$8.4 Billion CommScope Promotes Praveen Jonnala To The CIO Role

May 18, 2021
BY Peter High Founder and President of Metis Strategy
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The $8.4 billion revenue network infrastructure provider CommScope has promoted its vice president of digital transformation, Praveen Jonnala, to the chief information officer role, effective immediately. Jonnala has been with the company for more than a dozen years.

In his prior post, Jonnala led all aspects of strategy, development, and delivery of the company’s digital transformation efforts partnering with sales, marketing, supply chain, manufacturing, finance, HR, and quality.

CommScope is focused on developing its next-generation wireless networking and communications infrastructure businesses. In recent years, CommScope grown tremendously through acquisition, requiring simplification of business processes and enterprise systems. This has included steps like consolidating to a single, global ERP to improving operational efficiency and improving customer experience digitally. Areas that Jonnala and his team will focus on in the near-term include enhancing the company’s product catalog and better tracking of product orders. The business teams will have access to more artificial intelligence capabilities to build better revenue projection models and predict and manage global supply chain risks.

“Working for a leading edge technology company in the networking equipment space, CommScope’s CIO plays a critical role in not only optimizing our own operations, but also serving as a test bed for cutting-edge technologies and new customer solutions,” said Alex Pease, chief financial officer. “Through advanced analytics, automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, Praveen will help us optimize our business operations as well as serve customers better. With his depth of experience and broad knowledge in advanced technologies, Praveen is uniquely positioned to drive value both within CommScope and externally.”

“Establishing the role of IT as a business and innovation partner is critical given the rate of change in our business and customer expectations,” noted Jonnala. “I believe we have a great opportunity to add value through technology across CommScope—by providing an exceptional digital customer experience, partnering with product teams to drive more software capabilities into our products, and transforming our factories and supply chain for improved quality and reduced costs. I am excited about Artificial Intelligence and its transformational potential, particularly in our product development, manufacturing and customer service operations. Building hybrid AI teams made up of both IT and business partners will unlock new opportunities for CommScope and our customers.”

CommScope has Global IT capability centers in the U.S., India and China. Having global IT centers enables the company to tap into the best talent across the globe.

Peter High is President of  Metis Strategy, a business and IT advisory firm. He has written two bestselling books, and his third, Getting to Nimble, will be released in March 2021. He also moderates the Technovation podcast series and speaks at conferences around the world. Follow him on Twitter @PeterAHigh.

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