Since the acquisition was announced last fall, both Appirians and Wiproites have made integration a top priority — ensuring a smooth transition for our workers, customers, and partners. This week’s Spotlight joins us from Wipro, and has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. She will be playing a big role in helping to merge our two cultures and create one cohesive team. She’s also the first person from Wipro to join our Lean In program, and will surely be a great resource and leader for women across the organization.
Meet our Appirian:
Rani Tiwari was born and raised in India, and is currently living in Houston, Texas. She has a degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA, and has spent several years in various roles within Wipro. As part of the integration of the Wipro and Appirio teams, Rani has taken on a new role as Partner CRM North America. She loves traveling and hiking the mountains, and is an experimental cook, music lover, and photographer. Last Christmas, she went glacier hiking in Alaska and crossed the Arctic Circle.
Tell us a little bit about your new role and how your career has evolved.
Rani: I joined Wipro as a Project Engineer and grew into a Solution Architect, leading some pretty complex projects in Europe. I bring a rich technical background to the table, and worked in SAP, Java, Sharepoint, and Analytics, before joining the Salesforce Practice. I have worked in various geographies — Europe, the UK, India, and now the US — for the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry, and had the opportunity to lead the .Net/Sharepoint practice of 200+ people for O&G in India’s Microsoft business unit. From there, I jumped to Cloud Services, where I learned new technologies and worked towards my goal of becoming a corporate sales manager. As Partner CRM North America, I am now responsible for Consumer Energy and Utilities, Travel and Transport, and Hospitality accounts. I spend a lot of time traveling to customer meetings, and am energized and motivated by the changes that are occurring. I have an intense urge and passion to learn new things every day.
What has been your most memorable moment while working at Wipro?
Rani: Oh, I have had so many incredible moments so far! One that comes to mind is when I received a customer award for innovative solutions (and my initiative was converted to new business for Wipro). I also received awards for best project work and people management. I’ve also been actively involved in social and community services through Wipro Cares, and have tutored students in Math and Computer Architecture, and mentored them on their career paths.
Honestly, every day has been pretty satisfying and memorable for me!
What do you like to do for fun?
Rani: I am an avid traveler and hiker, super enthusiastic about exploring new places, and love meeting new people. I also love to read and go running (whenever I have time). I’m also a great cook!
Any guilty pleasures?
Rani: I can’t resist dark chocolate or cheesecake. And I love a good cup of Indian Chai — I can have it any time.
We’re excited to hear you’ve joined the Appirio Lean In Program. What do you hope to gain from Lean In?
Rani: I am super excited to connect with people, provide thought leadership, and contribute to cultivating new perspectives in my workplace. I am looking forward to becoming a leader in this program by encouraging more women to pursue leadership initiatives, and to help each other grow faster and stronger.
How does your role impact our integration success?
Rani: I think my biggest impact will be in the way I interact with my new colleagues from Appirio, and how I demonstrate the best practices and diverse culture that Wipro brings. My openness and approach towards our new working culture, team spirit, and collaboration is so critical to our success as one team.
What have you learned going through this integration?
Rani: A passion for success is a common thread within both the Appirio and Wipro cultures. I have recognized the strong faith in my leadership, and it gives me immense confidence to be open to taking on new opportunities as they’re presented.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Rani: The best work advice I’ve heard are these very simple words: “Just take care of your team and your team will always take care of you.” Other great advice is to surround yourself with talented people and let them do what they do best.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Rani: Never underestimate the power of good vocabulary. Also, be patient and thoughtful in how you deal with the people around you.
Finish this sentence: Someday, I want to…
Rani: … get four pack abs, live in the mountains, or go to Mars.