Lenish Kannan - Group IT Head/CIO, Western International Group.
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CIO Spotlight – This week we bring to you Mr. Lenish Kannan, Group IT Head/CIO of Western International Group, a diversified conglomerate with a portfolio of successful brands in electronics, retail, household goods, garments, travel accessories, fashion, and footwear, among others. The Group has 25,000+ employees across 12 countries, headquartered in Dubai. It’s expanding its presence in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Europe and subcontinent with new brands and divisions.
Mr. Lenish Kannan is a highly skilled technology leader with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He started his career as an IT Manager in 2002 at Sree Gokulam Group of Companies and has since worked his way up to become the Group IT Head and CIO of Western International Group. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s technology strategy, operations, and innovation initiatives.
He is an expert in team management, ERP, SAP, business intelligence, processes and analysis, IT operations, management, and strategy. He has a proven track record of successfully managing large IT teams on a day-to-day basis, implementing digital transformation initiatives, and driving innovation across the organization.
In this interview, Mr. Lenish Kannan talks about the challenges he faces in implementing digital transformation initiatives and how he manages a large IT team. He emphasized the importance of continuous learning and educating his team to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and innovations in technology. Kannan’s fast adaptability to changing business needs and his ability to stay ahead of the curve have contributed to his success as a technology leader.
Watch the entire interview and get insights into the role of such a successful CIO who has reached a point in his career where he makes the most important and path-breaking decisions.