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5 Things To Know About Gajen Kandiah, Hitachi Vantara's New CEO

CRN looks at Gajen Kandiah's work history and accomplishments at Cognizant and how that prepared him to become CEO of a company in the midst of an evolution.

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How Kandiah's Time At Cognizant Prepared Him For Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara capped the first half of 2020 with some big news: the global analytics, IoT and storage vendor is getting a new CEO, again, after only seven months under its current leader.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based subsidiary of Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi announced on Tuesday that it has appointed Gajen Kandiah, the former head of Cognizant's Digital Business, as its new CEO, replacing Toshiaki Tokunaga, a Hitachi veteran who had only taken the mantle in January.

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When Tokunaga became the company's CEO and board chairman, the company was already in the middle of a major transformation that began a couple years ago when Hitachi announced the merger of its Hitachi Data Systems storage and data center infrastructure business with its Hitachi Insight Group IoT business and Pentaho big data business to form the Hitachi Vantara business.

What follows are five important things to know about Kandiah, his previous work at Cognizant and how Hitachi Vantara has evolved over the past few years.

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