Vignani is born; global semiconductor veteran Tom Rohrs visits India


IT is taking deep roots in India. Bangalore has capabilities across the layers in IT – from applications (enterprise applications, mobile applications), AppServer, DBMS, Operating Systems, Microprocessors, Servers, Storage, Devices, Networking, Switches, Design, Testing, Validations, Libraries, Tools, etc., About three years back the global leader in Semiconductor Equipment Supplier, namely, Applied Materials came to Bangalore. Kumar Ramachandran, a veteran in Applied Materials took charge as Country Manager and grew Applied Materials India to a 700-strong company.

Today (June 24, 2005) Kumar Ramachandran takes an entrepreneurial role and launches Vignani, a company that will start offering design engineering services to global capital equipment industry (including, but not limited to semiconductor industry). With his successful stint with Applied Materials Kumar Ramachandran is likely to lead yet another growth industry from India – propelled by IT, but going beyond a limited view of IT that one associates with India, namely, software services for business applications.

As part of its management team, Vignani brought Thomas Rohrs to Bangalore on his maiden visit to India. Thomas Rohrs a veteran in the global IT industry spent five years with Applied Materials Inc., most recently as senior vice president, Global Operations, and was also a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Immediately prior to that he was vice president, Worldwide Operations for Silicon Graphics, and previously worked at MIPS Computer Systems as senior vice president, Manufacturing and Customer Service. Mr. Rohrs also served as group operations manager for Hewlett-Packard Company’s Personal Computer Group.

It is an important day for India; with EMS majors Flextronics and Solectron getting active in Bangalore and Nokia and Elcoteq building their manufacturing operations in India, semiconductor and hardware will be as commonplace in India as software services in the not-too distant future.


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