Salesforce Hires Arundhati Bhattacharya as CEO of India Operations

The former chairperson of the State Bank of India has been hired to lead the company’s India division.

Global CRM giant Salesforce announced on Wednesday that former Arundhati Bhattacharya, who served as chair of the state-run State Bank of India for almost four decades, would be tasked with overseeing the company’s expansion in India.

Gavin Patterson, President and CEO of Salesforce International and former chief executive of BT, announced the hire. “Arundhati is an incredible business leader, and we are delighted to welcome her to Salesforce as chairperson and CEO India,” he said in a statement.

Mr Patterson also outlined the significance of the company’s India operations: “India is an important growth market for Salesforce and a world-class innovation and talent hub and Arundhati’s leadership will guide our next phase of growth, customer success and investment in the region.”

Salesforce has said it expects to add 3,000 jobs in India over the coming three years, with expectations of turning the country into its “leading global talent and innovation hub”. Research firm IDC has reported that Salesforce and its ecosystem of partners is set to create more than $1 trillion in new business revenues between 2019 and 2024.

I could not be more excited to join the Salesforce team to ensure we capture this tremendous opportunity and contribute to India’s development and growth story in a meaningful way,” said Bhattacharya following the announcement.

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