IBM veteran Frank Kern joins Aricent Group as CEO

Telecom Lead India: The Aricent Group has appointed Frank Kern as chief executive officer.

IBM veteran Frank Kern joins Aricent Group as CEO

Kern is an IBM veteran.

He will succeed Aricent CEO Sudip Nandy.

Nandy will become Aricent Group’s chairman of India and will be based in Bangalore, India. In this newly created role, he will support the Aricent Group’s growing business operations in India.

“We are thrilled that Frank Kern will be leading the Aricent Group in its next phase of development and growth. Frank brings with him an outstanding track record of leading and growing global businesses, and taking them from one level to the next,” said Jamie Greene, Member of KKR, and a member of the Aricent Group Board of Directors.

The Aricent Group has more than 11,000 employees at 37 locations worldwide, and its clients include leading network equipment manufacturers, mobile device manufacturers, service providers, as well as innovative companies in industry verticals propelled by connectivity, such as finance, media and entertainment, healthcare, and automotive.

During Nandy’s tenure as CEO, the Aricent Group has grown revenues and profits, and the Aricent Group revenue is now double the size since when it was formed in September 2006.

In addition, the company expanded its operations globally and increased its employee base by nearly 3,500 people.

At IBM, Kern had senior roles around the globe, including Australia, China, Japan, Europe, as well as New York and California in the USA. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of Global Business Services, a role in which he managed all aspects of global operations for this $19 billion global consulting division with 110,000 employees.

“The company plays a critical role in building and sustaining networks and devices that support mobile communications and create new ways for people to interact through technology. The Aricent Group has a great foundation, thanks to the work of Sudip and his team, and a terrific future,” said Kern.

Recently, the Aricent Group has appointed Sumit Ray as executive vice president and general manager of the Carrier Services and Solutions (CSS) business unit.

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