnique Kumar, who in the past, headed security operations at Max Healthcare, Aviva India and Aptara, has been appointed as the Group CISO at CK Birla Group.In addition to his extensive experience in cybersecurity, in his previous stints,\u00a0 Kumar\u00a0was responsible for implementing new IT technologies, digital transformation, IT infrastructure, datacentre, large scale ERP rollouts, IT automation and cloud computing.He also has experience in mergers & acquisitions and maintaining stakeholder relationships. He has the know-how in managing risk and audits and is certified in ISO 27001 compliance,\u00a0Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Project Management Professional (PMP).In 2018, Kumar bagged his second consecutive CSO100 Award for spearheading key security initiatives at Max Healthcare \u2013 this included intrusion detection systems, email security, phishing simulators and Identity and Access Management (IdAM).May 2020Maya R Nair appointed as Director & CISO at Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL) Image supplied by Maya R NairMaya R Nair, Director & CISO, CRISILMaya R Nair, former CISO at Reliance Capital Ltd. and Head-Information Security at Idea Cellular has joined\u00a0Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL) as Director & Chief Information Security Officer.In her previous stints, Nair also served as head of security operations at Reliance Jio and was CISO & Head-IT Infrastructure at Lentra AI Ltd.An experienced veteran in the credit information space, Nair served as Assistant Vice President-InfoSec at TransUnion Credit Information Bureau Limited (TUCIBIL) for close to a decade. In addition to protecting TUCIBIL from internal and external threats, she played a key role in setting up the ISMS framework to conform to ISO 27001:2013; she helped revamp and migrate the datacentre with zero downtime and also set up the BCP and DR site for the company.Nair is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and a certified Information Security Management System (ISMS) lead auditor for ISO 27001. Among her list of credentials are\u00a0BS 25999 Lead Implementer and DSCI-certified privacy lead assessor.March 2020Rajesh Hemrajani appointed CISO at Paytm Payments Bank CSO100 AwardsRajesh Hemrajani, CISO at Paytm Payments BankFormer CISO at IDFC FIRST Bank, Rajesh Hemrajani has joined Paytm Payments Bank as the Chief Information Security Officer.He has over 28 years of experience in framing corporate information and cybersecurity policies & procedures, setting security standards for IT infrastructure, risk assessment, and developing business continuity plans and service standards.At IDFC First Bank, Hemrajani\u00a0managed four global information security functions and verticals with an 85-member team of skilled cybersecurity and risk professionals. He was a winner of the CSO100 Award in 2019.February 2020Former CISO at YES Bank, Rajesh Thapar joins OakNorth as Head of IT and InfoSec CSO100 AwardsRajesh Thapar, Head-IT & InfoSec at OakNorth BankFormer CISO at YES Bank, Rajesh Thapar has been appointed as the Head of IT and Information Security at OakNorth. OakNorth is a UK Bank providing loans to small and mid-sized businesses in the UK. A veteran CISO in the banking space, Thapar has extensive expertise in ISO 27001, IT Strategy, Management, Pre-sales, and Management Information Systems (MIS).Prior to working at YES Bank, Thapar was with IBM India as Information Security and Risk Management Lead, delivering IT security and risk management functions across manifold strategic outsourcing clients. He has also worked with Citigroup Global Services (now TCS eServe) and IDBI Bank.December 2019Kiran\u00a0Belsekar\u00a0joins Aegon Life as\u00a0Vice President - Information Security Kiran BelsekarKiran Belsekar, CISO, Aegon Life Insurance\u00a0Former SVP - Head of Information Technology & Cybersecurity at ENAM,\u00a0Kiran\u00a0Belsekar joined\u00a0Aegon Life as\u00a0Vice President - Information Security. Belsekar has accrued over 16 years of experience in\u00a0IT services in BPOs & KPOs, manufacturing, retail, banking, life insurance & the media domain.He has proven his expertise in\u00a0managing IT, information security & risk management, IT operations, IT infrastructure, ERP, managing IT budgets, and enterprise mobility solutions. In addition, Belsekar has demonstrated the ability to work in established organizations as well as startups.November 2019Former Sr. GM-Information Technology at WNS Global Services,\u00a0Allwyn Pereira,\u00a0 joins SPi Global as Head of IT Security Allwyn Pereira\/Sutherland\/IDG Security DayAllwyn Pereira at CSO100 Awards by IDG IndiaAllwyn Pereira has joined SPi Global as Head of IT Security. Pereira is an ISACA-certified Information Security Manager and was the Sr. Group Manager - Information Technology at WNS Global Services.\u00a0Prior to joining WNS, Pereira was the Director of Information Technology at Sutherland Global Services, where he worked for over 4.5 years.Former Head of Technology at Motilal Oswal Financial Services, Amit Jaokar joins NKGSB Bank as CISO & CDO Amit Jaokar\/IDG CSO100 AwardsAmit Jaokar at CSO100 Awards by IDG IndiaAmit Jaokar, who was previously Head of Technology at Motilal Oswal Financial Services, has been appointed as the Chief Digital Officer & Chief Information Security Officer at NKGSB Bank.A seasoned IT professional, Jaokar is passionate about creating business opportunities for the connected world.\u00a0 He has expertise in cloud computing, mobility, virtualization, IT infrastructure, IoT, digitization, BYOD and information security.October 2019Fal Ghancha appointed Chief Information Security Officer at DSP Mutual Fund CSO100 Awards\/IDGFal Ghancha at CSO100 Awards by IDG IndiaFormer CISO at Aegon Life Insurance, Fal Ghancha joined DSP Mutual Fund in October 2019. In his current role, he is solely responsible for information and cybersecurity governance, policies & processes, security audits, formulating business continuity plan, and running disaster recovery drills. He won the CSO100 Award in 2019 as well as in 2018.September 2019Prateek Mishra appointed Head-Information Security at IIFL Wealth Prateek Mishra\/IDGPrateek Mishra at CSO100 Awards by IDG IndiaPrateek Mishra was the CISO at IDBI Federal Life Insurance prior to joining IIFL Wealth.\u00a0He has experience in various domains of information security and has worked with companies like Reliance Industries and HDFC Bank, in addition to his stint at IDBI.\u00a0August 2019Shashank Bajpai joins Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India as CISO Shashank Bajpai\/IDGShashank Bajpai at CSO100 AwardsThe former Chief Information and Security Officer at Acko General Insurance, Shashank Bajpai, is now the security chief at Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGC).He brings more than a decade of experience in the information security domain, with an extensive background in leading corporate IT infrastructure strategy, creating an end-to-end infosec risk posture, and implementing key cybersecurity policies and controls.June 2019Manikant R Singh joins DMI Finance as Chief Information Security OfficerFormer Head-IT & CISO at Orbis Financial,\u00a0Manikant R Singh, has joined\u00a0DMI Finance as CISO.\u00a0At DMI Finance, Singh will be Reporting to the Jt. Managing Director.\u00a0In his current role, his priorities include API & information security, developing in-depth defence, formulating cybersecurity strategies, business automation, cloud strategies, BCP & DP, ensuring high availability and other security compliances.May 2019Mohd Shadab Siddiqui joins Hotstar as head of information security and trust Mohd Shadab Siddiqui\/IDGMohd Shadab Siddiqui at the CSO100 Awards by IDG IndiaMohd Shadab Siddiqui has joined Hotstar as head of information security and trust. Siddiqui was the head of information security, trust, fraud, risk and compliance at Ola.He stated that being responsible for security, privacy and trust at that scale is an exciting experience.\u00a0March 2019SafexPay appoints\u00a0Deepak Kalambkar as its new AVP-Infrastructure & CSO Deepak Kalambkar\/IDGDeepak Kalambkar at the CSO100 Awards by IDG IndiaFormer IT Head and CISO of Marvel Data Services, Deepak Kalambkar has joined SafexPay as the AVP-Infrastructure. At Safexpay, Kalambkar is responsible for the total Infrastructure and the compliance of ISO 27001 and PCI-DSS.He shared that at SafexPay, he would be looking after the total Infrastructure and also play parts of the CISO\u2019s role. In a career spanning over two decades, he has previously worked at Progressive Infotech, Nextstep Infotech, Seeinfobiz, CMS Computers and Alphabetic Business Machines.OYO appoints former Paytm security leader Aditya Khullar as Head-Cybersecurity (Sr. EM) Aditya KhullarAditya Khullar at CSO100 Awards by IDG IndiaPaytm\u2019s former tech security leader, Aditya Khullar has been appointed as the head of cybersecurity (Sr. EM) at India\u2019s largest hotel network \u2013 OYO Rooms.In the past, Khullar has worked for various global firms such as Aricent Technologies, HCL Infosystems, Bank of America and Interglobe Enterprises.\u00a0Former TransUnion CIBIL security leader Shiju Rawther joins India Infoline as\u00a0Executive VP-IT Shiju Rawther\/IDGShiju Rawther at CSO100 Awards by IDG IndiaThe former head of IT infra and security operations at TransUnion CIBIL, Shiju Rawther has now joined financial services major, India Infoline as Executive VP-IT.With close to two decades of experience accrued across India\u2019s top companies like Sify, Wipro Infotech and Fullerton India Credit Company, Rawther has bagged the prestigious CIO100 as well CSO100 awards in 2016 and 2018 respectively. He is also an advisory board member of CSO Online.February 2019Nissan Motors appoints\u00a0Dr Lopa Mudraa Basuu as global head of cybersecurity, governance, risk & compliance Dr Lopa Mudraa Basuu\/IDGDr Lopa Mudraa Basuu at CSO100 Awards by IDG IndiaCybersecurity veteran and evangelist, Dr Lopa Mudraa Basuu, was appointed Global Head of Cybersecurity, Risk Governance & Compliance at Nissan Motor Corp.Prior to joining Nissan, Basuu headed security, risk and governance functions for industry majors such as OCWEN Financial, SLK Global and contributed her career to MetLife and Infosys Technologies in leading roles.