Ipsos India ropes in Rhuta Wekhande as CFO
Ipsos India, a leading global market research agency has appointed Rhuta Wekhande, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), with immediate effect. She moves from Vodafone, where she was General Manager, Finance.
Wekhande, a seasoned financial professional, with 18 years’ work experience has held senior level positions with Vodafone and AGL Networks (another Essar Group company) and has participated in key macro level decisions for large conglomerates. An alumnus of ICAI, New Delhi, she will report to Andrew Wong, CFO, Ipsos APAC and with a dotted line reporting to Amit Adarkar, Ipsos India CEO & Director Operations, APAC.
Meanwhile, Ramnath Pai, erstwhile Ipsos India CFO has been elevated as CFO, Ipsos Sub Sahara Africa (SSA). Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Pai will report to Olivier Champourlier, CFO EMEA and on the dotted line to Clive Little, CEO, Ipsos SSA.
“A CFO’s role in a market research set-up is extremely critical – apart from keeping a keen eye on topline growth and ensuring healthy bottomlines and day to day challenges of careful financial planning, cash flow management, budget and forecasting, the role is transforming. From a number cruncher, the CFO’s role now encompasses business strategy and counseling top management, in key business decision,” says Amit Adarkar, Ipsos India CEO and Director Operations, APAC.
“Wekhande will play a key role in our growth strategy,” Adarkar added.