Walmart Appoints Prashanti Bodugum as the Vice President, Technology and Centre Head for Chennai
As a member of the leadership team, she will be a champion for the Walmart culture & values and contribute to thought leadership and innovation across the enterprise and also serve as a strong brand advocate for Walmart within the India ecosystem.
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As the centre head, Prashanti will play a critical role in enabling the long-term tech strategy for Walmart. Her focus will be to set up the Chennai centre as a sustainable location with great talent, to drive focus on outcomes and value creation for the organization through enablement with the right tools & governance. As a member of the leadership team, she will be a champion for the Walmart culture & values and contribute to thought leadership and innovation across the enterprise and also serve as a strong brand advocate for Walmart within the India ecosystem.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Prashanti Bodugum to our team. Prashanti is an accomplished leader with immense experience across diverse functions and markets and her extensive cross-functional experience, in-depth knowledge and strong tech acumen will make her ideal for this critical role. I am confident that Prashanti will play an integral part in achieving our vision to build a strong Walmart tech brand in the Chennai ecosystem”, said Hari Vasudev, Country Head and SVP-Technology.
With over 23 years of experience, Prashanti has held various senior leadership roles at renowned organisations like Capgemini and GE in financial services and supply chain management. She joins the Walmart team from Optum Global Solutions, where she has spent the last 5 years playing a transformational role as the head of UnitedHealthcare, Corporate Systems Delivery and Infrastructure Services. Prashanti holds a Master’s in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA.
Commenting on her appointment as the Vice President- Technology, Prashanti Bodugum said, "The tech team in India is powering Walmart to lead the next retail disruption. I consider it a great privilege to join Walmart and play a part in shaping the future of retail which is transforming the shopping experience of millions of customers across the globe.”
In her last few years at UnitedHealthcare Group, Prashanti played a pivotal role in the evolution of capabilities and enabled senior leaders in driving the delivery ecosystem with stronger alignment to their business lines. With an approach centred on talent and outcomes, she established scalable models that accelerated modernization & digital and engineering efficiencies. She is extremely passionate about incubating several capabilities and has invested a lot in building an entrepreneurial culture. She is also an ardent advocate for women in technology and in leadership roles.