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Lands chairman role, set to drive A/Pac expansion

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India’s IT outsourcing giant Mahindra Satyam has resurrected former high profile Telstra and Optus executive Ted Pretty, placing him in the chairman’s role for its newly fleshed out Australia and New Zealand operations.

Signalling a new push in A/NZ, Pretty has been tasked to drive Mahindra Satyam and Tech Mahindra strategy across network engineering and operations, business intelligence and analytics, cloud, mobility and security, the company said.

As one of Telstra’s more prolific M&A men, Pretty’s experience will also be leveraged to facilitate expansion plans in the region as the diversifies into “higher service suite” business offerings.

In April, the company announced that it was expanding its local HQ in Sydney, promising hundreds of new jobs over the next three to five years.

Mahindra Satyam Australia & NZ Venki Prathivadi said that Australian revenues had doubled in the last three years with local customers driving demand for rich data analytic services.

Local clients include Vodafone and Optus. Just weeks after flagging the expansion and job creation Optus announced a restructure that would include the loss of 750 jobs , many of which reside in the support and back office sweet spot for Mahindra Satyam.

“Australia is very important strategically for us. Our commitment will not just be financial it will be intellectual as well,” Prathivadi said.

Pretty has been quietly working on private ventures and start- up investments over the last few years and is non-executive director of NextDC, and holds chairing roles with digital media adviser and investor CMB Capital and SiteTour, a cloud based out-of-home advertising and data platform. ®

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