Satyam appoints new Aussie chief

Satyam has announced the appointment of a new country manager for Satyam Australia and New Zealand.

Satyam has announced the appointment of a new country manager for Satyam Australia and New Zealand.

New ANZ chief Venki Prathivadi has been with Satyam since 2003. His last role was that of a delivery director for a "leading Australian telecommunications provider", according to the company.

Having presided in Australia for 18 years, he has also held consulting roles in SAP Australia and EDS Australia.

Prathivadi told that the company would now look to putting more value into its engagement with customers, drawing on the skills of new owner Tech Mahindra.

He said that the company had been quiet for the last few months following the scandal in which chairman Ramalinga Raju admitted he had been doctoring the firm's accounts, inventing revenues that didn't exist. The company would reward the customers that stood by it in its difficult time, he said.

The company would also look to put its best face forward to the media. "We've had a bit of bad press," Prathvadi admitted, something he was determined to change.

The appointment confirmed the news last week that former managing director Deepak Nangia had left the company. According to Satyam, he left for personal reasons.

T. R. Anand, Satyam director, senior VP and head of the Asia-Pacific region said that companies survived outside individuals. He said the scandal had meant that some had wanted to leave. "I don't blame them for that," he said.

There has been some concern with Satyam's problems that the $75 million complex at Geelong, set to provide jobs for up to 2000 graduates, would be canned.

Prathvadi said that a new Satyam board had been appointed and that it would be considering the investment, something that could take two months.

The scandal has already had implications for the company's Australian business as National Australia Bank decided to suspend the outsourcing of any further work to the Indian company. Prathvadi wouldn't comment on the contract specifically, but said that "the relationship's going well".

The company also appointed Vijay Prasad as a principal advisor to the Australia and New Zealand region today.

Vijay was one of the most senior executives at Satyam, according to the company, having worked in the company's enterprise applications and business intelligence practice group and held the position of CIO.


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