Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA), the apex body of software industry here, has unanimously elected Ranga Pothula as its next president for the term 2016-18.

Elected at the annual general body meeting of HYSEA held here on Thursday, Pothula, the vice president and centre head of Infor India Pvt. Ltd, takes over from Ramesh Loganathan, vice president and managing director of Progress Software.

Possessing 27 years of industry experience, Pothula is a successful business leader with 19 years association at Infor, before which he worked with Tata consulting engineers, CPRI, and supported many electrical industries as consultant.

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“I see a great opportunity for HYSEA to play a vital role in the ‘Digital India’ and ‘Start-up India’ initiatives of government of India, and in achieving the goal set by the government of Telangana to double IT exports within the next 5 years from current Rs.68,000 crore,” he said after taking over charge.

“Great infrastructure and policy environment with industry and government actively collaborating in grooming and growing the innovation ecosystem has been so effective that in 2 short years Hyderabad is now widely recognized as a major start-up and innovation hub in the country,” said Loganathan.