Dell picks up former Wipro CEO

Dell Services, the rapidly growing IT services business of Computer maker Dell has picked up Suresh Vaswani, former joint CEO of Wipro, to head the business in India. Vaswani left Wipro in January after a 25-year stint, partly due to the poor performance of the company.

India is Dell’s core services hub and is home to nearly 25,000 of its employees. The move is seen as a strong signal by the US Multinational that it intends to emerge as a strong competitor to firms like Infosys, IBM and Accenture.

Dell started moving into the services business over the last 3-4 years as its primary competitor, HP, acquired one of the World’s largest services firm EDS. EDS has, seven years ago, acquired Mphasis, one of India’s biggest BPO firms.

Vaswani will head Dell’s global Software Applications and BPO business, both of which are centred around its India centres. Dell had, more than a year ago, acquired Perot Systems, another services company which had a substantial chunk of its staff in India, though most were in the US.

Vaswani will report directly to Steve Schuckenbrock, President of Dell Services.

“I look forward to taking the Application and BPO organization to the next level, driven by next generation technology and services,” he said, driving at Dell’s tech-infused BPO services vision.