Publicis.Sapient has announced the appointments of Tilak Doddapaneni and Rakesh Ravuri.
Doddapaneni joins as global head of engineering and will be part of the global leadership team of the agency. He was online engineering director at Tesco prior. At Publicis.Sapient he will report to Nigel Vaz, group lead for digital business, Publicis Groupe and CEO, EMEA and APAC for Publicis.Sapient.
Rakesh Ravuri was previously at Amazon, prior to which he too had a stint with Tesco. Ravuri joins Publicis.Sapient as chief technology officer for programming languages and cloud and global head of engineering for retail. He will report to Doddapaneni.
The duo have had stints at Sapient previously.
Vaz said, “I’m delighted that Tilak and Rakesh will be joining Publicis.Sapient on our journey to build our engineering capability as part of our product engineering approach to deliver digital business transformation for our clients."
He added, "Tilak has exceptional pedigree as a senior leader driving transformational change for one of the world’s biggest retailers through an appreciation of the power that technology and engineering have, as well as an understanding of how to apply that in the evolution of product and experience. His wealth of experience makes him the right person to lead the implementation of our agile engineering model globally. Rakesh comes to us having recently successfully led the engineering team that developed Amazon delivery, one of the most significant revenue generating businesses for a global technology and retail leader. His experience and talent will be a huge boon to Publicis.Sapient clients and to the growth of our retail industry expertise and large-scale India operations."
Doddapaneni said, "As someone who is passionate about engineering and running large software systems, I am excited to return to Sapient, which continues to lead the way as a digital transformation company that uniquely combines strategy, experience and engineering disciplines to help clients reimagine and transform their businesses for a digital age. Building a company that has, develops and attracts world-class engineering talent is what has brought me back to Sapient."
Ravuri added, "The industry is at an inflection point and technology has moved from support role to the driver’s seat. Sapient is right at the centre of this, with its focus on digital business transformation. I am excited to have a chance to play a leading role in the engineering transformation both for Sapient and its clients."