WPP launches global engineering center in Chennai

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WPP has launched a new Global Engineering Center (GEC) in Chennai. The GEC will play a pivotal role in strengthening WPP’s global service offering, combining resilient, industry-leading technology and skills with creative genius.

The establishment of a GEC in Chennai marks a major milestone in WPP’s transformation journey and reaffirms its commitment to India as a key market for large-scale growth. With WPP offices located in various parts of India, Chennai was chosen as the strategic location with its large pool of candidates and strong IT capabilities.

Speaking at the launch, Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said: “The pandemic has caused a fundamental shift in the way most businesses operate. Technology, now more than ever, is the main driver of growth and will be key in helping us build back not just better, but better. WPP is truly committed to growing our presence in India and increasing our focus on recruiting highly skilled talent locally, not only in our creative industries, but also in the technology industry. Our new WPP colleagues in Chennai will play a pivotal role in developing our technology offering – and will have the unique opportunity to work with colleagues from an industry that has the power to create positive change at scale. Something that excites me a lot.

CVL Srinivas, Country Manager, India, WPP said, “India is already playing a major role in WPP’s transformation with over 4,000 people working across multiple global technology centers of excellence. The GEC will add to this talent pool and help us scale technology in our global business. We are delighted to welcome our colleagues to Chennai.

Rachel Higham, WPP, Chief Information Officer, said, “I am extremely excited about the launch of our new GEC in Chennai and the potential we have to further accelerate our leadership position not only in the creative transformation industries, but also in the computer industry. . To support our goal of building a better future for our people, we are committed to investing in their personal and professional advancement, placing them in the best position to develop their careers with us in the way they want. By joining us, they will be part of a team that develops, supports and delivers cutting-edge technology, giving them a unique opportunity to be pioneers in their field.

Over the next eight months, WPP will continue to implement its plan to establish a permanent office for its new GEC and build a team of over 200 IT professionals to begin with, who will support multiple areas , including platform services, cloud and network. infrastructure, commodity engineering and operations, and cybersecurity. In doing so, they will have the opportunity to work hand in hand with creative colleagues around the world to build a better future for us all.

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