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Nikhil Desai appointed GM, Health Total, sales
Health total has appointed Mr Nikhil Desai general manager, sales. In his new assignment, Mr Desai will look after the sales and distribution network of the healthcare company. Health Total has recently evinced its willingness to come out with an initial public offering, for which the company has already initiated tie-up talks with MNCs. Prior to this assignment, Mr Desai worked with Parle International, Corporate Couriers and the Business India Group.

Ohio University honours Dr R S Paroda
The director-general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Dr R S Paroda, has been honoured with a Doctor of Science degree by the Ohio State University for his outstanding contribution towards genetic architecture and related attributes of cereal grains and forage crops. Dr Paroda's research led to the development of 14 new high-yielding varieties of food crops.

Dr Paroda has also helped in establishing and promoting the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institution.

Peter Mukerjea selected to be the first Indian Tennessee SquireBROWN-FORMAN Worldwide, LLC, the US based company which owns the Jack Daniels brand, has selected Mr Peter Mukerjea of STAR TV as the first Indian Tennessee Squire.

The award consists of a deed of a token piece of land measuring one square inch in Tennessee, along with an honorary citizenship of Lynchburg.

The Tennessee Squire Association is comprised of renowned people such as US senators, Congressmen, corporate chiefs, rock stars, actors, racing drivers, etc.

B Anantharaman is new CFO, Indo Rama Synthetics
INDO Rama Synthetics (I) Ltd has appointed Mr B Anantharaman its president-cum-chief financial officer. In his new role, Mr Anantharaman will be responsible for the overall financial affairs and corporate governance of the company.

A fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA), Institute of Cost & Works Accountants (ICWA) and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Mr Anantharaman had earlier served with Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company and Goodyear India.

Rajeev Chopra appointed marketing chief, Cisco
Cisco Systems Inc. has appointed Mr Rajeev Chopra as the marketing head for its India operations. In his new assignment, Mr Chopra will look after the implementation of the company's second phase growth strategy in India, marketing of Cisco products in India, demand generation for the company's products and education programmes, enlarging its database and Internet marketing.

An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Mr Chopra has earlier worked with Hewlett Packard as manager and with Microsoft as director, marketing

IGNOU V-C khan appointed COL director
THE vice-chancellor of the Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU), Professor A W Khan, has been appointed director of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). COL is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, and that is where Prof. Khan will also be based. IGNOU has been awarded the Commonwealth of Learning Award for Excellence in distance education. The universityhas also been awarded the National HRD Award for Outstanding Contributions in HRD in the country.

Prof. Khan took over as vice-chancellor of IGNOU on June 1, 1998..

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