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Milan Rao

Milan Rao

President – Marketing, Innovation & Technology, and Global Head- Manufacturing and Communications Business, Wipro

Milan Rao is currently President at Wipro. He heads Wipro’s core transformation office – MIT, or Marketing, Innovation and Technology – that is driving Wipro’s business transformation and has the charter to develop transformative technology solutions. Milan oversees the CTO Office, which is Wipro’s Innovation and R&D hub, and defines the company’s technology vision and strategy. His charter includes incubating next-generation technology, IP and service offerings. Milan provides direction to Topcoder and Wipro’s crowd sourcing initiatives, as well as to Wipro’s Global Marketing function.  

Milan also heads up two of Wipro’s businesses globally – Manufacturing and Communications, driving digital transformation across the value chain for all customers in Process & Industrial Manufacturing businesses, Automotive, Aerospace, Defence and Telecom sectors.

Milan is part of Wipro’s Group Executive Council, which is the apex decision making council for Wipro group companies. His multi-industry leadership and business experience – from technology, healthcare, consumer to telecom and financial services – positions him uniquely to contribute to the ongoing overhaul in the industry and at Wipro.

Previously, Milan was President & CEO of GE Healthcare for India & South Asia, where he managed a business book of almost USD 1 bn across the region, besides overseeing R&D, IT, global supply chain, manufacturing and Sourcing functions in South Asia. He also oversaw the Indirect Channel partner (ICP) business and distribution strategy for GE Healthcare’s emerging markets in Asia and Africa.

Prior to that, Milan was the CEO of Airtel Business, the B2B arm of Bharti Airtel, one of the top 5 global telecom companies in terms of user base. His early career focus has been in financial services wherein he worked at Citibank and Morgan Stanley. He began his career as a management trainee at the global liquor giant Seagram. Milan graduated in Computer Science & Engineering from IIT, BHU (honoured as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2016) and earned his MBA from IIM Calcutta.