Aricent Group appoints former IBM veteran Frank Kern as CEO

Aricent Group today said it has appointed Frank Kern as its Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

He will succeed current CEO Sudip Nandy, who will be transitioning to a new role as the Aricent Group's Chairman of India and will be based in Bangalore, India, Aricent said in a statement.

"The Aricent Group has been a fantastic growth story, and we are grateful to Sudip for his leadership. We are equally thrilled that Frank Kern will be leading the Aricent Group in its next phase of development and growth," Jamie Greene, Member of KKR, and a member of the Aricent Group Board of Directors, said.

Kern brings with him an outstanding track record of leading and growing global businesses, and taking them from one level to the next, Greene added.

Kern will also join the Aricent Group Board of Directors.

Formed in September 2006, Aricent has more than 11,000 employees at 37 locations worldwide, and its clients include network equipment makers, mobile device makers and service providers among others.

Kern retired from IBM earlier this year after a career that included senior roles around the globe, including Australia, China, Japan, Europe and the US.

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 USD 19 billion global consulting division with 110,000 employees.

Nandy will be returning to India to serve in a newly created position as Chairman of India. In this role, he will support the Aricent Group's growing business operations in India.

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