Asheesh Mehra, vice-president and head of Infosys BPO for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Japan regions, has resigned from the company to launch an entrepreneurial venture called Antworks, which will provide technical and business process solutions, according to a press release.
The newly floated venture, which Mehra has co-founded along with technology and outsourcing veteran Govind Sandhu, will be headquartered in Singapore and will have a global footprint with offices in Singapore, Qatar, London and Mumbai.
Antworks will focus on offering solutions primarily to the healthcare and financial services sectors through two delivery models – BPaaS (Business Process as a Service) and TaaS (Technology as a Service).
“After spending 18 years in the industry, I felt this was the right time to take the plunge. I am looking at making life at Antworks an adventure for everyone who walks through the door. Antworks will be built on 3 distinctive pillars – fresh, fearless and fast,” Mehra said. Mehra spent more than seven years with the Bengaluru-headquartered IT services behemoth.
The startup has already opened a 200-seat delivery centre in Pune.
“Driven by the principle of customer first, we aim to maintain zero distance from customers, enabling faster delivery of fresh technology and business process,” he added.
Prior to joining Infosys, Mehra worked with WNS Global Services and set up the BPO delivery centre for Tata Consultancy Services. He holds a marketing degree from the University of Western Sydney.
In 2013, V Balakrishnan, another former head of BPO and finance division at Infosys, along with Girish Paranjpe (who was earlier the joint-CEO of Wipro Technologies), Deepak Ghaisas (earlier CEO of i-flex Solutions), Mohandas Pai (earlier with Infosys and now with Manipal Global Education), floated a venture capital fund – Exfinity Fund in Bangalore with a corpus of Rs 125 crore to back innovative ideas.