WNS Holdings Ltd, the global business process outsourcing services firm, has appointed Keshav Murugesh as the new CEO. He replaces Neeraj Bhargava who recently quit WNS to join Steer Capital.

Murugesh was most recently in the same role at Nasdaq listed Syntel Inc, a global provider of custom outsourcing solutions for information technology and information technology-related services, said a company statement. His appointment at WNS will be effective from February 19, 2010. 

At Syntel, he was responsible for the company's global IT services and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) businesses. Murugesh joined the group as chief financial officer (CFO) in 2002, and subsequently elevated to the position of president, chief operating officer (COO) and CEO of the company. During his stint at Syntel, the company was ranked as the top outsourcing company in Fortune magazine's 100 fastest growing companies in the world in 2009.

Prior to joining Syntel, he held several senior management posts at ITC Limited, an affiliate of BAT plc.

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