OYO (Oravel Stays) senior legal adviser Tejal Patil has joined Wipro as the general counsel and senior vice-president. She has nearly three decades of experience in legal, governance and compliance across the Asia-Pacific region.
Patil will head the legal & compliance, global data privacy and government affairs functions in her role as general counsel. She will also be part of the Wipro Executive Council.
“I am privileged to be part of one of the most respected companies which is continuously transforming itself to serve its customers and grow with them. What is most personally fulfilling is the purpose that will drive the business for decades,” Patil told India Business Law Journal.
In June, Wipro also appointed Tata Technologies’ transactions & intellectual property head, Asmita Sawant, as director for the legal department. Having an American and Indian legal experience in commercial transactions and intellectual property laws, Sawant specialises in corporate law, commercial transactions and contracts, and compliance areas of practice.
As a senior legal adviser at OYO for India and Southeast Asia and a member of OYO’s leadership team, Patil managed regulatory, contractual and legal compliance as well as dispute resolutions for the company in the region.
She had worked for more than 18 years at General Electric, where she acted as an in-house counsel across their various business verticals such as GE Consumer and Industrial, GE Aviation, and GE Healthcare.
“I have been recognised for several years for leadership in the in-house community and for my exemplary contribution to the compliance ecosystem in India,” Patil said.
In her capacity as the general counsel for GE South Asia, Patil provided strategic and risk advice to the chief executive officer, senior management and board of directors. She led tech-enabled growth initiatives, cross-business and cross-border deals, strategic partnership management acquisitions, divestitures, joint venture relationships, and risk management in addition to supporting government advocacy.