The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) on Friday named Debjani Ghosh as its President-Designate, who will succeed R Chandrashekhar after completion of his tenure in March next year.

Ghosh, former managing director of Intel South Asia, will be the first woman President of Nasscom.

In a statement, the apex software body announced “the appointment of Debjani Ghosh, former MD, Intel South Asia, as the Nasscom President-Designate, succeeding R Chandrashekhar, President, Nasscom upon the completion of his term in March 2018”.

Ghosh has been a member of Nasscom’s Executive Council and a trustee of Nasscom Foundation.

“The industry is today at a very interesting inflection point and Nasscom has a key role to play in catalysing the next phase of growth of the sector. Under Debjani’s leadership, Nasscom will further enhance its initiatives in innovation, disruptive technologies, skilling and new market access,” Raman Roy, Chairman of Nasscom said.

Ghosh’s appointment is a reflection of the importance of diversity and inclusion for the industry, he added.

Commenting on her appointment, Ghosh said, “…I firmly believe that Nasscom is much more strategically placed than any other forum to drive the IT agenda of the country”.

The Indian IT and business process outsourcing industry has been one of the growth drivers for the economy and is today a USD 150 billion sector representing multiple sub- sectors.

But a number of issues which have cropped up lately, including stricter work visa regulations in key markets like the US and the UK, and an uncertain business environment, have deepened the worry lines in the industry.