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Twitter Hires Indian American Cyber Security Expert Rinki Sethi as Chief Information Security Officer 

Twitter has named Indian-American Rinki Sethi as its chief information security officer to oversee the company’s information security practices and policies. In a tweet announcing the appointment, Sethi said she will work with Nick Tornow who is the platform lead at Twitter. In her new role, she will oversee the company’s information security (InfoSec) area.

Sethi’s appointment comes a few months after the massive July security breach in Twitter. Reuters reported that hackers accessed internal systems to hijack some of the platform’s top voices, including U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden and reality TV star Kim Kardashian and used them to solicit digital currency. Prior to joining Twitter, Sethi worked as vice president and chief information security officer at Rubrik, a cloud data management company. There she was responsible for leading efforts to protect the company’s information and technology assets, and advised on security product innovations. Before that, she was the vice president for information security at IBM and, earlier, at the Palo Alto Networks.

Sethi has also held cybersecurity roles in Walmart and eBay. She has worked as the director and head of product security at Intuit. Recognized by CSO Magazine & Executive Women’s Forum with the “One to Watch” award, and in 2010, Sethi led a team at eBay to receive the SC Magazine’s “Information Security Team of the Year” award. For almost six years, she has served on the advisory council for SecureWorld, one of North America’s most vital cybersecurity conferences. Sethi earned her BS in Computer Science Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and her MS in information security from Capella University in Minnesota. She lives in Cupertino, California, with her husband and two children.

Anu Gupta to Manage Strategy at Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has named Indian-American Anu Gupta as its chief strategy and transformation officer. Gupta will be responsible for the company’s comprehensive strategy and transformation program, including continuing to develop and implement strategic growth initiatives across the company.

According to a press release, “Gupta’s recruitment caps off a series of new-hire announcements, pointing to matters that weigh on CEO Mark Tritton.” Within the past month, the company has also named a new chief technology officer, a new chief supply chain officer, and a new store optimization head.

Gupta earlier worked at JYVE Corporation, a retail technology platform and talent marketplace. As the chief operating officer there, she led the implementation of its Future of Work platform.

Previously, Gupta was the senior vice president, strategy execution, and operational excellence at Target. In that role, she was responsible for a multi-year initiative to restructure Target’s product portfolio, digital and operational capabilities, and go-to-market processes. She has also held leadership positions at private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, The Michaels Companies, Inc., and Safeway Inc. She serves as a member of the board of directors of H&R Block, Inc.

Chef Maneet Chauhan’s New Book Pays Ode to Indian Street Food

Indian-American chef Maneet Chauhan has released a new book which pays ode to India’s ubiquitous street food – chaat. Titled “Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India,” the Nashville, Tennessee-based restaurateur and chef includes recipes for on-the-go eats like steamed dumplings and puffed puchkas stuffed with potatoes and tomato or coconut chutney. Co-written with Jody Eddy, the book is said to be inspired by a cross-country train trip that Chauhan took across India, discovering local markets, ingredients and street vendors along the way. A regular on the Food Network, Chauhan is the founding partner of Morph Hospitality Group in Nashville, which includes restaurants Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tànsuǒ and The Mockingbird. She is also the co-owner of Mantra Artisan Ales in Franklin, Tennessee.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chauhan worked in some of the finest hotels in India before starting her professional career in the U.S. She has worked as executive chef in successful ventures such as Vermilion in Chicago. Upon opening the Vermilion in Manhattan, Chauhan was nominated for Best Import to New York by Time Out magazine. A recipient of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award for her role as a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped,” Chauhan sits on its permanent panel of judges. Her first cookbook is “Flavors of My World.” The self-proclaimed “Nash-Yorker” is a passionate advocate for the March of Dimes, and now lives in Franklin, with her husband, Vivek and their daughter, Shagun and son, Karma.