NIIT Ltd on 1 August announced that Sapnesh Lalla, who has been leading NIIT's Global Corporate Business, assumed charge as the Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1 August, 2017.
As the CEO of NIIT, Sapnesh's focus would be to drive forward strategies aligned to the requirements of the economy that is witnessing digital disruption.
"We are delighted to have Sapnesh Lalla taking charge of the company at a time when our business transformation initiatives have started to yield results and the company is firmly back on a growth path. With his global experience and keen understanding of disruptions that the economy is currently undergoing, Sapnesh will be responsible for establishing NIIT as a leader in the digital learning space," said Vijay Thadani, Vice Chairman and MD, NIIT Limited.
"Over the last three decades we have built a strong pipeline of leaders. Sapnesh has enjoyed a 25 year long tenure with a number of accomplishments including taking NIIT's Corporate Learning Group to new heights. I heartily congratulate Sapnesh and I am confident that his appointment will give a further thrust to the growth drive of NIIT," he added.
Sapnesh joined NIIT in 1992 as a Project Lead in the Learning Content Development team and has since held various management and leadership roles in
product management, customer support, channel development, sales, and support functions.
Prior to his appointment as CEO, Sapnesh served as the President of NIIT's Global Corporate Business, which constitutes nearly seventy percent of NIIT's total business. He led critical initiatives for the expansion of the company in North America and Europe including significant acquisitions like Cognitive Arts and Element K. Under his leadership, NIIT has grown to become a leading global learning outsourcing solutions provider with its Managed Training Services offering.
"The world is going through a spate of very substantial disruptions. "Digital" is changing how we and our customers do and will do everything. The millennial workforce works and learns differently. Soon we will have an average lifespan of 100 years. Education and Training are the best known enablers of change. As I look ahead, I see a great opportunity for us to create new value for our customers and grow," said Sapnesh.
Sapnesh is an Electronics and Communications Engineer, and received his Executive Education at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He was selected into the prestigious Managing Director's Quality Club and has the distinction of receiving the coveted Global Leadership Award twice in 2001 and 2010.