Neemuchwala, ex-TCS veteran, will assume charge from next month, Wipro said in a statement.

As Executive Vice Chairman, Kurien will enable Abid by leveraging his deep relationships with customers and chart out a new technology roadmap for Wipro, he added.

The restructuring is expected to help the Bangalore-based firm compete better as IT services firms are looking at leveraging the latest technologies including digital and automation to help clients.

Neemuchwala had joined Wipro as Group President and Chief Operating Officer in April last year, quitting India's largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services after 23 years.

He was heading the service lines of global infrastructure services, business application services, business process services, and advanced technology solutions.

Kurien, who turns 58 next year, completes his five-year tenure as CEO this month.

His appointment, also effective from February 1, will see him continue to report to Premji. He will remain a Member of the Board until March 31, 2017.

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