Ahmedabad: The Indian Institute of Ahmedabad (IIMA), a premier global 
management institute, announced the appointment of Professor Bharat Bhasker as the Director of IIMA for a period of five years with effect from March. 

Professor Bhasker, currently holds the position of Professor of Information Technology and Systems at IIM 
Lucknow and will assume the position with effect from March. 

In the interim, the Board of Governors appointed Prof Arindam Banerjee as the Director-In-Charge for the period February 01 to 28.

Making the announcement, Mr. Pankaj R Patel, Chairperson, IIMA Board of Governors, said, “The Indian Institute of Ahmedabad (IIMA) is renowned for its rich legacy as a premier global management 
institution, which has been shaped by the leadership and wisdom of all its directors since inception, including Professor Errol D’Souza. Mr. Patel extended his gratitude towards Professor D’Souza for his outstanding contributions to the Institute and its people during his tenure. 

Welcoming Professor Bhasker as the new Director of IIMA, Mr Patel said that he was confident that as a successful leader and a Professor of technology with experience of working in India and across the globe, the new director will carry forward the legacy and lead the institute to newer horizons in today’s digital, globalised world.

He said that Professor Bhasker was selected for the coveted post after rigorous exercise.

Professor Bhasker is an experienced Information Technology leader with almost three decades of experience in industry, research, teaching, and consulting in India and globally. Until recently, he has served a five-year term as the Director of IIM Raipur from March 2017 to March 2022. Before joining IIM Raipur, he has been associated with IIM Lucknow for over two decades having served in various capacities including being the acting Director of IIM Lucknow for a period of five months during July and November 2015. He has also served as the Dean Planning & Development at IIM Sirmaur from 2003 to 2005.

He has been a Visiting Professor at ESSEC Business School, Paris, France and University of Texas, Dallas, USA. He was a Distinguished Professor at Chung- Ang University, Seoul, Korea, was a Research Professor at University of California, Riverside, USA and Adjunct Faculty at Information Systems, Univ. of Maryland, College Park Prof Bhasker brings a rich industry experience in addition to his academic tenure. 

He has held senior positions with multiple organizations globally including the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, SYBASE Inc, MDL Information Systems amongst others. 

His areas of interest include IT Strategy, Digital Transformation, Electronic Commerce, Business Process Re-engineering, Business Analytics, Optimization and Data Analysis. A B.Tech. graduate from IIT Roorkee, Prof Bhasker obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA.