Barack Obama names IIT Mumbai graduate to key post

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Barack Obama names IIT Mumbai graduate to key post

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Washington:  President Barack Obama has appointed Romesh Wadhwani, an Indian American founder of several software and IT companies, on board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts.

Announcing his intent to appoint Mr Wadhwani and nine other general trustees of the centre, President Obama said, "These dedicated men and women bring a wealth of experience and talent to their new roles and I am proud to have them serve in this Administration."

"I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come," added President Obama, whose administration has over a score Indian-Americans serving in senior positions, more than any other previous administration.

Set up in 1971 as a living memorial to former President John F. Kennedy, the centre is the busiest performing arts facility in the United States and annually hosts approximately 2,000 performances for audiences totalling nearly two million.

According to a White House announcement Mr Wadhwani, who received a BA from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai and an MS and Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University, is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Symphony Technology Group.

He is actively involved in Kennedy Centre initiatives, having served as Co-Chair of the Maximum India Festival in 2011 and as a supporter of the 2010 Honours Gala.

He is the founder and Chairperson of the Wadhwani Foundation, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

Previously, Mr Wadhwani was the founder, Chairman, and CEO of several software and IT companies, including Aspect Development, Inc.

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