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Manu Rao

Senior Client Partner, EMEA Industrial Markets
Manu Rao is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry's Industrial practice with accountability for three of their major clients.

Manu Rao is focused on bringing his deep experience in the sector to support clients in delivering their strategy and vision and identifying the right solutions to make it a reality.

He was most recently at IBM where he was a Partner in the Industrial sector focused on planning and delivering complex Capital and Digital projects at Energy clients.

Prior to IBM, Manu was at Reliance Industries Limited as Chief of Staff: IT Transformation and Strategy and Planning in the Office of the Chairman. In this role, he drove the transition to world class process and capabilities in their Downstream business through the development and roll-out of a new Operating Model underpinned by one of Asia's largest implementation of SAP.

Manu also has significant experience with BP in London and Houston where delivered key corporate assignments in the business and technology functions and ensuring that BP derived significant commercial benefit from its investments and programmes.

Manu's career also includes leadership role at Accenture Resources' practice where he led the project management function for transformation and reorganization projects undertaken by Accenture's Energy clients.

Prior to that he was at Shell where he quickly rose through the organization and helped define and drive the CIO's vision for a transformed IT organization as well as leading the operational delivery of IT in an offshore location.

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